Monday, November 30, 2009

Tribute to My Husband - First Blue Monday



Today is my first ever Blue Monday post. You can go over to Smiling Sally's Blog and find many other posts on Blue Monday.

I wanted to use this first post to give a tribute to my husband, Ron. It is very easy to post about him using blue, because he is an outdoors kind of guy. Along with his very blue eyes, you can usually find him with blue sky in the background or blue water underneath him in one way or another. He is a tremendous guy and I am very thankful to have him in my life. Here he is, the captain of the Panacea. He is happiest when he is on the water, (either the liquid kind or the frozen kind!) He absolutely loves sailing and I love sailing with him. It is so amazing to be out on the water and feel the fresh air in your face. We are totally comfortable, knowing that he is a great sailor and a great captain. (And as for us, he is gradually bringing us from "cargo" to crew - some of us take longer than others.)




Here he is up at the top of the mast - it takes a lot of courage to go up there with me and Ryan holding him up there! He is not only our captain, but our chief mechanic, cook and bottle washer : )


And here, he is holding me up partway up the genoa! That takes a lot of strength, I can tell you.  And I was not afraid, because I totally trust him!

 Here he is taking me out on our sunfish, cruising Long Lake. It is so much fun to go zipping around the lake. I am always amazed at how he knows how to take full advantage of the wind so that we can go really fast.




And here he is taking the girls on a dinghy ride. He is totally a family man. He loves his family and makes lots of sacrifices so that we can be provided for. Below he and Ryan have built a fire for a cookout and then we did some star gazing and meteor shower watching after the sun went down. We are loving our property up on Long Lake!



Celebrating Katy's 20th Birthday



Ron and nephew Michael


Last Christmas with his mom and our girls and our son!
Good looking bunch, if I do say so myself.
He is always good to visit his parents and just Saturday, he spent part of our beautiful, sunny day indoors making soup for all of us and an extra pot to take over to his parents. For him, that is quite a sacrifice, since he loves the outdoors so much and it is likely that we won't have another day like that until next Spring.


Here he is carving the turkey he cooked for our Thanksgiving dinner. He cooked EVERYTHING! He knows I get very stressed out trying to cook and also get the house ready for guests, so he did everything that needed doing for dinner preparations, including making his famous pumpkin pies! Everything turned out just fabulous.  So not only is he good looking, talented, a great provider and a great family man, HE CAN COOK,
TOO!

This is a picture of Ron at our end-of-the-year co-op dinner. He also is our main science teacher in our high-school, home school co-op.  Every year he teaches a subject in science. Last year it was Biology. This year it is Human Anatomy and Physiology. He is usually the favorite teacher in the co-op or at least in the top two! Depends on whether my bff Brenda is teaching or not. : )
Here is a picture of his class from last year on a field trip to the Chippewa Nature Center.


Oh, and did I mention he is always out helping others! Here he is helping my brother build steps in 102 degree weather in S. Alabama.

He is fun and almost always smiling.


 

 
He is always available to attend an impromptu cook-out to make others feel welcome and loves to share his faith.

 





And last, but not least, he loves me! Here we are on our 25th anniversary last June.


I really can't say enough to show how much I love and respect my husband and just how thankful I am to have him in my life. He is truly a great guy.


Oh yeah, and I can't forget, even on a Blue Monday, that he is a Redwings fan, through and through!

12 comments:

LemonyRenee' said...

25th anniversary?! You look like a couple of kids! Except for your competency in so many things. A guy who sails, cooks, AND cleans up? Blue eyes, too. Wow! :)

Cindy said...

Wonderful post! Welcome aboard. What a nice tribute to your husband.
cindy

Sally said...

Hi Tricia!

It's good to "meet" you. Your husband must be a wonderful guy to have you pay this tribute to him. Congratulations to you!

I spied some gorgeous blue and white plates on your kitchen wall that I hope make a future Blue Monday post.

Happy 1st Blue Monday.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is such a wonderful post, Tricia, and I think it is wonderful how you have given thanks for this wonderful man in your life. I know he is thankful to have a wife as sweet as you, too!

I'm so glad you joined us for Blue Monday! I have always enjoyed your Pink Saturday posts, so I love seeing you here, too!

Happy Blue Monday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

debbie said...

DEAR TRICIA,
THIS IS MY FIRST TIME TO VISIT YOUR BLOG.
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO YOUR HUSBAND. I LOVE TO SEE HAPPY MARRIAGES. MY HUSBAND AND I WILL BE MARRIED 37 YEARS IN SEPTEMBER.
MY SONS GROWING UP YEARS FROM K-COLLEGE WAS SOCCER, SOCCER, SOCCER...MY HUSBAND WAS THE COACH AND HE WAS THE HEAD REFEREE....MY SON BECAME A REFEREE BUT UNFORTUNATELY PARENTS CAN BE QUITE BRUTAL ESPECIALLY TO YOUNG REFERREES AND WE NEED THOSE YOUNG REFEREES AS IT IS HARD SOMETIMES TO FIND AND KEEP GOOD REFEREES.
MY SPORT I LOVED TO PLAY WAS VOLLEY BALL.
WE LOVE TO CAMP OUT....ALL MY GROWING UP YEARS WERE SPENT CAMPING AND BASS FISHING......DADDY'S BOAT WAS DESIGNED TO BE FAST FOR GETTING TO THE GOOD FISHING HOLES....I CAN'T IMAGINE THE FREEDOM OF SAILING. I LOVE THE WATER....
THANK YOU FOR BEING A MOTHER COMMITED TO HOMESCHOOLING YOUR CHILDREN...I WISH I HAD BUT I WAS A NURSE..BUT I WANTED TO BE A STAY AT HOME MOTHER.
I HAVE ONE SON 26 YEARS OLD WHO HAS BEEN MARRIED FOR TWO YEARS....OUR DIL IS A SCHOOL TEACHER...IF THEY EVER HAVE CHILDREN I AM SURE THEY WILL BE HOME SCHOOLED. OUR 33 YEAR OLD ONLY DAUGHTER GRADUATED TO HEAVEN ON OCT. 23, 2009.
I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING TO KNOW YOU
ANGEL HUGS
DEBBIE

Jensmere said...

Hi Tricia...so very nice to meet you! Welcome to Blue Monday! Your hubby must be a real 'keeper'...you love shines through each comment that you made about him.

Looking forward to getting to know you better...
Bless you,
Susan

Mollye said...

Hi Tricia, What a pleasure to meet your guy. And what a great looking family you have. Family is everything and having a husband who loves the Lord, adores his wife and kids, provides for and is still fun to be around is such a blessing. Have a great week! Hugs, Mollye

Carol said...

How wonderful!

Mary said...

Tricia, it's so nice to meet you. Your husband sounds like a truly lovely man and we can all tell how much you love him. Your tribute to hi is wonderful. I hope you had a wonderful Blue Monday.

Joy said...

What a lovely tribute to your dh. He seems like a really sweet and caring man and he can cook!!
I have never been sailing but it looks like fun. Welcome to Blue Mondays!

GWENDOLYN said...

What a great tribute to your dear hubby. You are a great looking couple. I have never been on a sail boat, looks like work, but fun. Have a blessed day!
Gwen

Nanna said...

welcome to blue monday, great pictures!
Helen