St. Valentine's Day is upon us. It is not typical that you will see me post something like this to the world - or maybe I should. My sweetheart means a lot to me. We have experienced a lifetime together. I met Mrs. Smith (formerly Ms. Scott) over 20 years ago at college. Immediately drawn to her for some strange reason - well - I guess it isn't that strange - young man - young woman - drawn together. Regardless, we will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary in March.
20 years married - I have to give ALL credit to God, for without Him, Mrs. Smith and I surely would have followed the easy road out of marriage. We are both very much in love still, and it is great realizing just how much more we have to look forward to. Both of our kids still love us - my teenage son even says it once in a while.. I am happy to cuddle with my 10 (almost 11) year old daughter to watch a movie. I was lucky enough to take some cupcakes over to Mrs. Smith's Grandmother today (my only living Grandmother). She loves me and treats me like a grandson. My father-in-law and I get along great - and Mrs. Smith's mother actually likes me too. They have been married 42 years. My parents have been married 46 years. So we have had some really good examples in life of how to hang in there.
The last couple of years have been rough for us - learning our risk tolerance. I guess I have always been a great salesman, and Mrs. Smith has always been very dedicated to getting the kids to and from whatever they need to do - therefore staying home and not working. But the last few years have been quite a bit different. When I was "rightsized" out of a job two years ago, we had to make some tough decisions together - and our primary goal was making it work - whatever we needed to do together. God has taken care of us. I have a job that I enjoy very much - it takes me across the country, but it pays the bills and challenges me daily to find better ways to connect with clients that are remote.
Mrs. Smith has stepped up in so many ways. She is a very savvy businesswoman - never would have seen that coming. Maybe I should have - the way she runs the house is incredible. She knows how to be frugal at home and with business. She knows what people are looking for in their decor. Her business appeals to young and old. She finds things that others value - buys them very cheap - and sells them cheap enough to move the item, while still making some money (some times). TheSmithHotel has not quite turned a profit in its two years, but it sure has helped with Uncle Sam - and this might just be the year!
Hats off to Mrs. Smith - My Valentine and the greatest gal in my book.
PS: go over and visit Mrs. Smith next door at TheSmithHotel .