Yesterday was my husband's 34th birthday. Or maybe I should say he's 34 going on 15! Yes, my husband is what is known as a "man-child" in many ways. But I think ALL men are big kids in one sense or another. Mine loves to play video games, eats cereal out of a big beer mug, can put away 10lbs of chocolate in no time flat, and finds flatulence absolutely hysterical. He also amuses himself (and embarrasses me) by going down the toy aisle in WalMart and pressing all the buttons so all of the toys are making noise at once. He likes cheesy zombie-apocalypse movies that make me gag, forgets to put the toilet seat down causing me to fall in and curse him in the middle of the night, and he knows every word to every Beach Boys song ever written. Yep, my husband is a dork. But he's MY dork, and I thank God every day that he's mine.
My husband is also the man who will run to Taco Bell at 1:00AM just because I am having a Cheesy Potato Burrito craving. He is the man who cleaned up projectile vomit more times than I can count when I had difficult pregnancies that had me sick the entire 9 months...twice....He is the man who has never called me a bad name, even when we're arguing. He is the man who tells me I am beautiful every single day, no matter how ugly I may feel at the time. He wants to snuggle every single day and cannot sleep without me in his arms. He can read my thoughts and finish my sentences, he puts things in perspective when I am worrying myself half to death, and he opens the biscuit cans for me because I hate the sometimes unexpected popping that they make. This is also the man who was ready to rush me to Ohio at a moments notice when my grandma who I am very close to was in the hospital with blood clots in her lungs. He is the man who dressed up in my sexy nun costume, complete with headpiece, just to make me laugh. He is the man who put construction paper hearts all over my house and wrote little notes on each one, just so I would always know he loves me.
He is also the best father in the entire world to our children, and he even treats my oldest who is not biologically his child as his own and helps him with his homework, wrestles with him, and encourages him in everything he does. He changes diapers, makes bottles, and even has his own diaper bag that he keeps meticulously stocked at all times. He sneaks our daughter chocolate just to see her smile, and he let our youngest sleep nestled in his armpit for the first 2 months of his life because that was the only place he'd sleep. He kisses boo-boo's, tells stories, dances with his little Princess, and isn't afraid to make himself appear ridiculous just to illicit a baby giggle or 2. He was there when both of our babies were born, and he stayed in the hospital with me the entire time, as well as took time off of work and cared for our babies as I recovered from my c-sections.
I think it's safe to say that the man I have known since I was 13 years old has evolved into a great father and the best husband a woman could ask for. Sure, he gets on my nerves sometimes with his silliness, but that is part of why I love him so much. He balances me out perfectly. Where I am weak, he is strong. I fix his spelling errors and he does the math when needed. He can always make me laugh, and when I see the way he looks at his babies, I fall in love with him all over again. No, he is not "perfect". But he is perfect for ME in every way. My husband is the greatest blessing in my life, and he is my best friend. After going through a horrible and abusive previous marriage, it has become so easy to appreciate just how wonderful my husband is and never take his love and kindness for granted. I love being his wife, and I would shout it from the rooftops.
Well, Union 28 offers a wonderful clothing line to help happily married people do just that. Union28 (formerly From*me Tees) was started by a married couple who knows what it is like to work through hard stuff and yet stay together and stay committed, choosing to forgive and be forgiven, only to grow in our love for each other MORE through it all. One of the great and wonderful mysteries of life is that loving each other in action--what we do and say--produces romance. Everything in our culture today teaches the opposite, that romance turns into love, but nothing could be further from the truth. Love is a choice and we decide how we're going to treat each other in the good and in the not-so-good times. What a hope-giving reality that a strong, loving, thriving relationship can be built, simply by changing how we interact with our spouse.
Marriage was created to be a blessing and a little kindness, selflessness, and respect goes a long way. Accept the fact that your spouse isn't perfect and then start taking notice of all the good things they bring to the table! Pretty soon you can train your mind to be grateful for who they are as opposed to feeling disappointed about who they are not. When you allow yourself to believe that your spouse rocks, you will free yourself from the downward spiral and temptation of self-pity, disappointment, and even despair. The fact is, your spouse is probably a greater blessing than you allow yourself to realize...so lay down your expectations and praise your spouse for his/her attributes. After all, the key is to change yourself! And you'll be surprised at the positive affect it has on the one you choose to love...and you!
I absolutely love what this company stands for! Marriage is a blessing but it also takes constant work as well as remembering WHY you love your partner. It is accepting them as-is, and celebrating the special gifts they offer every day. Marriage is not always rainbows and butterflies, but it is the most rewarding union there is. So why not celebrate your spouse in style?! I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review the My Husband Rocks Hot Pink Juniors Fitted Tee from Union 28. This cute little tee is comfortable, cute, and is the perfect way to let the whole world know how much I love being married to the greatest man in the world. When my husband saw my tee from Union 28, he laughed, picked me up off of the floor, spun me around and gave me a huge hug. He was touched to see that I wanted to wear this shirt proudly, and said it made him feel quite appreciated.
He also asked me if they have any shirts to proclaim love for one's wife! Yes, my husband wants a My Wife Rocks shirt! He already tells his friends and coworkers how awesome his wife is, so why not tell the whole world in a tee from Union 28? The best part? Union 28 offers a wide selection of apparel celebrating marriage for both men AND women in several fashion forward and trendy designs. There are tees, tanks, hoodies, and more! They even offers children's styles to celebrate mothers and fathers. How cool is that?!
I love Union 28 because in a world where people tend to give up too easily and strive for instant gratification, they help celebrate a bond that, with constant effort and nurturing, will last a lifetime. Marriage is the backbone of a healthy society, in my humble opinion. It offers us a soft place to fall when the world seems cold, as well as provides a healthy example for our children as they grow into productive, well-rounded adults. Marriage is not something to be entered into lightly. Marriage is a choice to love unconditionally, for better or for worse, for the rest of our lives. Some say marriage is an institution. Well, it's an institution I am proud to be a part of, and I will let the whole world know my happily married status with the help of Union 28!
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud Mom of 3 amazing kids. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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