My Rock

I was contacted last week by Red Envelope — you know, the awesome site you visit when you need gift ideas? Yeah them. They didn’t contact me to test out a product, or give them rave reviews — but instead to promote their newest campaign — Thank Your Rock. It took me .4 nanoseconds (if that) to decide who MY rock is.

Yes, it’s always and forever this guy.


I know…It’s an obvious choice. I didn’t just decide to marry him for funsies (although, our wedding WAS fun).



But in all seriousness I could not do half of what I do without him by my side. He is my equal partner. He cleans, he picks up food, he chauffeurs, he baby wrangles. He tolerates my crazy and supports my early morning wake ups.

We’ve known each other since we were 18. We had a somewhat tumultuous relationship while were in college, because, well, we were in college. We were young, stupid, and naive. Oh the good ‘ol days when I didn’t have bangs and he did.

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As we’ve gotten older and wiser (ha!), we’ve found ways to keep our relationship interesting by traveling, having kids, and participating in key swap parties. (just kidding, just checking to see if you’re still reading).

While our relationship is far from perfect, Dan has always supported my decisions and acted as my sounding board. When I’m stressed out at work or something is bothering me – he listens. When I’m paranoid and anxious, he doesn’t tell me I’m crazy (I’m sure he certainly thinks it) – he make accommodations. To me, these gestures are more important than gifts or affirmations. Of course, my highest ranked”Love Language” is Acts of Services, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

So to Dan… thank you. Thank you for being there, sharing your life with me, and having these adorable kids with me.


Thank you for supporting my running addiction, for making the coffee, for washing the 8 gazillion pounds of laundry, for not questioning me when I buy more makeup and more workout clothes,  for supporting me when the kids say I’m mean (we both know you’re the “fun” parent!), and for all the little things I recognize, but may never acknowledge.

E feels this way about Edward Cullen too.

Thank you for your friendship, you humor, your commitment to making me laugh every day, for taking pictures of me/us in weird places/at strange times without questioning it, and for doing Zumba in public with a baby on your shoulders.


In short… Thank you for being my rock.

*you may all vomit in your mouth now*

Who is YOUR rock?

**I hate that I have to write this, but I wasn’t compensated for this post, nor was this post sponsored/affiliated. I just thought it was a really nice campaign that came with the opportunity to gush over a person I truly love.


    • says

      We just celebrated 11 years – and we’ve been together 17 years total. The weirdest thing is that we’ve almost known each other for half of our lives. How did that happen?

  1. Cindy says

    Thank you for sharing this. I am so glad to see he is so loved. And this apple did not fall far from the tree.

  2. Denise G. says

    Bangs… Bwahahaha that literally had me LOLing.

    My rock is most certainly my hubby. We’ve had a whirlwind romance – not even together 2 years and we’re married with a baby boy. I had no idea that my neighbor across the way had a big crush on me for the 5 years we knew each other before dating (I was living with someone so he never made a move). He does it all around the house too, spoils me in many ways and is a great dad. He’s been by my side as my mom battled cancer and through dealing with the effects of my past relationship. I’m so thankful he pursued me and that no one else snatched him up before me!

  3. Maryellen Lalikos says

    He is her Rock..His patience, his wacky sense of humor, but most of all his support and love for my daughter! Thank you, Dan <3

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