Monday, January 10, 2011

Best. Gift. Ever

First of all, it is important to understand that my husband is very hard to shop for.  Why?  Well, the answer is easy, he is a very simple man.  There are two things, since our marriage, that offer him PERSONAL joy, 1) Father Baron (a syndicated show with a Chicago priest sharing the Faith) and Madden on Playstation 2.  It brings me much delight, that when he has free time and his wife isn't bugging him, he is most likely doing one of those two things...often times late into the night (when his pregnant wife goes to bed at 9:30 pm).  I enjoy that he enjoys these things- and if he has the afternoon off, and I am at work, my question is usually, 'how many games of Madden did you play?'.  What is funny, is that he doesn't really like any other video games/game systems- just his PS II.  He is a simple man.

Even before we got married, I told him I wanted a wii.  That I REALLY wanted a wii.  We always decided we couldn't afford it ,or there was something more important to buy.  In recent months, as everyone and their brother's sister kept getting a wii, my need intensified.  It wouldn't be too strong to say, I even got a little snippy with him about it.  'If YOU wanted a wii, we would have a wii, but because YOU do our budget, YOU have decided that we can't get a wii...and THATS NOT FAAAIIRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!'.  You get the picture.  Just last week, when we decided to cancel our cable, we had the conversation again.  I said we should get a wii, because of the hours of time we could spend together playing, instead of watching tv.  He said no, and I was mad.
On Friday, Aaron said he was 'working on a surprise' in the basement and I was not to go down there.  Now, if you know me, the first thing I would NORMALLY do is go down there, but I thought it would be fun to get surprised, so I exercised self-restraint and did not go see what he was up to.  But I was curious, was he making a dresser for our nursery? organizing pictures that I have in boxes?  I just couldn't figure it out.  And he kept referring to this surprise.

Yesterday, Sunday, was a rough day.  My sweet baby boy likes to lay directly on my bladder.  That, coupled with an extremely dry house that forces me to drink water all through the night, led to a night with almost no sleep.  After, I went to Mass way too early (on no sleep) with teens (who are awesome) and had to leave to throw up :(  I came back at the Eucharistic prayer, sat in the back because I was sick, and practically had to run out to the bathroom to get sick AGAIN during the kiss of peace.  After, we had a seven hour meeting which went really well, because my teens are awesome, but one of the things that we did was calendaring.  On a lack of sleep and being sick, calendaring can be stressful.  I watched any semblance of a social life disappear and felt my stress level rise as I contemplated how I am going to be able to go on maternity leave in the midst of such chaos (including four overnight events- YIKES).  I sent Aaron a message, letting him know I was in a fairly bad place and then got in my car to drive home.  When I got home, Aaron had only started the dishes, and given my mood- I was a bit sassy about it.  Insisting that if he couldn't find the time to start the dishes, I would just do them myself (gosh- I am SUCH a brat).  He came up to me, and asked if we could just say hello first.  I calmed down, and got a smile on my face- and asked for my surprise:)

I know that was a pretty huge build up but to understand the awesomeness of this gift, I want to remember the back story.  Aaron told me to go to Aidan's crib (which he had set up earlier this week- gosh, I am really married to a prince) and in it was a wrapped and heavy present.  I took it out of the crib, totally confused as to what it could be.  I brought it in the family room, took off my shoes, and began to open it.  When I opened it I saw a wii.  Not just the wii, but the wii, wii sportsresort,  mariocart, supermario brothers, and three other games. I gasped and ran right into his arms, fighting back tears for this awesome gift.  BUT WAIT!  It gets better.  We couldn't afford the wii, so how the heck did he make it work.

He went on to say that since Friday he had been online, selling back all his old/my old books- one by one until he reached enough money to buy it.  Well then, i noticed there were two huge boxes of books next to our tv.  Made sense.  I asked him how much he made for them and it didn't add up.  It wasn't enough.  That is when he nonchalantly said that he sold back his psii, all the games and his controller to get enough to buy the games.  Remember, the psii?  Madden?  The thing that my husband plays and enjoys?  Well then I lost it.  I literally could not stop crying.  I was like, 'you have to get it back, you have to get it back'.  He kept laughing at me and told me it was done and he was happy that I could have my wii.

I have never had a gaming system in my life.  Growing up one of six kids, my parents didn't allow us to have one because we fought so much over them.  So, last night as we were playing Mario, I was in HEAVEN. I even kicked his butt at both Wii fencing and 3 point shoot outs:) (though he would have me note that he killed me at table tennis and regular tennis...NERD).

For the last 8-9 years of my life I wondered why I had such a desire to get married and God hadn't shown me my spouse.  Last night was once again a reminder, I had to wait.  So that I could have a man like Aaron:)  Our Scripture verse for our wedding spoke of 'out doing one another in kindness'.   My husband constantly goes above and beyond to show me his love.  Which is why, Aidan and I are the luckiest cats alive:)

Happy Monday!  I am going to go play my wii now:)


  1. Very sweet post. Husbands are the best.

    PS: One of the most wonderful smells in the world to me is the scent of a Catholic church. However, each and every time I was pregnant I couldn't make it through an entire mass without getting faint or sick. I had to stand out in the narthex with all the other reprobates and surly toddlers. This post brought back that wave a nausea, but in a fun way.

  2. Yeah, the mass thing has become crazy. Especially if I go to an earlier Mass. It is bizarro. A teen said maybe God was using it to 'cleanse' my body before receiving him! LOL

  3. ok, you have to give warning about reading this if one is PMSing at the time. You do have an awesome husband and one well worth waiting for. If we ever get a chance to get together we'll have to set up the hubbies in a room w/ Madden, that's the only game he'll play too.