5 things I've learned from my husband

36 years ago, on a cold, snowy day in Michigan, my husband, Dale Roland Earl, was born. He loves Star Wars and prefers Captain America to all other superheroes. A wicked smart archaeologist and graduate of the University of Utah, his mind never ceases to amaze me. I love being able to talk with him about everything from bacon and donuts to politics and spiritual experiences.

Dale's sense of humor matches mine perfectly and when no one else might understand something, we just get each other. He is also a truly devoted father, a trait I find extremely attractive and endearing. I've told him a million times that it's one of the reasons I fell in love with him.

I couldn't be more grateful that my sweet husband was born and has chosen to make a life with me. So in honor of his birthday, I thought it would be fun to share five things he's taught me during our time together thus far.

1. It's better to be early than late.

Until I met Dale, I was the kind of person who would push it so I'd end up arriving just barely on time or 5 minutes late. And getting up before 6am (let's be real...7am) was not something I did unless absolutely necessary. Dale on the other hand is an early riser and he absolutely hates being late. So we're the early Earls and honestly, I've come to really appreciate not having to stress about being on time. And while I love naps and sleeping in, I've discovered the upside of being an early worm---Saturdays are a lot more fun and productive!

2. Take time to relax and recharge.

It's easy for me to get into turbo mode and construct a to-do list that's a mile long. Dale helps remind me to take time to relax and be realistic about what can actually get done in a day. He is the kind voice of reason I need to settle myself down and find my center when things start to feel out of control. He steadies me in a way I never experienced until he came into my life.

3. Patience serves you best.

Except for when it comes to putting furniture together, my husband is the most patient person I know. He's willing to do whatever is necessary to achieve the best outcome, even if that takes time and effort. Most importantly, he's incredibly patient with me. Being patient is not something I'm very good at so I'm grateful to have such a good example in my husband.

4. Two is better than one.

Having a companion and partner to share all the ups and downs of life with is truly remarkable. I had always hoped for the kind of relationship Dale and I have but often doubted if it actually existed. I know better now. Being united together is so much better than being alone.

5. Snuggling is the best.

This one is pretty self explanatory. Being wrapped in Dale's arms is my favorite place to be. He always makes me feel safe, warm, loved, and protected.

Happy Birthday to my amazing husband! You make 36 look good, honey!!

images by Kayla Kitts Photography

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