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Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Little Known Facts About Me...As Told by the Husband

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Today I have turned over the reigns of Top Ten Tuesday to my husband, Zach. I am slightly terrified...What secrets is he going to reveal to you all today? I blame Carrie from Reading is my SuperPower for this idea...Check out what HER hubby had to say about her last year HERE.

Many of you know my lovely wife, Rachel, and a few of you may know some of these things about her. But I would have you know her better. We all have facets to our lives that are only seen by certain people, or groups of people. This is neither a good or bad thing, just a natural way of life. Fortunately, most of us have a very close person or group that sees the whole spectrum of our life through these facets. Please allow me to spin the kaleidoscope and shine some light on a few of Rachel's unique surfaces.

#1. Rachel has odd coffee-drinking habits.

Though the hair color is wrong, I will compare Rachel to Goldie Locks. Her coffee cannot be too hot or too cold in the morning. Lukewarm is closer to the temperature she prefers. Also she will take an entire day sometimes to drink a cup, reheating it several times, and inevitably having to let it cool...and forgetting about it...again.

Bahaha! Ya...Sometimes I will go an entire day and not even finish 1 cup of coffee. Shameful, I know. Them: "How do you take your coffee?" Me: "Ridiculously sweet and lukewarm."

#2. Rachel prefers her soda on the flatter side.

Usually when she gets a soda, Rachel will let it sit open till it's gone mostly flat and become close to room temperature before she drinks it. 

Ya...this is so true. I can't stand a ton of carbonation...In fact I have a Dr. Pepper in the fridge I should drink (it was opened last night).

#3. Rachel spent 14 years in ballet.

Yes, my beautiful bride is a ballerina! I have not had the opportunity to see her perform, though she does dance around the house on a regular basis. And yes, I have taken her to several professional ballets.

Dancing is a part of my soul. It is the most effective way that I have found to express my heart and passion. Although I am horribly out of practice, I will never give up dance.

#4. Rachel is a natural redhead.

Though occasionally she puts in some purple or pink or dark brown, her hair is actually a deep red. Her erubescent coloring can best be seen on a sunny summer day.

My hair has continued to get darker over the years. I wish it had gotten lighter, but I can't complain! I love my natural hair color, I just like to change things up every now and then.

#5. Rachel raised goats while growing up.

Though I despise the animals, Rachel has told me, in no uncertain terms, that we are getting goats as soon as we have a house on acreage. She had goats for about 10 years as a kid (no pun intended), and had to feed, milk, clean, and care for them every day.

I miss my furry babies! I simply adore goats! I raised Nubians and Toggenburgs for 10ish years. I help my sister run the goat barn for our community fair and I just want to cuddle the adorable creatures all day! And yes, Zach knows he really gets no say in the matter the next point proves....

#6. Rachel is extremely stubborn.

Growing up raising goats, I think Rachel got this trait from spending too much time with the hard-headed animals. When she wants, or doesn't want something, she can dig her heels in and become as unmovable as a barn.

While I admit this is definitely not one of my better qualities...It has been useful. Especially when it comes to the care Ezra received in the hospital. I had to put my foot down a couple of times.

#7. Rachel has a brown thumb.

If you wish to give a gift of flowers to Rachel it's best if they are already cut and dead, otherwise it will be only a short time before they are anyway. If a plant isn't self-sufficient then more likely than not Rachel will find a way to kill it. Either through lack of water or drowning it in water, plants tend to have short lifespans in her care. So the upkeep usually falls to me.

No shame...I'm a plant killer. There are just some things I am not good at. Gardening just happens to be one of them....

#8. Rachel is a great cook, but...

Soups, chowders, roasts, pretty much anything in a crock pot, that's Rachel's mainstay. When she thinks about cooking she does a magnificent job. But, with having two little hooligans careening through the house all day, it's sometimes hard to think about, much less find time, to cook. So, since I love food, and love to cook I usually end up doing the cooking, and Rachel is happy to oblige me.

Ok, I think it is best to say that Zach does the summer cooking, I do the winter cooking. It is just so hard to think about food and cooking when it is hot. I would eat salad and wraps all summer if I could...Unfortunately, my children do not agree with this. 

#9. Rachel loves her candy.

Mike and Ike's, Skittles, Starbursts, Redvines...anything but chocolate! OK, Rachel occasionally enjoys a piece of dark and bitter chocolate, but she would much rather have gummies or hard candy. Oh, and she will eat them by the bag-full while reading through a stressful point in a book.

True statement. I am also VERY possessive of my candy...Basically...I don't share my candy.EVER. (Unless it's the pink Starbursts lol) Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, Runts, Jelly Babies, Wine Gums, and Hot Tamales are a few of my other faves...And Chocolate...can be mixed with brown butter, salt, or caramel...NOTHING ELSE! Mint, peanut butter, fruit....can't do it! Black licorice is another big no no.

#10. Rachel is patient.

Nothing shows this more than the relationship between us. For starters, she liked me for 4 years before I even realized it. (Actually I had to be told by a friend. I can be a little thick at times.) We have been married for almost 6 years now, and we have lived a LOT of life! Over and over again she astounds me with her grace and her patience for myself and our two boys. What I would do and where I would be without her is not a comfortable thought. She is the delight of my life and I love her tremendously!

Oh gosh....Here come the waterworks. Although my first reaction to this..."You think I'm patient?????" But thinking about it I guess I can be when I need to be haha! (Just not when I am waiting for a new book to come out lol.) I am so very blessed to have a bookish husband and partner in life to encourage and champion me and my dreams.

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Well, did you learn anything NEW about me? We had so much fun putting this post together for you! Can you relate to any of my personality traits? Tell me in the comments below! And don't forget...Next week starts a FULL MONTH of celebrations! Be sure to check back for more info.

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  1. Stubborn all the way! Stubborn enough to say that it's going to be a loooong while before I hand over my blog to my boyfriend to do a blog like this, haha.
    One of the more original TTT's I've seen today, though! Yay!

    1. Well, I did proof it and make my own graphics...sooo.....hahahahaha! And thank you! ;)

  2. Thank the good Lord for husbands who cherish their wives and COOK!!!

  3. First - Zach is AWESOME. Anyone who uses the word 'erubescent' in a post like this deserves much accolade ;)

    Second - I love you. Despite the flat soda thing. And the goats. Because you share your pink Starbursts with me <3 And you are everything he said plus so much more!!

    1. OH gosh...que round 2 of waterworks. Thank you my dear! So very thankful for you!

  4. This is so fun! Who knew you had such quirky coffee and soda habits!!! :)

  5. Awwwww! <3 Marriage goals. I adore this.

  6. Hubby did so great!
    I really want goats!!! My husband says no, and I need him to build their house. I would love to have some goats and chickens. But, I really want all the furry animals, so a petting farm would be a dream come true.

  7. I can relate to the first two points! Only mine is tea. And I leave my soda on the table for hours! I am stubborn, too. Your hubby is awesome! Mine is, too. He cooks ,too! We've been married for 48 years. Blessings !

    1. Haha I JUST finished my FIRST cup of the day...Haha!

  8. So sweet! Kudos to Zach!!!! I'm also a natural red-head.


  9. Haha! LOVED this! What a fun interview!!!!

  10. Well this was tons of fun!!!!! I'm a secret goat herder. I have a fascination with miniature goats. Have you read An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series by Isabella Alan? There's a Nubian goat named Petunia who is quite the character.

    Fun blog post! You guys are awesomesauce!

    1. Ah I haven't! Will be adding it to my TBR! Yaaaay for goats!!! Thank you Kav!

  11. love everything about this post! just too precious!! <3

  12. Great job hubby!!! Loved these fun facts.
    PS - pink starbursts are my favorite, you have some to get rid of I know someone who can take those off your hands! ��

    1. Hahahaha!!!! I haven't been eating Starbursts as often as I used to...You should have seen the GIANT bag of pink ones I took to Carrie last year at CFRR! Haha!

  13. What a fabulous idea for a post! LOVE it! And it is so fun getting to know you even more!!! Hugs!!

    1. Thank you! Carrie did it first! But so much fun!!!!

  14. I don't take my coffee lukewarm or sweet, but I am known to leave my coffee around the house and be constantly looking for it. Then reheating it a dozen times throughout the day. Yes, my husband thinks it's kind of odd, too. And he loves to cook, too! Especially on vacations! Yay!

  15. Such a fun post - thank you, Rachel and Zach!!

    I have a problem with keeping flowers/plants alive also, like you - I either water them too much or too little. I'm the only one in my family who doesn't have a green thumb. I must admit to possessing a good dose of stubbornness also (some OCD too) - they run in both sides of my family so I have a good excuse, right, LOL?? And yes, at times they come in handy - others, not so much, LOL!! And one of my biggest faults is my "sweet tooth" for candy, but just about anything with sugar in it. I don't have any strange coffee or soda habits but usually have no problems with not re-heating hot foods that have cooled - before eating them.

    If I may add one item to your list of wonderful attributes, it is that of loving to help others. I think fondly of all the work you did to help with the functioning of CFRR last year, not to mention the help you were to me personally. Love you, Rachel!!

  16. Awww thank you Bonnie! It was/is such an honor to serve!


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