8 Things About Me According to Todd

Here it is, the long awaited list from Todd. For those of you who missed his response to my rules – this is what he had to say:

Ok Everyone….I have been putting some serious thought behind this endeavor. It might be a little long; it definitely will not have EVERYTHING that I really want in it due to the blasted RULES. I also have to find someway to keep Jen from editing it to death before posting it….I used to be pretty persuasive if I had the right amount of Peanut M&M’s, Coke and the promise of a little something “extra” later…but that does not seem to work anymore….

Stay tuned….I am hoping for late next week.

Todd (aka – DH)

When I saw the email with the attachment from him (he’s on a business trip) I was a little frightened. Nobody knows me better and there are a multitude of less than wonderful things he could say about me. And frankly only a handful of pretty good things he could say about me.

But after reading the list I’ve decided that he is so very biased AND delusional and I wouldn’t want him any other way. Heaven forbid the scales ever fall off his eyes!

His words are in orange and any comments I may have are in red. I didn’t edit anything he wrote, but there are some places I must defend myself! Without further ado, here ya go.

Here are the 8 things about my lovely, ever so popular, blogger wife

1. She is the strongest person I have ever met and is my Rock.
With all that she has been through with cancer, chemo, reconstruction, the multitude of side-effects from the chemo, putting up with me, putting up with the kids, and many other things…….she has a cast-iron will and intestinal fortitude that I admire greatly. She is, and has always been, my rock and best friend. We all just do what we have to do. And I feel the same about Todd.

2. She is a very Godly woman and a blessing to others.
Jen’s faith is so very strong, even when she does not think it is. She is always thinking that she is not either spiritual enough or in-touch with God enough when in actuality she is so in touch with God at all times that it is inspiring to me and others. She is always willing, whether she feels good or not, to let God use her to bless others. I will not ever forget when we found out that she had cancer. She sent out an email to her friends to tell them and asked that nobody call or come over. One of her close friends called (Candy) and I answered the phone to hear her crying hysterically. I tried to calm her down a little before I gave the phone to Jen thinking that a hysterical person on the phone was the last thing she needed. Once I got Candy calmed down, I handed Jen the phone and as soon as she started talking I heard Candy crying again. Jen just sat there and talked to her……and said, “It is OK Candy, I am here for you”. Can you believe that…..what a woman!!
And then Candy and I burst out laughing.

3. She is a super wife and mother.
Jen and I are soul-mates……there is no doubt about that. She is also the only one that could even possibly put up with me. She is my sounding board and is not afraid to give me honest answers even when I do not want to hear them. She is a wonderful mother and warm-hearted to the core…….not to say that she cannot work on her sympathy for us when we get sick…that could use a lot of work. I cannot imagine my life without Jen and the kids.
I admit it. I’m very low on the compassion scale.

4. She is ABSOLUTELY Nuts!
As I am sure all of you have been able to tell, Jen is quite humorous, even when it becomes extremely annoying. She seems to be able to find the humor in everything…..and quite often does. You all just get to read about it…..I have to live with her! The “Rules” will not allow me to expand on her craziness, but suffice it to say that I could tell some stories that would have you rolling on the floor. When we were first dating, you could give her a few cans of Coca-Cola and a bag of peanut M&M’s and sit back and enjoy the show. She is very entertaining. By the way, anytime she says, “Surely, I do not know what you are talking about”….what she really means is that she knows EXACTLY what you are talking about. God love her, she is all mine.
I’m sure I don’t know what he’s talking about.

5. She is a MAJOR procrastinator.
To hear her mom tell it, she is just like her dad. I honestly think her dad gets a bad rap and has for years. Sometimes I call her Scarlet since she will surely get to it tomorrow. Why should she do it today, it will still be there tomorrow…..uuugghhhhh!!!!! For those of you out there that agree with her….please keep it to yourself. There are times when I will see something on the floor that she dropped or left or whatever, and I will just let it sit there to see how long it takes before it gets picked up…..once again the “Rules” do not allow me to tell you the answer!!
I’m sure I don’t know what he’s talking about.

6. She is an excellent writer with an overactive imagination.
I think my wife is an excellent writer…plain and simple. Writing is something she has always had a love for and for the last few years has actually been working on it. She has written a book or two, but has not quite finished either (please see #5). Writing her Blog has been very helpful to her and I would like to thank all of you out there for the nice things you have said to her over time. She is a really humble person and does not think herself worthy of praise of any kind, but I know that deep down, she really enjoys the comments you all leave. It is my sincere prayer that she gets published someday so that she will be an authentic “Author” which has been a dream for her for sometime now. She has been working on a book about the experience that she has just gone through with cancer and moving to PA which I feel is very therapeutic for her, she just needs to finish it. I know that she is more than capable…..I just need to keep at her to overcome #5.
I’ll worry about that tomorrow. JUST KIDDING! There’s a lot I could say here, but I’m not going to. He’s right, though. I love, love, LOVE all the very kind comments you people leave me.

7. She has a wonderful personality.
It brings me so much pleasure to sit back and watch Jen shine when she is in a group setting. She is so special. She makes people feel good by just being with them. She is a great conversationalist and has a killer smile. I think of some lyrics from Elton John’s song “Tiny Dancer, ….pretty eyes…..pirate smile…she marries a music man….” While I only play acoustic guitar, I kind of am a music man….she does have very pretty eyes and definitely a pirate smile. Simply put, Jen lights up a room when she enters…….and it is a joy to see.
Delusional. But if he wants to think this who am I to argue??

8. She has AWESOME friends.
Jennifer has always been one to have lots of friends. She has old friends and new friends, physical friends and cyber friends…..I am pretty sure that she has imaginary friends as well. As she has been a help to so many of her friends, in her hour of need, they have been there for her to the fullest. You all know who you are and I want to thank each and every one of you. Some I have met, others I have heard A LOT about, but I am thankful for all of you. Thank you for giving her encouragement when she needed it, straight truth when it was required, assistance when the situation called for it, love when she felt lonely, and guidance when she was unsure. From the bottom of my heart…I love each and every one of you!
This one is absolutely, unequivocally true. I have the best friends in the world!!


  1. Mailyn on July 24, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    He is just too cute for words. Seriously, tell him we totally think he is hella cool. But I still wanna see the meme without the rules. M&M and Coke? Come on! You have GOT to spill that. 😛

  2. Pokey Puppy on July 24, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Ohh.. he is so sweet… he DEFINATLY wins best hubby award in my book. And I agree… next post must be about m&ms and coke!!

  3. Anne on July 24, 2007 at 7:56 pm

    He’s so sweet. Nicely done. 🙂

  4. Rosie on July 24, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    Wow, and how sweet is he to follow your RULES? You should save this for your kids to read someday. They should be able to read what their Dad thinks about their Mom. I have to say it one more time, Wow!

  5. Lori on July 24, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    What a beautiful tribute. Sounds like you guys have a wonderful relationship. He really adores you. Just fantastic.

  6. SeaSpray on July 24, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    Wow -how sweet is that? Looks like there are 2 writers in the family. :)What a blessing to have the relationship that you two have! 🙂

  7. CindyS on July 25, 2007 at 12:02 am

    That is just the sweetest love letter ever!Try taking a spoonful of brown sugar – I’m on the ceiling in no time!CindyS

  8. April on July 25, 2007 at 12:06 am

    Okay Jen what did you do with Todd’s REAL list?!? LOLIn all honesty that was so SWEET and I’m almost in tears! Thanks for the post Todd…..you got a good lady!

  9. Swishy on July 25, 2007 at 1:29 am

    Ohh, that is so cute! It sounds like you are both very lucky to have each other.

  10. Stacy~ on July 25, 2007 at 7:27 am

    This was so awesome and sweet. Todd, you rock! And you’re not a bad writer yourself. Loved this. Normally I hate it when someone makes me cry, but this was in a good way, and Jen, I feel blessed to know you.

  11. Tara Marie on July 25, 2007 at 8:06 am

    Todd rocks too 🙂

  12. Monnik on July 25, 2007 at 9:14 am

    I love this! What a great tribute to you. Todd’s a keeper. 🙂

  13. Angry Woman on July 25, 2007 at 10:12 am

    I swear the two of you have the best relationship in the world!

  14. My Realtor Maranda on July 25, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Well, I actually was born there and lived there until I was about 8. I have visited there often since because I still have family and friends in the area. I don’t remember much, but I do remember going fishing with my grandmother and the little shops and restaurants. It looks so much like you would imagine, just an old fishing town with light houses! By the way, I read what your husband wrote, what a sweetie. I’m actually getting married in Sept and he reminds me of mine, I just hope he stays that way. I agree with rosie, you should save that for your kids to read.

  15. Jodi_Lee on July 25, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Wait! YOU’VE WRITTEN 2 BOOKS?!?! Why was I not informed of this AND why have I not read at least 1 of them????? Jeepers Jen…I don’t even know you anymore. lolTodd is everything I imagined him to be. I think I love him! I’m blessed like you to have a man who loves me like crazy! 🙂 This post was too cute, but I want answers about this book missy!

  16. Jenster on July 25, 2007 at 11:54 am

    Yup. He’s pretty sweet and a bit on the mushy side. And I’m NOT complaining!We’ve always had a good marriage – bumps like anyone else, but still a very good marriage. But it took on a completely different dynamic when I was diagnosed. I don’t even know if I can put my finger on it, but there’s an extra closeness – if that makes sense.And I agree. He’s a great writer! But he doesn’t love it, which I think is kind of odd because he’s so good at it. But whatever.As far as the M&Ms and Coke, there’s not much to tell. It just used to wire me and I was like a little kid. HYPER and then I’d crash. Fun at a party, though. :o)

  17. Jenster on July 25, 2007 at 11:55 am

    Jodi – there’s no book! Not really. There are a couple of short stories, only one of which is finished. And I’m working on a non-fiction book right now – in fact I’m getting ready to query agents. But don’t be looking for me in the store for a while.When Oprah has me on her show to talk about my book, though, I’ll be sure to let you know!

  18. Gretchen on July 25, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    Every woman should walk through life as blessed as you, in terms of her mate. Keep this, keep this, keep this! Use it during arguments. LOL! 🙂

  19. Barb on July 25, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Wow, so much for guys having a hard time expressing themselves! He deserves a super-sized bag of peanut M&Ms for writing all of that voluntarily! :o)

  20. Bookwormom on July 25, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Jen- We all know how great & wonderful & perfect & funny you are. That’s why we stop by every day. Seriously.Also- have you seen the new M&Ms with Dark chocolate??

  21. Jan Jaffe on July 25, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    So Very Cute!!! LOL :)I think I will show a copy to DH Steve for hints.

  22. Katybug on July 25, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    Oh my gosh, Jenn, I was looking forward to meeting you in person one of these days, but you AND TODD??? Now THAT will be SUCH a BONUS!!! You two are truly soulmates, and it really shows in his post. Is he going to roll his eyes with all these “He’s so sweet!” comments? Coke & M&Ms? Oh please! You are such a lightweight. (This, btw, coming from the Queen Lightweight! One serving of Bailey’s Irish Creme on the rocks and I AM LOOPY!)

  23. Terri on July 26, 2007 at 2:05 am

    Jenni doesn’t really need the M&Ms and Coke, she uses them as her excuse! AND – what short story have you finished, and why didn’t you tell me? I have two stories started with no endings from you….. I need an ending to at least one!

  24. Jenster on July 26, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Katybug – I prefer a Kahlua Mudslide, but I still get wackier with the coke and M&Ms. lolTerri – I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking about.And you’ve read the one story I actually finished. I still haven’t finished the other two. :o)

  25. radioactive girl on July 26, 2007 at 11:46 am

    The M&M and coke thing just about killed me! In college, I had a friend who would bring me both before our class together so that after the class he could enjoy my craziness. Too funny that you also share this with me!Your husband is amazing, and so are you. I am so happy to have “met” you!

  26. Carolanne on July 28, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Wow! This was absolutely beautiful and you are obviously well loved in return. :)I can relate to so much of it – esp the procrastinator bit!

  27. Jen on July 29, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    It’s official – Todd is a keeper with excellent taste in women 😉

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