Walk Day #3, Matt

It’s Veteran’s Day, so I was hoping to be able to go walk with someone who has served our nation in the military. Bonus points if we could arrange to do our walk chat at one of the local veteran’s memorials.

Lucky me, my very favorite, first-pick veteran said yes (after some bribing)… Thank you, Matt, my love! ❤

We didn’t have time to go check out the cool Anthem memorial (plus it’s best to go at 11 am), but we did a nice loop around our neighborhood. It was a gorgeous 68 degrees and clear, with the setting sun bathing everything in that gorgeous “golden hour” glow. Matt got bonus points for holding hands and actually smiling in a picture, ha ha.

It has been such a treat having him work from home these last several months. It’s the first time in our marriage to have that happen. Maybe it’s to balance out the Navy submarine years, when he wouldn’t come home for weeks, even months at a time!

We make a great team, Matt and I. He’s been a fun and encouraging best friend as well as an unwavering, strong, supportive husband and father. Quite handsome, too! I think he’s a keeper. It’s been wonderful to grow up together.

We were just kids in our early 20s when we met and fell in love. He was already in the Navy, training to be an electrician on nuclear fast-attack submarines. I was a young journalist in college working nights loading boxes onto UPS trucks. Last November we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary! A lot of living has happened together over these very full years, including having five amazing kids and living in five states.

Orlando, FL, where we met

Matt had an impressive record in his six-year Navy career, then got a software development degree and worked his way up to a fabulous career merging tech and accounting. Oh, and he kept up his private pilot’s license from when his dad was his instructor back in high school. Matt’s also a brown belt in jiu jitsu, fabulous cook, skilled motorcycle rider, golfer, excellent at ping pong, darts, wakeboarding and snowboarding, among other things. I’m a fan.

It has been a fun new adventure to travel alone as a couple again now that the kids are big. Although one drawback of him spending so much time underway on the submarine back in his military days is that he never wants to go vacationing on a cruise ship with me. I’ve always thought that would be neat. But I completely understand. I got to experience the tight quarters on his sub once in Norfolk, VA. His dad and I were able to ride along on a dependents’ cruise. So cool!! (Hey, wait… I guess I already HAVE been on a cruise!)

Well, thank you again for the walk, mi amore, and for your patriotic duty in service to our great country. I’m proud you’re mine!

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

– 1 Peter 4:8 ESV Bible

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV Bible

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