Monday, January 7, 2008

Loving Her Beautiful

Welcome! Thanks for visiting. I hope you’ll take away something worthwhile, and maybe drop off something in return.

One of the best bits of marital advice I ever got was at a bachelor party. A friend offered these four words to the groom-to-be: “Nurture her creative interests.” It hit me like a board. My wife is ceaselessly creative in so many ways, yet I usually just nod and say, “Oh, yeah. Nice.” But if to know her is to love her, then to love her is to know her. And to know my wife is to know her creative side. So rather than just looking up and smiling at her latest creation, I’m jumping in with both feet to join her.

My own theory of design has always been, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But lately, I’ve found myself assessing the décor of a room by how it feels, and eyeing the way various objects on a display table work or don’t work together. The other day, I made a tiny adjustment to a slightly tilted tabletop candelabra. I wasn’t even aware I had done it. But my wife saw me, and joked, “What have I done to you?"

About the title. Simply put, I want to learn what makes her tick creatively. Why does she find an item beautiful while I look at it and think, “Where did that come from – and can you take it back?” Why does she love old French embroidered linen sheets when I think the ones at Target are just fine? And just what is ormolu? Anyone?

So off I go, on a journey to discover my wife through her world of creative expression. If I overlook anything along the way, feel free to point it out. I’ll use this blog to share what I learn. I expect I’ll learn a lot about creativity and décor. More importantly, I’ll be learning about my wife. Most importantly, I’ll be learning to love her beautiful.

A special card she created for me.


  1. I am in awe of the beginning of this blog. I do believe this post should be required reading of all soon to be married young men. Love the gifts you gave your wife for Christmas and I have added you to my google reader list so I'll be sure and not miss a post.

    Have a wonderful day.

  2. Aren't you the best! Gee can you talk to my husband? ;)

  3. I think this is wonderful..welcome to bloglandia!!

    Taking an interest in one another and various interests is friends I always joke that we have decorated our homes and our husbands have had no say (but what you have said about Target, and if it ain't broke...we've heard those comments!) but they are good sports and just go along with whatever we do. I suppose as long as there is a place for husbands to sit and to sleep, they are happy.

    I applaud you for becoming involved and beginning a blog...looking forward to seeing what you discover on your journey!

  4. I'm the first one here? Wow and double wow. You must love her a lot.

  5. You are a brave & thoughtful man. Welcome to the creative group of blogland blogs. Your wife has a wonderful blog. You will learn a lot about creative bloggers & where your wife is coming from by visiting blogs of some of the people who leave messages. Enjoy!

  6. how refreshing are you?!?! Such a pleasure to read your blog~

  7. What an absolutely thoughtful husband you must be!! Your wife is such a sweetheart it would only make sense that she have a husband just as sweet!

    Welcome to blogging! Heather

  8. Ormolu: Decorations made by applying finely ground, high-karat gold to an object in bronze. The French refer to this technique as bronze doré.

    You: A husband chosen specifically for your wife by God. To nurture, cherish and love her. Constantly refined, and painted in "Gold" by him, as you and your wife grow together.

    How thrilled I am to read this blog, to know that my lovely customer/friend Nancy has been so blessed by God with you as her husband, and you, with her.

    Having quite a lovely husband myself, I thank you, for writing this, and being an encouragement to so many.
    xo Lidy


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