Nathan Tanner

Day 24: My Wife (30 Days of Gratitude)

I was a sophomore in college when I met my wife. It was the start of a new semester and I noticed a beautiful girl sitting a few chairs down in my corporate finance class. I was immediately attracted to her. Sure, she was good looking, but there was something more. I knew I wanted to get to know her.

Well, we got to know each other quite well over the next few months. We sat together every day and I spent most of each class period trying to make her laugh. I was working up the courage to ask her out, but before I could, I found out she was dating someone else. Thankfully the story doesn\’t end there.

Shortly after she was back on the market (and by shortly I mean within an hour or two), I asked her out. We went to Trafalga (which apparently is now closed) for some mini golf and Dippin\’ Dots.

4,090 days later, we\’re still together. Yes, I did the math. No, it wasn\’t happily ever after following our first date. Yes, she once told me that, \”Things would never ever work out between us.\” No, I\’m not going to tell the full story right now. Yes, I take great pride in knowing I persuaded her otherwise. (In writing this I realized that our son was born exactly seven years after our first date. But I digress.)

Whitney is an amazing women. Here are 15 reasons why I love her:

  1. She is confident
  2. She is beautiful
  3. She makes beautiful children
  4. She is very optimistic
  5. She is good at kissing
  6. She supports me in my goals
  7. She loves being a mother
  8. She is a fabulous cook
  9. She is kind to everyone she comes in contact with
  10. She doesn\’t let anyone push her around
  11. She laughs at my jokes
  12. She is beautiful (Did I already say that?)
  13. She teaches our kids how to be good people
  14. She serves others even when it\’s inconvenient
  15. She makes me want to be a better person

I\’m happier in my marriage to Whitney than I ever thought possible. That may sound cliche but I don\’t care. I love her. I need her. I look forward to many wonderful years with her.

I\’m grateful for my wife.