Being Valentine’s Day and all (Happy Valentine’s Day by the way!), I thought I’d document how I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that my husband, Jeff, loves me.
- It isn’t the fact that he proposed.
- It isn’t that he said “I Do” 6 1/2 years ago.
- It isn’t that he gave me 4 sons. (4! All boys! Inconceivable!)
- It isn’t that he’s supportive of me staying at home instead of working.
I know he loves me because of the house we live in.
I’ve written before about the house we’re in. My husband and I were not looking to move. We had been married almost 5 years and had already moved 3 times, thinking we were in the house we’d live in until our kids were grown and gone. I had a 2 month old. And a 1 1/2 year old. And a 3 year old.
And the fort that’s in our backyard.
See, all last summer – for SEVERAL weekends, he built me a fort. A gigantic one. The platform is 7 feet in the air. The roof is 7 feet above that, so that a grown man can stand up in it with no problem. The platform is “L” shaped – the longest side is 12 feet long and the shortest side is 6 feet. It’s LONG and TALL.
We have plans to add onto it in the future – a bucket and pulley system. A climbing rock wall maybe. But the bulk of it is done.
This isn’t the case where my husband is a builder by day and thus, had to build on the weekends too. Oh no. He’s an Electrical Engineer by training (now in management). This was not in his wheel house. This is not something he would’ve chosen to do. He enlisted help from his father, but he easily spent 100+ hours building this thing. And way more money than we thought!
And it’s because he loves me that he did this. If it was just love for his kids, he would’ve just bought a swingset (and saved lots of time and money!). But because he loves me, Jayme, he built this. The custom fort that I wanted. The fort that I hope our children love for years. The fort that they’ve already eaten lunch in many, many days last summer and fall. The fort that they can play board games on when they’re in Elementary school. The fort that I hope they have sleepovers on when they’re in Jr. High. It’s just awesome and I love it. And I love him!