Mike

Published January 10, 2011 by S

My husband is one of the most amazing men that I know.  He is smart, funny, motivated, an amazing father and husband, and on occasion the most frustrating man I have ever met….but I can’t imagine my life without him!

We met the first time through a mutual friend who had a crush on him, which then meant that we had to drive around his townhouse complex for 1/2 an hour before just calling his house, to see if he would come out for coffee….turns out he wasn’t even home, but did come meet us later.

Now if you had asked me at that first meeting if I would eventually fall in love with him and procreate the answer would have been a firm NO!  I was seeing someone else, and he had just come from work and looked a little bit like the uni-bomber…all sweaty with long hair, and a strange looking coat….

The second time we met was a lot less scary, and no less awkward.  Again we met for coffee but with a different friend that now had a crush on him.  Mr Popular, right?  lol

So it was back to Tim Hortons for us all, but this time he showed up with much shorter hair, dyed fire engine red and spiked, and wearing a crazy red outfit.  But after the hair what was the first thing i noticed?  His Eyes!  The shorter hair and the bright colours really just made his eyes POP! And I was hooked!

So we hung out in groups several times over the next few weeks, until the fateful day that I had my friends blessing to go on a date with him.  The way I hear it, he had some pretty awesome plans for the first date, but the torrential rain storm ruined that, so we hit up the Drive-in movies.  We talked all the way through the first movie (Joe Dirt) and then actually made an attempt to watch the second movie (A Knights Tale) but soon got distrated talking again *wink* and that was that…we were a couple!  That was May/2001.

We had a lot of fun over the next few months.  Camping, concerts….lots of random fun teenager stuff….it was a great time.  For my birthday he took me to the casino at the stroke of midnight, and bought me my first (legal) drink and put $20 in a slot machine for me.  It was a good night, and not just because I won $200!

Then the unthinkable happened….on September 13/2001, my father passed away, VERY unexpectedly….but Mike was there for me and my family every step of the way.  And the support from his family was amazing as well. It was a sad time, and Mike was a huge part of how I got through it.

We got engaged on February 13/2003, and then 9 months to the day of the proposal we found out we were pregnant with our beautiful Haylee.  Things just seemed to fall into place for us. So we moved out on our own, had a baby, bought a house…..all that “grown-up” stuff.

We finally tied the knot on August 4, 2007.  He was so handsome in his Tux, and we were surrounded by so many amazing friends and family members.  And because we waited, our beautiful Haylee got to be our flowergirl!

We shared our first married dance to the song “Love is all Around” by the Troggs.  We chose this because of the movie Love Actually.  It’s such a dorky british romantic comedy, but he’ll actually sit and watch it with me.  I think it’s because of the random nudity, and the crazy Old Rockstar guy…

Then in October, 2007  we found out that Jackson was on the way to join our little family.  It was an amazing time for us all. 

But big changes were in store for the next 2 years.  We had our son join us in June, 2008 followed by a new house and a big move 4 months later. And then in Fall, 2009 my amazing husband supported me as I began my journey into surrogacy. 

Right from the first time i thought about surrogacy, Mike supported the idea.  He came to appointments with me, met the Intended Parents, arranged his work schedule to help me out when I needed it.  And then right around the same time we expected to transfer the embryos….our daycare provider decided to close up shop leaving us with 2 weeks to find a new babysitter for the 2 kids…..but it was perfect timing as it turned out!

Mike decided that since he was miserable at work, that he would like to stay home with the kids!  I told him that if he could come up with a budget and plan to make sure we could cope on one income…then I was all for it. So the next day he had a plan, and we put it into effect. He handed in his notice, worked out his 2 weeks and then started life as a Stay at Home Dad!

I am so proud of him for this decision.  It’s not easy being the Stay at Home Parent, but he has taken the opportunity and made it work for us.  He even found other children to start his own small home daycare, and to be friends for our own kids. 

So he is SuperDad during the day, an Associate Manager at Build-a-Bear on weekends, and an amazing Husband, friend, and human being ALL the time!

So not only has he done all that….but he has also trained for 2 years to run a marathon which he did on October 17, 2010 and completed in an amazing time!  4 hours 3 minutes and 58 seconds!  Truly amazing!  And he has plans to run 3 more in 2011 and I have no doubts that he will continue to get faster and better.

I think if you ask anyone that knows him, to choose his best characteristic….most of them would say it’s his sense of Humour.  He can make you laugh when you are in the worst of moods.  And he doesn’t hold back!  But I think his best lines are the ones that really make no sense.  Don’t worry, if you haven’t met him yet….you’ll understand it when you finally do.

He is the most caring, funny, intelligent, loving, supportive, and amazing man that I know!  I am lucky to have him in my life, and I hope that he knows that.

Love you Mikey!   333

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