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#361: Our Song – “Your Smile” May 26, 2012

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We’ve almost been married 5 years now and we have no song.  No song as in “our song.”  Call me corny but I want to have a song for us.  A couple of years ago my husband suggested Your Smile by Rene and Angela.  I guess I wasn’t excited about it because it wasn’t a favorite.  I told my husband recently that I wanted us to have a song.  This morning at Zumba they played Stand By Me.  I thought that might work.  I told him about it after and he thought it was corny.  I explained it’s about us standing by each other.  He said that’s a given, we are supposed to stand by each other, we are married.  He said the song should have some meaning.  He suggested a Burning Spear song – the one I played the first time I went to his house.  I said, “They will never play that at a wedding.  I want a song where we’ll be sitting and it will come on and I can say “Come on, they’re playing our song.”  I asked him why he liked Your Smile.  He said because when he first saw me walk into that Starbucks 7 years ago I was smiling.  And I was smiling in the first picture he saw of me.  And that he loves my smile and fell in love with that smile.

Hmmmm.  Sounds like a pretty good reason for a song.  I can’t think of a better one.  So, ladies and gentlemen it’s official.  The Dunsons finally have a song, and here it is:


#355: I will always love you May 20, 2012

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My husband makes me feel like I am home.


Lovesong by Adele

Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am home again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am whole again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am young again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am fun again

However far away I will always love you
However long I stay I will always love you
Whatever words I say I will always love you
I will always love you

Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am free again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am clean again

However far away I will always love you
However long I stay I will always love you
Whatever words I say I will always love you
I will always love you


#354: I will never leave you May 19, 2012

When we were courting, I told my husband that I was looking for someone to stay.  He told me that he wanted to stay and that he would.  He still tells me, “I will never leave you.”   I believe him.


#351: His smile May 16, 2012

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I love my husband’s smile.  Especially the one where no one is looking but me and I see that he is completely pleased with me.


#323: Mr. Fix-it April 18, 2012

My husband continues to impress me.  Our shower doors were getting stuck all the time so my husband took the doors out and put in a shower curtain instead.  It is so much easier to get in and out.  I didn’t realize how stressful it was.  I told myself that I would need to get a nice shower curtain to make it look nice. When he showed it to me I saw that he had picked out an attractive navy blue curtain with bronze hooks.  He picked the hooks to match the bronze colored shelves in the bathroom.  I was so pleased.  Not only is he Mr. Fix-it but he also has a great eye for decorating.  It’s a masculine decorating but that’s ok.  Why should the entire house be pink!


#318: Karyl Day April 13, 2012

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I had THE best day the Sunday before last.  Here’s what I did:

  1. Worked out
  2. Sat in whirlpool
  3. Got hair cut
  4. Sat in sun
  5. Went to dinner
  6. Watched movie Midnight in Paris

It was such a great day.  It felt like I focused on me all day.  My husband said it was a “Karyl Day” and he supported me in taking care of myself all day. Thanks husband!  🙂

Diego's Hair Salon located at 1901 Q Street, N...

Diego's Hair Salon located at 1901 Q Street, N.W., in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


#317: Apologizing April 12, 2012

One thing I love about marriage is apologizing. It’s a little like broccoli and exercise. It might not be the most fun and appealing thing but after you do it you know it was good for you and the right thing to do. I used to apologize while still really arguing. For example, “I’m sorry but I did that because I’ve been so tired lately.”  It’s a good idea to leave buts out of an apology. They bring the focus back to you instead of on the other person. The whole point of apology is that you have hurt, offended, or wronged someone. You know what you did and you want to tell them. So apologize when you are ready. Know what you are apologizing for. It’s ok to just say sorry. But it’s even better to be specific. “I’m sorry for ______.”

Afterwards you may feel better but not necessarily. You may still be mad, either at yourself or the other person.  That’s ok.  But as soon as you recognize that you did wrong and how, and as soon as you can (you might have to push yourself a little) say you are sorry. Afterwards you will at least feel like you did the right thing and have taken a step towards holiness. Don’t expect anything in return from your apology. You might get a thank you, you might not. That’s not your problem or concern. You do the right thing and leave it at that.

I'm Sorry.

I'm Sorry. (Photo credit: Brisbane Falling)


#308: Staying Organized April 3, 2012

1946 (Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives)”]New Mexico. Mrs. Fidel Romero Proudly Exhibits...Want to hear a secret?  After I finish all 365 things I love about marriage, my new hobby will be organizing.  (Maybe after organizing, cleaning will become my hobby!) The blog I Heart Organizingis the thing that tipped me over the edge into my new hobby.  Visually the blog is neat and clean, white background and bright colors.  The look and feel of it won me over.  So did its great ideas.  It makes organizing fun.  Check it out!


#298: Being Family Historian March 24, 2012

One of the things I love about being married is that I get to be the family historian.  This job is related to a few of the other hats I wear:

  1. Family photographer
  2. Family birthday keeper and rememberer
  3. Family card sender
  4. Family tree keeper
  5. Family memento keeper
  6. Family vacation planner

When you engage in these types of activities, it makes sense that you are the one who remembers family history.  Before I was married, I already did a lot of these things with my family.  Now I have added my husband’s family to the mix.

Not too long ago we found a lost relative on my husband’s side.  She found us on our family tree site and it made me feel good that she is now back in touch with the family. Don’t you just

love family?  The more the merrier.  Mostly.  🙂

English: TURLIN family tree

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#294: March Madness March 20, 2012

My husband likes college basketball and loves March Madness.  This year I decided I would bond with him and watch it.  The first night I was sitting on the couch next to hubby and I asked him if he minded if I did a few little things while I watched it.  I wrote a few notes to friends telling them I was watching March Madness.  Yeah, that’s how I do it.

I told my husband I would print out two brackets the next day so we could fill them out.  My highlight that first night was when I said “That was a 3 pointer, wasn’t it?”  He said, “Wow, my wife knows! Can I get a high-five?  Can I get a whoop whoop?”  Mama did good.

I guess he thought I was gloating because then he looked at me and said “I don’t want you sitting there acting like you know what you’re doing, like you do this all the time.”

The next night I worked on my bracket.  I had NC at Asheville going to the final four.  I noticed that NC lost so I said to my husband, I picked them to win.  He said, “Over Syracuse?  NC at Asheville?”  I said, “What other NC is there?”  Oops!  I also didn’t understand that those little numbers to the left of the name were the ratings.  I asked for a do over – after all it was only the second night.  I redid my bracket.

What can I say?  I’m learning!  My brother said, “You’re not supposed to change your bracket.”  What do pesky brothers know anyway!  🙂

Asheville, North Carolina. July 23, 2010.

Asheville, North Carolina. July 23, 2010. (Photo credit: lakelandlocal)