40 Years of Favorites: My Best Friend

Today, I’m dedicating my “40 Favorites” post to my best friend. The one who has stuck with me through thick and thin. The one who has seen me at my best and my worst. My biggest supporter. My Number One. My wife, Colleen.

For the past few weeks, I took random, unfiltered shots of my favorite person. I picked these because they remind me why I fell in love with her. Her spontaneity. Her drive to educate herself. Her honesty. Her heart. And overall, her good nature.

I took this shot at one of our favorite coffee shops in town. She loves coffee about as much as she loves unsweetened iced tea. And when opportunity presents itself, we will go out of town to find shops that are not franchise chains. Coffee shops, cafes, clothing stores, restaurants. She’s up for trying new things.

Colleen is a spiritual person. I just happened to catch her during prayer. Spiritual health is very important to her. She prays every morning for us, the city, the state of the world. And when she’s cleaning, she listens to Christian music. She has zeal for God and for making sure our children are raised on true Christian beliefs.

Another thing I love about Colleen: she loves learning. Social commentaries, political issues, raising children, cultural history, happenings inside and outside our bubble. The point is that Colleen wants to learn as much as she can so she can pass it along to me, our children, and everyone within earshot.

Even when we were dating, we would talk about being parents. About names we would give children. We’d talk about how we came from fractured family dynamics. Then, we got married. We didn’t have kids right away and there were some obstacles. But we’re happy we have such awesome children. Colleen and I want the best for our children. She finds ways to strengthen them physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. I couldn’t have picked a better mother.

I happened to catch her napping while she was watching TV. Probably one of the “Real Housewives” shows. Being a wife and mother takes its toll. And she’ll be the first to tell you that it’s hard at times. She sugar-coats nothing. I can attest to that. But that is why I love her. Because she’s honest and is not afraid to straighten me out.

Photos can only show so much. A sliver into one’s life. These pictures don’t fully state how much I love Colleen. About how I love her personality, her honesty, and the heart she has for family. I can’t imagine my life without her.


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