I wasn't going to mention it as the day past very quietly last week; but after I saw this picture I just wanted to post it here and just give him credit for all that he does for us.
Anthony is in essence a family man. Family is important to him, and me and our 3 children are central in his life. He is honest, friendly and tries to live a life that makes us proud - and that I certainly am. He is starting a new job in a few weeks, leaving behind a pressured, thankless job and that has been a terrible strain, which tainted his existence for awhile. Life can be hard in other aspects to as he is 12,000 miles away from home, and sometimes that slips from our minds as my family plays a more prominent feature in our lives. Having spent the early years of our marriage in NZ I understand the sacrifice in leaving your roots. However, he lives here so I can live in the country that is so 'me' (I'm a very British girl) and my mother and I don't have to parted for too long -- this I appreciate more than words can say. Don't ask about the phone bills when I lived in NZ - this was before e-mail and text messaging and cheap rates!
He adores watching rugby which is his next big passion and thanks to Sky, living so far from the All Blacks is not such a problem as he watches all their matches and more besides (how many competitions can such a small country do??)
He is such a hands-on father, strong, loving and dependable - as well as cycling 7 miles a day so I can have the car when he doesn't need it for work during the day. Yep..we're are a one car family -- quite a rarity now. He supported us all when the children were small so that I didn't need to work and now I only work for 3 days, which allows me to be Mummy for 2 days -- a job I much prefer even if that means we can't go on holidays/have a bigger house/etc. And of course any extra money that comes our way is put aside for Anth to go back to NZ every few years. I am very blessed.
So, on the 20th April 1984 when I was just 20 we met and I have loved him since that day. He has a wonderful way of taking away my fears and "turns the world so it's facing the way that I'm going".
Thanks Anty..for everything ...oh yes and happy belated anniversary xx