When I married my boyfriend who is now my husband….

….he didn’t talk much.

I didn’t mind at all.

You see….I talked enough for myself and a small country with a string of Pacific islands.

And after all….I think talking is a little overrated when you have sparkling brown eyes that twinkle and extra muscles….

….and a smile that could melt the ice around the ship stranded right now in Antarctica.


After we got married nothing really changed.

I was still talking.

And his eyes were still twinkling.

But over time….he perfected the art of the one-liner.

You know….the perfectly worded phrase said at exactly the right time in exactly the right way that makes the conversation stop…..

…..and everyone listen.

Kind of like EF Hutton with dimples.


The other day we went for breakfast.

It was one of those days when you’ve just finished walking and the air is cold and the coffee is extra hot….

….and you want to order one of every item on the menu.

And so we ordered burritos stuffed with everything but the kitchen sink.


And there we sat on that crisp December morning with the cold air blowing outside and the coffee warming our hands.

I munched on my burrito full of jalepenoes and pepperchinis and hot sauce and vegetables with my legs swinging and my hands waving and a stream of consciousness conversation drifting across the table.

Brilliant conversation.

Like….”Why do you think they added that molding over the doors like that?”

And…”What do you think about adding a giant world map upstairs?”

And….”What if we started making our own honey?”

And on and on and on.


And as I talked…he sat quietly and listened with a nod every now and then in all the right places….

….smiling at me as if I were the most interesting conversationalist in the world.

All of sudden….I paused mid-bite and looked at my jalepenos and looked back at him and continued my random conversation with the question…..

….”Why don’t you like to eat anything hot?”


Those amazing brown eyes twinkled at me over the top of a mug of coffee.

He paused for a moment.

And then he smiled and said in that deep strong voice with a hint of a drawl….“Jalepenos and hot sauce are overrated.  The only thing I like that’s hot….

….is you.”



That is all the talking I ever need. 🙂

Happy, happy New Year’s to you and yours. 🙂

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  1. Image for Sally Sally

    Oh my word. Did he go to school with my hubby? That is EXACTLY something my hubby would say! LOL Our guys are keepers! Happy new year Karianne!! xo ~Sally

  2. Image for shari shari

    Oh my!! how endearing - that husband of yours! Your writing style always make me smile... you have such good flow and humor - I feel like I'm in a conversation with you!.. and ya know? - I too could talk volumes (in both dialogue and decibels). I think we'd have a good laugh, you & I! Happy New Year... you are blessed with both your twinkly-eyed guy and the gift of gab!

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    I have one of those guys too….Over dinner recently, I was going on about scrapbooks for quite sometime. me: "What do you think about scrapbooks and saving all that stuff". he: "I don' are my scrapbook". My pages overflow…. Happy New Year from one lucky girl to another, xx

  4. Image for Mercy Mercy

    What a wonderful guy! Absolutely the best possible thing to say! Thanks for the fun little brighteners to my day. Happy New Year to you and your great guy of a hubby!

  5. Image for Julie Julie

    Does he have an older brother that lives near Atlanta??? Wow!! What a lucky gal you are, and what a lucky guy you married. Sounds like a perfect match. Wishing you both a blessed 2014!!

  6. Image for Winnie Winnie

    I managed never to find myself a 'Keeper', so I love hearing stories like this - just to know that people do!!!!! Happy New Year to you, KariAnne! Keep the wonderful stories coming!

  7. Image for Sylvia Marie Sylvia Marie

    How precious,You can't buy that with $$$$, therefore you are the rich one!!! What a blessing!Happiest of the New Year....

  8. Image for Deborah Zebrak Deborah Zebrak

    Karianne, Thank you for sharing your heartwarming story, what a terrific way to end the year. In this time of such fast paced living it is so easy to get caught up in the everyday nuances it takes just to keep your head above water and when these small significant moments happen it helps you remember this is what it is all about - family, health and happiness. As always, thank you for brightening my days, you are a gem -my cup runneth over. Wishing you and your family a wonderful year. Deb

  9. Image for deezie deezie

    Hi there I never leave a comment but this time I HAD to. That was priceless. I loved it. Your husband sounds wonderful. I love your writing, you had me cracking up. Great great blog post happy New Year deezie

  10. Image for Lisa Lisa

    You need to clone that man of yours!!!!! What a keeper!! Happy new year KariAnne and family! Thanks for a wonderful and fun year over here!!

  11. Image for Theresa K Theresa K

    Oh My Gosh!! What a wonderful and romantic thing for him to say... God bless you and your family and marriage (you've obviously done something right! :) ... Happy new year, can't wait to see your 2014 projects!

  12. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Ah, Miz really know how to Rock the old year out! This post, as usual, is so sweet and precious. I hope you guys NEVER lose one sweet moment of each other. He is definitely one to hang on to, but as my grandpa used to tell me.....'you're a keeper, honey bunch'! Here's to a Very Happy, Healthy, and Blessed New Year to you and your family.

  13. Image for Kimberly Kimberly

    your stories make me laugh with delight and ache with emotion. I'm so thankful you get to live the life you do - every woman should be loved this way. Wishing you a wonderful new year xox

  14. Image for Stephanie Cchristian Stephanie Cchristian

    So sweet! Love all your writing on this blog and I look forward to it after a long day at work! Thanks for bringing smiles! Happy new year.

  15. Image for Maureen Maureen

    Sorry, you lost me at 'stuffed burritos' - huh, I must be hungry....... (just kidding - New Year cheers to you and yours)!

  16. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Karianne, If I ever met you I would hug you so tight you would burst. When you write and I read--I am captivated, mesmerized and usually hysterical, teary eyed or just left in awe. This was such a sweet recollection of your day to day relationship with Mr. Brown Eyes. I adore my breakfasts with my Mr. Blue Eyes so it was nice to hear someone else's recap of their snippet in time. Happy New Year. Fondly-Lisa

  17. Image for Jessica Reichard Jessica Reichard

    It is a wonderful thing to be head over feet with your husband. God sure has blessed you both! I feel the same about my husband, Aaron. Thanks for sharing what a healthy marriage looks like!

  18. Image for Linda Andersen Linda Andersen

    oh Karianne, do have a prince!! and I'm sure he's right! have a wonderful New Year and thanks for bringing a bit of sunshine into my life with your blogs!! xoxo

  19. Image for Kathie Kathie

    I have a keeper like that too. We are both 62 and he still makes little comments like that. Right now he is reading the farmer's almanac To me while I try to type this. :)

  20. Image for Lourdes Lourdes

    That is such a cute story! Wishing you and your brown eyed sweet husband a very Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

  21. Image for Sherry Sherry

    Love this! Just read to my husband because I thought it was adorable. He waited for me to finish and said "where'd they get the burritos?" Happy New Year virtual friend! P.s. I have the little silverware molds. Just bought this year at the Country Living Fair at Stone Mtn. LOVE them! Not sure where to put.

  22. Image for Sarah Sarah

    Stopping by this New Year's Eve to say how much joy Thistlewood Farm brings to my day. Just like this post! I beamed at the thought of such a sweet comment from your husband. I'm lucky to be married to the same kind of guy. Life is good! Happy 2014 to you and that great guy!

  23. Image for kayden kayden

    Karianne, Do you mind if I'm in love with your husband because I'm pretty sure that I am?! Don't even know his name but I don't need to. Kade

  24. Image for Amber Amber

    That totally made my heart all melty. It reminded me so much of my own high school sweetheart-turned hubs. Happy New Year to you and your hubby!!

  25. Image for Lynda Lynda

    All I have to say is that I can't wait till you write a book!!! I have said this before but I just know you will and I just know I'll love it!!! Xoxo Lynda

  26. Image for Mary S Mary S

    Jealous here!!! Sounds like you all got all the good ones... cause I can't find any. I knew there were still a few good guys left! Good for you!

  27. Image for amy watson amy watson

    My sweet hubby sounds a lot like yours, however.....I can't get that fork, knife, and spoon out of my head....pleas share with us if you made them and if so, how? I LOVE them.

  28. Image for Julie Spear Julie Spear

    oh, my!! what a sweet story, and your story-telling made MY heart go flutter! you are a lucky, lucky girl! I am your newest subscriber, and I agree with the previous 'commenter' about the GORGEOUS fork, knife, and spoon! I am about to go back thru and search if you posted more about these somewhere else!!! just beautiful! I have drooled over your projects for a long time now (ATTEMPTED my own Pom Pom Pillow, but my poms aren't right, but I havent given up yet, LOL), and I LOVE your blog, your writing style AND your beautiful farmhouse!

  29. Image for Wangu Wangu

    aaaw, such a sweet thing to say. I love the story about the pancakes you made him as well. Your stories are soo good, I love them.

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