Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I'm in LOVE!

On June 9, 1993, John asked me to be his girlfriend. Well ... it went more like this, "This is the last time I'm going to ask you to be my girlfriend. If you break up with me again, then that's it!" I broke up with him 3 times the year before, but that's another post, and apparently I believed him, because we recently, December 30th, celebrated 10 years of being married. So, in celebration of that, I thought I'd share some of the reasons I'm in love with John Schloss.

  • I'm in love with a man who somehow saw through my big glasses, permed hair, and pre-braces smile and asked me to be his girlfriend anyway.
  • He persevered despite my dad's rules. I was 12 and the apple of my dad's eye ... John was 14. What were some of the rules you ask? We were allowed to see each other at church and at my house, occasionally, I was allowed to go to his house. We could talk on the phone for 20 minutes a day and I had to be off of the phone by 9:00pm. I wasn't allowed to call John - like, until I went to college. (Come to think of it, maybe I wasn't supposed to be calling him then either ... Dad, are you reading this???) I wasn't allowed to ride with John for a long time. Before my parents did let me ride with him, he had to come to my house to take a driving test. I should add that we're now very thankful for the restrictions and rules my parents had and now that John has a little girl, he's thinking about raising the bar a little on the "rules"! Oh, my dad only got a shotgun out once can ask John about that!!
  • John took me to 4 proms and had a good time. Well, he tried to talk me out of the last one!
  • From his days at The Citadel to the USAF, he's always been so handsome in a uniform!
  • I'm in love with a man who reads his Bible at the kitchen table.
  • He is faithful ... to God, me, Will & Kate, our church, friends, his job, and Duke basketball.
  • John almost always THANKS me for doing the laundry - I love that!
  • My Johnny always calls to say he is on his way home and to ask if I need anything. Although secretly, I think he does this to see if I've started dinner and to give me a chance to get the house picked up :o)
  • I'm in love with a man who has painted our current family room 5 times ... 3 of those in one weekend. Don't be confused. He doesn't love to paint, his wife is just indecisive.
  • It is such a blessing to me to hear him pray over our kids each night at bedtime.
  • He loves my mama ... and if I'm grumpy or sad he always asks "Have you talked to your mom today?"
  • I love it that John works hard to make the grass perfect all summer, that the tires on my minivan are always shiny, and I love the marinade he puts on his grilled chicken. There was that one time that the chicken caught on fire, but you can ask my mom about that!
  • I love getting up in the morning and finding a post-it note on the mirror with a note from him.
  • John makes THE BEST chocolate chip pancakes almost every Saturday morning. That could have something to do with the fact that I don't have to cook or clean for this meal, but really, they are delicious!
  • He will scan the old pictures in for this post because I still can't find pictures on the computer once I scan them. Even more, he gets it, you know, the little things. It's important to me to have these pictures in this post! :o)
  • I'm in love with a man that never leaves the house without saying I love you.
I'm blessed ... 100 more years with John would never be enough!

"Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails..."
I Corinthians 13:7-8


  1. Such a great post, Ansley. Love the rules! Happy Anniversary (a little late)!

  2. you are blessed. Oh, and how i remember the rules your dad had. I think I will implement with mine. Maybe I should have a talk with your dad about them :)

  3. This is your father responding and yes I am reading this! My - how time (and having your own daughter) changes your perspective.
    I can say that in hindsight the rules were probably strict - but a loving dad feels he can't be too protective. And finally - regarding John - I have to say that when I reconciled to the fact that my daughter would grow to love another man, she could not have made a better selection. I remember the day he came to BD to ask about marrying you (perhaps the topic for another post). But in the end, your mother and I are the ones who are blessed that John perservered despite the rules and that you were smart enough to say "yes". We could not be more proud.