Why I Love Even Steven

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I used to have huge goals for myself. I was voted Most Likely To Succeed in high school!

I was going to major in broadcast journalism, move to New York City and become the next Katie Couric. I was going to live a fabulous single life in the big city.

And then I took one look at Even Steven standing by a keg in his duck boots, and everything changed.


I saw him standing there, and I knew I was going to marry him.

I didn’t even know that I had ever wanted to get married. But I knew he was the one. And I didn’t care if I ever lived in a huge city or had a fabulous career. None of that mattered anymore.

All I wanted was to be with Even Steven forever.

Why I still want to be with Even Steven Forever

Even Steven

He Evens Me Right Out
This may shock you, but I can get a little dramatic. He does not. When I’m ready to throw the kids in the car and rush to the ER after one of them bonks their head on the coffee table, Even Steven calms everyone (me) down and assesses the situation. On the flip side, I can usually bring him right out of that “even” little rut of his.

He bought me a sweet bike for our 9-year wedding anniversary.

He is terrified of sharks
It’s absolutely adorable to see Mr. Even so scared. A trip to the ocean with him always makes me laugh. I’m not going to elaborate on this because I’m pretty sure there’s an entire post coming on this one. But his fear of sharks caused me to doubt his love for me once. And, ironically, my brother is a marine biologist and shark researcher. Stay tuned – full post coming soon.

When he’s being really wild and crazy – I’m the only one that notices.
I really love this about him. When he is at his “wildest” some people might be wondering if he’s even enjoying himself. But I can always tell, and it cracks me up.

He pees in a cup every week and pours it around our front porch to keep the cats away.

He is an amazing father.
He comes home from work every day ready to be with the kids. Whether he’s giving Simon a bath, blow-drying Alice’s hair, going on a bike ride or playing Candyland – he is totally present with them until they go to bed.

Simon and Dad

He doesn’t sweat the small stuff. Or the big stuff.
Like I said, he evens me right out. And he’s a fairly constant reminder of what’s really important in life.

He doesn’t care what I post about him on this blog.

Even Steven

Even though he’s never been to therapy, he talks like he’s been going for years.
It’s not uncommon for him to say things like, “You sound stressed. Is there something you want to talk about?” or “I’m sorry I snapped at you. I was frustrated by something that happened at work, and I took it out on you. Sorry about that.”

He does all of the grocery shopping, and runs most of the errands.
I give him my list, he cuts the coupons and takes a kid with him to the store every weekend. It’s really, really nice!

I’m not pregnant.
I always like him more when I’m not pregnant.


  1. Mel

    January 12, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I love reading your blog and needed a really good “pick me up” tonight. Thank you. I miss my husband, who is working away at the moment, and this reminds me of why I love him to bits xx

  2. Pam R.

    January 12, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Hmmm….I’m gonna guess that maybe today is Even Steven’s birthday??

    You’re hilarious and one of my favorite blogs to read! I was reading your post last night about visiting Allison from House of Hepworths and was cracking up! Kids just LOVE 30-hour road trips, don’t they? 🙂

  3. sue

    January 12, 2012 at 9:05 am’s your anniversary or his birthday? i can’t wait to read the post about the sharks!!!

  4. Danee

    January 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

    You continue to crack me up. I’m married to a Fed-Ex Pilot who flew A10’s in the Iraq war and F15E Strike Eagles during Southern and Northern Watch over Iraq and Noble Eagle over Washington DC after 911. Cool Dude right? One day while living in North Carolina (this was the F15E Fighter Pilot time) he was outside raking pine needles. I happened to looked out the window and see him swinging his rake incessantly up and down hitting something in the leaf pile. He was really going at it and almost hysterical. I run out to see what is going on only to find him pulverizing a tiny little garden snake. WTF? I thought it was probably a Black Widow Spider, Python, or at least a poltergeist.

  5. Vanessa

    January 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Haha what a crack-up! This totally sounds like my hubby. No one ever knows when he is excited but me…

  6. imklvr

    January 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Awwww…now see? A post like this is what that idiot…er….person who said the mean things should read! I had a feeling he was a good guy (old gals like me sense these things) especially since you can use him on your blog like you do and he doesn’t mind. Will you adopt me? You guys are the best!

  7. Anita

    January 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    So, what DID prompt this post? 😀 Am I missing something? LOL

  8. Anna

    January 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    No one has guessed the prompt for this post yet… Be sure to check back next week for full details!!

  9. Patricia

    January 15, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Your posts always crack me up and this one is no exception. I can’t believe he doesn’t care if you tell the world he pees in a cup to keep the cats away. Does it work, by the way? I’ve never heard of that. Wonder if it would work on keeping the deer away from my hostas? Hmm, still trying to figure out what prompted this if it wasn’t your anniversary or his birthday. How about he bought you something you’ve always wanted? Or, wait. I’ve got it! You wrote this because you AREN’T pregnant. hehehe Just kidding.

  10. Anita

    January 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    agggghhhhhh!!! The suspense is going to kill me! 😀

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  12. Dana {craftedniche}

    August 31, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Totally searching for the word “sharks” on your blog now in hopes that you DID do that post!

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