love is in the details

Last week my husband was at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas.  He geeked out over Ultra HD televisions, the Tesla all-electric sports car and other beeping, laser thingamabobs.

In the midst of all this excitement, my gadget-loving design engineer stopped to get me a photo of a celebrity.

He figured it might be something I could use for my blog. 🙂

So he got in the line, elbow to elbow with photographers from Popular Mechanics and Reuters, and ended up standing there for over an hour to get me this photo:



Love gets me some Snookie.


Gotta love him.  My husband knows very little about reality TV star Snookie or The Jersey Shore.  To put this in perspective, it would be like me going to his office and taking notes for him on a meeting called, How to Choose the Right Plastic (this is a real thing).  I’d have to drink A LOT of coffee to keep my mind focused on that subject.  A lot.  I can’t emphasize that enough. Especially considering the damage I’ve probably done to my brain after watching The Jersey Shore.

Maybe this gesture isn’t exactly romantic.  It’s not a helicopter ride or a picnic overlooking a glacier like they do on The Bachelor.  But sometimes we don’t have to shout so loud to say I’m thinking of you.  You matter.  

From scraping the ice from my car window, to bringing me a cup of tea when I’m working late . . .


Snookie ihip

And this too.

. . . I love the little things.  They fill up my heart.

What do you think about love and the little things?

Have an amazing week!



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74 thoughts on “Love and the Little Things That Fill Up My Heart

  1. pat cooney

    That WAS the helicopter ride & for you to appreciate its magnitude, well lets just say its wonderful that two very special people found each other. You two are a great love story & I’m very happy for you (my husband use to give me the first flower from his garden every year, I loved that!)

  2. Emily

    That was so sweet of him! I also believe that it really is the culmination of the little gestures rather than big sweeping gestures (brought to you by Hallmark. haha). Great post to start the day!

  3. CC MacKenzie

    That’s a BIG thing that he actually took the time to get a photo of Snookie.

    Mine defrosts the car before I get in it. He’s always done it. And it is the small things that add up into a big thing.

    Love this post!

  4. susielindau

    Oh My God! That is hilarious! I would have died laughing if my husband came home with a photo of Snookie! Hahaha!
    How cool is your husband. He waited in line thinking that you could use the photos for your blog! Wow! He is a keeper!

  5. Pat O'Dea Rosen

    Your husband was right! You used the photo of Snookie on your blog.

    It’s not a small thing to respect one another’s enthusiasms and passions. The fact your husband thinks about you and your writing and that, in a pinch, you’d drink a vat of coffee and take notes for him on choosing plastics is a huge predictor of happiness, (Or a predictor of huge happiness.)

    That Snookie photo could spur more blog posts: life after reality TV, back to work after maternity leave, do the shoes make the dress? Your husband is kind of a genius.

  6. Jennette Marie Powell

    Little things say a lot. I don’t know if my DH would have waited in line for an hour for Snookie! But when I was in France with our daughter, our turtle’s tank filter broke. He immediately went to the pet store and bought a new one, the best one he could get. He also goes downstairs to watch football so I can write. 🙂

  7. Susanna Leonard Hill

    Aw. that is the sweetest thing ever! And it totally is the little things! My husband knew he wasn’t going to be home one night last week, so before he left for work he laid out the kindling and logs in the fireplace so that when I got home for the evening I could just set a match to it and voila! cozy fire at the ready. So nice 🙂

  8. Tameri Etherton

    Aw, that’s so cute! I’m confused what Snooki is doing at the Consumer Electronics show, but whatever! He’s a sweetheart. Totally something my husband would do, too. It is the little things that make life wonderful. Yeah, big things like helicopter rides are fun, but they are one-time things. Bringing you tea when you work late is a simple reminder that you matter and he cares. I love this story.

  9. Paul

    I love love. And the little things. But Snookie? I would have to question your husband’s choice of sincerity. Are you sure he didn’t wait in line for over an hour simply to make you laugh? I’d rather go to Madame Tussaud’s and take a shot of Snookie’s wax effigy (I’m sure there’s one there). You’d probably have a better conversation! Snookie a celebrity? What has this world come to?

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Oh but waiting in line to make me laugh = love too. 🙂
      But I agree with you on the Snookie celebrity paradigm. Nuts. I still watched her show. But I’m nuts too.

  10. Debra Kristi

    The little things make all the difference. But I would say waiting in line for an hour is a huge deal! Especially if it was all for you and he didn’t get anything out of it. What a sweetie. Bless his heart. You got yourself a real special guy.

  11. 4amWriter

    That’s a really big deal. He pays attention to what you pay attention to. I wouldn’t know Snookie if I fell over her, so I think it’s great he knew who she was without being a fan himself. Now you really are going to have to learn more about plastic. 😉

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      It’s good you don’t know Snookie. My curiosity about what makes people tick, makes me have the craziest taste in TV. At least that’s how I explain my obsession with reality TV. 🙂
      And you’re right about the plastic. Hand me an espresso, please?

  12. Ginger Calem

    Awww, so awesome and you have a great blog post from his efforts. I’m a big fan of the little things. It’s what our almost 19 years of marriage has been built strong on! 🙂

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I really think the little things require so much more attention to detail, and then they have the capacity to mean so much more. Thanks Ginger. 🙂

  13. Stacy S. Jensen

    Bless him for doing that. That photo so made me laugh. Hubby spent a few days with my whole family. That’s not really little, but he was kind enough to wait for me while I rode roller coasters. He can’t due to a medical condition. He was patient and kind.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Waiting for you to ride the coasters–that’s super sweet! And I agree the family thing sometimes is not so little, but still fills up the heart. Thanks Stacy!

  14. Leigh Covington

    That is SO SWEET! Personally, I think it’s the little things that matter most. And this seems HUGE in my book. That is a long wait and an awfully sweet gesture. What a good hub you have. 🙂

  15. Patricia

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Did he know who she is? That’s so funny!

    It is terribly sweet that he took the time to do that. My husband wouldn’t have had the patience. But he has brought me home some silly things that he got because he said he “thought I might like it.” It’s usually something sweet to eat, and I’m sure his ulterior motive is that I’ll share it with him, but it’s still a sweet gesture.

    I’m still smiling at this. Snookie? Of all people.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I know the Snookie thing is very funny. And he had no idea he’d have to wait that long. He was so surprised at the level of and security and the production. He said (with an eye roll), “It was like the President of the United States was coming.”

  16. Nigel Blackwell

    Choosing the right plastic? How couldn’t you be interested? We had a telecon recently to decide whether to change the bend radius of a piece of metal. Two hours, people in three time zones, and we decided no to change it. Now that needed coffee 🙂

    I travel a fair bit, and it is good to do something for people when you’re apart. It’s the relationship equivalent of showing not telling.


    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I am cracking up. I had to read your comment to my husband. Bend radius, 2 hours, 3 time zones? He nodded and agreed that’s how this stuff works. lol

  17. claywatkins

    Plastic? It is the little things that matter.. like cleaning up, or cooking dinner, or studying with number one son when finals are here… it is making sure the seat is down, too. A couple of summer ago I was in Paris (long story a very long story) and my brother and I passed a carousel and I remarked to him – “B loves carousels” and we’d passed this very one years before, he said “take a picture,” but I didn’t think it was such a good idea because it was being used for a swimsuit photo shoot…. love changes but the heart is always there. have a great week!

  18. Sheila Seabrook

    Awww, that’s so sweet of him, Coleen. You should keep him. Yes, he’s definitely a keeper. 🙂

  19. Leigh Moore

    Aww, Coleen! that is too sweet! Now I want to do some little nice something for JRM…

    OK, and I HAVE to ask. What tha hay was Snookie doing at the tech show??? 😀

    Good stuff~ <3

  20. August McLaughlin

    Love got you some Snookie?!? Hilariously sweet, Coleen. I love it when loved ones think of our blogs, too—some of the best fans around. 🙂

    The other night my husband and I were reminiscing about our first dates, which took place around Valentine’s Day. I’d gone on and on about how much I loved “Silence of the Lambs,” so he gave me the entire Hannibal the Cannibal DVD series. For a long time, he wondered if I likes movies sans cannibals, but I knew it was love. 😉

  21. Ronnie

    He sounds like a really great guy – a rare catch indeed! If I were you, I would cater to all his wants and needs! 😉

    Okay, fine…I’ll shut up now. 🙂

    Olive Juice,

  22. Karen McFarland

    Wow, okay Coleen, I finally got here after scolling down the umpteen comments on your post. You’re a very popular gal around these parts! And so you should be!

    Ah husbands. Don’t ya just love them? Yours sounds like a sweetie Coleen. And oh do I know about Tesla. My DH is in love with that car. But to wait in line for Snookie? Now that’s true love my dear friend! 🙂

  23. Alarna Rose Gray

    That is such a sweet thing… what a man your husband is! I confess I don’t know Snookie at all. But it’s definitely those little things that add up to a whole lotta love.

  24. Kristy Shen

    Wow. He must REALLY love you.

    I think I got a venereal disease from just looking at Snookie. Bleh.

    1. Coleen Patrick

      You are safe Kristy. I am almost positive my husband wore a hazmat suit while he waited in that line. At the very least he covered his camera phone lens with saran wrap.

  25. Chris Edgar

    It sounds like it was fulfilling to be reminded that he’s thinking of you, regardless of how he chose to show it. I definitely appreciate those sorts of gestures.

  26. Inion N. Mathair

    Rice Pudding & Fried Chicken! My husband brought me home fried chicken when I was pregnant with Inion & Rice pudding when I was pregnant with our son Vincent. Both foods my special cravings while pregnant. For me, it was the fact that he had worked ten to twelve hours but still managed to stop on his way home to bring me something I wanted. I love your post Coleen. It speaks volumes of who you are. And though your husband sounds great, he’s a lucky man to have you as well! Sharing this! (I love Xe’s as well!!!!!lol)

  27. Kourtney

    Aw, I think this is a hugely romantic gesture. He stopped what he was doing because the opportunity to do something for you presented itself and he seized it. He put your happiness above his and waited an hour in line for something he thought you’d want. That’s a great life partner right there. You’re one of the lucky ones, Coleen. 🙂

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