Welcome to Part II! Did you enjoy Part I? I hope so.
My wonderful husband is sitting right next to me, ready for his questions. The answers given in here are solely his words and his experiences of the year 2015.
Before I get into the interview, meet my lovely husband Teawa. He is very gentle and soft at heart. He has a love/hate relationship with sugar. He enjoys gardening and fishing. Every time he goes out to fish he says “honey I’m coming home with fish for dinner tonight”, But I cook dinner anyway because he only comes home with his bait (hahaha).
Moving on… Below is a transcript of the interview.
Me: What was your best moment for the year 2015?
Teawa: My best moment for 2015 was…sigh… my best is probably… uhmm… I haven’t quite got there yet, can I grab my journal? (No)… oh I got one… One of my best moments was our trip to Australia, just the two of us. Although I missed my girls a lot, those four days were spent well. You even went against your status quo and jumped in the pool 6am in the morning. That was surprising.
Me: What’s one thing you have accomplished?
Teawa: One thing I’ve accomplished… My awesome garden. I’m quite proud of it actually. My herbs, two feijoa trees, guava tree, blue berry tree, mandarin tree, grape vine and my corn. Oh and my flowers on the side of the driveway. They’ve withered away now but this year I will plant better ones. Oh can’t forget my chickens too. The amount of eggs they give us… man we’re blessed. Just call me Farmer Anderson. Is that good enough?
Me: Name one new meal or baking I made last year that you enjoyed?
Teawa: Oh the lazy bread, that was definitely new. And also the coconut buns that you’ve recently learned to make. Oh… and coming home from a late night shift and there’s a bowl of cereal waiting for me. That’s the bit of cooking I enjoyed in 2015. (Just in case you’re wondering… I cook a lot of yummy food at home. Well, I think I do. At the same time, my husband is simple and easy to please. If there is a meal waiting for him, tasty or not, he is happy. He reckons my efforts and thoughts of getting a meal ready for him always makes the meals enjoyable. A psychological move by husband that works all the time).
Me: How has our marriage progressed in the 2015?
Teawa: Love. (His eye lashes are fluttering away at me right now. My daughter Hani definitely got the eye lash fluttering from her dad) Our Love for one another has progressed immensely through forgiveness and service in our home. Don’t you think?
Me: What’s one goal as a husband you want to achieve in 2016?
Teawa: Putting aside the mandatory spiritual and physical goals as a husband. I want to be able to provide for my wife… more for your extra-curricular wants, which is very important to me. I want you to enjoy hanging out with your friends and sisters without having to check your balance sheet all the time. I’m giving that to you this year. (I am smiling big right now… I couldn’t have asked for a better answer! haha) what? (nothing…)
Teawa: My three driving factors and biggest support, excluding my Heavenly Father and Savior would be my wife and two kids. Every time I see them I want to do and be better.
Me: One spontaneous happy moment?
Teawa: Coming home from work and saying “Family jump in the car, we’re going to visit Uncle MacDs!” All hands a thrown up to the air and my daughters are chanting “Yay! Yay! Yaaaaaay!”. It’s priceless.
Me: What’s one thing you’ve learnt about me last year?
Teawa: One thing I learnt about my wife last year… Diligence. I saw diligence in my darling to set goals, to do good, and then go out and quickly do it. That’s one thing I learnt about you.
Me: Did I achieve anything?
Teawa: Yea of course. I’ve had four years of the silent treatment and I never thought you would give it up. But in 2015 I am proud to say that you pretty much gave up the deadly act. There may be one or two times where it may have happened… but it was very minimal compared to the previous years. It was AWESOME! Another thing is our little angels can name a hundred different animals. You did that. That was an achievement as their teacher in the home.
Me: What do I need to improve on?
Teawa: Uhm as my wife, I wouldn’t mind if you try to improve on your… uhmm… tenderness? Uhmm… in word maybe? And sympathetic? (I thought I was always sympathetic towards him. I guess not.) And gentle? And… I know you love me… but yea, maybe those three things. (So very Interesting… Okay, I will work on that).
Me: Are you proud of me?
Teawa: I couldn’t be more proud of you with the things you have done in 2015. And I am even more proud because of the things that await you due to the good choices and goals you’ve embarked on, especially this blog. 2016 is looking very exciting for you and I get to be a part of it too (there goes the fluttering of the eyelashes again).
Me: Are you happy with 2015?
*End of Interview*
I thoroughly enjoyed looking into 2015 with and through my husband. It was very motivating, warm and exciting. It was a year of love, family and happiness. Sometimes I tend to judge myself quite harshly as a mother and wife. But the interviews with my family has changed the light of how to review my life, goals and achievements. It doesn’t always have to be one big change or one big achievement to determine a successful year. No, not at all. Count your small changes and small achievements because together they become a big change and a big achievement. I witnessed this in the words of my husband and daughters.
My beginning to 2016 has been nothing but goodness. I wish you all nothing but the best for this year. Only look back to learn and look forward to prepare.