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Friday, September 3

Voila, L'Homme Que J'ai Marie'. *Muah!*

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This is the man I married.This is Joe. He is 6 days away from being 31. He is 6' tall. He is passionate about books, movies, soccer, chocolate, most things French, his family, his faith...

He is an amazingly giving husband and father--- more selfless than I've ever been in my life. 

He is handsome. A bit introverted. Smart. And a big ol' kid.

And he has been in limbo for a looooooooong time now-- first, with switching from nursing school to his French degree. Then with his quest for grad school and subsequent rejections. And lately, with an elusive job he was offered at the beginning of the summer, but that has taken all summer to solidify into an ACTUAL JOB--- one we can announce and talk about and plan around. 

But after all that, I am deeply proud to announce, finally, that my sweet amazing husband is now on the faculty of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, as an academic mentor for the students on the College of Arts and Sciences. My amazing husband is FINALLY in a place he feels his worth and can carry with him with pride, and I am INCREDIBLY happy happy happy for him. happy for me, of course-- the limbo SUUUUCKED for both of us--- But mostly happy for him. He needed this. His heart, his PRIDE needed this.

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This cool, smart, hard-working man of mine. He is pretty much the ideal guy, ya know? 

Worthy of a HECKUVA celebration. A HUGE something to celebrate his graduation in the spring, and now his faculty job this fall. We needed to go BIG. HUGE. And, well.... we got this idea. See, he loves his French degree--- the books and the philosophy and the food and all things French (well, except for most of the actual people. Kidding. Kind of.)... and we wanted to celebrate that. So, he decided to get as French as he could:

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The Frenchiest of outfits, the Frenchiest of sour expressions and hand gestures.... The true French Scholar. 

But.
Well...

That didn't seem HUGE enough, ya know?

So we just went all the way. And the REAL fun began. Sit back. Get ready. This is the man I married:

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Yeah. This is the man I married. One who let me buy him a boat-necked snug striped shirt and paint him all up with makeup, and TAKE HIM IN PUBLIC LIKE THIS. Oh yeah--- we went out. I had more than just backdrop photos in mind. *mua-hahahaha!* (evil laugh)

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(Noah was truly amused the whole time. I swear. No scary clown dreams as of yet.)

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And that, my friends,is the man I married. 
Happy upcoming birthday, sweetie. Happy new job. Happy security in life for a minute. 
And Happy Mime Photo Day.

I love you, Joe. Thank you for playing along!

42 comments:

  1. Happy Early Birthday!

    Congratulations on the position!

    I love everything about this post!

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  2. Oh. My. I LOVED it! I laughed at the first 'French' photo, but things just kept getting better! I adore the outdoor photos. Those two sunflare/leaning/sign photos are my FAVORITES! Congrats to the both of you. :)

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  3. Emily, these are so much fun! How creative!!!! How fun! What a story! What a celebration!!! Congrats and so happy for you all!

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  4. Oh my heavens!!!! How I adored this post!!! You guys are hilarious:) What a good man to embrace that little venture with you like that. Congrats to your man....and to you. And thanks for the smile and chuckles:)

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  5. Happy happy happy HAPPY heart!!!

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  6. Oh my goodness! Ha ha. Love, love, love this!!!

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  7. that is awesome.

    such fun memories these will make.

    oh, and where did you find the awesome shirt? I am always on the lookout for a great boat neck.

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  8. As I was looking at the pre-mime photos, the appetizers if you will, I was thinking to myself "Geez, it's too bad she couldn't convince him to paint his face, because that would be perfect!"

    And then he did. C'est l'amour!

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  9. Oh Emily they are wonderful! Congratulations Joe and Happy early birthday!

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  10. Heartwarming and hysterical all in one go. I love it. The only thing missing was I was not eating a French pastry from that shop in Creve Ceure as I read it.

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  11. LOVE this...and what an amazing hubby you have to do that!! HOW FUN!!

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  12. Everything about these is PERFECT. Perfection in every way - perfect story, perfect happy ending, perfect light, perfect make-up, perfect editing....perfect MAN! I am beyond thrilled for you! Congratulations Le Mime.

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  13. That guy is wicked awesome. How exciting!!! AND you get to stay put, yay!!!! Congratulations, I'm so happy the limbo is un...limboed.

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  14. Seriously amazing!

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  15. This brought a smile to my face. you both are just so cute!!

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  16. Haaaaa. I could almost taste a yummy crepe from a patisserie and hear the rude gacks. what a crack up.. and this just shows what kind of amazing relationshipe you two have. his expressions are priceless. and just perfect. I love the one of Noah looking up at him. I am envious of the bounty of sunflowers as well- congrats and well done to you both!

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  17. This whole thing just makes my heart so happy!! You deserve ALL the goodness this world has to offer. As if I didn't already love you madly...now I want move in next door and be BFF's. :)

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  18. I love this! I'm so happy for you both. Congratulations on the new job, being out of limbo land & on a very happy mime day! Love y'all!

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  19. Awesome! Love the one of you two together! Congrats!

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  20. Congratulations! You all deserve it.

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  21. I love love love this post for so many reasons. Congrats you guys. The photos are amazing. You guys ROCK. baci

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  22. so so french! ah... i love the french... yes even the people.

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  23. You guys rawk. I think he could work the Joker, as in The Dark Knight. And you could rock the photos. (Noah maybe should stay home though....LOL)

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  24. What a man. You guys must have way too much fun. I love it.

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  25. True love...that would be all that I have to say about this post, but I must also add a huge congratulations!

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  26. Brandi-lee7:17 AM

    Wow, your hubby is awesome!!! What a great personality, it totaly shines in these shots he allowed you to take, no way would my hubby let me...........tell him he totally ROCKS!!!! Hope he has a greta Birthday.
    You got some amazing shots her Emily, especially the make up ones, love them!

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  27. Congratulations on so many levels. This post is fabulous, your love for your husband and his love for you completely shines through. (yes, I would have to say having a man willing to 1) put on a tight stripped shirt; 2) let you photograph him in said tight stripped shirt; 3) add face paint; 4) not only let you photograph him in said tight stripped shirt and face paint, but cooperatively so (supper kudos to your husband); and 5) go out in public and let you photograph him is complete and absolute LOVE. .... in short - he's a keeper.) I am so happy for both of you for his new job. Cool!

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  28. What a photo shoot! I still an in awe at the things he does for you! :) CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

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  29. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  30. I love these photos EM!!! What a sport your Joe is!!! They're just perfect! My favorite photo is the "sun" photo on the left! It is just beautiful, and such a great expression on Joe's face! An expression of relief, and joy! It gives you a feeling that everything is right in your world! Oh...and I always LOVE your dreamy lens! ;) Congratulations to Joe, and You, and Noah!! Happy Early birthday Joe!

    P.S. I LOVE your headband! :)

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  31. OH my goodness I love this!!! Hilarious!!! He is SUCH a good sport! My gosh. Congrats to Joe, and Happy Birthday to him. I'm thrilled for both of you!

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  32. SO happy that it worked out in the end!

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  33. You guys are awesome! Love these! Thanks again for helpin me out Saturday! Seriously don't think I would have made it without you!

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  34. Emily and Joe.

    I love this.
    I love you.

    Fantastic.

    You just made my day.

    Hugs and happy happy life together for at least a hundred years more.
    Niki

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  35. C'est Magnifique
    Merci

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  36. these are great! so fun!! congrats to him on the new job!!

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  37. Oh Emily, you are so crazy creative and fun! I absolutely ADORE these - great job!

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  38. lol these are awesome! I can see them hanging up in your farm house some day ;) CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  39. Joe, you're just so cool! Happy birthday from a long-time friend. I love ya!

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