She makes me smile

marlagiraffeA quick break from tech / creative blog topics! It’s not Valentine’s Day. I’m not trying to dig myself out of a whole. I don’t have any gift ideas that I am waiting for my wife to buy me, hoping this blog post nudges her to do something I’ve been waiting for. I just wanted to write about something I’ve needed to write for a while (or should have even sooner).

My wife, Marla Taviano (, is a gift. It continues to amaze me how God brings people into my life at the right moment, to help with things I am struggling with, working on, etc. Those people are great additions to life, but God’s given me one person to go through it all with. And He knew what I’d be going through, knowing that Marla would sure be up for going through it with me. I really appreciate how it doesn’t take a lot to make her day. Today she was thrilled to return to a zoo, while we’re visiting her pregnant sister here in South Carolina, and feed another giraffe (after that being a common task while visiting 52 Zoos in 52 Weeks). I’m just thankful I can be a part of making as many of her days as possible.

I was talking to her yesterday, and told her that I enjoy the fact that she is as ambitious as they come. No task is too small for her to take on. She’s a mother of three daughters, but that (the full-time “job” that really is) doesn’t stop her from: taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in the month of November, speaking at multiple venues on multiple women’s topics in consecutive days, finalizing a proposal for her fifth published book, playing games with the girls, talking to me as I take on new things, praying and caring for friends and family both offline (in person) and online (through email / blogs), and so on.

Many ask her (and others of course) how she accomplishes what she does. It’s because she loves today, and lives for tomorrow. And God’s given her a purpose for each new day. Obviously I’m not asking for your thoughts on this one, but I do hope that you know that I respect my wife quite a bit and love her more tonight than ever. Thanks Marla – you are loved!

  1. You are awesome. And you know how much I adore your wife. Adore, adore, adore her.

  2. that’s super sweet. i think you guys make a wonderful couple. (and she’s got styyyyle, too!)

  3. A beautiful post. Thanks so much for sharing this with your readers and thanks for sharing Marla with all of us as well.
    Blessings today and always,
    Matthew 21:22

  4. Your wife is an amazing woman, I agree, and we are so blessed to have met you and your precious family!

    BIG blessings to you all!

  5. Brownie

    What a blessing you both are to so many people. It is such a delight to see two people who lead such busy lives, who are so in love with each other, and have enough love to share with everyone you meet. God made you very special, and I’m so glad that you are willing to share your love with me.

  6. Bethany

    I’m so glad my sister has you for a husband! Thanks for loving my sister and appreciating her the way you do!

  7. janelle

    As you pray this for your own daughters….for them to find someone that ” completes them/ as partners”…(as we all know GOD is truly the ONLY ONE in all of us) but for you to have a wife who completes you…we thank God for Marla !

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