So I was planning on posting this for Alisa's birthday, but I didn't so I am now about 3 weeks late.
There are so many great things about Alisa that I want to share. As I think about all the things that she has done for me, it really starts shortly after we started dating. When we started dating, I was between jobs. She got me in touch with her brother-in-law who was working at a bank in downtown SLC. I was able to get that job and worked there until we moved to Seattle.
She always wants to help people to be happy and successful. I had a brother out of work recently and Alisa kept asking if we knew of any opennings or if we could get him in touch with anyone. She is very concerned about other people and really worries about them and the things that they are going through.
Another thing Alisa did when we were first dating was to help me find a major that I could graduate quickly, map out my school schedule for those two years, AND she bought me my books for that semester which was like $400 bucks.
When we first got married, she was making more money than I was and that continued up until this spring when I got the job at GE that I currently have. Not only was she basically supporting me as I finished school, last year in Seattle, I was unemployed for almost the whole year. The job market was very competitive there and while I had lots of interviews and no matter how close I was, there always ended up being someone with more education or more work experience. During that time, Alisa worked very hard to keep my spirits up (It is really hard to be rejected that many times). In addition to the constant encouragement, she was supporting us finacially from the three different jobs she was working. (Running the research project BYU was conducting, teaching online courses and on in person course for the U of U, and working as a contract researcher for Utah Foster Care Foundation.)
Alisa has been a great teammate as well. She has talked decisions through with me and helped me to look at different sides of the situation as we were trying to decide what to do for a job for me. She has always been very defensive of me and hates when she thinks people see me as less than she does. There have been times when she has wanted to march up to someone and yell at them because she feels that they were looking down on me.
Most of all though, Alisa is a great friend. I just love spending time with her. I have so much fun just sitting around with her and watching TV or just talking. She has actually put a lot of effort into learning sports trivia and the rules of basketball and football so that she can impress me with her analysis. She is really just so great. She puts a lot of effort into knowing things about sports and she really is not interested in sports except for the purpose of impressing me. It is really thoughtful of her. You should ask her sometime to analyze the BCS situation with Utah, or the chances the Jazz have of winning a playoff series against the Lakers.
Alisa is also a really great mom. It seems to me that there are very few things, if any, that she cannot do exceptionally well. She is very attentive to Nyla and loves spending her days at home with her. Some moms have a hard time making the transition, but Alisa really hasn't. She calls me at work and tells me all about bath time, or vomit that she had to clean off herself, but she is always so happy about being a mom. Even after Nyla has been crying for an hour straight, Alisa will be holding her and tell her just how much she loves her. It is really amazing, because at those times, that is usually the last thing I am thinking about. She has so much patience for Nyla just being a baby. It is really great to see.
I love Alisa SOOO much. I am so blessed that she chose me and still wants to be with me. She is so committed to our family that I never have to wonder about anything. She is really great, and I love her.
This is the token picture of Nyla. She really likes to suck on her fingers.