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  1. Joseph the First
    November 18, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    Well Joe, you did it and I think very well. Not a bad attempt facing your fear.

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  2. Gina C.
    November 18, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    Joe Cariello – amazing father, husband, dentist, cookie eater and blogger. Yes blogger. I might be a little biased, he’s a really nice cousin too…

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  3. Kimberly Muench
    November 18, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    Love that you had the courage to do this Joe, I ask my husband often to “guest write”…it happened once, a long time ago, and he actually got good response. I’ve asked him several times recently and it’s a no go. I just might show him this…

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  4. Carol Ventura
    November 18, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    You did a great job. You two are very special.

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  5. Vinnie C.
    November 18, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

    Joe…You did all good men proud!

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  6. Nicole M
    November 18, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    Tears . . . again.

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  7. Patty Blais
    November 18, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

    Nice job Joe! I enjoyed reading “your side” ! Miss seeing you both at RL.

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  8. Karen H.
    November 19, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    Such a great blog!!! Good job!!

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  9. Missy
    November 19, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    Even doing something he doesn’t “enjoy” or feel competent at, he complements you! This is a testament to the power of that “I Do!”. And it is a beautiful one. (Isn’t it great to know they you will never have to come home to an Oreo-less house again?)

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  10. Heather Bowie
    November 20, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    Oh my – this is great. I love hearing your perspective. I have to say that the whole choosing to stay vs. already made the choice thing is the same thing my husband and I talk about/struggle with. It’s an interesting dynamic.
    Thanks for being brave and sharing. Well done.
    Heather

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  11. rachealkate
    November 25, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    Oh my love, I’m sending this to my “Joe” right now. Thanks for sharing your perspective, it made so much sense and my husband is going to appreciate you taking one for the team. 🙂

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  12. DCTdesigns
    November 26, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

    Carrie & Joe- The best advice I ever received was that at their very best relationships are fragile so treat them accordingly. I love how honestly you are sharing about the nature of marriage And Joe I’m glad you caved in and wrote the “he said” to Carrie’s “she said”.

    I have friends married some 30 years. They have 4 grown boys. They once told me there were moments in the marriage they stayed together simply because neither one wanted to take the boys. Marriage takes work constantly and a daily renewal of commitment. Perhaps by the second in the worst of times but I believe in the end it is well worth the fight.

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  13. moodsnmoments
    December 4, 2013 @ 3:09 am

    this is so wonderful – plain and simple. loved the way you have worded it all….i could live through the two of you (and me)…it is an endearing relation that you two share 🙂
    “Women want soothing and someone to understand and hear them. Men just want to give answers and move on.”…. “I am there for totally different reasons. She chooses to stay, while I chose to stay fifteen years ago. I don’t have to make that choice again. It is done in my book. I made it and I am moving forward.”
    This made me teary and had me smiling at the same time..
    Wish you both many more such splendid years.

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  14. kelitomlin
    December 4, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    Lovely! And great to hear it from the other side. Thank you for ‘pulling some teeth’ for us Joe.

    Also this quote:
    “She chooses to stay, while I chose to stay fifteen years ago. I don’t have to make that choice again.” is something I had never considered before but feels rather familiar; I imagine my husband would think so too 😉

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