Thursday, November 6, 2008

Meet My Husband, Velo!!!

What's a Velo you ask? That's my sweet husband!




I've tried researching his name in the past and all I come up with is this:


"Hungarian (Vélo): nickname for a thoughtful or intelligent person, from a derivative of vélni ‘to think’."


So, if that really is the origin of his name, it seems to fit pretty well!


He doesn't have a middle name, no one in his family does, it's just not something that they do...so it took them a little getting used to the fact that our sons both have middle names.

He was born and raised in Macedonia, when it was still part of Yugoslavia.

He lived in a 2 bedroom duplex, with outdoor plumbing...can you imagine? (I can't, because I'm a real girly-girl!)


His family moved to Austria when he was 14 and they lived there for 2 years.






When he was 16, he came to the United States of America (Detroit, MI) and here he will stay. He is more proud of being an American than most Americans that I know, but I won't go off on that little tangent now, just wanted to throw that in there because it is definitely a big part of who he is.






He had to learn English on his own...again, can you imagine? I can't. I took Spanish in college and although I got an "A" my first semester, I dropped out of it in the next semester because I just could not keep up with it.

He put himself through electrical school, by working odd jobs, mostly in bakeries.


This is where he works now, I have no idea what he does, can you figure it out and get back to me, please?





Actually, he's an electrician at a robotics company. They build the factory assembly lines for the automotive corporations. They build them, then disassemble them, then ship them. Once at their new plant, many times he will go with the new line and train the new workers on how to use their station.


Since this is the automotive industry and we are in Metro Detroit, we are asked all of the time about his job security. For right now, so far, so good. But really for anyone in this part of the country, we have no idea what the future holds...




So, that's all about Velo, but I never told you how I fit into the picture. I'll keep it short and sweet: We met in 1990, married in 1991 and are living happily ever after with our 2 sons, ages 13 & 4 (who he adores!!!). xoxo


Want to tell everyone about your husband? Head over to Living Locurto's Meet My Husband Party and join in on the fun!!!


TTFN,


Bella
PS: You know that since he is an electrician, he never does anything electrical around the house;) I still love him anyways!!!

52 comments:

Darlene said...

Hello Velo nice to meet you!!!

The Pumpkin Pink Cottage said...

that was awesome your husband sounds wonderful...and that village in autria I believe that u posted looks so wonderful i would love to wonder down that street it looks amazing...oh, how I wish i felt better so I could join in the fun...hugs, lisa

squawmama said...

What a wonderful story... I believe that the people who come and study for Americanship usually are more patriotic then some Americans... Sad but true... they just take all we have for granted... hanks again Bella.... Lovely story... Have a great day...and tell Velo hello for me...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

It was nice to meet your husband! Love those cobblestone streets. Has he taken you back to his hometown to show you?

Amy from Texas said...

I loved learning all about your husband! This was so much fun:-) Velo & Bella... you guys sound so worldly.

Thanks for joining in on the Meet your Husband Day! Everyone, come on over so we can get to know your other half too:-)

Sharon said...

Velo sounds like a wonderful hubby! It is true that many of us take our citizenship for granted. We have two daughters from China. I hope that someday they will be thankful for their citizenship that was granted to them as soon as the plane touched down on American soil. I know I cried a bucket of tears the first time I saw the US flag again when we came home. Thank you for sharing Velo's story with us.

CIELO said...

Precioso! I don't mean Velo, of course, I meant all the lovely views... :) Say hi to Velo, and nice meeting you

Cielo

Shannon said...

These have been fun to read today. Nice to meet you Velo!

Dot O said...

I love how you did a picture commentary of your hubby! How creative. It was like looking through a scrapbook.

Your husband sounds wonderful. We are all blessed with great guys.

Chris said...

Hello Velo! This was a great post. I loved the little geography lesson we got with it! Thank you for introducing him to us--I'm sure he loved it. :)

Shelia said...

Oh Bella! I know you're so proud of Velo! I am too. I love his name, I've never heard it before. Bless his heart, he has acheived so very much and he found you!! How excellent. You two make a beautiful couple! Thanks for sharing about Velo.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

tardevil said...

A cool story! If he can deal with all of those wires, he should be able to easily find a job should the need arise! Some pretty photos in your blog today!

Kim's Treasures said...

Nice to meet you Velo! What a great story!!

I use to be an office manager for a company that designs the robotic equipment your hubby works on! Small world!

Have a great day!
Kim

The Arthur Clan said...

What an interesting life your husband has led! I loved reading the history of where he was born, grew up and moved to. Thanks for sharing him with us. :)

Angie in OH

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Bella! Sorry it's been a while since I visited (I can't focus lately!!lol) I enjoyed reading about Velo! Now I want to THANK HIM for learning to speak the langauage! I get soo irritated when people come here and expect us to do everything to teach them and here is a man who's determination taught himself!not easy as I was born here and still figuring it out!!lol I know about the electrician thing my father and brother are both and yes my mother has to use extension cords!!!lol Best Wishes for a great weekend - Jeannette

salmagundi said...

A great story - we should all be more proud of our melting pot heritage. Sally

Ivanhoe said...

Wonderful hubby story. I can relate to it being an expat and now proud US citizen as well :o)

ThriftyDecorChick said...

Well he is an American in every sense -- he's what makes us great. So cool and nice to *meet* him. :)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Hahaha....my man's a computer programmer and we haven't been able to get our wireless router to work in months! So I understand your "PS" totally. :-)

This was a great post...you've married a man with such a great story to tell!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

How sweet, Bella, our husbands are a huge part of our life. It was nice to meet yours!

Angie said...

What a handsome guy!! You make a beautiful couple!!!

Ms. Tee said...

You're husband looks like such a sweetie - you make a great couple!
I love his story & all the wonderful photos, too. Have a great weekend! :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Hi Velo,

I think I understand why you love this country.

I lived in Greece and in Germany for 4 years and traveled to many other parts of Europe and Africa where I witnessed just humbling accomidations that so many American's take for granted. Never will I forget seeing a Saudi man beat his wife and no one doing anything.
Because of what I have seen, I will always salute our flag and grow teary when our national anthem is played. May God truly bless America.

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Bella and Velo; What a very inspiring story about your husband, it is very nice to meet him, you must be so proud of him. Sounds like a keeper. Love the photos too they are so pretty.

Have a great Friday;

Hugs;
Alaura

Screaming Meme said...

Hello Velo! I love the name! It is something you will remember! It ghood to see you again too Bella! It's bben awhile...How are you?

KVC said...

I love the way you used the pictures to tell the story! Nice post. KV

Marianna said...

My husband also grew up in a house with an outdoor bathroom...it was actually an apartment that was about 450 sf (he is one of 7 children!)They had to leave the apartment and go onto the balcony which was open to a courtyard to reach the bathroom. The "shower" was a water hose hooked up to the sink. We won't talk about the necessary facilities as they are (yes still) pretty rudimentary.

And not unlike your husband mine is extremely proud of his American citizenship.

Marianna

Lorilee said...

Bella,
What a great story! Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Lorilee

Andy Guo said...

This was so much fun! know you're so proud of Velo!

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Bella, so great meeting your DH! Smart man, ya got there! I, too, am in awe of folks who can speak more than one language! Great story! Susan

Ramona said...

Hey there Bella ~ So nice to meet your wonderful husband...such a great story and you two make a great couple...good to see you too...you are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Smiles ~ Ramona

justabeachkat said...

What a great post. It was so nice getting to "meet" Velo.

Hugs!
Kat

(Come visit me...I have a double dog dare for you)

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

Very cool, Bella. My mother-in-law has a very similar life story, though she came to the US much later in life. Some day, I want to sit down and record her life story with her. I hope you consider doing the same with your husband. It's fascinating to listen to her stories about living in communism, and as an American, it felt weird at first to know my mother-in-law is from a country that doesn't even exist anymore.

I think that what your husband must do at work is nerd stuff. At least that's as far as I can define (and understand!) anything electrical that my husband does, no matter how many lessons I have received. :)

Great story! Please tell me, too--did the two of you teach your children any languages besides English? I am working on learning German so we can teach our future kids, but I feel sad to think my husband's native Czech language will be lost in the next generation because I cannot speak it.

Beautiful post! Hmm... long response!
Katie

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

What a great story! So nice to meet your husband and hear about the interesting life he has led.

Jen r. said...

He sounds really nice. Nice to meet him!

Jen r. said...

He sounds really nice. Nice to meet him!

GutsyWriter said...

Beautiful family and I can relate since I also moved from Europe and married an American and became a citizen. In French, velo means bicycle. Thought I had to tell you, but maybe someone else already has.

Bo said...

Hi Bella...I loved reading this post about the man behind the woman or is it the other way around...Haha...You found the whole pkg. deal in him...looks, smarts & dedication to you & your family...Please give him a squeeze from me! ;-) Bo

Picket said...

What a beautiful post and story girl...loved meeting you and your beautiful family...Hope all is weel on your side of the mountain...take care and have a great Friday!

warmlight said...

Nice to meet your hubby! Great story!

Corina
http://www.dtemama.com

Christie said...

Thanks for telling us about your hubby. What a wonderful heritage to share with your children!

Michelle said...

It's been fun meeting the blogger's husbands. Your Velo sounds like a kind, loving man, who works hard and is proud of our great country. I wish those 'born' here appreciated it more.

Thank you for sharing your story of Velo.

rkdsign88 said...

Lovely story, thank you for sharing this with us.
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Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Thanks so much for coming by my blog and leaving a comment. Your husband has had an amazing journey - how exciting to have that experience to guide him in his life choices.

As for rehabbing houses - I've done things that I still am afraid of. LOL. Tearing down and moving walls - no big deal. It's MUCH harder to pick out paint colors. LOL.

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Awww! What a lovely introduction! He sounds like a hard working, family oriented, genuine man. Kind of reminds me of my hubby - not a native but now a proud citizen! Yes, I want to know too...have you traveled with him back to his home? What a wonderful trip that would be! I agree, we have all been blessed with our hubby's! Have a great weekend!

Mama said...

Well the meaning of his name must fit him well. Intelligent ... well he did marry a great woman right? Than he must be pretty dang smart!

salpetitt said...

Hello, what a great tribute to your hubby! I enjoyed the pictures and the narrative. I went to Austria once by Eurail while in college. I thought it was once of the quaintest places I've ever been!

zoe hunter said...

You guys look fabulous together!!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

I love hearing his background. I spent part of a summer in Yugoslavia during high school...right on the Aegean sea...it's beautiful there.

Carrie said...

Well hey there from one Michigander to another!

What a great guy! The outdoor plumbing thing had to stink (pun intended thankyouverymuch)! *snort* but that whole electrical thing? I'm pretty bad when it comes to taking apart and putting things back together. It takes some serious smarts to do that stuff!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog to meet my husband! Stop back by anytime!

Pam Hawk said...

I love this post. What an interesting life he must have. I chuckled when you showed where he works now and explained that you have no idea what he does.

Nice to meet you... both!
-Pam

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