Mar 29
2010

Mr. Fuji, Grill Master & Husband/Father Extraordinaire

in Family

Mr Fuji

I still remember the first time I saw Mr. Fuji.  I was at a party and caught a glimpse of him from across the room.  Our eyes met and he smiled at me. I think I fell in love right there and then.  If you met my Mr. Fuji, you’d quickly realize that his personality is summed up in his wonderful smile.  He is caring, compassionate, funny, warm, generous, kind, patient, and loving.  When he smiles, I see all of those things.  Since the moment of that first smile, I have gotten to know and love this amazing man more and more.  Somehow I convinced him that he wanted to have me around too, and we got married.  In the years since our wedding, we’ve moved to Japan, then to Tennessee, then back to Japan, and then finally to California.  He cheered me on through law school, never questioning my strange study hours.  He cheered me on through two pregnancies, offering to rub my back and bring me hot fudge sundaes, Mexican food, and Indian food when I got one of my crazy cravings.  He held my hand in the operating room in Japan without flinching as Squirrel was born via emergency c-section, and then again with Bug when she was born via c-section.  He changed diapers, gave baths, read bedtime stories, and played soccer in the backyard with our girls.  He has listened to my crazy ideas and supported me when I tried to carry them out.  He has been my chief taste-tester, subjecting himself to my successes and failures in the kitchen.  He takes turns doing the cooking to give me a break, and he is our “Grill Master.”  I realize more and more how lucky I was to have found him.  Today marks 8 years of marriage.  What a wonderful adventure those 8 years have been!  I love you Mr. Fuji.  Here’s to many more wonderful years.

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Dawn W March 29, 2010 at 9:31 am

Congratulations on 8 years!

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slammie March 29, 2010 at 9:32 am

Happy anniversary to you love birds!

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Kendra March 29, 2010 at 9:32 am

Here’s to many, many, many more years of happiness! Your blog is one of my favorites and provides me with so much inspiration when I get into creativity mode

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Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle March 29, 2010 at 9:35 am

Congratulations to both of you; and I happen to think Mr Fuji is pretty lucky too!

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Angela March 29, 2010 at 9:42 am

What a wonderful and sweet post. Happy Anniversary to you both!

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Christine @ Fresh Local and Best March 29, 2010 at 9:44 am

R- This is such a sweet post! I love learning more about your family and you. Squirrel has many of Mr. Fuji’s features.
Should have known you went to law school, your writing is impeccable!

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Lauren March 29, 2010 at 9:49 am

Congrats to the two of you! I loved reading your description of his smile being his personality – I hope that years from now, whomever I marry has smile with such a story =D.

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Lyndsey March 29, 2010 at 10:06 am

How nice, what a wonderful post! Congratulations! Yes, here’s to many more great years!

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Donna - Dishy Goodness March 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Rachael – what a lovely and sweet anniversary post! It just screams love and adoration. Here’s to many, many decades of happiness w/Mr. Fuji!

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sherry March 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Happy, happy day!! What a fine man! and you are so wise to know that. Hope you have a party night.

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Sara March 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Aww, what an adorable post. Happy anniversay Mr & Mrs. Fuji!

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Paula - bell'alimento March 29, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Ah! Just sweet! Y’all are too cute! Many many many more years of happiness to the Fuji’s! Auguri! (& now thank you very much LFM I’m craving Corky’s Ribs ; )

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scrapper al March 29, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Happy anniversary! Lucky 8!

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Kate @ Savour Fare March 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Happy anniversary! I didn’t know you had gone to law school!

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Phoo-d March 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Happy Anniversary! It sounds like you have experienced many adventures in a short time together. May the years ahead be full of fun and even more adventure.

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Fuji Nana March 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Such a cute picture of one of the nicest , most dedicated, most helpful guys around. We’re so glad you two chose to get married–otherwise, we would have had to drug you both and done it anyway! Happy anniversary!

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Deliciously Organic March 29, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Happy Anniversary! May you have many more sweet years together!

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Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction March 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Happy anniversary!!

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lo March 29, 2010 at 3:21 pm

What a lovely tribute to that wonderful man! May you both enjoy one another’s company for many, many years to come.

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Gaby March 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm

OMG HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! you two are so freaking cute!!

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Megan March 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I was so looking forward to reading today’s little expose on Mr Fuji and you (meeting and all that mushy stuff). You’re a beautiful couple and a magical family! It has been a blessing to share little bits of your life for the last couple of years. Thank you! Congratulations and may you be blessed with 8 x 8 more wonderful years together!!

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Divina March 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Congratulations! Happy Anniversary.

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marla {family fresh cooking} March 29, 2010 at 6:16 pm

What a happy uplifting post! Happy anniversary to you both. Hope you are having a wonderful day of celebration!

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Kelly Azuma March 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Congratulations! It sounds like you have a wonderful marriage! :)

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Missy J March 29, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Happy Anniversary to the Fuji’s!! I love you guys!

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Sarah March 29, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Beautiful!

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Jamie @ My Baking Addiction March 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm

so sweet! happy anniversary!

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Melanie (Kimono Reincarnate) March 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Happy anniversary! You really have got a great man there, but then again, he got a fabulous woman, so you really are the perfect match!

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Sarah March 29, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Beautiful!! congratulations!

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rose March 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Congratulations! I envy you. I was a little disappointed because I thought the post was going to feature one of the grill master’s recipes.

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watchmebake March 30, 2010 at 12:39 am

happy anniversary! such a sweet post (:

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Jayne March 30, 2010 at 1:39 am

So sweet! I’m into my first year of marriage and its so encouraging to see others enjoying married life like that. Makes me wanna work harder on mine :-)

Congrats!

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bunkycooks March 30, 2010 at 5:25 am

Congrats on 8 years! It is so nice to be as in love as you were the first time you met! You have a lovely family. I wish you many, many more happy anniversaries!

Looking forward to meeting you in May!

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Fuji Papa March 30, 2010 at 6:19 am

Fuji Nana made some crockpot pork ribs last night and I thought it was fitting as I looked at Mr. Fuji’s Corky’s apron. The two of you introduced us to Memphis BBQ, then Thai food (in Memphis), then Japanese food (in Japan) and to Indian food. The two of you can not only cook up a mean batch of food, but you do a tremendous job on kidlets as well. Hope you had a great anniversary dinner last night.

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Jencrafted March 30, 2010 at 9:44 am

It’s a blessing to have found our soul mate, isn’t it?! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to both of you!

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Cathy/ShowFoodChef March 30, 2010 at 11:55 am

Happy A to you both. Wonderful post, and I second the idea of having one of his grilling recipes – cool idea. I adore your spirit, and now it seems it comes in a pair! Your Gyoza wrappers continue to be a weekly event at my house. Love to you both!

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Beck March 31, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Congrats Rach. You two are beautiful together, and I am so glad that you are so happy. Here’s to 8 more! And 8 more after that, and 8 more after that….

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite April 4, 2010 at 5:56 am

Aw now that is just one of the SWEETEST posts ever! You have certainly packed a lot into those 8 years! Here’s to many many more!

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Winnie April 5, 2010 at 6:12 pm

This is just too sweet. Happy belated anniversary!

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