I can't remember the first day we met, but I know we were just babies. My birth, just 3.5 months after yours in the same hospital. (I think most couples can't say they were born in the exact same place just 100 days apart.) My first memories of you are from our preschool days. You would sit and play with the hot wheels cars on the road carpet and I would watch. I don't find it coincidental that we ended up side by side in our class picture that year.
I remember you at my sixth birthday party. I remember the big bonfire we had at my grandmas farm. I remember being chased by you during a game of hide and seek in the dark. Even at that young age, I noticed you. You were so handsome.
I don't find it coincidental that our paths crossed permanently in 1995 when our families both moved into the same neighborhood. I remember constantly riding our bikes together, playing basketball, and video games at each other's homes. You were quickly becoming one of my best friends and the crush I developed only got stronger thru the years.
We've celebrated the last 15 valentines days together. Our first kiss was Valentines 2000 at age 16 after 8 months of being a couple. Our engagement was on this day in 2004 at age 20 and the proposal at "our spot" in the rain was perfection.
I always knew we were meant to be. I love our story and I love the life God has led us to. The love you show me is undeserved. You are the best friend I've ever had. You are the person I've laughed most with and cried the hardest with. I've spent my whole life with you and I still can't get enough. I don't think anyone is more proud of their husband than I am. I can't fathom a day without you in it.
We've allowed God to give us all of these little valentines. These children have each possessed a piece of our hearts and there's always room for more. I never imagined how much more I could love you because we allow God to bless us with children. It is the most freeing and most connecting feeling.
I am mostly thankful for THE EXAMPLE of love in our lives, our Heavenly Father. Whose love we openly receive but hardly deserve a morsel of it. Compared to the measly crumbs we give to Him, we are daily humbled by the outpouring of love and mercy He showers us with each and every moment. It's why we can love each other so fiercely. It's why we can love our children with His love in mind. It's why we can share with others the beauty that comes from living enveloped by His love. To be His valentine. To be His hands and feet in our little love story. To share with others that true sacrificial human love between a husband and wife does exist in this crazy, cheating, divorce-loving, adulterous world. We are the minority but we are among the happiest humans. Because we only have eyes for each other and together, our eyes on God.
I love you, my one and only Valentine. Now and always. Your, Alicia
Ps. Where are our prom pictures?...!!!?