An open Valentine to my husband

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I share this as an encouragement. Of course, as a big encouragement and “public” display of words of affirmation for my husband. But also as an encouragement to you. No matter what your relationship status is, you are worthy of great love. Share that appreciation and love with the people in your life. Spouse, parent, child, friend, coworker. It’s a day of love and we could all use some more of it ❤ So lets spread it! 

Happy Valentine’s Day, Eric, my love!

I know to you Valentine’s Day is one of those “Hallmark Holidays,” but lets pretend you’re into it. This is our second Valentine’s Day as a married couple and our fifth together. Wow how time flies.

I think back to the year you did the surprise scavenger hunt around the apartment of the reasons you love me. And the many times you gave me flowers and chocolate (basic, but what girl doesn’t love flowers and chocolate!?)

But what’s more special to me though are the everyday moments you show that you love me. Like when you scrape the ice off my car because you know I’m running late. Or when you wake up before me and you try to be as quiet as possible so you don’t wake me up (even after you alarm goes off multiple times… you try ;)). Or when you just let me talk after I’ve had a long or exciting day.

When I met you 13ish years ago, I had no idea you were going to be the man I marry. I always knew you were a good guy, but life always pulled us in different directions. Until my senior year of college when everything changed. We were unsure of it all at first, but a long-time friendship blossomed into a dating relationship and then into a marriage.

We have literally grown up together. We knew each other in our most awkward and uncomfortable middle school stage — we’ve seen it all. I wouldn’t want to be growing with anyone else. We have a firm foundation built on a friendship. One where we cared for, respected, and picked on each other. I guess I should have seen it coming…

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We are opposites in so many ways which drives me nuts sometimes! And I don’t do a good job of hiding it. But I need that opposite. Your patience calms my impulse. Your gentle calms my crazy. Your saving calms my spending. We balance each other out and that’s such a blessing. It wouldn’t work if we were both the same. I’m sorry for the times I didn’t appreciate our differences. I will mess up again in the future, but I’m working on it.

We are opposite, but agree on the important things. We both love Jesus and have committed to keep our marriage anchored in Him. We love to travel and experience new places. We love to eat good food and unfortunately we both have a big sweet tooth (although you’re the sweets enabler). We love to make each other laugh. We agree on our big goals and work towards them together.

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. -Ecclesiastes 4:12

Thank you for loving me even when I’m difficult to love. I know I don’t always make this marriage thing easy, but we are learning everyday how to be better for one another.

Thank you for being my partner in life. I can always count on you to have my back. I will never be alone because we’re in this together. #TeamTorres

Thank you for achieving goals with me. I’m so proud of how we’re setting and achieving goals together. We can accomplish anything we set our minds to — I know that because we chose to do hard things in our first few years of marriage like pay off debt and save an emergency fund to get our finances in a healthy place. We got this!

Thank you for supporting me no matter what. You are always my number 1 fan. You allow me the space to go after my dreams, but you’re never too far to cheer me on or speak the truth. I appreciate how you let me grow.

Thank you for listening to me.You ask about my day and you really listen. When it’s been a hard one you let me vent. When it’s been a great one you let me share all the awesome details. You make me feel heard and loved.

Thank you for being who you are. You are kind, silly, hardworking, loving, passionate, goal-driven, inspiring, intelligent, and strong. You make an amazing husband and I know you will be an amazing father to our children when that time comes. I’m so grateful to your family for raising you into the man you are today and for welcoming me with open arms.

I thank God everyday for allowing me to be your wife.

You are the love of my life. You are my best friend.

I love you. More than yesterday, less than tomorrow.

Our greatest days are ahead!

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