My dearest Jake,
Holy cow. Is this really our 8th Valentine’s Day together? I remember our first Valentine’s Day like it was yesterday; Our 14 year old hearts completely outdid ourselves. Over time, we have realized how overrated Valentine’s Day is because our love should be celebrated and be prominent in our lives daily. Nevertheless, we still celebrate baby cupid and how he somehow shot us in the behind and made us destined for each other.
Yes, today I bought you sushi for lunch, topped with chocolate covered strawberries and watermelon (he’s obsessed, y’all). Yes, you are currently in the kitchen grilling us tuna and scallops with baked potatoes and crab-stuffed mushrooms (that only I will eat- thanks for being a trooper). By the way, my roses are exquisite. While all of the material and edible things in our life today are wonderful, they don’t hold a candle to the amazing things you give to me without even knowing, and for all of the unspoken things that I am so thankful for 365 days out of the year.
So, today my blog post is to say thank you for all of the incredible things that you do for me without me asking and for being my heart for the past 8 years- and for 800 more to come.
1.Thank you for tolerating me.
Let’s be honest- I know I’m not the easiest person to deal with. I’m incredibly headstrong, hardheaded, sassy, and down-right smart-assy. Somehow throughout this crazy journey that we have been on you have gotten the hang of dealing with me! I’ll never understand how you’ve stayed around this long, but I’m so thankful you have!
2. Thank you for helping me cope with my anxiety.
This one unintentionally made it to the top of my list, but it absolutely deserves to be here. This past year has been so much for me. With my parents divorcing, school, and my diagnosis of General Anxiety Disorder, you have been my chest to cry into, my #1 supporter, and my soul healer. You have this incredible of way making me feel content and safe when I feel like I’m drowning. Thank you for encouraging me to feel what I’m feeling and for being even more of a healer than my essential oils and my daily medicine could ever be.
3. Thank you for encouraging me.
Oh, this is a big one. So many people always ask “when are y’all getting married?” Even though we are both so beyond ready, thank you for being the voice of reason and encouraging me to follow my academic dreams. Us making the decision to wait until after we graduate college is such a smart decision, but I began talking myself out of going back to school for my master’s degree because I do not want to put the burden of finances on you while we begin our life. Thank you for not taking me changing my plans for an answer and for telling me “it’s your job to let me follow my dreams”. You will never know how thankful I am for your encouragement, and I promise that with some of my extra $$$ made from this master’s degree, I’ll buy you any gun you want. 🙂
4. Thank you for laughing with me.
As I write this, I’m smiling thinking about some of the crazy things that we have experienced over the past 8 years. It seems like we always get ourselves into some crazy situations, get lost, or just say the damnedest thing. Even though most of your jokes are corny and not that funny, I always seem to still laugh at you because what you say off-the-cuff when you’re annoyed because I didn’t laugh is usually better than the joke itself. Thank you for understanding that I’m the kind of person who laughs at someone when they get hurt, then check on them. Swear I’m not insensitive, but sometimes you have to appreciate someones pain (haha). Between you and your family, there is never a dull moment, so my life is guaranteed to be constantly filled with “OMG” and “WTF” moments… in a good way.
5. Thank you for your family.
Oh those Frelich people. Y’all are crazy, loud, dysfunctional, but you bless everyone around you. Your house is the “home of the lost souls” and those souls can include animals and humans- dead or alive. I’ve had my first ghost experience because of you people, eaten raw fish, and sank to my bellybutton in mud on my first duck hunting excursion. They have welcomed me in from the very, very beginning and we have created one blended, coonass-redneck (or as I call it, red-ass) family. I love y’all endlessly, and to Mrs. Greta, thank you for giving me your amazing son.
6. Thank you for being you.
Just as I commend you for accepting me as I am, I have to take a moment and commend myself for handling you- in the best way possible. The amount of gun videos and conversations I have observed or been a part of is a bit ridiculous (As I write this, you are sitting on the couch watching a video of someone making the butt stock of guns dance…again… *SIGH*). I have to simply nod my head and say “cool babe” even though after all this time I still have no earthly idea what you’re talking about. You drive me crazy 99% of the time, but 100% of the time I wouldn’t trade you for the world. You are such a tender-hearted, affectionate, and passionate individual who I cannot believe I get to call mine. Never change, my babe.
I could go on and on, but just know that I could spend forever commending and praising you. You have made me the happiest individual in the world. I know the next year or so holds so much for us, including our engagement, first home, and god-willing, our wedding day. I pray that God continues to be the center of our love and home, and that he lets me love you forever.
You will forever be the 14 year old boy I fell in love with.
Thank you for being you, my babe. I love you more and more with every passing day.