Heaven for me. Mmmhmm.
I was walking on cloud nine that 14th.
Here is the old scanned photo
of my Valentine gifts from 5 different boys.
But my quiet, steady Dad was my consistent one. Every year I had roses from him. His love never wavered or changed like all those school year crushes. I knew I had his heart for always. I knew I didn't have to earn his love. He was my own hero and I was just his girl. He was there on my doorstep from those playful days of just being a kid, to the days I was a teenager needing a father's love, to my fresh adulthood. They were always there on the 14th. That's just my Dad. I can count on him. I still get my roses, and they still make my heart smile. Maybe he doesn't know the impact his Valentine Day actions made on this girl's heart.
It gave me comfort on the bad years,
excitement on the good years,
and joy on all the years.
The first set of roses he brought me years ago as a little girl was in a simple cream vase with pink hearts lining the top. I kept the vase and used it every Valentine's Day for my Dad's roses. It comes out every February.
But a few months ago as I was cleaning a shelf I broke the vase. I was crushed. This vase symbolized all I expressed above and held SO many memories of my Dad's tradition with bringing me Valentine roses. Chris tried to re-glue it, but it couldn't be repaired.
A few weeks past and my husband did something AMAZING! He surprised me with a brand new vase that matched my old vase perfectly. Secretly, he had simply looked at the bottom of my broken vase and jotted down the info.
Then he did some wild searches online to find a duplicate. After much searching he found ONE. Just one. I can't believe he was able to find it! The vase is from 1985. He surprised me with his find and gave me an incredible gift, the new vase.
Chris is amazing, one of a kind, and always there to make me smile. He is consistently aware of where my heart is, and is right there to take care of it. He is my man, my lover, and best friend. I love the way he is in sync with my spirit. He makes me feel special everyday.
So, this is a story of two love stories about the two greatest men in my life. I now have double the memories to add to this Valentine Day vase. The memories didn't stop with a broken vase. Chris doubled the joy and the memories when he surprised me!
These white hearts are gifts from my little boys!
For me, Valentine's Day is a celebration of the men who build me up and who love me like crazy. And I have three little men who I want to raise to do the same...men who find value in making the women in their life feel SPECIAL. Thank you to my Dad. Thank you to my husband.
I love you,
I love you,
I love you.
Happy Valentine's Day!
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