Beloved. 

Dear Sweet Pea, 

I can’t believe it’s our first Valentine’s Day as an old married couple. I wanted to write you a love letter. I know it’s corny, but I thought I’d try anyway.

I love you. Since you came into my life , I’ve looked forward to each and every day.  The early mornings with you and the kids kicking me out of the bed, all the times we sit around for hours just enjoying each other’s company, talking about the most random things. I like the person I am when I’m with you. You bring out a part of me that I never knew existed. 

I think about the time before you were a part of my life. I remember being aimlessly drifting from one place to another. Along came you and from that day forth everything changed. You have given me so much that I can never pay you back. I know that I can only spend my lifetime loving you and the kids and making you guys feel safe and secure. I know that you are that once in a lifetime gift that is bestowed upon lucky ones. I’m just trying to figure out how I got so lucky. 

 So yes, I love you. For all these examples I’ve mentioned and so much more.You mean the world to me. I love you for being yourself, and I love you because of the person you made me. Happy Valentine’s Day. 

From your husband with love,

LW

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Hey Mom, 

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. Madison Page the moon lives in the lining of your skin. I love you and thank you for everything you do.

Dad.