Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Love

The day of love.  Aww.

I actually love Valentine's Day. I never believed in big, expensive gifts on Valentine's Day but little expressions of love are fabulous. Who doesn't like that? It's the little things that always get me excited and we have plenty of fun little things going on today.

Todd and I got each other funny little cards and he even surprised me with some beautiful flowers.  Points for hubby!

I always make the day a big deal for the kids and they got special treats this morning, treats to take to school, we'll have a special dinner tonight, and a new movie to watch with a fire and popcorn.  What a day!

Inspired by this post from last week at Happy Wives Club I decided to participate in the 5 Minute Exercise for Valentine's Day.

Here is the explanation of the 5 Minute Exercise.

Recently, after my mom discovered the letter my father wrote to her years before he passed away telling her everything he would possibly want to say in his final 5 minutes on earth, I decided to do the same exercise.  Yesterday, I imagined I'd breathed my last breathe and was standing at the pearly gates of heaven.  Before entering, God met me at the gates, "I know you love Keith and there are some words you wished you'd said before I brought you to me.  So I'm allowing you to return...but only for 5 say all there is for you to say."

Today is the day of love.  And to celebrate my love I'm taking 5 minutes to tell Todd what I want him to know if it were my last 5 minutes on earth. I won't lie. The minute I started writing the tears began. I still have a lump in my throat. Thinking of trying to cram years worth of love into five minutes.  Heartbreaking.  But here it is:


Dear Todd-

Five minutes is not enough time to tell you all you've meant to me and how you've changed my life.  I never knew how wonderful life could be until you came along.  I know in my heart that God sent you to me.  You are my own personal gift from God. My angel.

You've loved me nonstop, faithfully, and completely.  You've not only loved me and accepted me for who I am, but you have even embraced my flaws.  Because of your love for me you have made me love myself.  You've helped me to see myself through your eyes.  You've given me confidence and strength.  You've made me a better person.

Raising our family together has been the biggest joy of my life.  You are an inspired father.  I could not have asked for a better man to raise my family with.  You are always there.  Always willing to go a step further.  You are loving and strong.  We are all so lucky to have you.

You've always said that at the end of your life the thing you will be the most proud of is having a long, loving, lasting marriage and a great family.  You have succeeded at that.

You are my best friend.  The love of my life.  Thank you.


Whew.  Still crying.

What about you?  What would you say to your love if you only had 5 minutes left on earth?  Do you think your love already knows what you would say?  If not, maybe it should be said today.

Happy Valentine's Day, all!!!


Tabor said...

He is my very best friend and gives in to me when I least deserve, yes, it would take some time to write up a good goodbye.

Carol Buehner said...

Wow Kat! You have me sobbing...and I just typed my beloved husband of 43 years a letter to slip in his card. What a touching idea. Thank you for sharing it with all of us~ xo


Mom24 said...

Oh my gosh, I must be terrible...all I can think of is "I love you", you're my best friend, then let me spend 4 1/2 minutes giving instructions about the kids!

Kat said...

Mom24- HAHAHA!!!! That is awesome! :)

Fawn said...

Wow, Kat! I can't imagine how reading these words, "You've always said that at the end of your life the thing you will be the most proud of is having a long, loving, lasting marriage and a great family. You have succeeded at that," made him feel. Thank you so much for sharing this!

Elaine A. said...

This is so beautiful. My words would be similar. Happy Valentine's Day to you and all of your sweeties! xo

Dawn said...

Awww....this is so sweet. Happy Valentine's Day to you! I will definitely tell my husband how much I appreciate him today. A good husband is a precious gift.

Bijoux said...

I love the day as well. I woke up to find my bathroom covered in VS panties! LOL....didn't want to post a photo of that, but my husband is always the creative one in this couple! I think I'd tell him that I'm happy it's me going first, because I would not want to stay one minute on this earth without him.

That corgi :) said...

Such beautiful flowers!!! Sounds like a nice evening you have planned to celebrate today! Not sure what I would write to my husband; probably something along the lines of "what a wild adventure this has been".


Verna Lantz said...

Wow, what an awesome idea. Made me tear up for sure.
Hopefully, your man is as expressive to you about his love.
I am sure he is. :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

You guys are really sweet.
I think all my peeps know my heart, which makes me glad.
Isn't great to be understood by your spouse?

Charmaine said...

Hey from SA :) lovely ... u may be lucky to have him... but i think he is lucky too :)

lime said...

wonderful. thanks for sharing your heart with us. me? i just try to make sure that whenever someone in my family leaves the house i tell them i love them. it may sound morbid but in case they don't return i want that to be the last thing they heard from me.

Riahli said...

I love what Mom24 said, that's exactly what I was thinking! So funny. I actually wrote my husband a letter before the birth of our second child, just in case something happened. I'm weird but it made me feel better knowing that if I went he would have sweet words from me, and also instructions for Banden {our first}. :) I just wanted him to have something to lean on if he ended up being a single parent. He's never seen the letter though, didn't even know about it {didn't want to freak him out} I told a good friend to give it to him if need be. Thankfully there was no need! But I like the letter idea and might just need to do one of my own again. :)

Cyndy Newsome said...

I agree about Valentines Day. Whats so bad about a day to honor and celebrate LOVE? I don't want diamonds or gold, just a sweet little something.
And your letter- beautiful! What a great idea.

Words To Live By

Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson