Saturday, February 14, 2009

*LOVE*

Long time readers and friends already know that I have a love for all things Holiday related. I love a good reason to celebrate, I love the anticipation, the excitement, the food, the surprises...and I love-love. So this Holiday is another favorite of mine.

We love spoiling the ladies with a few fun Valentines. This year they each got a little surprise, and some fun things to take to Disneyland (5 days!).

Raincoats-check.
New sunglasses-check.


Water bottles-check.

They are officially ready. I'm really hoping I don't think of something else they need for the trip...

We sure love our little valentines.

And while I'm talking about how much we love the ladies, I have to add how much I love my husband....because I'm sappy like that, and didn't even buy a card. (I suck.)

I've thought about our life together a lot lately. I've remembered back to when we met. We were young (I much younger than he, I like to rub that in), but we were young. He made me smile and laugh, and feel beautiful. And before I knew it I was in love. No turning back love.

I remember when we got married and began our life together. I saw a new side of him. He still made me smile and laugh, and feel beautiful. But I saw his responsible side, his very hard working side. His getting up way too early even on Saturday side. Those early marriage days were full of learning new things about each other and just enjoying being newlyweds.

Then along came Adyson and Sienna and again I saw a new side of him. He still made me smile, and laugh, and somehow feel beautiful, even after 2 kids. But I saw him being a daddy. And not just a daddy, but a daddy to two daughters. We quickly became a 2 stroller family, and he became very outnumbered. (2 girls!) They had him wrapped. Tightly. Very. around their fingers as soon as they were born. I saw his soft side. He was mush for them and for us. I saw his tender even at 2 a.m. side, when I was nothing but tired and grumpy. Those new parenting days we learned even more about each other, and I loved what Travis taught me and still teaches me.

And then came cancer. Boo. And I saw yet another side of him. He still makes me smile and laugh, and feel even more beautiful. But I've seen him get sick. I've watched as he's heard the worst news I hope he ever hears. I've watched him fight. And I've seen him rely on his faith. I've watched as he's has taken every challenge he has been given, and faced it head on. He faces it strong, and amazes me with his attitude. He is still the man who made me fall fast in love with him. He is still the responsible, hard working man from our early marriage. He is still the dad who is patient, and loving, and melts for his girls. But now he does all of these things while he is battling his disease. And to me it is the most noble side of him I've seen yet. I cannot express how amazing he is to me. Not a day goes by where I am not thankful that I lucked out by marrying him. I am very happy and proud that he is my Valentine.

I hope that someday soon, somehow I can see the side of him that doesn't have to go through all he is going through, but am so proud of him and the man that he is.

I love you T. Much.

I hope you all had a Happy Valentines Day chuck full of love!

20 comments:

Eileen said...

That was an amazing Valentine for Travis! I'm glad we got to read it too. And the ladeez look ever so lovely.

11:00 is prrrrrfect!

no word verification, so I shall make one up, again.
feelthelove

Chanelle said...

Hayley. Have you ever considered being a writer? Seriously. You really have a way with words, and you bring tears to my eyes. You feel so lucky to have Travis, but I can see why he is lucky to have you!

And your girls are going to look sooooo cute at Disneyland! I just bought my kids the plastic rain ponchos from the dollar store. (How boring!) Let's hope we don't have to use them!

Trisha said...

Travis is very lucky too ya know. :)

I love that love changes and grows!

Justin & Ashlee said...

You are such a cute mom and wife. I hope you have fun in Disneyland. How exciting!

Jeff, Jenny and Pearl said...

Thanks for writing all this, it's good to be reminded of all those special moments in our lives when we think love can't get any better but then it does!

Kristin said...

Such a sweet valentine! I think you two are very lucky to have each other!

Have fun in Disneyland! I'm super jealous!

Haueter Photography said...

Loved that! It was good to see you friday night. I miss ya. You look so good and your girls are way cute! Let's get together soon.

Melissa said...

Your such a sweet wife, you both are lucky to have each other!! Have so much fun in Disneyland, hopefully it's really really warm :O)

Chellebelle said...

You are so sweet! I am so jealous you are going to Disneyland! Have a frozen chocolate banana for me! :-)

mstokes said...

What a nice "Love Letter." I don;t know your husband very well, but now I know him a little better. He sounds great! Aren't we lucky! Have fun at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Haylee Munk Brown said...

As everyone already said, you are great at putting your feelings into works. It was great to read!

Also, HAVE FUN AT DISNEYLAND!!!! The girls are going to have so much fun!!! Don't forget to go to toon town, it is my favorite!!! :) Of course I usually go at night when all the little kiddies have gone to bed so I have it to myself! Ha ha ha! Email me with your phone number when you get back, I will be in Benson. Amanda leaves for somewhere the 26th - 3rd when I leave (boo) so she won't be able to hang with us.

Kylene said...

You and Travis are the perfect example of true love! I'm glad you had a good Valentines Day and I'm excited for you guys to go to Disneyland!! Love the raincoats for your girls. They always look so cute!

Lorinda said...

Hay, make sure Trav reads that. Really nice and I'm just glad I've got to see you through all of that too. You are just as amazing as Trav is - you are just a good couple. Love you both, lots. Have fun in Disneyland because you definitely have earned it! :)

Clayton and Heidi said...

That was so sweet. You guys sure are a cute couple and have an adorable family.

ps I'm NOT a fan of Kara either.

Morrell's said...

What a sweet Valentines Post! You to are such great people, and so in love! It is so fun to watch a man transform into a daddy! I love my hair it is so easy to style now too! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! I hope Disneyland is magical for your kids and you alike! I want to go!!!

KIRSTEN said...

Valentine's Day is so much fun. Looks like you little girlies loved their gifts. Your famillia is so CUTE!!

Super Mandi said...

Your kids are so cute! Does T read your blog?

Emily T. said...

Amen to everyone's comments. You and your family are such examples to our family. I hope your "someday" is soon. And that Disneyland is magical and a complete break from reality. Enjoy!

Tyler and Katie said...

Thanks for the help, I get really worked up over Bunco prizes. Have fun on your trip, we are green with envy. I've heard it is the happiest place on earth, never been...yet. We are locked into the year Weston turns 8-(twins might be manageable by then).

Kenz Gert Lawl said...

call me a cry baby but that just made me cry.. LOVE you guys so much. thanks for everything you do hay!