A Valentine for my Valentine

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You’ve all heard me mention my husband Derek.  Since today is Valentine’s Day I thought it was the perfect opportunity to tell you more about why I love this man so much.

We met online and I could tell from the first email that he was someone special.  He read what I posted and took the time to provide a thoughtful response.  He was charismatic, funny and intelligent right off the bat (AND over email to boot)!

We’ve been together about 9 years, married 6 of those and he has made every one of those days better.  Having Lupus has made life more difficult over the past couple of years, but Derek has been right by my side taking on the heavy loads (literally) of life with a smile.  He’s taken on more household duties without complaint and brushes away any words of thanks. Sometimes I feel like “in sickness and health” was more than he bargained for, but he has made things so much easier in my life.  I can’t imagine how much harder the past year would’ve been without him.  He has been my cheerleader and has stayed hopeful even when I wasn’t.

Derek is truly my partner in life and never fails to surprise me.  He is more intelligent than he will ever acknowledge and really knows how to make people feel at ease.

When I feel I’m at my worst he tells me I’m beautiful.  He says I love you everyday and is always telling me how amazing I am.  He is the one that gave me the confidence to start this blog and is constantly providing encouragement and feedback.

While we may have our differences sometimes (what couple doesn’t!) I respect Derek so much as a person and as my husband.  There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for him and I know he feels the same about me.  It’s amazing going through life with someone always on your team, always on your side.  The term “ride or die” sometimes comes to mind 😉

Derek is so humble and sometimes I wish he could see himself through my eyes and all the wonderful things he does and the amazing person he is. He is also constantly doing really thoughtful things for me.  On weekday mornings he gets up before me so that he can wake me up rather than being awakened by the alarm and he makes coffee for me to take to work.  All of this, just to make my mornings that much easier.

While I hate the phrase “he completes me”, I do feel that I have become a better person because of Derek and want to work on being a better person for him.

Everyone deserves love in their lives and I am so lucky to have such an abundance of it from Derek!

I hope you all get a chance to tell someone (friend, lover, or relative) how much you love them today.  After all, isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about!

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