Ahhhh, Valentine's Day. I love today! (only because it means my birthday is in 2 days- Just kidding!) I am lucky that Jas and I tell one another how much we love each other about 100 times a day, so its silly to make such a fuss on a this particular day. We usually just get each other one funny card and one mushy one and call it a day. Of course, I have saved everything he has ever written to me- letters when he first moved away, the card the wrote me the day Miss O was born, EVERYTHING- since it happens so rarely, and they are all little treasures that I will hold on to forever...
There is one thing that he gave me that I didn't hold on to and its something I still think about on every anniversary or Valentine's Day, or at those moments when I can't believe how lucky I am to have him as my husband.
The fall of my freshman year at UT, I flew out to Phoenix to see Jas for a little getaway. Stacie flew out too. So fun. We all decided to drive up to Flagstaff for the weekend and go see the Grand Canyon. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Seriously. And while we were there I saw all these people throwing coins over the side of the canyon, obviously making wishes. I figured if you're going to make a wish, something as breathtaking and amazing as the Grand Canyon would be a great place- I figured the scale alone would hold some pretty strong mo-jo. So I asked Jas for a coin to throw and he gave me a penny. Nope, too small. Again, if you're wishing in to the Grand Canyon, you need a grand coin. So I asked for a quarter.
I went to the side, held the coin tightly in my hand, and wished that Jason and I would be together forever. I didn't make it too specific or demanding. Just simple and too the point. Me. Jas. Forever. This picture was taken right after I made that wish. It would take another 3 years with a lot of tears and heartbreak, soul-searching, and growing up- but we came back together at a time that was right for us and set us on the path to where we are today. A path to be on together forever.
We are still very much in love. We are best friends. We still hold hands where ever we go. I still get butterflies when I get ready to go on a "date" with him. I love the sound of the garage door opening because I know that means I get to see him again. I love that no matter how awful a fight we have, he always makes us "hug it out" at the end- such sweet comic relief. I stare at him a lot and think how handsome he is. I am lucky that he loves me enough to put up with me since I'm kind of a toot about 77.4% of the time. We have a strong marriage that has survived a lot, we have a precious family that we love to pieces, and most importantly, I love him more when I wake up every morning then I did when I fell asleep.
And I still like to think that my Grand Canyon Wish had a little something to do with all that.