To the strange man sleeping in my bed


Isn't it funny how two people can live in the same house, yet never see each other? I was thinking about that today. It feels like an eternity since we had some quality time together. We are so rushed with our respective activities that we don't really seem to have time to spend together.

Be that as it may, I decided to send you a good old fashioned letter. Remember when people wrote letters to each other? Wasn't that such a magical time? And so special that a memento of their love could be kept and cherished! Forever!

Did you know that I still have all the letters you wrote to me while I was a missionary? I do. I didn't know why I was keeping them since I tossed out all the other letters I received before coming home. But I kept yours and my little brother's. Yours made me laugh. I really looked forward to those letters as they generally came on a bleak day when I needed a little laughter.
Did you know I still take them out and read them when I am alone sometimes? I do.

I also wish there was a way to engrave words we hear so that they will be special all the time. Sunday we were talking about a toy we bought Keith. I don't even remember what it was. It wasn't meant to be a toy for him, but it ended up that way. I asked you if that wasn't the best $10 you had ever spent since it made our son so incredibly happy. You softly smiled (the smile that makes my heart jump, you know the one, where your dimple is so subtle and your eyes glow just a little) and squeezed my hand. You then whispered that the best $10 you ever spent had been that first letter to me... the Christmas card that arrived on Christmas Eve. I will never forget the tenderness in your voice, or the meaning behind those words. I was a puddle on the pew. And then you put your arm around me and I could have flown to Michigan and back.

Can you believe it has been nearly three years already? I know technically it has been so much longer than that (15 years, I think) but since I came home from my mission and you came into my life really it has only been three short years. Lots can happen in such a little amount of time, can't it? I now have your most beautiful ring on my finger, a cherubic child and a big baby bump all because of you. I never imagined that life could be so sublime. Really. I know it is so easy to get caught up in the little things (school, work, callings, cleaning, children, etc) that we forget the beauty of what we really have.

My love, thank you for your patience with me and with school. I know it is hard to see people having fun and laughing and actually having lives around you while you are stuck studying. But I know that we will be better off because of your dedication. I see your determination to finish school as another way of saying you love me. You want the best life possible for us, and so you are willing to sacrifice and miss out on things you would love to be doing, all because you love us so much and can see the bigger picture. Thank you for that.


P.S. I am thinking I am going to have to kidnap you this weekend simply because you have been working so hard and need a break. We will go do something you love doing and I will love to just be with you. Just giving you a head's up!


Noodle said…
I totaly know how your feeling... I miss my hubby too... Work keeps him busy from sun up to sun down... I wish I could steal him away and give him a break but he is so dedicated he can't leave the other guys on the job hanging... Hopefully in a week or two I can have my husband and friend back...
valentine said…
oh i love good old fashioned letters. heck, i want to go even more old fashioned and bring back wax and seals. how cool would that be to get a letter with a majestic seal on it?

hope there is some kidnapping going on this weekend.
Andrea said…
Awww, I'm almost crying and I'm not even your husband! ;) Such a sweet letter. Hope you guys have fun this weekend!
JennyMac said…
Very, very sweet. I hope he sees it.
Familia Morales said…
That's so sweet! I love it! I too find myself swept up in the rush of life and can't seem to find time to be with my honey. Except for those 4 am feedings when I hand the baby to him and ask him to take over. :) Have fun this weekend! You two make a beautiful couple.
Erin said…
My husband graduated a year ago after being in school for 10 years (he just got his Ph.D.) I totally understand about the studying thing and not having much time together. And I also have the letters my husband sent me while he was on his mission, and he has mine. So sweet!

That was a great letter.
valentine said…
hey, i am returning the blog love. stop by to pick up your award!

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