Sunday, June 22, 2008

For My Sweet

Today marks our 12th anniversary. 12 years! I have been sitting here reading some of our old love letters from times past. They are mostly from the summers we spent apart in college. I have had a few good chuckles over our just how lovesick we were for each other. I wrote things like this...

"My sweet boy, do you know that I love you? Only you? I do."

"Did you know that yesterday was December 22nd? Only 6 months until our wedding and then we will start our lifetime together! Isn't that exciting?"

"I've had a very bad morning. I wish you were so here so that I could cry on your shoulder. Yours is my favorite to cry on."

"I am missing you like crazy and wishing we could be together right now. How wonderful that would be. I am thinking of you constantly. I love you so much. I live for your letters and calls and for writing you letters so I can feel in some way that I spend some time with you everyday. I miss you so much, Rich. I really do not like being away from you. The time seems to be going so slowly."

And you wrote things like this...

"Seven days from now you will be in my arms where you belong. I am very excited and anxious. I love you my sweet, wonderful, talented girl. I miss you so much."

"Guess what? I love you! Forever and forever. God has blessed me with a priceless treasure and I thank him many times daily for you."

"I thought about you so much today. I also thanked God for you numerous times in prayer. It seems that the more time I spend with you the more I fall in love. Everything about you is just wonderful to me."

I know we may not take the time to write or whisper sweet nothings to each other very often anymore, but I am comforted at the thought that (by the grace of God) the feelings communicated in that precious state of "young love" still do hold true today, even 12 years later. The feelings have matured, but the foundation is still there and I am so thankful to God for that!

Happy Anniversary, my love! I look forward to many more.


















32 comments:

BethAnne said...

Those are about the sweetest words I have heard all week! What a neat thing to look back and remember how it was 12 years ago. I am sure he still sees you as his beautiful, talented girl - with kids, work, and life in general there just isnt enough time to write those letters anymore. I cant wait for your kids to see those letters when they are older. They will know exactly how much their mom and dad really wanted to be together and how much you love each other.......I bet those sweet boys wont settle for anyone less wonderful than their pretty mama! I love it!

Teri said...

Awww! Pretty girl! You and your hubs are a stunning couple! Yay! Happy anniversary!

JP's MOM said...

Too cute!

Now in amidst children running you can yelp out a "Listen here mister, I love you!" :)

HAppy Anniversary guys! Hope you had a wonderful day.

Shelley said...

You too are TOO sweet! I love it!
And that picture is adorable of both of you!

I love that you have letters. As hard as I'm sure it was to be apart back then, you have those sweet letters to remind you of the words you spoke. That's awesome.

life with the wisners said...

well, aren't you the cutest little couple ever?

i LOVE old love letters. love them.

congrats on twelve years. here's to a lifetime together.

Lynn said...

awww...what sweet words. We found some of our letters several months ago, and it was so fun to relive those feelings of young love. Happy Anniversary! Cute picture. :o)

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I hope your anniversary is wonderful. Congrats! We celebrate 12 years next month!

Kara said...

Oh man. How fun of you to share some of your letters of sweet nothings with us! Happy 12 years. David's and my 12 year anniversary is coming up this January, so we will be right there with you! Love the picture of you two together. Perfect match!!

His Girl said...

love everything! everything! everything! about this post!

!!!

Rochelle said...

Awwwwwwwwwww... how sweet is this!! I love that you have all these!! Happy 12th you too!!

Teresa said...

I love how Rich thanked God for you and lifted you up in prayer. How great is that to know that your future husband is already praying for you! Now you have 12 years to celebrate...I'm so happy for you. The post was beautiful!

Earen said...

Happy Anniversary! How fun to look back over your love notes to each other. What a blessing!

Pam said...

Both of your letters are so sweet. Happy Anniversary!! Love your picture...you are such a cute couple.

Jennifer Partin said...

AH......how sweet!

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary.

I have a shoebox of letters from my husband too.

Xandra said...

Congratulations Alana! It's clear from your words how much you guys love one another, and how much you love God. Here's to another 12, wonderful years!

Xandra

Julie said...

Happy Anniversary!!! Being in Love is so wonderful!! I've kept some of our Love letters and it so neat to go back and read them. We were so in love. I never could have imagined how deep that love grows over time!

Becoming Me said...

Oh how sweet you both were and still are. Happy anniversary!

Kenna Sue said...

Awww!!! Hang onto all those sweet nothings and make some more! It's wonderful to see two people still in love after 12 years. God bless you both with dozens more years together - all happy ones!

michelle said...

Happy Anniversary! It is so sweet to reread love letters! Thanks for sharing! I'm so glad the two of you had time away together to celebrate 12 years!

Kristen said...

Happy Anniversary! The love letters are so so sweet! My hubby and I lived apart for most of our dating time and there were many of those love letters as well. What we did before email!

Great pic of you and your love :o)

Celeste said...

How sweet! I want to see some wedding pictures!!

Darlene R. said...

You guys are so cute! What sweet words that you shared.

Our 12th anniversary is coming up in August. Yet ANOTHER similarity we share! :)

Laney-Lou said...

Oh Alana I LOVE this! Shelley was telling me that I needed to read your post asap...glad I did! With my sweetie going into the Navy in September, letters for two months is all we have for communication. I can't wait to have love letters like you and Rich! Congrats on 12 years and blessings to the many more you'll have together!

Sarah Markley said...

so sweet! we are at 12 too. =)

Fran said...

You get the prize! Yes ma'am...sweetest words ever!

And..I love reading old stuff between me and my hubs...I might roll my eyes and then think..."this means everything to me!"

Just priceless. I pray God's richest blessings over the two of you!
Hugs,
Fran

Gray Matters said...

Those letters are truly a treasure. Happy Anniversary!

Kelly N said...

Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated our 8th last week. How time flies! Hope we are as happy and as blessed as you on our 12th.

Teresa said...

12 years? WOW!! Seems just like yesterday we were getting all dolled up for your wedding!

Heather & Reese said...

Ah, how sweet! Happy Anniversary!

~Reese

Janelle said...

Perfection! Sure do love you both!!!

Shelley said...

I'm so glad you had such a great trip! And I'm also glad you got to try the Melting Pot! You know I love that place!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Perfect way to sum it up and celebrate. Loved this. What a great trip too!