At the end of our wedding video, there are a bunch of wonderful well wishes, tips, and advice. One of our favorite is “When you have kids, give them short first names because your last name is so long! LOL”. Yeap we heard ya on that one Jazzy. Another one of our favorites comes from my mom “Daryl, everything you did to get her, you got to keep doing to keep her!” That’s RIGHT! But what does that look like after 8+ years? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself… I mean, isn’t Valentine’s Day overrated after 8 years, should we still celebrate it? Does it still need to include roses, chocolate, and gifts? And the answer is… Heck Yeah! LOL. (I’m just saying!) My momma had some great advice. But those things don’t have the same weight and value they did for our first VDay in 2007. I can honestly say if Mr. C. got me some overpriced Florist flowers yesterday, we would have been using those flowers to put on his casket! LOL! (I’m just saying!) And that’s just it. Often I’ve seen relationships fail because one or both of them is stuck in those yesteryears. Let it go! He’s changed and you’ve changed (hopefully). Life changes you. Create new memories. Celebrate new traditions and seasons of life. This is what I call the evolution of love. It grows. It matures. It evolves. When I think about those sweet beginnings with my first love, he pursued me before I even knew it. He was a total gentleman. He first grabbed my attention with a song. From there, he began to whisper sweet “somethings” in my ear. It would literally give me goose bumps. He never pestered me, but loved me how I needed it when I needed it. He sent his friends to tell me how much he loved me. He would wrap his arms around me and I felt like I was in heaven. He would tell me how wonderful I am. At some point, there were love letters. After a whirlwind romance, I realized that I needed to accept his proposal, so I walked down the aisle and said “Yes!” That was only just the beginning though. I wish that I can say that things got better from there, but it didn’t. Life came quick. Full of valleys, desserts, and lows. Through it all, he was my rock. He carried me through every pit and storm. Over the years, I learned to trust him more. I learned what true love actually is by his example. Today, I’m thankful for this maturity and evolution. If you haven’t figured it out by now, my first love is Jesus!!!!!! He is LOVE by every definition; unconditional and unending love. Similarly, my relationship with Mr. C has evolved and come full circle in so many ways. Last week, in his family and friends virtual bible study, Mr. C. issued a challenge for all of us to set aside time for prayer every single day for a week. For our challenge, we choose to pray together every night for a week. We did it and it blessed our socks off (wink). It was exactly what our marriage needed! (I love you honey). It reminded me where we started, as friends who prayed together! So this Valentine ’s Day didn’t include melted fondue, the Kennedy center, or florist flowers. It did include our little love bug, a lot of sacrifice, a candle-lit dinner, and matured L-O-V-E! Celebrate all the loves of your life…360+5…LOL today and every day! My Mr. Rights!!!