I wanted to take the time to write to you and tell you just how much you mean to me and how very much I love you. As these days go by without the pleasure of your company, I often think about how wonderful you are. You have amazing qualities and I'll start with your integrity.
You believe in truth. I feel that you do what is right, not for reward or acknowledgment, but for purpose. You are, as they say, "a stand up kind of guy". I can trust what you say and do because I know that you have strong convictions and your word is binding. Our kids will benefit greatly from you in this regard. You are setting a wonderful example.
Your humor never ceases to amaze me. I have never met a person so willing to find humor in almost everything. That being said, your wit and intellect are certainly intertwined to form a most happy marriage. I laugh when I'm with you and I smile when I think about you. I miss that. You give me a reason to enjoy life everyday and I thank you for that.
Your boundless knowledge. I never thought I would find a man smarter than I that I could stand to be around. I learn form you even when you're not trying to teach me. This quality will make you invaluable as a father and a friend. I am truly humbled by you.
Your unending calm. I find that even when I'm panicking about even the smallest thing, you are there to soothe my fears and worries. You are a great comfort to me. You see the logical side of a problem and know how to convey this to me with out being condescending or righteous.
Your faith in my abilities. When I falter in my faith in myself, you're there to help me see the good in me. You're my "ego stroke" when I really need it. You help me to see how much I can accomplish even when all I can think about is failure. I thank you for that.
Your self sacrifice. You put yourself in a most painful and dangerous place so that our little family will benefit. You have separated yourself from those you hold dear in order for me an Cecelia to be taken care of properly. Not a day goes by that I don't realize this.
Your dignity. You are proud of who you are and what you do. You refuse to lower you own expectations in order to raise the level of what you expect from others. You are proud without being prideful.
Your sensitive nature. You have compassion for all and you are truly affected by injustice and wrong-doing. You believe that you can change the way people think and you WANT to illicit that change.
Your Hollywood good looks. I find you more attractive the more I get to know you. I am proud to call you my husband for the reasons stated above and because you're just damn fine! You have the most beautiful features and that helps to make beautiful babies. An added bonus for the both of us. Let's just say, "You're put together well."
You are a spectacular specimen of a person, husband, father and lover. I only wish that I could convey how much I love and respect you in a more meaningful way than in an email or through care packages and cards. I don't take for granted that not only am I lucky, but also blessed to have you as my husband and friend. You are my heart, Michael. I want to spend every day showing you the love that I have for you. All of this heartache of separation will be a dream someday. We will look back and be able to see how our relationship has grown and evolved. You make me want to be a better person just being around you. You shine and that light is warm, loving and enveloping.
Happy Valentine's Day, dear!