My Night In Shining Armor,

Today mark’s the first Valentine’s Day as a married couple. It marks our fourth Valentine’s Day together.

I still remember our first Valentine’s Day. It was before we became a couple, but I think we both knew that day that we already were committed to each other.

I remember it snowing, so you came and picked me up at my house to go on a date. We decided to go bowling, something neither of us had done in years. I remember me getting competitive trying to beat you. Then we headed to dinner at Red Oak Pub to talk the night away.

The beginning of our relationship I will always remember how I felt. How I was so excited to get to know more about you. To learn who you were, what your interests were, but more importantly what you envisioned for your life.

I remember the first time I knew I realized how much I cared about you. How much I was afraid you would leave one day. You got an interview at Gulfstream in Savannah, Georgia.

I remember the first day of our long distance relationship. The morning I headed out to Atlanta, Georgia to start a new job. Benny and I were there in the morning before the sun came up to say goodbye.

When I tried to speak, nothing came but tears. But I think you knew deep down inside what I wanted to say.

I remember the day you got the job at Gulfstream. I couldn’t help but smile, and feel like things were falling into place. We turned an eight hour drive into a four hour drive, and at the time that seemed good to me.

I remember the first time I told you I loved you. I was heading back to Atlanta, but as I drove through the parking lot to leave I couldn’t help but drive back. I couldn’t wait another week to tell you. I was so nervous you ended up saying the words for me.

I remember the day I moved to Savannah. It wasn’t ideal, with family illness. But you drove to U-Haul truck for me.

I remember the weekend we got engaged. I kept pushing the date back for our weekend trip to Asheville, and finally on the second weekend in March I agreed to go. We got up late to go hiking, and I got frustrated our dinner plans didn’t seem possible. I remember getting upset with you and nagging you, as we drove up a gravel road on our way to the wrong trailhead to hike.

I remember getting emotional about where I felt like I was in life as we hiked up. I remember getting antsy while we sat there and waited for you to get the perfect set up for you to ask me to marry you.

I remember that grin on your face after I said yes, the happiness that followed on our two hour hike down. And you rolling your ankle, which has become a staple in our hiking trips together.

The day we got married, I will always remember seeing you at the alter holding Benny. I couldn’t take my eyes off of you. And then the unexpected dip as our first kiss as husband and wife.

I remember our honeymoon, unplugging and spending time in nature. Hot tubs and wine each night, just enjoying our time together.

I remember our first Christmas as a married couple. All the ornaments with “The Hull’s” on it. I remember our first New Year’s together, I got the flu and was in bed by 8 and you stayed up with Riley.

I remember our first loss together. Leaning on each other for comfort.

There are so many good times and bad times we have gone through. But at the end of the day it doesn’t matter where we are, having you as my support system and my biggest cheerleader makes me the luckiest girl out there.

Here’s to our first Valentine’s Day as The Hull’s and here is to the many more that will follow.

I love you more than words could ever describe.

Your Bride,

Hilary