In our year and a half of dating, you have done so much for me. So, I wanted to make sure on Valentine's Day that I told you all the things I love about you.
1. You always make me laugh.
Your personality and funny jokes always crack me up. I always laugh when you get tired super early like an old man, talk about how you want three monitors for your computer (because apparently, two isn't enough?), and your silly faces when we take pictures together keep a smile almost permanently on my face.
2. You're always patient and understanding.
I know I'm not always the easiest to deal with, but no matter what you never get frustrated and love spending time with me, whether it's letting me turn off Metallica in your car and loudly singing along to tracks from High School Musical instead, letting me rope you into slow dancing when a cute song comes on, or going on mall trips even though you hate shopping. You don't find it annoying, you just laugh and play along, because, to you, any time with me is a good time.
3. You always know how to brighten my day.
Sometimes at the end of the day, I just feel sad or grumpy. When you know I'm feeling down, you do whatever you can to improve my day, from buying me coffee ice cream to just letting me vent. You're the shoulder I cry on, and you light up my life, turning any bad day around.
4. You do these things because you just want me to be happy.
You treat me with kindness and does special things for me because it makes you truly happy just seeing me happy, which is just one of the ways you're such a special person.
5. You give the best hugs.
When I'm in your arms, I just feel warm, safe, and happy. I could spend forever there, where everything just feels right.
6. I love the little things that make you, you.
There are so many things about your personality and mannerisms that make you unique. The way you drum your fingers on the steering wheel of your car, stop everything to watch a new rocket launch, and the sound of your laugh when you think something is really funny all make you the amazing man I'm so glad I met a year and a half ago.
7. You're family-oriented.
The way you drop everything to spend time with your family says something truly great about you. It's also touching to see how quickly you're becoming a part of my family. You fit right into my extended family as you run around with me and my cousins. The same goes for my parents and brother, easily slipping into conversations about school, sports, and more. Most importantly, you see how important my family is to me, so it is something important to you.
8. You're incredibly supportive.
I never need to ask you to come to a recital or performance. I know you'll always be there in the audience to encourage me. You even come to recitals I'm not in as an audience member with me to keep me company. Whether I'm on or off stage, I never feel alone.
9. You make me feel less anxious.
Since the beginning of our relationship, you've been one of the only people who always makes me feel calm and safe. I know anytime I feel panicked or upset I can come to you, and you will help me as much as you can to feel more like myself.
10. You take care of me.
When I'm sick, your first instinct is to come take care of me. You make me meals, rub my head when I have a headache, and pick up medicine when I need it, going above and beyond to make me feel better. I know if I need you, you'll stay with me for as long as I need until I feel better.
11. Together, we make a great team.
I know no matter what, we can get through anything, because we love and support each other. Whatever the challenge, I know you have my back, and I hope you know I've got yours.
No words will ever quite be able to say exactly how I feel about you, but I want you to know I love and appreciate having you in my life. Thank you, Tristen, for being loving, kind, and most importantly, yourself. Happy Valentine's Day, love.