tidbits that has helped us along the way


happy valentines day internet! i couldn't pass off the chance to not post a few things that i've noticed that have helped me and daniel's relationship over the years (fun- actually not fun, more like depressing fact: this is our 10th Valentines and I'm pretty sure we've never spent even one of them together.... *cries*). but other than that, i also asked daniel to put together what he thought helped us. it was kinda nice to see his side too. so grateful for that man.

things I thought helped us: 
1. time
oyy i am so horrible at this. but i'm trying to work at it. time is such a valuable thing. i feel so appreciated whenever daniel sacrifices whatever he was doing to always come to me. it's as if the essence of time stops for him whenever he spends his time with me and that makes me feel so valued.

2. communication 
heck to the yeah. this is super essential in any relationship. this is the very reason why we've made it this far lol. communication opens you up to being honest, even at times when it might not be the most comfortable. but it's in those times where we're given the opportunity to move on, to forgive, to grow, or to be better as an individual and for each other.

3. compliments
i am guilty for not doing this enough. but i love the random compliments daniel gives me. wether it's him complimenting me on an item of clothing that i haven't worn in forever that he loves, or when he reminds me of how much i've accomplished throughout the day! it not only boosts my confidence, but it also shows me how observant he is. and that feels good.

4. always saying "i love you" 
i don't think you can ever say enough of that. just saying those words randomly or even in moments when it's needed to be heard the most reminds me what we're fighting for, what the whole point is about, and how simple it really is.

5. food
i had to. we bond so much over a pie of pizza and most definitely over a bowl of pasta! when we weren't even living in the same state yet we'd have chipotle dates over skype and just enjoy our chipotle! it's sharing those moments of goodness with your best friend and thinking in your head that you could do this forever with this guy. now if i can only get him to love dessert.....

things HE thought helped us (in his own words, so read it coming from him): 
1. technology
because we wouldn't have been able to communicate like we did. like right now while she's halfway around the world.

2. her desire to go on a mission
so i accepted the offer of the missionaries to sit down and try to learn her beliefs and why she desired to go. and i found something way better. i found something that was missing in my life and because of that i love her more because now we share those beliefs.

3. support from friends and family 
idk there's not really much to explain when it comes to that lol.

4. showering eachother with love 
the way she showers me with her love because she helps  me realize that in times of peril, especially the past few months, she's shown me that everything is going to be okay and that we'll be okay and that everything will work out. and i appreciate her so much more because she's helped me cope with my stress.

5. going to theme parks 
that's when we get to be little kids again. we get excited for rides together, we get nervous and scared on coasters together. we have such a great time and it just strengthens my bond with her whenever we create memories like that together.

aww shucks, i think i'll keep him around.
hope you all enjoy this day of love!

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