Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Love Story

I am linking up with Karen at My Desert Cottage for a "Share Your Love Story" link party!  The purpose is to share your own personal love story. Be sure and visit Karen to read every one's love story that is participating!

My own story is not about love at first sight or over-the-top romance.  It's more a story about endurance.  My hubby and I have been married for more than 22 years and we have endured a lot throughout that time - both wonderful and not so wonderful.  I guess that's what they call life.

We met when we were both in our early 20's on a psychiatric unit.  Don't jump to conclusions ~ we worked there, ha!  What attracted me to him was his sense-of-humor which still continues to this day.  Our humor has gotten us through so many difficult times.  We had a lot in common and really still do.  Our values and goals have always been very similar.

Whenever I have a dream or a goal, no matter what he thinks about it, he supports it.  He took care of our toddler triplets A LOT so I could finish graduate school while he still  worked at least 50 hours a week.  When I said I wanted to start a business, he said okay and jumped right in to help.  Imagine a 6'2" man selling soap!  Yep, he never complained and frankly he was better at it than me!  When I wanted to open my private practice he jumped on board even though money would be a little tight while it was building.  Yes, once again he never complained and just worked more.  He continues to work in a job he doesn't love anymore and can retire from.  But, he's working like a dog to help put our triplets through college.


I could go on and on about the sacrifices he's made over the years.  He is the most wonderful man I have ever met and has allowed me to understand that there are good men out there, despite my past experiences.  So David, while I certainly don't tell you enough and there's no doubt I take you for granted, I do love you and thank you for everything you've done and will undoubtedly do, for me and the children.  Happy Valentine's Day!


And, wishing all of you a very Happy Valentine's Day - filled with love and gratitude!

OXOXOXOX,
Jacalyn

13 comments:

Patty said...

Thank you for your heart warming love story. You and your husband are very fortunate to have each other. Your marriage is a true partnership in love. Everyone & every marriage has ups and downs in life. It is also important to have gratitude in your hearts. My husband & I have been separated for almost 7 months. We've been married for a long time. I still love & miss my husband very much & I know he loves me too. Although we are not together, I am grateful for him, my 2 sons, my daughter-in-law & all my wonderful friends. Tomorrow is St. Valentine's Day & it's also my birthday. My wish is only that my husband & I will find our way back to each other again - to have a life together filled with peace, harmony, laughter & mostly...love...Happy St. Valentines Day ! ♥♥♥

Victoria said...

What a wonderful story! He sounds like a good man and he sort of looks like an older version of my hubby...tall, bald and goodlooking! Thank you so much for following me, I am now following you also (the fuzzy grey icon, it's supposed to be cherubs!). Have a wonderful Valentine's Day with your man:)

Jennie Marsland said...

Thank you for this beautiful story. Happy Valentine's day!

Lynn said...

Thank you for such a lovely heartfelt story. Your husband sounds like mine in supporting all your dreams. You are blessed. Happy Valentines Day. I am your newest follower.

Shirley said...

Dear Jacalyn,
Love is wonderful and being married for 22 years is a big thing now a day..I'm going on 39 this February..I wouldnt trade my guy for anything. Love gets stronger as the years go by!
Happy Valentine's Day to you and your wonderful hubby..Cupid knew what he was doing! I'm now following you to keep up with your life..
Yours Sincerely,
Shilrey

Leah C said...

Ain't love grand?! Happy Valentine's to you both:)

Daniella said...

What a wonderful man you have!
Thanks for sharing!~
xxDaniella

fairyrocks said...

Awe hats off to both of you
Triplets and finishing school.
WOW a real life love story.
Thanks for sharing

Karen Valentine said...

I loved this story. Sure, we all want fire, passion and romance... but lets be honest for most of us, that fades out over time. Marriages aren't a sprint, they are a marathon and the ones that last until the end are the ones where both people share mutual respect, common core beliefs and the desire to make life for the other person better! It's so nice to hear you and your hubby have that!
Hope you had a fabulous Valentines Day!
xo,
Karen

The French Bear said...

Jacalyn, your love story is sweet and romantic, what a joy to read! It is so nice to meet you, thank you for visiting me and I look forward to exploring your blog more....love the post on the books!!! I agree...who wants to pay such a price for those when you can create your own!
Hugs,
Margaret B

BernadetteM said...

Oh, how wonderful. What a giving man. Thanks for sharing.

Here's my portion of my blog about being newly engaged: http://bernadettemanzano.blogspot.com/search/label/Engaged%20Life

Julia Smith said...

I LOVE your blog layout.

And thanks for sharing your love story - I like how you put this:

We have endured a lot throughout that time - both wonderful and not so wonderful. I guess that's what they call life.

To me, the hard times are just as important as the easy times. That's when you have to lean on one another the most - and when your true love shines through.

DollHouse said...

I went into Doll House for a Sherri Hill dress and I had the worst time. The staff was rude and no help to me they made me feel as if I didn’t belong into their store. I well never return there and I am glad I didn’t purchase my dress from that store.

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