Monday, February 14, 2011


"Oh, if it be to choose 
and call thee mine,
love, thou art every day 
my Valentine"!
~Thomas Hood
I love these photos...
what's amazing about these photos, is they were taken the same year, by the same company.  
It's amazing that were are both laying on blue carpet, wearing red and laying down. 
 Who would have ever known that when these photos were taken, that we would find each other, fall in love and marry.
I have ALWAYS been a romantic,
ever since I was a wee little girl 
 I DREAMED of growing up, falling in love and being married. I dreamed of having a husband who would love me, who would be romantic, kiss and love me each day when he came home from work, leave me love notes, make our home a place where LOVE abundantly abounds. I dreamed of having a marriage where each and every day LOVE is shown, romance is there, a home full of FUN, memories created daily and a refuge from the storm and place to feel peace. 

YES, I have all of these things I have listed above and MORE in my wonderful life, with my wonderful marriage to the most amazing man I know...
Tracy (aka "Mr. Smith")
(one of my favorite quotes about LOVE
(which I cross-stitched and have sitting on one of the shelves in my house)

"Sooner or later we begin to understand
love is more than verses on Valentines
and romance in the movies.
We begin to know that
love is here and now,
real and true
, the most important thing in our lives.

For love is the creator of our favorite memories
and the foundation of our fondest dreams.

is a promise that is always kept,
a fortune that can never be spent,
a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely places.

And this radiance that never fades,
this mysterious, magical joy,
is the greatest treasure of all...
one known only by those who

I am SO grateful to be shown true love
every day of my life and not just on  

Valentine's Day!!

You see, we have Valentine's Day each day of the year!

Like this quote says...
"Love is more than verses on Valentines or Romance in the is here and now, real and true the most important thing in our lives..."

It's a daily effort by both of us doing all of the "little things" that make life so big!!

Some of my favorites...I always get told I'm beautiful even when I'm not feeling beautiful (from having not so good hair days, OR, with my "double chin" neck that I inherited from my dad)
 I LOVE that we do everything together from daily walks together around the block, walking in rain storms,  hiking/backpacking in the mountains, enjoying weather of all kinds together, camping, playing in the water on the beach, enjoying nature with all it's gorgeous splendor like amazing sunrises and sunsets.  I love being by your side with all of our home improvement projects...

I LOVE the effort you put in to being up with me in the morning with helping out with getting the steel cut oats all in our bowls for us to eat for breakfast.  I LOVE having you come and sit on the counter in the bathroom and talking to me while I'm putting on my make-up and doing my hair to get ready for work.

LAUGHTER...your contagious laugh you bring to home and fill our lives with an abundance of laughing!  I LOVE this so much about you!

I LOVE raising sons together and being FUN parents... 
I LOVE DATE NIGHT each week and love when you have uploaded new music to your iPhone and created FUN music play lists to enjoy while we drive together.
(It shows that you were thinking about me during the day)

I LOVE on several occasions walking out of work and seeing your truck parked there and opening the door and having you tell me you missed me and you only worked half a day of work because you wanted to take me to lunch and spend the afternoon with me before kids got home from school!!

From daily kisses and 
"I Love you's", love notes, daily thoughtful acts that abundantly abound, having you catch me off guard while you turn me around while I'm making dinner and you take me and dance with me (pure bliss that is)

 Whatever it is we are doing,
I LOVE and cherish each and every moment with the Love of my Life Tracy!!

Yes indeed Love...
"thou art every day my Valentine"


Sondra said...

Happy Valentine's Day Kimmie! I really enjoy your love story with Mr. Smith. The baby pictures at the top are cute as can be - amazing too!

Capturing all those special moments together through the years of togetherness is amazing. Such a wonderful example and tale that you can live happily in love - every after.

It's heart warming. Thanks for sharing your "real" love story with us! My favorite is the love notes in the note book.. Tracy is one of a kind - you lucky girl!

Ann Marie said...

The pictures are sooo cute!

I can't believe how much Ethan looks like Tracy.

VERY happy and grateful that you and Tracy have each other.
You are very blessed and loved.

Happy Valentines day!!

Garden of Egan said...

I can see where Ethan gets his cuteness! I thought for sure that was him and not Tracy.

I LOVED the cookies and you inspired me to make more. I saved the rolls until dinner yesterday. AWESOME!
You are the sweetest person on the planet.

I hope you have a fun Valentines evening and show off the special dinner or whatever you have planned!

I think that you two are totally a love match made in heaven.

gigi said...

I loved this post. Way cute pictures of yall.
I made your sugar cookies for the first time yesterday. Thank you for sharing the recipe. they are wonderful.
Happy Heart Day!

Cherie said...

Great Post Kimmie!

I know it is the most wonderful thing ever to have a romantic and loving husband!! Not everyone has that - I am glad you have that and that I have that too!!

I say the same thing all the time to Kurke - that I don't need Valentine's day because everyday of my life with him is Valentine's day!! Whoo HOOO!

I love all the pictures they are so fun. It is wonderful to have a long happy marraige with your soulmate!!

Hope you two have a Fantastic Valentine's day!!

P.S. I also think that Ethan is the spitting image of his dad and you look just the same - totally could see Kimmie in that little girl!!

Chad and amy said...

You two are so lucky to have each other. Your story gives me goose bumps when I read it. Your love truly is a love story and beautiful. Many more memories and love to share for years to come.

LKP said...

oh man, that's it. you're officially grounded from writing valentine's posts! :) you made me BAWL! i miss seth so much, and its not like he won't be home tonight, but i'm missing my valentine. (consider my pity-party thrown)

love you! love that you get to live your fairytale everyday of your life! miss you. ::hugs::