Here it is! My first official blog post as Mrs. Kathryn Elizabeth Wright! I am excited about my topic today because it has pretty much been the ongoing highlight of my life for the past year and a half. ~L’amour~ Yes, love. I want to to take you back a couple days to the famous holiday known as Valentine’s Day. It is a day that holds several meanings to a lot of different people. For children, it is about handing out the coolest Valentine to your friends at school and tallying up all the chocolate and candy hearts received. For the person “without somebody,” it is generally viewed as Singles Awareness Day- a time to A. hide in your bedroom and look at all the mushy mess on facebook’s News Feed while curled up with a box of self bought chocolate or B. Go out with your friends and try to become “less single.” For men, I would imagine it is a stressful time. There is pressure, enforced by the world and women alike, that they must make the most grand romantic gesture on this day than any other day of the year. This might look like an argument with a hostess over a last minute reservation at the most charming restaurant in town or getting an express delivery from a flower shop when you are down to a three hour notification. With all the Hallmark hubbub and the encouraged inflation of women’s waistlines, we can easily lose track about what this day is supposed to be about. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing bad about chocolates, roses, and candlelight. In fact, I used all three last Thursday. But as wonderful as gifts are, the most important thing to relay is how dearly you love and cherish your significant other and your children. This was my first Valentine’s Day as a wife. It gave the day a whole new meaning. I love Everett every minute of every hour of every day. He is my husband and the father of our beautiful daughter. There are not enough ways I can describe to you how and why I love this man. He is not perfect but he is perfect for me. So this is how I relayed that message to him…..
I spent a few days putting together a scavenger hunt. A scavenger hunt to find me!! I know, what a great prize:) Each clue led him to a significant spot in our relationship. I wanted to remind him of how precious these memories are to me and why. Once he began his adventure, he found champagne, truffles, balloons, men’s magazines and homemade cookies awaiting his arrival. Each yummy gift had a card attached, sealed with a poem inside. This is what he found.
Welcome Home, Everett, my Dear!
I’m so excited that you are here.
Your day of work is finally done.
So our night of romance has just begun.
Please do what I say, in the order they’re in
Don’t jump ahead or you’ll be in a spin.
Bathe and get dressed!
You’ll want to look fresh
I wouldn’t take you anywhere that wasn’t the best.
Once you’ve put on your slacks and buttoned your shirt
Drink the Redbull I left you so you can make it to dessert.
Answer: Clue was on the door into our bedroom
Congratulations! You found the first one!
Now I can tell you more about this evening’s fun.
There are a number of clues that are all around
They will help you on your mission until I am found.
Each new spot has a special place in my heart,
like this little room where our day gets it’s start.
We brush and we flush, we spy and we chat
It’s where I get attacked daily by, Bubbles, our cat.
It’s time to go on, so I hope you are ready
You’re my Michael and I’m your Sarah Tancredi.
Clue number two can be found
in the warm spot where your knee hit the ground.
Answer: Clue was on the bathroom counter
I will never forget that 13th of May
Why, it was my very first Mother’s Day!
Little did I know what you had planned
For God had our story written in the palm of His hand.
With words so sweet and emotions so high
You reached for my hand and nearly started to cry.
You told me you wanted me forever in your life
My answer, “YES!” would soon make me your wife.
Your next clue can be found on something large that is red
We’ve spent many date nights staying up late,
and waking up feeling half alive, half dead.
Hours of fun, suspense, laughter and fear…
Don’t push anyone out of the way!
Wait until the coast is clear.
Answer: Clue was next to the fireplace where we got engaged
Great job, baby!
You’ve found the 3rd clue.
And since you’re standing here,
you know what to do!
Pick out a great movie and we’ll watch it tonight
I hope they have Taken 2 because you know I love a good fight!
We’ve spent far too much money at this very machine
but I promise I’ll return it before Aria turns thirteen.
You better go soon…the sun is almost down
Now it’s time you make a trip somewhere else in town.
You are very close by so do not fret…
This holiday is their busiest day of the year I bet.
I love when you treat me to this special place.
Their cannolis make me wish my tummy had more space!
Answer: Clue was on top of Redbox machine at Ingles
I hope everyone greeted you with smiles on their faces.
Michael Lees has always been one of my favorite Hiawassee places!
The food and service is always grand
especially when we have a glass of Riesling in our hand.
Wave goodbye and hop in your car.
This time, I’m going to take you a bit far.
Your next clue will be under the sky so blue
Where I shared my favorite memory with you.
Every eye was on us and you were my dream come true.
It was the moment our journey of marriage began with “I Do.”
Don’t worry it may be a bit dark, but where there is true love
you will always find a spark.
Answer: Clue was at our favorite restaurant in Hiawassee, Michael Lees.
Brasstown is the place where my world changed forever.
We vowed to God and others that our union would never sever.
I’ll never forget when we were standing here,
you called me “perfection.”
The way you looked at me in that moment was a glimpse of the Son’s reflection.
I love you, Everett Anthony Wright
And I promise to be
the wife, the mother, and the friend that God has called me to be.
I guess I should ask and not presume,
but can I go on a date on this special night with you?
I am your wife, and honored I am,
but a Valentine this evening would be my best idea of a plan.
If your answer is yes, and I sure hope it is,
then head to the room where our dinner begins.
It is neither Maple, Cedar, or even Pine
but I can tell you that it is the greatest of trees for a child to climb.
I hope you wore your watch and a cape to help you fly
It’s time you leave because our reservation is at 7:45!
Answer: The clue was under the arbor on the Waterfall Lawn at Brasstown Valley Resort
Answer: The Oaks Restaurant at The Ridges Resort
…and guess what. HE FOUND ME!!!
Every day should be like Valentine’s Day. February 14th is just a glorified holiday that should be an example to the other 364 days of the year. Stuffed animals and hershey kisses are great but so is making a point to love hard every day and be loved hard in return.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34
….and I can’t forget to mention mine and Everett’s mini Valentine. Our sweetest girl, Aria.
Opening her Valentine’s present from mommy & daddy
Aria’s card to Everett
Everett’s present for mommy & Aria~Introducing our Dwarf Bunny, RUGER!
XOXO Happy Belated Valentine’s Everyone! XOXO