The following day, Jared brought me and Sophia to the State Fair, which is something I look forward to every year. We had a wonderful family date walking around at Sophia's first trip to the fair!
We exchange gifts every year too and I was so touched by his gift to me this year that I cannot breeze over this point. As most of you know, I have had a hard time feeling beautiful throughout my pregnancy. On that note, Jared did something I would never have imagined. (He is pretty amazing at thinking things through and coming up with incredible ideas.)
I opened a box filled with popcorn peanuts. There was an envelope laying on top, on which was written the following message (edited):
No matter how beautiful I think you are, or how blue in the face I get from telling you, I believe that for a girl being beautiful is feeling beautiful. I hope that these gifts, and one day alone with me will help you feel beautiful, even if only for a day.
Enclosed in the envelope was a gift certificate for a haircut at a salon, with my favorite stylist (she gave me one of the only haircuts I've ever truly loved!). I couldn't believe he remembered not only the salon, but also the right stylist! Then I dug through the popcorn peanuts and pulled from the box gift cards to JC Penny, Bath and Body Works, Kohl's, Old Navy, Forever 21, and Victoria's Secret. He gave me a shopping spree, accompanied by him, with lunch and overflow included. I couldn't believe it and burst into tears. After the baby is born, he is taking me out and I get to pick out whatever I want to make myself feel more attractive. And while I know that beauty comes from within, sometimes the things on the outside help make a woman FEEL beautiful.
I never imagined I would receive the gift of beauty this year. It was the best, most thoughtful gift he has ever given me. Thank you, my prince.