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A Letter To My Husband: After Having Kids

My Love,

With all the hustle and bustle of our crazy life, I’ve only been vocal when something was bothering me. Although I try my best to teach the kids to be grateful, I wasn’t practicing it. I haven’t been very expressive on what I appreciate about you. So as we celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary, allow me to tell you what I think and how I really feel.

8 years… It has been one hell of a roller coaster ride!

The First 2 Years Were Fun

All the traveling, all the weekends spent doing nothing, all the binge watching, all the partying made the first 2 years of our marriage fun! The part where it’s just you and me, back when we can do whatever the hell we want.

We wanted to go out on a date as often as we wanted, we did it! And sometimes we even ran out of things to do because of how often we went out. We wanted to sleep in on a Saturday and skip breakfast, we did it just because we could! We wanted to go home to the Philippines, you bet we did it! It was like living the dream!

And Then We Had Kids

It was as if reality had slapped us in our faces. Life bombarded us with sleepless nights, diaper changes, daycare expense, unending sibling fights, bills, and kids who are completely dependent on us to function.

For the first few years, we did try our best to spend some time for ourselves after the kids had gone to bed… until recently when my energy has been drained. I find myself ALWAYS EXHAUSTED! I can’t even stay up past 9 PM most nights. So the “us time” at night has lessened until it completely stopped.

I Am No Longer Ecstatic

Thinking about you, about us, about our future used to make me feel ecstatic; it doesn’t anymore since becoming a mom. Instead, I feel relieved. The kind of relief that you feel when you’re so at peace with what you currently have; and because I know that whatever happens, I can always rely on you to be there for me, for us. I feel a different kind of happiness within me. I feel complete.

Having kids did change everything for us. It changed our goals, it changed how we view things, it changed our decision-making process, and it even changed the way we want to do things. But it also opened our hearts to a deeper kind of love; the kind of love that we have right now.

Our Love Story Is Not A Fairy Tale

Our love story will never be close to a fairy tale. And that is totally fine, because our love is real. As real as the messy house that we go home to every single day, the pile of unsorted laundry in the kids' old crib...a quote from A letter to my husband after having kids

Although it did include me leaving everything behind and risking everything just so I can be with you, our love story will never be close to a fairy tale. And that is totally fine, because our love is real. As real as the messy house that we go home to every single day, the pile of unsorted laundry in the kids’ old crib, the tons of toys sitting on our living room when the play room is downstairs, or when someone would kick and punch me in the face as the four of us sleep in one bed.

But You’re Still The Answer To My Prayers

Even though a lot has changed in the last 8 years, I still sincerely feel that you are the answer to my prayers. And every night, when I pray before going to bed, I still thank God for sending you my way. a quote from A letter to my husband after having kids

Even though a lot has changed in the last 8 years, I still sincerely feel that you are the answer to my prayers. And every night, when I pray before going to bed, I still thank God for sending you my way.

Thank You

I know I don’t say this enough but I am grateful for everything! Thank you for cooking dinner on weekdays just so I have time to work on my businesses. Thank you for preparing breakfast on weekdays so I can sleep in. Thank you for your continuous support in whatever it is I want to pursue. And most of all, thank you for everything you do for me, and for our family.

I love you!

Sweetie

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20 Comments
  • Laura Allen
    Posted at 08:10h, 26 February Reply

    This is such a cute and honest letter to your husband and I love it!!! Even though I don’t have kids, I can strongly relate to this post… it’s nice to just KNOW your husband is reliable and will always be there no matter what. I loved this post girl, so honest and raw!

    • Belle
      Posted at 13:56h, 04 March Reply

      Thank you! It means a lot!

  • Annaliese
    Posted at 10:21h, 26 February Reply

    This is such a beautiful letter! <3 I hope your family has so many wonderful years ahead!!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    • Belle
      Posted at 13:56h, 04 March Reply

      Thanks Annaliese!

  • Tabitha Bradley-Raines
    Posted at 13:48h, 26 February Reply

    I loved reading this letter! It makes me hopeful for the future. My husband and I have been married for almost 3 years (together for almost 5). No kids in the picture. I am currently on medication so that one day I can get pregnant. This makes me hopeful for the future but also reminds me to be thankful for the stage that we are in. This couldn’t have come at a better time.

    • Belle
      Posted at 13:56h, 04 March Reply

      Thanks Tabitha! I’m glad you loved it! I hope you have a little one soon. 🙂

  • Amanda
    Posted at 14:36h, 26 February Reply

    What a sweet piece! Love hearing about a loving and supportive family

    • Belle
      Posted at 13:56h, 04 March Reply

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Hollie Burgess
    Posted at 14:51h, 26 February Reply

    This is so lovely. I hope he gets to read it. x

    • Belle
      Posted at 13:57h, 04 March Reply

      Thanks Hollie! Yes, he got to read it and loved it!

  • Tiffany Montgomery
    Posted at 15:26h, 26 February Reply

    Awe so sweet. I love seeing marriages still thrive after kids!

    • Belle
      Posted at 13:57h, 04 March Reply

      Thanks Tiffany! It’s hard right, but very doable!

  • Rachel
    Posted at 21:49h, 26 February Reply

    It is so strange how having kids changed our marriage. It didn’t get bad. It just got different.

    • Belle
      Posted at 13:57h, 04 March Reply

      I agree with you. Change doesn’t really have to be bad, I feel like our marriage is more mature now since having kids.

  • Cindy
    Posted at 00:06h, 27 February Reply

    What a wonderful way to express gratitude! Many more happy years ahead for you.

    • Belle
      Posted at 13:58h, 04 March Reply

      Thanks Cindy!

  • Krizzia Scollon
    Posted at 08:19h, 27 February Reply

    This is the sweetest!!! <3 More more years to come!!

    • Belle
      Posted at 13:58h, 04 March Reply

      Thanks Krizzia!

  • Arunas
    Posted at 10:08h, 28 February Reply

    Warm words… Nobody is perfect. But everyone was born for love.

    • Belle
      Posted at 13:58h, 04 March Reply

      Thanks girl!

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