Stanley Leon
WOW, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT AFTER A YEAR THE FEELINGS WOULD INCREASE INSTEAD OF SIMMER DOWN. BUT AS WE REMINISCE ABOUT OUR OFFICIAL 1ST YEAR, I LITERALLY FEEL LIKE I AM LIVING IN A FAIRY TALE. I USED TO TELL MYSELF THAT FAIRY TALES ARE FOR LITTLE GIRLS WHOSE IMAGINATIONS ARE ENDLESS BUT WHEN I CAN HONESTLY SAY, HE HAS BECOME MY FAIRY TALE. HE STILL MAKES ME BLUSH AND CAN MAKE ME GO FROM BEING "FAKE MAD" TO LAUGHING UNTIL MY STOMACH HURTS. IT'S CRAZY. BUT HONESTLY, THAT’S WHAT RELATIONSHIPS ARE ALL ABOUT. YOU SHARE THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY AND ALL THE IN-BETWEENS TOGETHER AND MAKE PROMISE TO BE EXACTLY WHAT YOU INTENDED TO BE. A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL SAY THAT THIS "FEELING" IS  INTENDED FOR ONLY THE BEGINNING STAGES OF DATING. WELL, LET ME TELL YOU, I'VE GONE THROUGH SOME STUFF. BUT I FIND MYSELF CHERISHING THE ENTIRE PICTURE INSTEAD OF THE GOOD TIMES ONLY. I AM SURE YOU KNOW THAT "IT'S NOT UNTIL YOU GO THROUGH SOMETHING IS WHEN YOU KNOW WHO WAS REALLY THERE FOR YOU." WELL, THIS SAYING IS TRUE WITH MY RELATIONSHIP. MY PRE-DATING AKA THE PERIOD OF TIME BEFORE WE BECAME OFFICIAL, I DEALT WITH MY MOM BEING IN ICU FOR SEVERAL DAYS THEN STAYING IN THE HOSPITAL, TO SHORT ON MONEY FOR BILLS AND NEED SPOTTING, TO BEING CAR-LESS FOR ALMOST 8 MONTHS AND THE STORIES GO ON. WELL, GUESS WHO WAS RIGHT THERE, HOLDING MY HAND AND REASSURING ME THAT EVERYTHING WAS GOING TO BE OKAY. HE LOVED ME ENOUGH TO SAY, "I STILL BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE WORTH IT. YOU ARE WORTH ME INVESTING A LITTLE MORE TIME AND EFFORT BECAUSE I SEE SOMETHING IN YOU THAT I KNOW I LOVED. FROM THE WAY YOU WORSHIP, TO THE WAY YOU ARE WITH PEOPLE, I KNEW I NEEDED SOMEONE LIKE YOU IN MY LIFE."   *HEART MELTS*    
WE'VE GONE ON COUNTLESS DATES, DRESSED UP JUST BECAUSE, AND MANAGED TO COMPLETE MORE THAN 3/4 OF OUR BUCKET LIST FOR 2017. 
 
BUTTERFLIES ARE MEANT TO LAST FOREVER. THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE FREQUENT BUT NEVER LET THEM DIE. START OFF WITH SOMETHING SMALL. HIS SMALL GESTURES RANGED FROM FLOWERS, CHOCOLATE, ICE CREAMS, OH MAN - TWIZZLERS (FROM THE GAS STATION), TO LOVE LETTERS, TO CARDS THAT EXPRESS EXACTLY WHAT HE FELT. I MEAN HONESTLY, IT CAN BE ANYTHING. BUT THE SECRET TO THIS IS TO KNOW WHO ARE DATING.
SOME MEN, TEND TO FORGET THAT WOMEN LOVE NOT ONLY RECEIVING COMPLIMENTS BUT FOR THEIR MEN TO NOTICE THE "LITTLE" THINGS. FROM A CHANGE IN THEIR HAIR COLOR TO A NEW NAIL POLISH, TO A NEW PAIR OF HEELS. NO, WE ARE NOT EXPECTING YOU TO CATCH EVERY LITTLE THING BUT IT DOES REALLY GIVE YOU BROWNIE POINTS. (DAG, STANLEY HAS REALLY BEEN STACKING UP ON HIS BROWNIE POINTS MAY I SAY.:))
WOMEN, MAKE SURE YOU ARE GIVING YOUR MAN CREDIT WHEN THEY DESERVE IT. IF HE MISSES "THE CHANGE" ONE DAY OR TWO, DON’T HOLD IT OVER HIS HEAD.
HEY LADIES, THIS BEHAVIOR SHOULD BE  R E C I P R O C A T E D. A RELATIONSHIP IS A TWO-WAY STREET. YOU CAN'T EXPECT THAT YOUR MAN TO DO ALL THE WORK WHILE YOU SIT BACK AND DO NOTHING. IT’S THE SMALLEST THINGS BUT IT GOES THE FARTHEST. I AM PRETTY SURE HE WON'T BE AGAINST YOU COMPLIMENTING HIM AS WELL. YOU CAN COMMENT ON HOW YOU LIKE THE WAY HE CUTS HIS HAIR OR SHAPES HIS BEARD, OR HOW YOU LOVE A CERTAIN COLOR ON HIM.

DON’T LEAVE ROOM FOR ANOTHER WOMEN TO COMPLIMENT YOUR MAN, BECAUSE YOU WERE TOO BUSY DOING SOMETHING ELSE. YES, ITS OKAY TO PRAISE YOUR MAN HERE AND THERE. IT WILL HELP HIM TO KNOW THE LITTLE THINGS THAT YOU LIKE BUT THAT IS A TOPIC FOR ANOTHER TIME.
XOXO