In times past my Valentines gifts have always been the sweet but usual suspects: flowers, chocolates, earrings, etc.
Today I got the most amazing Valentines day gift ever and it didn't cost Chris a dime! Right after Rachel's occupational therapy she was a little anxious so I picked her up and took her to our family photos. She loves to look at the pictures and I always tell her who everyone is. Before I opened my mouth she focused on Chris in one of the pictures and said "daddy" all on her own. I hadn't even mentioned the word all morning but she saw his picture and said it all on her own.
This is special for us. The specialists all have warned us that speaking might be very difficult with her cerebral palsy. One beautiful, completely spontaneous word has given me so much hope that this will NOT be an issue for her. That is the best feeling ever and the best Valentines day gift a girl could ask for :)
Edit: Tonight Harmon came in here with a card. "Please open Mommy, it is gift for you". It wasn't what was in the card that mattered, all my babies are the best gift ever and Chris reminded me one last time tonight of that!