Friday, February 12, 2010

It's a Love Story: Our Early Letters

In working on a Valentine's Day Present for the Mr. I was digging through our memory boxes -- filled with letters and notes to each other. And although we're not John and Abigail Adams, I thought you might get kick of of a blast from the past - seeing our "love" letters.

A bit of background...
The Mr. and I met and started dating on Greek Row at USC (i.e. we were in a Sorority/ Fraternity). USC Greeks have a tradition called "Monday Night Dinner." Monday Night Dinner is where each Sorority and Fraternity has a formal dinner in their chapter house and during dinner the new members of each house do "deliveries" to the other houses. Which means that you can send a card or cookies or whatever to a guy you like or that you're dating and a girl in your house will deliver it to him a his formal dinner. And he can do the same for you. Because of this time-honored USC tradition we have two years worth of Monday Night Dinner letters and cards to each other. I can't even say how thankful I am to have this treasure!

The Mr's letters usually came on stationary like this:


And mine usually looked like this:


Although there are hundreds of letters, I thought I'd share some of the earliest ones from when we'd first met and started dating, because those show how far we've really come. Who knew I was writing to my future husband?!

The first letter the Mr. ever wrote me:

{Click the image to enlarge and bless you if you can read his handwriting}

My first letter to him:

{Click the image to enlarge and clearly handwriting is not my strong skill either}

We were trying to be "just friends" but clearly that didn't happen!

The letter he wrote me asking me out on our first real date at El Cholo, a great Mexican Restaurant in LA:


The letter I wrote to him the week after our date at El Cholo:

{Note: It's funny that I mention Thanksgiving in that letter because he offically asked me to be his girlfriend the day before Thanksgiving, 2003. So clearly, I saw him before Thanksgiving :)}

Hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of young love just in time for Valentine's Day. Hope that your Valentine's Day still feels like the first one together! Xoxo!

26 comments:

Kimberly said...

thanks for sharing! it's so great you have all those notes...what memories! you can show your kids one day and who knew you would end up married!!! enjoy your valentine's day!
I hope you still leave each other notes once in awhile!

Patience said...

What great memories to have. They are so cute!

Chelsea said...

How fun. Most of ChrisChris & I's early ramblings were either text or email, so I don't have a lot of them =(

This is really cute though, I love to hear others' love stories! Thanks for sharing

Brittany Ann said...

This is so romantic! My hubs and my dad were TKEs, too!

Jennifer said...

Cute letters! I have old emails from Nate prior to us actually dating. Full of witty banter. HA! Apparently it all started when I asked if he was coming up for Teke's rush dinner. He was an alumni and I was a Lil Sis. I might have to dig those convos up. :)

Vee said...

Those notes just make me wanna go, 'AWWW!!!' So cute!

Sara said...

Those are so cute, thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

Those are so cute, thanks for sharing!

Brittney said...

Adorable! I was just looking through all of my emails with my husband through college and thought about putting them into a book!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

This is so awesome that you have these!!! It made me smile reading how adorable you guys were!

Lil' Woman said...

That is so cute and special that you have the first couple things from your relationship! :)

Rachel said...

What a treasure for you and for your children someday! I got that fertility book that you recommended and I am loving it. Thanks again!!

Jamie Pickle said...

Too cute. Thanks for sharing!

Chic Runner said...

Oh my gosh that is seriously the cutest thing EVER. Funny thing is i save all my texts from b and i read them over :) Hope you guys have a fab v-day! xoxo

Shoshanah said...

These are so cute! What a great memento to have of your early relationship

Nicole said...

very cute!!! oh and we will be in Manhattan Beach this VDAY! :)

Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

That's such a great thing to have for the two of you!

Rachel said...

That is SO neat! What a treasure you have! With the world we live in today, I don't think there are many who still send love letters. Soooo cool :)

Jen said...

That is awesome! as is the Monday night dinner tradition!

and of course I love the GPhiB stationary! =)

Jess said...

That is so sweet!!!

What an awesome keepsake of your early relationship!

Angry Julie Monday said...

How cute is that. I love the Greek Stationary.

GUAMtastic said...

John and Abigail got NOTHING on you two!!! And I KNEW I liked you.... I was a GPhi at Saint Louis University :)

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I loved these! Those are awesome notes to have now.

Emma said...

found your blog through Kelly, this is absolutely darling! Hope you and hubs had an amazing Valentine's! xoe

Sweet Simplicity said...

These are so neat and special! I love that you put the actual notes on here.

Janet said...

I had fun reading your love story. reminds me of the first time I met my husband (after talking on the phone for more than a month). After our meeting, we went to a KTV bar with my bestfriend and the rest is history. I'm glad you still have his letters. We never write letters. We have SMS instead that I kept until now.

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