Mia never really experienced a proper valentines day before she met me and if I’m being honest I never really gave a shit about it until I met her. When she came into my life she filled a void in my heart that I didn’t really know was there and because of that I want nothing more than to make this day special for her.
The house is quiet when I walk in the front door, I look around searching for Mia and Lily but they’re nowhere to be found. Assuming that they must be upstairs I hang up my coat and toss my keys on the entryway table before heading up. I go into Lily’s room first and look in on her, watching her sleep for a moment and thinking about how such a little thing turned my world upside down. Who would have thought that I would love having a baby around so much or that I’d be any good at being a dad? The only thing that matters is that there’s no one left standing that could ever take her away from me now.
I open the door to our bedroom to find Mia standing by the window peering outside wearing nothing but a short black lingerie.
She turns to face me when she hears the door open. “Happy Valentines Day Logan.” She says, a bashful smile on her lips.
The sight of her half naked and timid does all sorts of things to me but I catch my breath and manage to compose myself enough to close the door.
“Happy Valentines Day baby.” I smile at her and take slow strides toward her. “You look beautiful.” I say, stopping a few inches away.
“Whatcha got there?” She questions, her eyes lighting up, her mischievous side taking over.
“What this?” I reply pulling a large bouquet of flowers and a box from behind my back. “These are for you.” I say handing her the flowers first.
“Thank you, I love them.”
I grab her by the hand and walk her over to the bed, pulling her down so that we’re both sitting. “I got you these too.” I say handing her the box.
“There’s more?” She shakes her head but takes the box nonetheless. She opens it up and giggles. “Chocolate covered strawberries. My favorite, Thank you babe.” She leans over and places a kiss on my lips. “I have something for you too.” She says.
I grab her hand to stop her from reaching for something and pull her back to me placing another kiss on her lips. “I can’t wait to get your gift but I have one more thing for you.”
“I know the past few month’s have been crazy, you’ve been through more than anyone should ever have to and I’m so proud of you. I… You are the strongest person I know and you and Lily mean more to me than anything. You have made my life so much better than I could have ever imagined and I meant it when I said I wanted us to be a family.”
Her eyes are bright with unshed tears but she smiles through them. “We are a family Logan, you’ve made us a family.”
“Here.” I say, handing her an envelope and wiping away the tear that escaped from her eyes.
She opens the envelope and starts reading, it doesn’t take long for her to figure out what she’s reading. Her head quickly snaps up and she looks at me, eyes wide with disbelief. “Logan.” She whispers, tears streaming freely down her face now.
I point to the adoption papers that she holds in her hands. “My signatures already on there. It’s all up to you now. All you have to do is sign and I will legally be Lily’s father.”
She throws her arms around my neck and holds on tight. “I know you said you would do this but I didn’t think you meant so soon.”
I rest my head in the crook of her neck, wanting to get as close to her as possible. “It’s just a formality right? I’m her dad in every way that counts.”
“Yes. It’s just a formality.” She pulls away from me, gets up and walks over to the nightstand table. She grabs a pen and quickly signs the document. “These adoption papers are ones that I actually wanted to sign.” She says, sitting back down and handing me the papers.
“I’ll have them filed first thing Monday morning.”
“Okay.” She whispers, wiping the remaining tears away. “Here.” She says handing me a box that was sitting in the middle of the bed. “It’s not much but it means a lot more now.”
I open the box up and smile at the contents, a silver plated frame with the word ‘Family’ engraved and a picture of the three of us. “I guess you and I had the same idea for Valentines Day huh?” I shrug, looking at the picture once more. Such a simple gift filled with so much meaning.
“I love you.” I say, putting the frame down and pulling my girl into my lap.
“I love you too.” She replies, and I hold onto her, hold on tightly to everything that she is, everything that her love represents. My family.