Blog posts are the worst valentines you can send. Worse than e-cards, worse than forwarded spam poems. But here goes anyhow.

She was young when we first met — a mere freshman, myself barely home off my mission. We immediately took to each other, then broke up almost as quickly. Once or twice a semester one of us would get lonely, call the other one up for a date, then break up again for some silly reason a couple of weeks later. After three long years, we got together and stayed together. We married in Manti on a hot summer’s day, only to have it rain later that day on our outdoor reception.


Ten years later, my feelings for her have deepened and broadened in ways I could never have imagined. She’s an understanding friend, a mentor and a guide. She knows songs for the Pythagorean theorem. She hates cauliflower. She cheats at Uno but is easily caught. She’s hopelessly dorky but full of real class. When I look at her, I know more than ever that I married “up” in every sense of the word.

Thanks, valentine!


  1. Nice, Evans. But did you buy her chocolate?

  2. Alas HP, no such chocolate is currently available in the pacific northwest. It would seem that you would have to know someone at the company in order to get any of that fine product.

    Her favorite valentine’s day gift from me was many many moons ago when we were still living in Utah: two hot dogs (they may have even been from 7-11, if memory serves). She was in Kaplan all night, starved and alone. Somehow it did the trick! Even when we were living in Paris and we ate dinner overlooking the Seine, she still went on about those hot dogs…

  3. Awwwwww! That is so lovely! The picture is perfectly wonderful, too.

  4. p.s. no children were dropped in the taking of this photo.

  5. Thanks for the tip. We’d been looking for an artisinal chocolatier out here in the boonies, and now we’ve found one.

  6. a random John says:

    Sam MB,

    To clarify, I believe that Amano is a chocolate maker, bean to bar, rather than a chocolatier. And what they make is in fact very good.

  7. Awww. That’s sweet. And the picture is great. My compliments to the photographer.

  8. Beautiful! The babies, I mean.

  9. Kevin Barney says:

    Great picture. From this angle, the mrs. looks a little like Laura Linney. And the babies (including their positioning) is totally adorable. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.

  10. cj douglass says:

    Steve’s white?

  11. Beautiful picture Steve! Those babies are gorgeous!

  12. Steve Evans says:

    Kev, she does look to me a little like Laura Linney.

  13. As a father of two year-old twins, I have a strange mixture of tenderness and heartache when I see pictures of newborn twins. This made me laugh: there is special significance to the appearance that you are juggling those babies.

    We got a sitter for V day dinner, and came home to find her in tears and poo on the floor, windows, clothes…

  14. I think I may have received an even worse valentine yesterday. I spent two hours shoveling my driveway, in part, to get to my mailbox. When I finally arrived I was surprised to find the day’s mail which included this week’s Sports Illustrated. I thought what an odd day for that issue to arrive and how do I prolong the annual, inevitable confiscation. Alas, it didn’t take my Valentine very long to find and dispose of it, reminding me we have kids-including a teenage son.

    My Valentine would contend your picture above is much nicer than anything in yesterday’s Sports Illustrated, but I’ll never know.

  15. Hi Steve,

    Lovely picture. My twin boys are turning 3 tomorrow.

    They are nothing but trouble now. Climbing everything and constantly scratching my wifes cherry floor. One of them has been pooping and smearing it all over the house to. Treasure their time as infants……

    I bought Godiva chocolates yesterday (her narcotic of choice) and a pair of heels.

  16. Kevin Barney says:

    The SI swimsuit issue this year has a music theme. I liked the bikini made out of guitar picks.

  17. Kevin, when I first read this, I misread as “Guitar strings.” Too much imagination can be a bad thing. If I were still Catholic, at least I’d have something to talk to the Priest about at my next confession.

    And Steve, Maybe you’re wife married you as some sort of bizarre form of self-punishment? :)

  18. I skimmed the issue as I very slowly walked back to my house but I didn’t pick up any theme. But then I only read the SI swimsuit issue for the pictures.

  19. Hey,

    You should confess your sins the bishop…..:)

  20. Steve — This is a great picture. And yes, you definitely married up. :)

  21. That is one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. :-)

  22. Really cute kids amigo. For the record, I actually think that Sumer married up, but maybe that’s just me.

  23. Haha, just kidding Sumer. The opposite is obviously true.

    (Please don’t kill me.)

  24. Rick,

    You’re one to talk. Do you think that you married up?

    Also these kids were born in August and we still haven’t been informed if they’re boys or girls, their names, music preferences, etc. What gives Steve?

  25. By the way, I’ve always told Rick that I thought Sumer looked like Laura Linney.