My Year-Long Secret

There are many reasons to keep a secret.

But most of the time, people keep things to themselves because they feel if they don’t, something negative could happen. In that way, keeping a secret can be a selfish decision, but remember, sometimes it’s good to be selfish. Being a blogger can be tough at times…things change, life is unpredictable, and takes a dramatic turn, especially when it comes to relationships. It can be hard to share because every time you do, you’re forced to relive the hurt. So maybe you become a bit cynical over the years, but eventually, you stop sharing because you start to believe, like really believe, that nothing good ever lasts.

Me & Jason Loufest 2014

And then one day, all of that changes and you fall in love!

Everyone, meet Jason. No mystery. No code names. Just my best friend. My match. Annnnnnd the reason why I’ve been MIA from the blog so much lately. Although I hate to be “that girl” who abandons all her friends when she starts dating a boy, I just can’t seem to help it. And this isn’t about the novelty of the relationship because today…

We’re celebrating our ONE YEAR anniversary! 😀

Me & Jason at the Park

It’s been an amazing year and at times SO hard not to share it with you guys, but honestly, I really wasn’t sure about things in the beginning. Like they were too good to be true. Like I kept waiting for the moment I “knew” was inevitable…the moment where the silver lining in my cloud unraveled.

But, that didn’t happen.

Me & Jason at Tori's Graduation

We’ve actually known each other for a very long time yet if you’d told me years ago that I would fall for this man and that I’d love him so much it hurts, I’d have looked at you like you were crazy. But I should’ve known. He’s always been there for me. At the risk of sounding unbearably sappy, the love we share is like no other I’ve experienced. Neither one of us is chasing the other. There is no competition. No jealousy. We talk about our wants, our needs, and our feelings and it’s like…well, like, I’ve finally found a man who speaks my language.

I can honestly say that I’ve never been happier in all my life.

Me & Jason Collage

It’s not because of him but because of how he makes me feel…about myself. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t feel the love he has for me. Whether we’re walking at the park, taking Nashville by storm, or stuck at home because of the snow, we always seem to have fun.


Also? He looks damn good in a tux! 😉

But that’s not all…nope, that’s only HALF of it. I dropped a few clues over the last year regarding the two of us. Mainly, I’d just sneak in little “blessings” in my currently posts, or undeniably giddy selfies, but over the last couple of months, I’ve mentioned a couple of things that I figured I’d eventually have to explain…


The summer I disappeared? The weekly trips to visit “family” I’ve never mentioned before? The plethora of Christmas presents. And Spring break? Just WHO do those
tiny four little feet belong to? 😯

Family Picture - Fishing

Only to the two cutest little girls I know! Everyone, this is Brooklyn and Alexis…aka, Brookie and Lexie. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know these cuties over the last year and ended up falling in love with them just as quickly as I did with their daddy. They are spunky and smart and silly and whenever we’re with them, there’s always an adventure.

This has been my life for the last year and will be for many years to come. These three have brightened my days, changed my perspective, and added so much love to my life. And I don’t for a second regret sharing my little secrets because I know that I am truly blessed…that life is full of surprises…and that good things DO last!

 So, was that sappy enough for ya? 😉

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48 Responses to My Year-Long Secret

  1. Jennifer J. says:

    OMG Heather! I love this post! I can’t believe Jason and his short hair! I am so so so so happy for you two!

    Love ya,

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Right? He grew it out pretty long last summer (I tried to get him to let me mohawk it) but since it got really hot, he’s gotten back to keeping it short again. I miss you girlie! I was just thinking about you the other day…we need to get together sometime soon and catch up!

  2. SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! I’ve disappeared a bunch as well, and that is partially due to my PhD (which is like a BAD relationship sometimes…) and of course, a little bit due to The Professor. I really appreciate what you say abut keeping a secret because you just don’t know where it will go, and although I’ve been open on Facebook about just who “the Professor” is, it has now become more of a joke than anything else I’m trying to hide. I actually almost “forgot” the secret and posted a picture of us without his Gilligan’s Island face after Easter. Anyways, I hardly read blogs (or write posts) any more, but I am glad I checked in and….I am SO SO SO SO SO happy for you. SO happy.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Awww, well you have to know that I am SO SO SO SO SO happy to see your comment pop up on here! Seriously, just made my day! Life has kinda gotten a hold of us hasn’t it? I hope things are going well for you love! Miss you! Oh and tell The Professor I said hey! 🙂

  3. Tiff says:

    Who cares if it’s sappy?! It’s adorable, and I’m so glad to read about this happiness. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. I’ve been waiting for this!!
    I love you girl!
    And I love that your heart has grown three times as big 😉

  5. Oh sweetie, this makes me so incredibly happy for you and this new adventure you’ve taken on in life. Your happiness makes me happy. 🙂 Congratulations and sending tons of love to your and you new loves! xoxox

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thank you, Sarena! It’s crazy the way life takes us sometimes, isn’t it? Love you and miss you sooooooo much! XOXO

  6. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I’m so happy!!!! 🙂 That’s so wonderful, Heather! You deserve someone as wonderful as you are and I can tell from your smile that he and the girls make you happy!!

  7. Missy says:

    I’ve been waiting for this!! (Silent stalker, hi!)
    Such a sweet, sweet post. Your word were giving ME butterflied ghatdambit!
    Thanks for sharing so happy for you AND Jason (cuz he done good).

  8. Aaaand the secret’s out! Is it cheeky to pride myself in knowing I for once wasn’t the last but one of the [I think 🙂 ?] first to know. Well, else I’d probably have been a little mad you kept if from our then almost daily chats 😉 . Whateverrr, I’m SO. incredibly.happy for you. Especially for this: “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t feel the love he has for me.”
    All pictures of you have that beam of happiness but the last one is the most amazing. Just like a ‘real’ family. So much love.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Omg girl, you’re gonna make me cry! Thank you so much! Yes…just like a “real” family! It all feels real to me. From the first day, they have been OUR girls. Remind me to tell you all about Spring break!

  9. Congratulations! Wishing you all the very best for your future together. Cheers

  10. Dude. I knew that secret. I thought you were going to say you were knocked up. LOL! Kidding… I’m so happy for you. You should BOTH come visit!!!

  11. So happy for you, lady <3 I mean, I've missed seeing you're face around these parts, but I'd rather you be out there living and loving life with a guy that deserves you 🙂

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thank you so much, girlie! It’s been hard at times…struggling with the guilt of NOT blogging, but when it comes down to it, I feel like I’m missing out on more when I’m on the computer. In a perfect world, I’d be able to balance it all, but until then, these three will win me over ever time. I do miss you tho…so much! I can’t wait to see you at Blend and catch up!

  12. You are adorable! This post is great and I’m so happy that you’re happy. I totally understand blogging taking a back seat to this – it should be priority! So, so freakin’ happy for you <3

  13. I’m so freaking happy for all four of you. SO MUCH LOVE <3 <3 <3.


  14. I am so effing glad you did that. To be honest, I had a sneaky suspicion because I’m completely the same way….I feel like anything good is a curse and if I were to say it out loud per se, it just throws a spanner in the works.

    Those are 3 lucky people. 🙂

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Yes! So glad I’m not the only one out there who thinks that! Thank you so much, Arman! You two will have to meet someday…I’m always telling him about you! 🙂

  15. You already know how much I dig this and how thrilled I am for you. You deserved to be treated damn good and loved hard 😉 and you’ve got that now. I love the confidence it’s given you, about you, as well. Rock on sister.

  16. My GOSH girl you managed to keep this a secret for a long time! Super happy for you though! 🙂 You deserve this more than anything.

  17. Janine Powers aka Mom says:

    Hey everyone…be happy for me too! She brought these 3 wonderful people into my life and I am loving it! I love Jason and Brook and Lexie sooooooooo much! They make me smile! I can’t imagine life without them now! I love you Heather! Thank you for making me smile!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      And now that I’ve read your comment, I can’t wipe this huge goofy grin off my face! I love you so much! xoxo

  18. Brittany @ Freckled Nettles says:

    So THIS is the man who you’ve kept a secret this whole time. I’ve been waiting for the big reveal 🙂 “Man-friend” now has a name and a face. Happy for you, Heather! <3 <3

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Hmm, how do I put this? The man-friend and I are no longer…well…friends. He’s a great person. Just not MY person. It took a while for me to see that and many years for me to “find” Jason, but I’m so glad that I did. I’ve never been happier in all my life!

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  20. Aww I loved reading this! You always sound so happy in your posts so reading this just made complete sense to me – now I know why you are so happy!
    Certainly brought a big smile to my face this cold Monday morning! And also gave me that warm fuzzy feeling in my tummy as it reminded me of how I feel about my hubby! 🙂

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Awww, yay! This made me smile so much! I love hearing about other couples crazy in love too. I swear I used to honestly believed that anyone who acted this giddy in a relationship was faking if it was longer than a few months. Like, oh you’re just in the honeymoon phase. I just never knew you could actually find a love that lasts. So yep, now you know why I’ve been so happy! 😀

  21. what an awesome secret! 🙂 you look so happy and sound so happy in your posts!:)

  22. What a wonderful post! I can’t even begin to tell you how much this lifted me out of the little “Now what?!” funk I’ve been dealing with. I keep my relationships off my blog for a lot of the same reasons you mentioned, and seeing how happy you are makes me feel hopeful and less doomed : )

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Yes, there IS hope! I swear I was just about ready to give up on it all. I mean, I was perfectly fine being an independent woman. “I don’t need no man” and all that jazz, but when I least expected it…BAM! *hearts* And now I realize that being in a relationship doesn’t discount my independence. It gives me someone to share the most intimate parts of my life with. There is someone out there for you, doll. I know it!

  23. Kadee says:

    Yay!! So happy for you!! 😀

  24. Awwwww Heather!!! I am SO happy for you! This post was so sappy, it made me smile from one ear to the other the whole time reading while cursing on the chills it gave me.
    Soak up every minute, you deserve it ALL!!

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