Valentines in Siestaville

Hey, Sweet Things!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you and, if you’ve got a romantic interest or a lifelong love, I hope he pays very special attention to you today. If he doesn’t, may he be stricken with a serious case of athlete’s foot before Tuesday morning. (I started to say chafing but then got scared it might mean something that I don’t.)ย  If you’re not in love, well, maybe you can at least have a laugh on Siestaville today. Keith and I watched one of the Rocky movies for the gillionth time a couple of days ago. They somehow have a hypnotic effect, don’t they? It’s like you really want to turn them off but you can’t. It’s like Rocky won’t win this time if he loses you. It was the one where Apollo Creed goads Rocky into a rematch but Adrian refuses to give him her blessing and thereby smothers the heart of a champion right out of him. Just when it looks as though things could not get worse, Adrian collapses at the pet store where she works and is rushed to the hospital where she gives birth to their first child (with more hair than me) and then falls promptly into unconsciousness.

Of course, Rocky refuses to leave her side and, in a particularly poignant moment, unfolds a piece of paper upon which he has crafted a poem. He leans over her and reads as only he can:

“Remember when we was on ice skates

And I thought you were supposed to be great

But I kept giving you lip

And you kept trying to slip

So I could catch you

That was our first date

And after that, every day was great

So now I want you to know

That wherever you go

Atlantic City or in the snow

Don’t worry about a thing

Cause as long as I got this ring

I’ll always be there to catch you.”

And in no time at all, she wakes up and tells him to whip that scoundrel Apollo Creed. And up thumps the heart of a lion and he sprints to the gym with the eye of a tiger.

A classic.

The Jones and the Fitzpatricks and I had lunch together today after church and Amanda told us that, when she picked Jackson up from Sunday School, she saw a little girl give him a side hug (I loved that part) and hand him a Valentine. A mother to the bone, she could hardly wait to get the Valentine to the car and see what this darling girl-child had penned to her son. I mean, what would a five year-old have to say? Amanda tore off the envelope and, lo and behold, the child had written her ABC’s. It made me impossibly happy.

OK, tell us some funny Valentine stories. If you don’t have one, tell us about the worst date you ever had (if it’s funny in hindsight) but don’t you even think about giving his whole name…unless you married him. That’s game.

I heart every single one of you.

PS. For you in the Houston area, I am so jazzed to have Travis and Angela Cottrell and a big part of our Living Proof Live band with us on Tuesday night at HFBC to lead worship. Trav and Ang are coming in a day early and we’re having Valentine’s dinner together. Can’t wait to lay eyes on them. We’ll see some of you Tuesday night!


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  1. 1
    Lori P. says:

    I got a homemade Valentine from my 6 year-old once that said

    “Mom, I love you. You are smat!”

    He meant “smart” but my husband still calls me “smat”.

  2. 2
    Sherry says:

    The most romantic thing my husband of 18 yrs has ever said to me was when we were dating. We were on the swing in my parents back yard. He looked and me and said, “You look so pretty with the street light shining off of your retainer.” He’s one of a kind that husband of mine! He may not be vocally romantic but he steals my heart with his actions!

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    Bethany says:

    Happy Valentines Day Beth! I don’t have a special someone and have always dreaded this day but as I’ve gotten older it is not such a big deal as it used to be. Not as dreaded as it used to be for me ๐Ÿ™‚
    Can’t think of a single date that is comment worthy! Don’t mean that in a negative way….just that all of them were pretty typical (dinner and a movie or dancing or something).

    I heart you too!

  4. 4
    Valerie says:

    Happy Valentine’s Siestas!!!! THis is not a funny,but just a comment. Last year this time, my husband and I were in San Juan, P.R. getting ready for our 1st ever cruise. We were celebrating our 5th anniv. while 2 other couples around our age were celebrating their 30th. Yes, we were married at 45yrs. young–first marriage for both of us—God wrote our “story”–so we are celebrating every 5 years like others do at 25, 30, 40yrs. of marriage!! We have to!!!!

    • 4.1
      Joy says:

      Congratulations on your marriage, Valerie! As a 31-year-old Christian single woman, hoping to be married someday, your story inspires me:) Thanks for sharing. Happy Valentine’s Day.

    • 4.2
      Andrea S. says:

      I love this! Last year at our 5 year mark together we were just returning to a COLD Minnesota winter from the most blessed week-long vacation in the Dominican Republic!

    • 4.3
      Sherrie says:

      Valerie-there may be hope for me. I am 51 and have decided I would like for God to bring a man into my life. Maybe it is not too late! What an inspiration your story is.

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    Janice Lee says:

    Momma wrote poems that rhymed in our Valentine’s day cards – all the way through college! Treasured every last one of them.

    During college I delivered flowers on V-Day to downtown office buildings riding in the back of moving trucks…running up and down sidewalks and squeezing in elevators with business folks (we always wore jeans and sweatshirts for our runnin’ activities) trying not to drop the way-over-priced arrangements before they got to their recipient.

    LOVED the reactions of folks! Some looked shocked to be receiving anything. Some had a look of, “good, he remembered this year” all over their face. Some, just looked sad because they were the receptionist and had been receiving flowers, chocolates, and goods all day for others. We laughed, ran, stopped at Starbucks every hour for more coffee, and then just like that – it was over until the next year!

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    I loved spending the afternoon with my girls 3 & 5 making valentines for the classes tomorrow. Right at bedtime as I was tucking in my 3 yr old she looks at me and says Mommy I loves you…tank you Jesus for Mommy. It just set my heart a whirl. I am so truly blessed.

    I hope you have a wonderful blessed Valentines.

    • 6.1
      Sherrie says:


      That is precious! A scrapbook or journal comment for her definitely! Every time you think of that you will smile and your heart will be happy!

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    Katie says:

    I recieved flowers from a guy I had been dating but had broken up with me at New Years but stayed “friends” with. I found out later, he gave the same flowers to another girl. He gave me tons of mixed signals like those flowers until he finally picked the other girl. I was pretty heart broken. I got over it though and for the last seven years my husband has been making every Valentines Day all about making sure I know I am his one and only…well except the cute little two year old Valentine we share. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Amy Brown says:

    On our 1st Valentine’s Day my fella then, husband now, well, he forgot. His solution was a large painted heart with Randy Loves Amy in the center. Every time he tried to paint over it the declaration would bleed through! Very shortly after the intial painting, he was to participate in Career Day at the middle school where I was teaching … you can imagine how amused every one of my students found this!!!

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    Beth says:

    bad first date:

    blind date. set up by his (sweet) mother. perhaps that should have been a red flag….

    went to dinner. his response to everything i said was, “that’s not right…..”

    i finally had to say (politely), “i wasn’t trying to be right, i was trying to be funny.”

    no second date. and forever after my friends would say, “that wasn’t right OR funny!” : )

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    kendal says:

    last year was my younger son’s last elementary school valentine’s day. and guess what? i forgot ot send valentines. just forgot. remembered after i got to my school (i teach 7th grade). he didn’t care. he racked up anyway and no one even noticed that he didn’t bring any. sigh. mom of the year.

    • 10.1
      Ashley says:

      Sounds like me…I won’t be winning any awards ๐Ÿ˜‰ I nearly forgot this year but thanks to a phone call from a friend (who was hand-making Valentines with her Cricut) I remembered to get out my prepackaged ones and write my 4-year old’s name on them. And I will be making a ridiculously early run tomorrow to get my babies some treats…I think having 4 kids has turned me into a space cadet.

    • 10.2
      Andrea S. says:

      Oh Kendal-
      This was me this morning! Got just about out of town and remembered the Valentine’s box on my kitchen table! Ugh! Turned around, brought it into the school and could NOT find the kid! So I left it in the office. I have been struggling this year as it my youngest child’s last year in elementary school…no more sweet little treat or boxes to decorate! Oh how quickly they grow!

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    Tanya R says:

    Beth, I was just telling my husband earlier today that we need to watch some old 70’s and 80’s movies this week. Gotta love ’em! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • 11.1
      Sherrie says:

      Beth I watched Rocky Friday night ๐Ÿ™‚ Gotta love Rocky running down the steps in Philly. When I lived on the out skirts and went down town of course I could not resist cutting loose and running the steps singing “eye of the tiger” and I can’t sing. People stared but it was a joyous relaxing experience.

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    Lydia says:

    The Valentine’s Day about 4 months before we got married, my husband went all out. He gave me a handgun and taught me how to shoot it. If that doesn’t say true love, I don’t know what does…
    7 years later for Valentine’s Day, he took me to get my concealed handgun license. I was 6 months pregnant with our 2nd baby. Also true love. ๐Ÿ™‚
    What would us Texan women do without our Texan men?

    • 12.1
      Lori says:

      love it! i knew i was a Texan at heart.

    • 12.2
      Andrea S. says:

      I love this! Makes me think of the first time I shot a rifle and CRIED! I think I was more scared by the shear power of it than from the actual kick of the gun! Now we spend the ENTIRE month of November hunting together…I have a sneaky suspicion that he still enjoys it a tad more than I do!

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    Andrea Jones says:

    Here follows the tale of my worst Valentine’s date…not that I had very many, as I was single for most of them.

    I was going out with a guy…we’ll just call him G. As in, “Gee, what was I thinking?” “Gee, I’m glad I didn’t marry that guy”. “Gee….” Well, we’ll just leave any other “g” possibilities alone for now. I planned an elaborate, not to mention, expensive, surprise – a day filled with his favorite things, beginning with an early morning trip to the airport to fly to a nearby city, where we rented a car and drove to the art museum for a special exhibit that was on display there. After that we drove downtown, ate a quick lunch and walked around viewing the sights and architecture that this particular city is so well-known for. During the afternoon, a cold rain began and G’s umbrella hogging commenced.

    G also considered himself a gourmet of sorts (hey, there’s another “g”). So I had made reservations for an early dinner at a nice restaurant, where he ordered without apparent regard for the price…all my treat of course. After dinner, it was back to the airport for the flight home, after a cold, wet day of revelation and insight into “G”. It was, needless to say, downhill from there.

    Now I’m married to a wonderful man, who not only shares the umbrella, but would give me the whole thing if I needed it. God is good.

    • 13.1

      Andrea, I can totally relate. Sounds like “G” was a Double-L for Loser. I, too, had a compulsion for the carefully planned and uber extravagant “surprises” for my loves of the moment. My precious daughter does as well. Because the results I experienced were more often than not received with the dreaded blank stare that screams ‘Huh?,! I’ve taught her to enjoy the fantasy of the planning and just revel in her imagination of the most appreciative, drop to the knees delight at her efforts that we long for. The majority of men just can’t process such consideration and forethought. We Siestas do “get it” and I admire your creativity and applaud loudly for your ability to discern he needed to get the boot. Happy V-Day to you.

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    Beth Herring says:

    Tomorrow is my 26th Wedding anniversary! Yes, we got married on Valentines Day.

    We will be spending it with his dad as we travel to Houston tomorrow as his dad has another appointment at MD Anderson to check on a game plan for his 2nd go ’round with cancer.

    We will be in Houston Tuesday and I would LOVE to come to bible study if we get through at the hospital in time.! THe last time I was there was for the SSMT celebration and it was so much fun!

    It’s not real romantic to spend your anniversary with you father-in-law, but I am just so thankful that we are able to be with him at this time.

    • 14.1
      Patti says:

      Hi Beth,
      Happy Anniversary! Tomorrow is not my anniversary, but I’ll be spending the better part of the day and most of next week in a hospital as my step-dad who is a quadraplegic has pneumonia and his condition is very serious so the prayers of Siestaville would be greatly appreciated. Beth, I’ve written your name in my prayer journal and will be praying for your family as you travel tomorrow and your father-in-law begins his appointments on Tuesday. Your comment resonated because like you, I feel blessed that we are able to be here for my mom and step-dad.
      Praying for God’s smile on your family,
      Patti Hayes

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    Renee' says:

    My worst date, interestingly enough, involves Rocky movies. The small town close to the tiny town I did most of my growing-up in had a one-screen cinema. Yes, there is such a thing. They were having a 2 or 3 Rocky movie marathon (don’t remember for sure). Anyway, my date, in the heat of the moment of the fight scene, which we each had seen at least once, decided to jump up and root enthusiastically (and loudly) for Rocky, puctuating his whoops and hollars with generous fist-pumpung, and possible jumping up and down. I’m not sure of that part because I was busy trying to be swallowed up by, well, by anything that would get me out of there! I was SO close to going and calling my mother to come pick me up! Which is saying something, because we didn’t get along that well when I was 16! When I told her that she was touched!

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    Sherry Wright says:

    Well twenty-six years ago on Valentines Day, when I was just a lass of 19, I married my high school sweetheart. He and I decided to elope and get married by one of his crazy high school teachers. So we tied the knot and we each went home. We were to afraid to tell our parents. A few weeks went by and we thought this is really kinda strange being married and not living together. Finally, my husband was brave enough to tell his parents and we began to plan a church wedding for the month of May. As for me I never did tell my parents, I am still afraid. I love my man with all my heart and God has blessed us more than I can express. God has kept us, kept us together, and kept us from killing each other. God is good and He is our hearts!

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    Rebecca says:

    When my hubs and I were dating, he made a 6 hour round trip to surprise me in my classroom in Houston(I’m a 2nd grade teacher). He showed up in one handsome suit, with a love letter, balloons, and sang me a song in front of my students, and even got my kids to join in on the chorus! priceless and so sweet! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Anonymous says:

    The sweetest valentine story I can tell began with my parents. I was born on Valentine’s Day 1961, and tomorrow will celebrate my 50th birthday. Last year, my father sent to me a very special valentine…it was one of the last he received from my mother before she lost her battle with breast cancer. She told him how much she loved him, and how fitting it was that they should have a baby born on Valentine’s Day. I am forever thankful that God blessed me with my parents, three sisters and the loving husband I am now raising two daughters with. God is so great.

    • 18.1
      Bobbie says:

      What a special Valentine he shared with you!! You were obviously a blessing to them! No wonder we girls love our Daddies!

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    Julie Marler says:

    Not really funny – but is MY MOST FAVORITE!! My favorite Valentine’s Day (Eve) was 41 yrs ago on Friday, February 13, 1970. Had my first date with my husband!!! Blind date too! We’ll celebrate 39 yrs of marriage on June 2 this year!! And ONLY by God’s Grace are we still married and he treats me like his Queen (most of the time!!) Yesterday, he took me to Brenham, Round Top and Carmine letting me look at all the antique shops I wanted to!!! And took me out for a steak dinner!! Thank you Jesus for this love of my life!

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    Meagan says:

    Tomorrow my husband and I will celebrate our 10th Valentine’s together — 10 years ago, we were in college, had just really met through a mutual friend & had not had an “official” date up to that point.

    Until he asked me out the weekend before the big day. Well, I was just beside myself b/c up until then, we really had just been friends who liked to talk a lot on the phone ๐Ÿ™‚ I skipped class all day (I know!) and did some prepping buying stuff to make a dessert picnic after dinner.

    He started my day by leaving a funny card & a starbucks gift card on my car first thing in the morning. And then when he picked me up that night, he gave me not only a vase of roses in the front seat of the car, but a cd filled with amazing songs of how he felt about us.

    BLOWN AWAY. Anyway, we ended up at this amazing restaurant but didn’t have reservations, so we didn’t get seated until well after 10pm – still had an amazing time just laughing and talking. That evening I told him I could see spending the rest of my life with him & raising a bunch of kids.

    7 months later we were engaged and married 11 months after that – and here we sit, 7 1/2 years married with eight month old twins. BLESSED is the word that comes to mind, blessed through the good times, the bad, the tribulations, trials, tears and laughter. God is good, and darn it if He doesn’t have a sense of humor too ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cassandra says:

    My sorority was having a crush party, where the Social chair secretly invited our crushes and we would all meet and go out to dinner. The girls got my biggest high school crush to come and I was giddy. Like a middle school girl with her first crush. We went to El Tap, the sorority’s most favorite Mexican place to eat, and we all had a good time. During dinner the dates gave us flowers and then read us a letter. My date (mind you this was my first ‘date’ ever… if a crush party is a date) recited 1 Corinthians 13- the whole chapter- from memory- saying that every time he reads it he thinks of me and how he believes I love all like the chapter says you should love. I was so excited because I had liked this guy for a long time and his relationship with God was really important to me. I had seen how he had grown up and was taking some things seriously. After dinner (yes he paid) we walked around campus and had a really serious deep conversation and I was falling head over heels for him all over again since high school…. Well the next day we had been texting back and forth and I thought it was going to lead to my first boyfriend… but I checked facebook and he was in a relationship with one of my best friends from high school. Looking back on that crush party night, I am so glad God had a different plan for my life than what I thought I wanted. I am happy being single and living for Him.

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    Karene says:

    My worst date was when after I agreed to go out, the guy said he’d need to drive my car. Then he drove us up in the mountains, about an hour from home, and planned our future together. I barely even knew him! I felt trapped! And I kept thinking how much gas we were using.

    My sweetest Valentine’s Day was when my now-husband sent me 5 red roses because we had been dating 5 weeks. That night he took me to see “The Jazz Singer” with Neil Diamond. On the way, his car broke down on the freeway and he was mortified. (Could have been a worst date, but he was special!) He got out and fixed it somehow, and we made it to the later showing of the movie. We’ve been married 26 years ๐Ÿ™‚

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    marilyn huon says:

    He gave me a card on our first Valentine’s 7 years ago that say, “Valentine are for fools.” He have since learned. lol

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    texatheart says:

    So good to hear from you. Everytime there is silence I worry someone is sick. Guess it is the mother in me. I have 2 stories both of which happened to my mom not me. When she was in high school, she was a cheerleader. Lots of guys liked her. It was Valentine’s Day, and a young man came to the door with a box of candy. Her 7 year old little brother greeted the guy with, “Oh no not another box of candy!” My mom could have killed him right then and there.
    Later she when she was still dating my dad, he gave her a card addressed “To my favorite sweat heart”. We heard that story for 54 years. He told us back before he got sick, she was still his favorite sweat heart! Kind of sweet in a funny way.
    Wish I could be in Houston Tuesday night.

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    Cheryl says:

    I don’t have any funny Valentine’s stories to share, oh well! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

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    Rachel says:

    I absolutely LOVE the Rocky movies! I have watches them countless times as well. Except for the one with Tommy Morrison. Didn’t really care for that one. I can’t really think of a funny or horrible Valentine’s Day but I had a wonderful celebration with my “sweethearts” last night. (my husband and 2 boys) We went bowling, grabbed some pizza, bought a bedroom set and my husband made me a cd of love songs from various artists from Dino and Sinatra to Johnny Cash, Big Bopper and ZZ Top. I was so shocked! I love my man! Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Hugs!

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    Michelle, IN says:

    I received beautiful flowers from a guy I was dating but found out a few months later (after breaking up with him) that he still owed my best friend the $$ for the flowers!! (and still does!) I have celebrated every Valentine’s Day since with my wonderful husband of 13 years, and happily celebrate the day with our three sons! And, being the practical woman that I am, I’ve asked him to never buy me flowers on Valentine’s day and he’s “complied”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Joelle says:

    When I was in high school (18 years ago) I saw sheet music to the song “when a man love a woman” on my moms dresser. weird…I thought. so I asked her what it was for. She said it was a valentines gift to her from my Dad. Its good for kids to know their parents are still twitterpated. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Bobbie says:

    I am SO disappointed that I’ll miss Travis this week–what a blessing that will be to have them with you this week.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

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    Leah says:

    Hey Valentine Beth and Co.,

    What a wonderful Valentine day for you and yours! I’ll just share a funny Valentine Day of past (at least now it is funny). I was a senior in high school and dating a guy in college that I was crazy about. He mailed me a Valentine’s card direct from his out of town university (Auburn..War Eagle!!) that read “Need a date for Valentine’s?”. On the inside it answered, “Look for one in the produce section of the grocery store.” It was his subtle and cowardly way of saying he was “breaking up”. On Valentine’s of all days …..OOOOOOH, I was so insulted and wanted to give him a piece of my Valentine mind. I didn’t even like dates in the produce section. Who was he to drop me via bad Valentine poetry? I was redder than red hot candies… pun intended.

    I can laugh now …


    Leah (Atlanta)

    Happy Valentine’s to the Moores and Company!

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    Beth says:

    My husband of over 38 years wrote
    letters to me while we dated but were
    apart for summer vacation
    from college. A very smart man but not such
    a good speller. He signed one letter
    Stay sweat.

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    Cheryl says:

    This isn’t funny, but sweet… My guy (husband now) and I had been out to dinner and were window shopping. We went into a high-end store filled with the most beautiful unique gift items. The shop wasn’t big but everything in it was exquisite. We oooed and ahhed over many things knowing we couldn’t afford one of them. When we walked out, I asked him “What was your favorite thing in the whole store?” He stopped walking, hesitated, then looked right at me and responded, “You.” My heart just melted. He still loves me like that and my heart still melts even after all these years.

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    KELLY JO says:

    How about an awkward moment. I was at O’ Charleys on a side note for the longest time I thought o’charleys was OL charleys not that you care or anything I just think its funny. Its the way we say it around here.

    Anyway it was a blind date his name was Jamie and I wasn’t for sure if I liked him. Truth be told I liked his friend who was setting me up, although Jamie seemed pretty nice. We are sitting at our table and out of know where this couple comes up to us and I could tell Jamie was getting nervous. Before he had time to speak this girl grabbed my hand and said Ashley let me see this ring I’ve heard so much about you know Jamie is crazy over you. The way he talks you are the sweetest thing ever. We are hoping to make it to your wedding I hear its going to be a big one. I needed her to take a breath I believe she said about 500 sentences in 30 seconds. Finally I looked at her smiled and said Im Kelly. Jamie said hadn’t got to tell you Ashley and I not getting married. It was just a weird moment. I felt bad for him!!!

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    Sara G says:

    Don’t really have funny stories however I still remember my first crush, I was 8 and him 9, that gave me a hand made valentine that was red with a cut out white lace at the top. We were at church and he gave it to me all blushing while our parents were shocked. Now 27 years later, he is married with 3 beautiful boys and wonderful wife. I have one daughter and a husband that would do anything he could for me. We just celebrated our first year together. I thank the Lord for all the blessings in my life. I wrote a story for my husband on my blog. Not enough words to say. Happy Valentines Day everyone!

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    Leah says:

    P.S. Meant to mention that I’ve been happily married to the same sweet man for 27 years and who has never sent me to the grocery store for a “date”. Praise the Lord!!

  36. 36

    I don’t really like Valentine’s Day because I don’t have anyone to celebrate it with, but this year God said we’re going on a date together. Well…should be interesting enough anyways.

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    Sandra says:

    Hey, your athlete’s foot sentiment is internationally acknowledged! The most famous Korean traditional love song goes, “He has gone over the Arirang mountains…and abandoned me. May he get a foot disease / injury.”

    Here’s my funny story!

    My Butterfly Hubby

    My sweet husband of 3 years grew up without any sisters amidst a rowdy gang of boy cousins. I was the first girl he ever wooed, dated, kissed. Sometimes this makes me feel like a princess. Sometimes this makes me feel like a crash test dummy. But mostly, it makes me laugh and laugh and laugh.

    When we were dating, he wanted to tell me something really romantic. So he said to me, “In our relationship, you are the toad, and I am the butterfly.” Then he stopped, very pleased with himself. “I think that’s the most romantic thing I’ve ever said in my life.”

    I said, “What?!!”

    He patiently explained, “My friends often call me a social toad because I usually don’t think to reach out much. They call me and I just sit here and wait for them to come to me, like flies. But in our relationship, I will always be the one reaching out to you, pursuing you. And you can just sit there and I will always come to you.”

    Even after the explanation, I couldn’t stop laughing.

    I am one lucky toad.

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    Laura says:

    My best Valentine was actually being told I was second best! My 5 year old said, “Mommy, I love you more than anyone. Except Jesus, of course.” Now it doesn’t get better than that!

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    Darla Baerg says:

    When my husband was in grad school, I was lonely so I decided to buy him a dog to keep me company. ๐Ÿ™‚ I went up to his school on Valentines night and gave it to him and for 16 years we love, loved that dog. In June we had to put her down and my husband had a work conference this weekend. Driving home from church today I saw a lady selling puppies on the side of the road. SIXTEEN YEARS later he’s getting another puppy for Valentines!!! He gets home tomorrow and he will not believe it. I just know he won’t.

    No worries that we now have four kids, are moving in two weeks to the upstairs of a house we are remodeling and my in laws are coming to spend a week with us tomorrow.

    It’s all good. Happy Valentines!!!

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    Casey says:

    My boyfriend(now husband) had bought us tickets to a Kentucky Lake Cruise on a smallish Yacht. February on Kentucky lake….yes it was like 12 degrees. He set up a fake raffle and had me blindfolded when they drew my name to get a prize. When they removed it…he was down on one knee. I said YES

    ps I really want to move to Houston so I can do the Tuesday night Bible study!

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    Taylor R. says:

    My worst date started as a “Hey, we should (all) get coffee sometime!” invitation addressed to a group. It ended up being (surprise to me!) just the two of us. Though well-meaning I’m sure, the guy was trying REALLY hard to impress me with how “deep” and “spiritual” he was…despite my best efforts to steer the conversation to lighter topics, he kept telling me awkwardly intimate details about himself. The night culminated with his offer to read to me the journal he is keeping of LETTERS TO HIS FUTURE WIFE. A sweet thing to do for HER, I’m sure, but not so much a first date! I kept looking around for the hidden cameras. The worst part is that about a month later I was telling the story of this impossibly awkward date to some friends and someone asked his name. They got really quiet when I told them… because one of them was dating him. (A good incentive not to gossip, btw!!)

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    Wonder Woman says:

    My most memorable Valentine’s Day was 21 years ago. I was a career girl traveling with my job. I had been on the road all day and I drove into Dallas just as the dinner hour was getting started. I walked into a restaurant and asked for a table for one. The hostess looked at me funny, but I just held my chin high and thought to myself that I had just as much right to eat a nice dinner as anyone. I ordered my food and as I sat there waiting for it to arrive I started to notice couples pouring in with flowers and boxes of candy.

    With no one special in my life, I had totally missed remembering what the day was! I asked for my food to go and got out of there as fast as I could!

    The happy ending is that I met my Hero the next month and by the next Valentine’s Day I was a married woman!

    I would leave South Carolina now and road trip it to Houston to be there for Travis on Tuesday night, but I don’t want to miss my tomorrow with my Valentine!

    Heart you all!
    Fort Mill, SC

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    heather says:

    to be honest i am not sure my husband even knows its’ Valentine’s Day tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚ that’s OK…he’s still the best:) we don’t make much of non major holidays. neither of us did growing up, it never was a big deal. my best memories of us dating were our nights out at Friendly’s after work. we would sit and chat about our evening at work and just laugh our heads off and have good times. we only dated six months so ther wasn’t a whole lot of dates, but the times we spent before we got married were some of the most special. did i mentyion he’s the best? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ashlee Nuest says:

    Funny you should ask…just blogged about it ๐Ÿ™‚
    No, I do not hate Valentines Day, but saw this on Stuff Christians Like and thought it was great.

    My worst date ever took place my senior year of college. At the time, I was attending a young adult group at my church and a guy that I just met wanted to go on a date. Well, to make me “comfortable” he wanted to make it a group date (yes, very common in Christian Circles), so he asked a mutual friend of ours and my brother to come on the date with us….Mistake #1 (who wants to go on an awkward first date with their brother).

    We lived near the Mall of America, so he suggested that we go there, which sounded good, should be a place to watch people and help ease the awkwardness that was already occurring. Well, little did I know he had a particular place in mind, here is mistake #2….the arcade. I know that I like a lot of “male” things…but the arcade. In which I had to play a shooting game and a race car driving game.

    At this point, I am hating life and just want to go home. Little did I know that the arcade also had a bowling alley….yikes!!! I hate bowling, but I will give him a break here because he didn’t know that I didn’t like it (and no I didn’t tell him, I just pretending to have fun)…then, He decided to get competitive. Definitely mistake #3. I love competition, but bowling, and on a first date, really. He preceded to tell me that he can’t handle losing to a girl in anything, which didn’t hit me well, since I am an athlete. After bowling, we finally got to go home ๐Ÿ™‚

    The only good part of the night was the free pizza. Worst date ever…note to all of the gentlemen out there, if you want to make a girl comfortable, don’t ask her older brother to come (even though I love him, I don’t want him on a first date when I am trying to figure out if I like you or not) and don’t take a girl to an arcade.

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    Krisyoursis says:

    The best story I have is this:

    When my sister was in 5th grade, just after she arrived back at her desk after P.E., she realized a boy (she thought she was allergic to them at the time) had stuffed her desk FULL of chocolate candy, and he had included a typical 5th grade-ish love note: “Do you like me? Check yes or no!”

    My sweet sister checked “no” and wrote about a thousand exclaimation marks after it and passed the note back. He told her to keep the chocolate.

    She brought it out to the car after school–absolutely mortified and in tears! She said she just wanted to get home and throw that chocolate away as fast as she could. I asked her why?,,,,it was perfectly good chocolate–still completely sealed up…and when we got home, I spared her the trouble and ate every bit! ๐Ÿ™‚ Best Valentine I ever got before marriage–and it wasn’t even mine!

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    Lisa says:

    I had a blind date one time that, half way through dinner, picked my plate up and carried it to another table, set it down and announced that I had eaten enough. And that was after the manager of the restaurant almost threw us both out for him harassing the poor waitress. And the evening went downhill from there. But I married the BEST guy ever! IT’s been almost 25 years now, and he would never, ever take my plate away. Even though he probably should … ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kathy Fields says:

    I was in 6th grade and it was after school. A boy I thought was so cute and my first crush came around the corner after school and said, “Do you want a kiss.” I started sweating and shaking and turned bright red and was totally speechless. Worse yet, he had two friends with him. He then smiled his adorable silver braces smile and handed me one of those huge Hershey kisses. I thanked him and ran away as fast as I could. Funny thing, I never forgot it though. He was my first boyfriend, but not my last and nothing came of our relationship, praise God. Then many years later (not Valentines day though), my daughter went out to her car to go to school, but she came squealing back in the house. All over the ground surrounding her car were Hershey kisses and flowers on her windshield with a note saying, “Now that you know I’ve kissed the ground you walk on, will you go to prom with me?” Isn’t that precious! She didn’t marry him either, but both the guys in this story were adorable.

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    Jes says:

    My first Valentine’s with my husband he was out of town working. Year 2, he worked late and went to a mini mart on the way home and bought me a pint of ice cream. At fiirst I was disappointed but we enjoyed the pint together and I realized how happy I was to have him, and now ice cream is tradition!

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    Chris says:

    Chris in Manila
    Adding Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk in the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

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    Nellwyn says:

    My husband and I have been married for 32 years. When we were in college, he and his girlfriend (and my best friend) and my boyfriend and I went to a Christmas cantata in a neighboring town. The two couples went out to eat together and then to the church for the musical presentation. About halfway through the program, she and I excused ourself and went to the restroom. We discussed it between ourselves and decided in the restroom to swap dates. She wasn’t really interested in the guy she was with, and I really didn’t care for the guy I was with. We went back out to our seats, and after the program explained the plan to the guys. They seemed a bit astonished. A year later she married her guy (my ex) and then the next year I married my guy (her ex). We’ve been married for 32 years, so I guess we made the right decision. ๐Ÿ™‚

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