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. 51
    Elizabeth says:

    Worst date EVER was with a boy in college.
    He was an intern with the Governor’s office.
    I was a capitol tour guide.

    He took me to a super-expensive restaurant. When the check came, he asked me to pay for my own dinner. I only had a $5 bill in my wallet. So…he loaned me the money and drove straight to the ATM machine. He was nothing less than a gentleman when he pulled through going the WRONG way so that I (in the passenger’s seat) could type in my own PIN number!

    It was a very short date.

  2. 52
    Tami Nantz says:

    Beth, I SO wish I had something funny to say…but can I make you smile and say that, first, I just love you and thank you for making me laugh! Valentine’s day is the day my sweet mama went to be with Jesus at the age of 60–4 years ago. I can’t think of a better day to meet our sweet Jesus. So, while my sweet hubby always does his best to bring a smile to my face on this day, it’s always bittersweet.
    On a lighter note, I do remember way back in the day when we used to have those cheesy Valentine’s banquets at our church. Not that all Valentine’s banquets are cheesy–ours just happened to be. And I always got asked by the very person I least wanted to go with!

    • 52.1
      Tami Nantz says:

      Oh Oh Oh!!! After reading the one above about the handgun, I did think of the valentine’s my husband went all out–sweet thing that he is. He’s got great taste, but for some reason, 3 years ago, he bought me a push knife. Yes ma’am he did. And he was mighty proud of himself, too. (he DID bring me roses with it, so I wasn’t too hard on him ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. 53
    Veronica says:

    Very familiar with that particular Rocky movie…it’s the second one… of the 6 Rocky movies…it’s my all time fav…where they get married & have the baby!:) By the way, what did Jackson think of his little Valentine friend? I also wanted to give you a huge thank you, I was in the audience this last weekend at Lifetoday & had the huge blessing of hearing from Betty, James & yourself about Kingdom living…& it was all rockin’ awesome…enjoyed every minute…although I must admit…I did have to “sleep fast” Friday night!:) You just have to talk about that sometime in one of your future Bible studies…our Mr.James was was on a roll…I enjoyed every minute I was there–thank you all so much!:) Have an awesome Valentines Day with the Cottrell’s!:)

  4. 54
    Kathy says:

    Just a funny memory. A young man invited me to have dinner. We were juniors at the University of Texas. I thought he was a bit of “odd”, but sort of cute.

    When I arrived at his apartment (not sure why I drove myself, must have had a hint) he met me with slicked down hair and wearing a smoking jacket. He may have even had a pipe. His candle lit table was beautifully set for the fancy dinner he had prepared for me. I’m sure I was to be “impressed” but the “overkill” in attempting to be suave was just toooo comical for a couple of college kids. I was accustomed to grubby frat parties and lots of regular Texas boy entertainment. I was polite that evening but never so glad to get back to my immature regular dates.

  5. 55
    Joy says:

    When my husband and I were dating, he wrote me love letters that started with “Hey, Sweaty!”. He said he meant “sweetie”, and I believed him because he really is a bad speller…to this day.

  6. 56
    Colette says:

    My husband came into the hair salon I was working at and told my boss that he was going to marry me!! I didn’t give him the time of day for 6 months! But then one day I thought, well maybe I should give him a chance! So the next day after he heard I was interested, he gave me a balloon that said “I’ve got the hots for you!”. And the rest is history!!! That was almost 25 years ago!! I thank God for my husband!!
    Happy Valentines Day to everyone!! Even if you don’t have a special someone, you have God!!!
    God is Love!!!
    I heart you too Beth!!!

  7. 57

    I remember being so excited to spend Valentines day with my husband our first year. I had put so much thought into his present and card. At the height of my anticipation he walks in the door with a blue Walmart bag in tow. Inside it was my gift. Like a balloon that just got popped I was so let down. Not because it was from walmart but because it was so last minute. I should have already lowered the bar with his past gift giving of back scratchers and jumbo pencils. In the bag was an I heart u chocolate license plate. Every girls dream!

  8. 58
    boomama says:

    I know you typed that Rocky poem from memory.

    And for some reason that makes me so happy.

    Love you!

  9. 59
    Lindsey says:

    I’m 24 and all throughout high school and college I ran around in a group of friends who are more like family than anything. There were usually 3 or 4 guys and 2 or 3 girls that were consistent while others were in and out. I have the fondest memories of Valentine’s Day because of these precious boys I am friends with. None of us really dated much, but the boys always got together (probably last minute, but still) and planned something for us. There were always gifts involved…some years bought, some years made (same goes for dinner). It was so special. Now that I am a few years out of college and in a pretty long season of singleness (that I’m truly loving….seriously, no sarcasm there, smile) I still love Valentine’s Day because it makes me remember how thankful I am to still have those guys in my life. God is so good!

    Happy Valentine’s Day, all! Much love to all you siestas!

  10. 60
    Stacey says:

    My mom has always loved Valentine’s Day. Growing up she drug our teenage bodies out of bed extra early for a special breakfast.

    Now that we’re adults she can’t make us breakfast, but she had a special Valentines lunch for us today after church. We had my aunt & uncle, cousin with her husband and two children join us for the meal. Thirteen of us ranging from age two to almost 70 broke bread together and then played Just Dance on the Wii. My love bank was full and watching my 60 year old dad “dance” (we’re Mennonites so playing this game is on the verge of sacrilegious not to mention hilarious) with my four year-old son made my love bank overflow!

    The reason we love Valentine’s Day is because it’s my Grandma’s birthday. Tomorrow she and her twin sister will celebrate their 89th birthday. She’s part of our spiritual legacy and we are so glad she gets to celebrate another birthday. The more you have, the more precious the next one becomes.

  11. 61
    LindaWD says:

    I remember Valentine’s Day of 1996 – I was pregnant with our oldest, and my husband bought me a popcorn popper. He knows about my deep, personal relationship with popcorn… I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten a more perfect gift!
    This Valentine’s will be different – he’s dropping me at the airport at “way too early in the morning” to catch the first of 3 flights that will eventually take me to Port-Au-Prince for a week of work. I’ll miss him, he and the kids will miss me, but it’ll be OK!
    God is so good, He knew what He was doing when He picked my husband for me!

  12. 62
    Carrie O. says:

    All I can say is Yesterday was the sweetest valentines day! We ran the Valentines day 5K here in Minneapolis together. My husband is much faster than I, but we ran this one together.

    Let me just say the road has not always been easy or sweet. but we each chose to grip God through it. 8 years later. I Love him so deeply I can’t even tell you…

    God is good and honors our seeking him… even if it means reaching for him, laying on the floor of his high tower and waiting. He turned our hearts. He healed.

    So as we went across the finish line. we grabbed each others hands and said “Here’s to finishing together!” and a sweet kiss to seal it. I am blessed beyond what I could have asked or imagined 8 years ago.

  13. 63
    Hayley says:

    My 7 year old gave me a Valentine this week that said, “Mom, YOU are my Valentine.” Melt my heart ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t have a funny Valentine story about my kids, but how about a Groundhog Day story? My 5 year old told us on Feb 1st, that “If the groundhog gets scared by his shadow, we get 3 more days of Christmas!” So close. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. 64

    On our first Valentine’s Day together, my one-day-to-be husband gave me a potted flowering bush — not roses, mind you, just a potted plant. And he thought he had done something good ๐Ÿ™‚

    On a side note, we planted that bush in my family’s yard, and it became known as our love bush. I can’t remember now what happened exactly, but a few years later the love bush died. In spite of that, somehow we’ve managed to stay together. We celebrated 35 years of marriage in December ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. 65
    Elise says:

    It was 8th grade. It really wasn’t a real date, but i guess we thought it was. He ate his food and drank his soda like I was one of his guy friends and his mom was trying to take pictures without being seen, but she didn’t do such a great job. Needless to say it didn’t last long. I think we were “dating” for a week. lol

  16. 66
    twinkle says:

    I really don’t have a funny story about Valentine’s Day, but this will be the second Valentine’s Day that my husband and I have been separated. I’m standing for my marriage and Rejoice Marriage Ministry has really been an encouragement to me. I receive a daily devotion from their site that gives me just what I need for the day!

    This year, the husband and wife team have separated. The husband passed away and now the wife continues the ministry. Please pray for Charlyne Steinkamp as she faces her first Valentine’s Day without her husband.

    I don’t know if you’re familiar with “Covenant Transport” trucking, but so many standers are encouraged when they spot one of these trucks on the highway. We are standing for our marriages and the trucks are a reminder that God sees and honors our obedience.

    This past week, I was driving into work and passed a truck that was an “Operation Smile” truck. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And right in front of it was a “Sheppard Oil” truck.

    Immediately I felt encouragement that God is smiling on me and that the Good Shepherd anoints my head with Oil.

    And two Covenant Transport trucks have come by me this weekend, too.

    I know it seems a little silly, but it is nice to see God in ways that speak to your situation.

    Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and remember to reach out to people who may be hurting. Be good to your husbands, even if it takes a whole lot of grace. If you need encouragement in your marriage, visit Rejoice Marriage Ministry’s site. They are encouragement to marriages that aren’t in crisis, too. Great prayers and scripture for couples who need strengthening can be found on this site.

    • 66.1
      Natalie Hare says:

      Hey Friend…I just sent this long email about the trials and tribulations of my husband. As I was ending everything…my computer completely erased everything I had typed. Uuuuggghhhhh…frustration. Let me just say my marriage was in grave danger b/c of my own foolishness…but God has since restored it. I am here for you even though I don’t know you. My heart is with you!!!! Nothing is impossible for our God!!!! And remember…”all things work together for those who love Him.” BUT…it may not be “our” way!!! for “his ways are higher than ours!!!” Just trust Him regardless of any and all circumstances. He is FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! with sisterly love, Natalie

      • twinkle says:

        Thank you! I am NOT giving up. We in Georgia are known for our ability to “hunker down.” Feet firmly planted. Covered in the Armor of the Lord. He is working and I will do my best to stay out of His way. He is the very best Valentine evah!

  17. 67
    Siesta OC says:

    My mom and I always celebrate it together!
    I think this year is the best, Jesus sent me a Valentine. HE just had me start to write out names in my email box and then had me write this letter. He literally unfolded the words to me and I realized it was to me as well.

    What a blessing – HE loves me!

    Great way to live as a single, knowing HE LOVES ME FIRST!

    PS: YOUR Rocky story, might have to be the funniest, have you thought of doing movie ratings on the side?

  18. 68
    jessica says:

    i really am allergic to dating. God cure me.

    it’s just the stupid comments and foolishness that just doesn’t add up. this guy had been had been walking my stuff to the car every day for two weeks. finally asks me out and texts me to let me know he arrived at the date location first, then he says in the text “oh, this is familiar. I’ve been here on a couple of dates before.” Pause! This dude has only been in houston for less than a year… i was thinking “Good day to you.” it’s in the small things.

    side note: i was listening to rich mullins and thought of you

    miss you so.

    • 68.1
      jessica says:

      important to the story: this is a small ma’ pop type deal that’s not in the least bit a typical dating spot. (rolling eyes)

  19. 69
    Evie says:

    Happy Valentines day Beth. My most humorous Valentines memory was several years ago. Our son James was 9 years old (he’s 28 now) our babysitter cancelled on us so James wanted us to keep our restaurant reservation and said he would sit at a different table so my husband and I could enjoy our romantic dinner alone. It was the funniest thing we kept looking his way until the food arrived and we went and joined him.

    Love you Beth. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 70
    3boymomma says:

    My Love spent two years working for a locksmith. Both years he drew the short straw to open car doors for fellas too smitten with their girls to remember to take their keys out of the ignition before they pushed the lock button.

    He and I laughed and talked through our evening both years. Since this was long before kids but well into our marriage, we had lots to movie quotes, wise cracks and wonderings if the couples we “rescued” were in it for the long haul or short term daters.

    Romance looked different for us those two years, but we loved being together and the tips weren’t bad either!

  21. 71
    Amity says:

    The way these contractions are going I think my Valentine’s gift for my hubby will be baby #6.
    Happy Valentine’s Day if I get a little busy and don’t make it back here tomorrow…

  22. 72
    Amelia says:

    My first date (as well as my best friends at the time) was a double with a guy from church and his friend from high school. We went to dinner and a movie… after a short dinner at a drive through (we were poor high schoolers) we went to our movie. The guy i liked was sweet and attentive to me, his friend on the other hand was not so much. He kept forgetting my friends name and asked her what it was countless times. It was an easy name to remember too! At one point during the movie, being the silly girls we are, my girlfriend and i decided to go to the bathroom and chit chat a little bit. When we returned my date leaned over to me and said that my friend’s date had requested that they “trade” dates, cause his was better… needless to say we never saw that guy again! My date ended up being my first boyfriend however. We are no longer together but are still great friends to this day!

    Valentines day has always been my absolute favorite holiday! It’s all pink and girly! I usually use it as a time to get all my girlfriends together and throw a huge sleepover complete with junk food, chocolate, and a good chick flick! I hope every one has a great V-Day! <3

  23. 73

    worst date— party date in college at someone’s parent’s farm {read: out in the middle of nowhere} we got there early enough in the day that no one else was there yet. he wanted to fish. not being the fisherwoman, i just tagged along. apparently i was bugging him because he kept wandering around the pond…finally he ended up on the other side leaving me there. alone. in the middle of nowhere. my friends, who had since arrived, were worried about me because i had left so much sooner than they had! once i found them the rest of the night was fine. then the ride back to school…i fell asleep to wake up to us on the side of the road with a flat tire, listening to james taylor– talk about out of my mind! luckily, friends came to help out, i rode back with them instead. needless to say— haven’t talked to the poor guy since! hope he found love somewhere along the way!!

  24. 74
    GodIsHuge says:

    Valentines Day has always been sweet around our house because my husband would bring the kids a little candy, a little stuffed animal, and a balloon. I would get flowers and I always tried to make his favorite meal, BBQ ribs. That was sweet but I have tell you what love is: Love is when you break a tooth, you’re feeling down about it so your husband goes out and gets popcorn to cheer you up! Yep, the thought was there and I loved him for it.

  25. 75
    Kristi says:

    When I was walking with my son down to the local children’s museum Friday afternoon, a desperate looking man pulled over, rolled down his window and said, “Excuse me, ma’am? I’m supposed to go to some fancy shmancy chocolate shop that’s downtown somewhere. Do you know where it is?” I pointed him in the direction of the “fancy schmancy” chocolate shop and he responded with such relieved gratitude that I had to wonder if he was in trouble for something or if it was just Valentine’s Day preparations. You gotta love the guy for at least taking the time to find a fancy schmancy chocolate shop.

  26. 76

    My college boy is home sick with mono & pneumonia. We’ve all been sleeping most of the day & we’re back up again. It’s late. He turns to me just now and says: “Mom, you’re changed. I don’t hear the heel of your hand hitting the table like when I lived at home. What happened?” Melted my valentine heart! My answer: God is changing me & I’m not the same person I was even yesterday. I love Him so! Heard you say on Saturday: “Live Coram Deo.” So want that so I’ll deal with my anger and frustrations, living in the present moment.
    Worst Date: Let’s call him after Mario Andretti. Mario picked me up and brought me to a vacant downtown Houston bank parking lot and he drove B.A.C.K.W.A.R.D.S. in *circles* as FAST as he could leaving skid marks. He scared the life out of me—my arms were flailing and my long hair was sailing and I was screaming like on a roller coaster while he roared laughing at me. That speedster is ministering to thousands today.

  27. 77
    Kristi says:

    Not Valentine’s Day, but I think it applies anyway:
    One day, on a random non-holiday, non-birthday day, my husband sent me flowers at work. The secretary asked what the occasion was and I told her the card said, “Just because I love you!” My husband had NEVER done anything like this before and I was super excited. They were from a really cool local flower shop that does unique arrangements which impressed me even more.
    But on the way home from work that day I passed a billboard for the same flower shop. A billboard at an intersection I know my husband frequents. It had on one side a picture of a flower arrangement, on the other side a silouhette of a passionately embracing couple. In between was the phrase: GIVE SOME, GET SOME!!!!!!!! Jon swears he never saw this billboard. Sure.

  28. 78
    carla says:

    I married my best friend 32 years ago, he is on his way to the airport for a business trip, first V-Day we have not spent together but I hope he doesn’t get athlete’s foot, lol
    He took Friday off and we treated each other to pedicures, very secure man my hubby. and had a wonderful lunch. Our daughter became engaged last VDAY. Her fiance called her and told her he was going off with the guys to something and then showed up at our house and said his plans changed, could he have breakfast with us. His ears must have been burning because mine sure were as mad as she was, she had been out of town for work for two weeks and was looking forward to GREAT EXPECTATIONS of Valentine’s day. Anyway somewhere between the bacon cooking and the eggs, he got up from the table and down on one knee and I guess you know the rest. Never seen that child change from mad to hysterically happy before, awesome moment…..

  29. 79

    I had a bad blind date once. One of the climax “bad” moments was when he told me at the restaurant to, “Go ahead and get what you want; I have a coupon!” I’m all for good stewardship, but seriously, I did not need to know.

  30. 80
    Kay says:

    This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. ref. somewhere in the New Testament

    To all our single sisters and to those whose husbands/boyfriends didn’t do what you might have expected today:

    All through today and all through tonight,
    Know Jesus loves you with all His might!

    Boyfriends, husbands, chocolate, flowers and the rest
    Jesus loves way better than the rest!

  31. 81
    Teresa Smith says:

    My first ever Valentines Day with someone special was with my husband. I also happened to be newly pregnant with our first child and had the worst case of morning sickness EVER, was sick also with bronchitis, and had a double lung infection. I vomited a minimum of 6 times a day. I spent Valentine’s Day sick on a couch and he blessed me by taking care of me and cleaning up after me that day and the four months my sickness lasted. He never complained once. I heart the man big time.

  32. 82
    Elaine says:

    My worst date was also one of my best..senior in high school, I had been dating a neat guy who I had a crush on for a long time. We had been out several times and as he walked me to my door this night, I realized this might be our “first kiss”. He was very romantic, wrote me songs and poetry, etc, loved old movies…so here we were, big moon, summer night, he leaned forward to kiss me and I…passed gas. It was awful. He didn’t acknowlege it but after I went in the house, my sister and I recreated the sound effects “Could it have sounded like a shoe scraping, a bug hitting the light, etc?” She wasn’t buying it and rolled on the couch laughing.

  33. 83
    michelle f. says:

    one of my most memorable v-day memories was last year when v-day was on a sunday. he sat with me and our 26 y.o. single daughter and watched every sappy, romantic movie on the hallmark channel all day long. this is from a man who is definitely an action flick (think steven seagal and chuck norris/martial arts kind of movies). without making any snide/snarky comments during them all and even getting a little teary-eyed at the most tender moments. he just keeps on giving me reasons to fall more in love with him after 30 years of marriage.

  34. 84
    Charity says:

    Oh Beth, you have no idea how happy I am that you quoted Rocky!! I’ve loved those movies since I was little- I’m not sure I was suppose to watch it but my big brother showed it for his birthday and I peaked in to see it. I cried like there was no tomorrow. Especially at the end when he’s all bloody and and says “”Yo Adrian!” Ahh, anyway. Hope you have a wonderul Valentine’s Day!

  35. 85

    Can’t believe it but my husband and I watched that same movie last Friday night. He asked for and received for his birthday the box set of Rocky movies. We sat together on the couch, so it was kinda like being at the theatre. It was great fun. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  36. 86
    Warm in Alaska says:

    I had about six years in a row where weird and wacky things happened to me on V-Day. This one was in 1986 when I was a student in Jerusalem, living in a very run down two-star hotel in East Jerusalem (Palestinian side of town). How that small inn merited two-stars was a constant source of wonderment for me and the other 19 of us staying there. But the best part of our housing was the very kind and sweet Arab grandfatherly men who ran the place – with as much dignity and distinction as you’d find at the Waldorf-Astoria on Park Avenue.

    Valentine’s Day came along and late that night (it was a cold, rainy night), the elderly Arabic men lit one of the special rooms in the hotel for us to huddle in and they joined us while we cut out Valentine Day hearts (someone had bought red construction paper). It was one of those unscripted, unforeseen moments that made an indelible mark on my memory because even though it wasn’t an evening spent with “a special someone” – it was spent with a small group of very special someones (plural) and I felt lots of love! (which, I do believe, is the whole point of Valentine’s Day).

  37. 87
    Becky says:

    The first spring (not sure that it was on Valentine’s day)my husband and I were dating we were several states apart. He told me several times he was sending me something special and I kept checking my mailbox but it didn’t come. Finally about a week later, the package arrived. It happened to be on a Saturday morning so all my college friends were sitting around the dorm lounge talking and reading their mail. When I brought out my package, they were all excited cause they’d heard me complaining all week wondering when it would come. It didn’t look promising on the outside.. The whole thing was covered in masking tape – every square inch. The writing on the address was smeared and as I started unwrapping the tape I found out why – the whole thing started getting damper and damper and at the same time we started smelling something really bad. I finally got all the tape off and inside the box (originally a lightbulb container) was a Leggs egg with more smeared writing all over the outside. By this time the smell was so bad there was only my roommate and a few hardy friends left with me to see what it was. I opened the egg and inside it was a sandwich bag containing something green and slimey. One of the girls was a biology major – she held it up and said it seemed to be some type of legume. Well, I gathered up all the smelly packaging and put the “legume” in a plastic bag and called my boyfriend (long distance in those days..) At first he was excited because I finally got it and then when I told him what it was like he was crestfallen. Turns out he’d been on a hike and found a wildflower and wanted to send me the first flower he’d seen that spring… Bless his heart…
    He’s still great at giving sweet (unusual) presents even now 38 years later!

  38. 88
    Marie Funchess says:

    Worst and FIRST date. A friend set me up with her brother for homecoming, since neither of us had a date. He picked me up FOUR hours before the dance, took me to “The Sea Room” for dinner (I HATE seafood, ordered pork chops, which he complained about all dinner long)then got to the parking lot about two hours before the dance. We decided to go to a restaurant across the street to drink “coffee” (although at the time I did not like coffee) but he insisted on driving through the sand lot in between the school and restaurant instead of using the road.

    Needless to say, we got stuck. After three hours of trying to get “unstuck” (which incidentally, I finally managed to “rock” the car out of the hole that the tires had dug in the sand, the way I remember my parents doing in the snow up north) and watching everyone in the distant parking lot entering the dance, I finally told him to take me home. After all, who could arrive at the dance all sweaty, sandy and totally embarrassed!

    Did not have a date after that for a LONG time!

  39. 89
    Traci says:

    In our family, my two girls and I usually make my husband, their daddy, a special dinner and he gives us gifts. Well, one year we did just that and we had eaten so it was time for the giving of the gifts. This particular year his gifts including boxes of chocolates – small heart-shaped ones for the girls and a larger one for myself. Turning them over, we were all tearing into our chocolate when I exclaimed, “Elmers?? You bought me chocolates from a company called, Elmers??!!” I was laughing so hard I couldn’t hardly breathe. I knew my husband well and realized he was standing at the Walmart looking at the Russell Stover and Whitman prices then eyeing that Elmer’s box and deciding what a bargain he was getting. I mean, who in the world decides that “Elmer’s” is a good name for a chocolate company?? We were just laughing about it yesterday. My biggest regret from that Valentine’s is that I didn’t save the box – would have been a great yearly memento/decoration for February 14th.

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    Casey says:

    Funny Story – While on a date with a man that was pursuing me (I wasn’t interested.), there was a long wait for a table at the restaurant. The gentleman signed us in and we made small talk while we waited. When our table was ready, they called for us. The guy said, “That’s our name.” And I replied, “It’s not OUR name. It’s YOUR name.” Three years later, this gentlman and I were married. And eleven years after that disastrous exchange, my husband and I still laugh about it. Because now, it is of course, really OUR name! Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Love you!

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    Lauren says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Siestaville! No funny Valentine’s stories, and really no bad dates… just sitting here feeling blessed that God so loved this world that He sent Jesus. I’ve got a wonderful husband and an 8 year old little boy who I love to the moon and back… what more can a girl ask for? =) <3

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    ULCARDSFAN says:

    My husband of 31 years LOVES to run. He ran his first marathon ( which is 26.2 miles for those of you who don’t know) at age 50 and in 9 years he has completed 19 marathons. He also LOVES Bacon. Some of his running buddies got him a shirt last year that said “Will run for BACON”…. I was at Walgreen’s last week and found a VALENTINE card that was absolutely PERFECT for him. On the front of the card is a heart made out of two bacon strips..there are even SUBTLE drops of grease coming off the heart. I mean this card is a work of art! The message inside is “Ignore the surgeon general and have a sizzling Valentine’s Day!”
    Happy Valentine’s day to all my PEEPS in Siestaville.

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    Lisa says:

    I’m 48, my husband is 60. we got married “late”, me at 36 and he was 48. we have 3 little kids. So we are tired all the time. yesterday he presented all the kids and me with hallmark-type cards that were so beautiful. in mine, he wrote wonderful, kind remarks, but admitted his shortcomings and promised to improve, saying, “Even as an old fogey, I am still a work in progress,” except that instead of “fogey” he spelled it “foggy”. I loved it. May he and I grow foggy together.

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    Marilyn says:

    God answered my husband’s prayer for a little girl (after many, many years ) and she was conceived on Valentine’s eve. She saved our marriage and has brought tremendous joy into our lives! She is a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness and perfect timing.
    My sweet husband celebrates Valentines by sending me flowers at work, and brings flowers to our daughter at home. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kami Preston says:

    My high school sweetheart (thank goodness he never became my husband!), wrote me precious love letters all the time. But at 15, he was still a terrible speller and began each one of them with “Dear Sweatie”. He’s still not married.

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    Kelsey says:

    I love Amanda’s story of the little girl writing her ABC’s. It reminded me of a valentine my sisters and I made our mother. We had drawn a big bear and decided it needed “fur”. Oh oh. All you mother’s can geuss what happened next…we got our the scissors and cut off our hair and glued it on the bear!

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    Carol says:

    My hubby and I LOVE VALENTINE’S DAY!!!! We’ve been married 43 years. The best Valentine is I kept leaving clues to where his Valentine gift was and left the notes until he found it. He thought up the best! He dressed like a dignified Server with a towell on his arm, met me at the door and took me to the bathroom where he put candles lit all over and bubble up bath with floating hearts (of course they were plastic) and then next clue led me to the my bedroom closet and had gotten me a gorgeous outfit, jeans and a red sweater. It was a very loving, incredible Valentine. Our marriage is totally build on God and LOVE for each other. I heart that man!!! and he’s a retired Pastor..he thinks of everything!

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    Lori says:

    One of my seven valentines, who we brought home a year and a half ago after a very rough start in an orphanage in China, is presently upstairs in her crib awaiting me – all the while I singing praises to God in her three-year-old way. Praise Him!

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    While very different (as most couples are), my hubby and I are truly a perfect match! Neither one of us are big on days and events, so on Valentines Day we like to go to the store together, pick out the best, most heartfelt card on the shelf. We then swap cards, read them, put them back in their designated slots, join hands and commence to make our way out of the store.

    It’s not the romantic, candle lit dinner, box of chocolates and roses kind of Valentines day…but it’s so us.

    Extremely thankful God fit these two puzzle pieces together. We just fit and I love that!

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    Barb says:

    My sweet husband of 42 years asked me to go on a date last Saturday to celebrate Valentines. Before we left the house we gave each other our gifts. Mine was a small box wrapped in bright red paper with white ribbon. Clearly wrapped at a jewlery store I love. It was very light so I was intrigued about the contents. It was a colored picture of the necklace he wanted to give me. He had waited until Thursday to purchase it and they didn’t have any more. So the store ordered one and I will get my beautiful Valentines gift in a couple of weeks. Gotta love that man.

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