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.)  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. 101
    Melissa says:

    I’ve been single for all of them. As Valentines Day is almost over in Korea, I got a ton of chocolate from my students today, and I feel so blessed after a weekend visit from friends in the states.

    My other best memory was in high school I went with my brother to help him pick out flowers for his girlfriend at the time and then he asked me about a flower for another female (mutual) friend of ours. He lied. My bro asked which rose was the best color and about halfway through the day that very rose, that was peach and pink, he had a friend deliver to me.

  2. 102
    Jennifer D. says:

    I just want you to know that I was obsessed with the same Rocky movies last week. I am raising my 17 year old brother and he started watching them with me. He is now a Rocky fan and attempted to talk like the champ all weekend.

  3. 103
    Michele says:

    Usually Vday is tough and I was afraid of it this year especially b/c my sweet valentine Cindy is gone, but I want to say Praise God I’m not down right now. I think these things helped:

    1. Started on some anti-anxiety meds last wk & encouraged that they are helping. Ugly cry last night, but better overall, thank God.

    2. Bought myself a Reese’s Egg. The end.

    3. Had a strange dream, in a large conference room, lots going on, best part – both Sheldon Cooper and then later Mama Beth wanted me to sit next to them!! Anyhow I woke up SO happy that I got to sit with them. Call me pathetic, but I rarely get happy these day so even from a weird dream I’ll take it.

    4. Some Siestas I tweet with said some wonderful things to me and they really touched my heart. Made me think someone in this world cares about me. I know God does but it was so nice to hear it from a person.

    I am so thankful for Siestaville. I love y’all.

    • 103.1
      Kim Safina says:

      Sweet Michele,

      YOU matter to this blog of Siestas!!!
      Blessings are upon you with Grace & Joy! 🙂

      Psalm 46:10 NIV

      Always In “HIS” Love,
      Kim Safina

  4. 104
    Becky B. says:

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    I have had the same sweet Valentine for 37 years and we still have every card we have given to one another.

  5. 105
    Karen says:

    Funny you should mention the Rocky series and how minus Adrian’s blessing, it smothers the heart of a champion right out of him.

    Our pastor is preaching a series on Champions this month and the lead-in video to the sermon yesterday? Yup, the part of the first movie where they play the “Rocky song” and he runs and trains and runs some more.

  6. 106
    Sandra says:

    My worst date was with a guy up in Boston…I was maybe a year out of college and he was a friend of a friend and asked me out at a party, and I said sure. We went for pasta, we walked around Back Bay, and then I never heard from him again. It was an okay date, but no fireworks, so no harm done. Then, maybe 6 months later, he walked up to me at another party and he said- hey, how come you never called me, and I looked at him like…hmmmm? He said “you don’t remember me”! I said, I’m sorry, no.(And I started to really think about HOW or when I could have met this guy?) He said, we met at Anne’s, we went for Pasta…I said, Oh wow, sure–how are you? And he was so mad–he left the party.

    At the time I thought it was funny, then sad, then “what just happened”? Did he actually like me and just decide not to call…had he been involved with someone else, and so just went out with me for a “test drive”….had he just been dumped?

    Anyway, I’ll never know, but I hope he found his true Valentine.

  7. 107
    Joni Hagler says:

    My worst date was in high school with Chad. He said “hello” when he picked me up then took me to dinner and a movie and for ice cream. When we got back to my house he walked me to the door and said “bye”. There were no words of any kind in between. It was the longest date of my life!

  8. 108
    Big Mama says:

    I could tell you a story about a Valentines Day when I thought for sure I was getting an engagement ring and ended up with a giant tin of cinnamon popcorn instead. And then I ate the entire tin because I thought the ring might be in the bottom.

    It wasn’t.

    However, it all worked out and I did eventually get a ring. And now we’ve been married 13 years.

    But, most of all, I adore the fact that you wrote all the words to Rocky’s poem. He’s the last of the true wordsmiths.

  9. 109

    Happy Valentines day to you sweet seista mama
    Enjoy your time with Travis and Angela will be praying for you all.
    Here is my Valentines day story
    I just know that Jesus is my Love
    So Happy Valentines Jesus I love you
    That is my best Valentines day story

  10. 110
    Ann says:

    Years ago I was making the tough decision to leave a career I thought I’d be in until I retired. My darling husband surprised me that Valentines Day with a lovely heart bracelet and heart necklace and told me to wear them both and think of him when I gave my boss my letter of resignation. He knew I was wavering and needed his encouragement and support and this was his way of telling me he would take care of me no matter what 🙂 It was one of the sweetest things he’s ever done for me and I’m lucky enough to say he’s done many! This year will mark 18 yrs of marriage to my BSM (big strong man) and even with all the highs and lows, and there have been some heart wrenching lows, I wouldn’t change a thing. God has blessed us!

  11. 111
    fuzzytop says:

    The first Rocky movie came out when I was in High School, and I think I have heard the “Yo, Adrienne!” line 50 million times since then. Love the movies, but cringe everytime I hear that line.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Love and Hugs,

  12. 112

    I was 15 and had just “dumped” a guy who was all wrong for me (the biggest reason was that he didn’t know Jesus). A few days later an older guy on the track team asked me to dinner and a movie. After he picked me up, he said, “Where do you want to eat?” I said, “Anywhere but Rax.” (where dumped guy worked) He only heard “Rax” so that’s where we went. Got up to the counter, tried to hide behind my date, there was dumped guy making sandwiches and glaring at me. When we got to our seats, my date took a bite of his “chicken” sandwich. There was no chicken in it, just shredded lettuce and a glob of mayo. I glanced up at the counter and dumped guy was smirking. Nice.

  13. 113
    Del says:

    I’m going way back for this one, since I’ve been married 35 years. A guy asked me out to dinner but came to my apartment with a 6 pack(before I was saved!) and wanted to stay in. I said no, so we went to dinner and he said to order carefully because he didn’t have alot of money. I ordered first (a salad), then he ordered a steak! When I asked him what gives he said “Well because you ordered so little, I could get what I wanted!”. When we got home I said goodbye at the door and he said “wait”. I thought he was going to apologize for the cheap dinner – no, he asked for his 6 pack back! I forget if I threw it out the window or handed it back. Never saw him again but my husband is a generous man!

  14. 114
    Kalyn says:

    My first “date” was to a banquet put on by our school. I told the guy many times what the color of my dress was – a light purple. I wanted him to get the corsage right. He showed up at my door that night with a pink one. *sigh*

  15. 115
    Kaci says:

    Last V-day, I was in the process of losing weight. I started January 1st and was down about 25 lbs. after lots and lots of hard work. I have a monster sweet tooth and staying away from sweets was really, really difficult. My dear husband knew all of this but do you know what he got me? A GIANT COOKIE. I mean, it was like the size of a pizza. Bless his sweet heart, he tried. Worst part was that he has diabetes and couldn’t eat it and I was a stay at home caretaker for my grandparents (who couldn’t have it) so I couldn’t give it away and didn’t have the heart to throw it away so I had to eat the entire thing. He said he wanted to get me something different than flowers. I couldn’t be mad. At least he tried.

  16. 116
    Susan says:

    Hi Beth and Siestas,
    Ok no really funny story here, but it’s about the sweetest story. A little background, single, 40’s, never been married. I always have a little Valentine’s party with a lifelong friend every year, we’ve been friends since we were about 10. One of those 30 plus year friendships. We always get each other little Valentine surprises, as well as I buy little gifts for her 3 children. Yesterday they had me over for lunch after church. They had the whole kitchen table decked out with all sorts of Valentine decor, homemade cards, made from stratch cake by her husband, they used the leftover icing from the cake and wrote on my plate, “We love Susan”, gifts, etc. To a single gal who longs to have a special love, it was special beyond what words can describe. I still cry thinking about it. Susan

  17. 117
    Tanya Hoffman says:

    I am blessed to have the most amazing husband of almost ten years, but my story is about my six year old little boy. This morning I wished him a Happy Valentines Day and he said “Happy Valentines Day to you too Mommy. I love you to pieces.”

    That ranks up there…..but I also know of One who stretched His arms out on an old rugged cross for me. That was His version of “I love you to pieces”

  18. 118
    Catherine says:

    Once a classmate of mine took me to a dance and spent the whole night pining over the girl he was really in love with. Yeah.

    Another time I was asked to take someone out. This guy was visiting family and his family thought we ought to go out. We had to drive 30 minutes away to go to the movies, where I ended up locking the keys in the car. The car belonged to the guy’s family. His uncle had to drive the 30 minutes to the theater to bring us a second set of keys. Oh, and it was snowing. In western Kansas. And the movie was horrible. We didn’t have a second date.

    Thankfully, my memories of dates with my husband are all good and sometimes funny. When we were in college they usually involved trips to Sonic or Country Kitchen for hot chocolate. (We usually shared because we were too poor for 2 hot chocolates!)

  19. 119
    Beth says:

    Hmmm…worst date ever. The guy knew we had a mutual friend and did nothing but bash her and her husband the whole time. Everything from her behavior to their house. Then he proceeded to make fun of the fact that I was older than he was. I laughed about it immediately afterwards because it was like I was being punked. I literally had to force my mouth from opening in shock at what was going down. It was the craziest date I’ve ever been on. Here’s hoping the next guy I go on a date with is normal and has good social skills (haven’t met him yet…but there is always hope) 🙂

  20. 120
    Pam says:

    Beth, I was a freshman in college during the high teased football helmet hair days in Texas. We certainly loved our hair spray and hair that couldn’t move even during a high wind! Anyway, my boyfriend (now husband)had a way with words that Valentine’s Day. As I came down the stairs at my dorm and found him in the crowd of guys, he cracked the whole group up with, “Your hair is like golden cobwebs.” Yep, that’s the guy that keeps me laughing 45 years later.

  21. 121
    Sister Lynn says:

    We don’t really celebrate Valentines Day in the convent – 🙂
    But I usually try to spend the day loving more intentionally. So… sending my love to my Siestas!

    Love, Sister Lynn

  22. 122
    Dori says:

    My worst date with my now husband was going to see the movie “Swarm”. Oh my word. We laughed about it then and we still do.
    My funniest Valentine’s Day gift was a box of chocolates that once opened had a thank you note from Hertz. My hubby tried to pass off a gift to him from the rental car agency as a gift to me. We still laugh about that too.

  23. 123
    Yanna says:

    It was the date I went on with John Jacob Jingle Hiemer Schmidt…..

  24. 124
    Jennifer says:

    have to brag on my husband….Every year, Cupid comes and decorates our house and fills it with love for another year…streamers, heart doilies, etc. My husband got up an hour early this morning to decorate for our kids (13 and 10…but still expect Cupid to come) and then made them a special breakfast of french toast. I am so blessed with that man!! That was better than flowers or chocolate!

  25. 125
    Kaaren says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day Ladies!

    I have a worst date story. I was set up on a blind date by one of my friends, well she was until this night. We arrived in seperate vehicles, thank goodness. We decided to have dinner at a very well known steakhouse. You don’t necessarily have to be dressed up but most people are. He arrived in tennis shoess that I think he wore when he mowed the grass. Evidentially he dips snuff because it was embedded in his teeth. Don’t even get me started on the condition of his fingernails. Did I forget to mention he was an oilfield hand? He was from Louisiana and me being the Texas girl I am, I thought we could at least have some interesting conversation. Boy was I wrong, I ordered my steak dinner and so did he. I eat my steaks rare, he ordered well done. When our plates were brought out and he saw my steak he said and I quote, “I guess that’s what they call red meat?” I told him yes it is “red meat”. Then I explained that he was eating “red meat” too. He said, and I quote once again, “mine isn’t red meat, mine is brown.” Needless to say this Texas girl had to say goodbye to the Louisiana boy. Now I’m married to a wonderful man….from Texas! Yee Haw, love our “red meat”!

  26. 126
    Allison says:

    so jealous! wish i could run down I-10 tomorrow and show up in your class, but baton rouge traffic is awful. so, i’ll just have to run down I-10 the other way and see y’all both in pensacola in december.
    just started “A Heart Like His” at my church last night. the ladies LOVE it already. i knew they would. i couldn’t wait to introduce you to them. hubby just moved to this church in june and when i found out they hadn’t ever done one of your studies, i knew what my job would be here. so, you made 28 new friends last night! all my love, allison

  27. 127
    Krissie says:

    First, let me just say, that I’m thinking of all you single ladies today. I didn’t marry until I was 32, and this is my first Valentine’s Day with my husband, so I understand what it’s like to be single, and the unique challenges that come with holidays when you are.

    My funny story happened just this year. The whole story is on my blog, but the short version involves me creating a mess making a sports themed blanket for my husband while he was at work. Trying to clean up the mess before he got home, breaking the vacuum by sucking up my sock in it, and my husband coming home to a red lint outline in the shape of a blanket, and trying to pretend that he did not have any idea what I was making for him.

  28. 128
    Hannah says:

    When we had our first baby girl, it was impossible to get out for a date…so my hubby sent me out shopping my myself for V-day with a little cash. I honestly thought that was the gift…until I got home and realized he had fed her a bottle & put her to bed, decorated our bedroom for an indoor picnic, and grilled steaks and vegetables and made chocolate fondue for a surprise…and asked me to dinner wearing a nightie! He’s upped the ante every year since, creating theme dinners and we now include the girls in our celebration. We’ve had dinner on an Italian patio (aka our kitchen table), on a deserted island (aka the living room floor)…all with decorations and theme food. What a guy! The romantic side of him only comes out once a year, but I’ll take it anyday!

  29. 129
    Heidi A. says:

    Funniest Valentine’s Day – I got married on Valentine’s Day in 1992 and even though he decided I was not the one for him, our wedding was too funny to look back on with sadness. We got married in a small country church with all dirt roads….otherwise known as mud…in every direction and it decided to rain. I showed up in tennis shoes with my dress hiked up like a mini skirt. I had the most wonderful friend who lived close by who hosted the reception at her house. Everyone had to come in through the mud room and take off their shoes and it was just so much fun.

    Worst date…..blind date. Before we ordered dinner he told me that he had long suffered with “Aggressive Depressive Disorder” and I spent the etire dinner trying to figure out if he had a very agressive form of depression or if his depression made him aggressive. Then he proceeded to tell me that his church was boycotting anything Disney because of their recent stance on providing benefits to same sex partners…..after a very long pause….he asked me if Heidi was a Disney character. After the “Aggressive Depressive Disorder” comment I was really tempted to say yes but I didn’t and sure enough he asked me out for a second date and I had to come up with a polite reason to decline.

  30. 130
    Ashley says:

    I waited anxiously for my husband to arrive home from work. It was our first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife (22 years ago). I was so excited. I had prepared a wonderful meal and he was a little late so I called him. His office was literally across the street from our apartment. He said he’d be home shortly. It took a while. When he came home he gave me a card and in it he had drawn a picture of a bathing suit (remember it was 22 years ago, many pounds ago and at the time I loved going to the beach) and it said I could go buy a new bathing suit for Valentine’s. I just looked at him. It wasn’t quite what I had expected. Finally he confessed that he DIDN’T KNOW YOU STILL CELEBRATED VALENTINE’S AFTER YOU WERE MARRIED. Only after I called did he run to the store and buy the card and that was the only present that came to mind. We still laugh about it to this day. We teach Sunday School to young married couples so the story never dies. We enjoy sharing our romantic experience! Have a great day!

  31. 131
    Michele Holmes says:

    Without a doubt, the BEST Valentine’s Day was also our wedding day. Yes, we got married on Valentine’s Day in 1988 – a Sunday. We were married during the worship service in our church in Ottumwa, Iowa. Pastor Larry Ulrich taught about the love of Jesus for His Bride, then proceeded to “use” us as an object lesson. It was beautiful and one of the most precious, delightful and tender moments of my life.

  32. 132
    kim safina says:

    HAPPY GALentines DAY with love and blessings on VALENTINES DAY! My most romantic Valentines day- — after making heart shape pancakes, red food coloring milk (actually looked pink) sprinkles on red apples and driving my boys to school while singing love songs all the way—- the boys were gagging and begging me to PLEAZZZZZSSE not sing anymore mushy songs to them, I returned home and as I opened the door, there were rose petals on the floor that lead up the stairs to the masterbedroom. Roses were all over my bed, with gifts, candles burning and my precious honeykins standing there with a smile on his face. It was the most romantic morning I have ever had. HAVE A HEARTFELT DAY FILLED WITH CHOCOLATE,FLOWERS, AND SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THOSE YOU LOVE AND HOLD DEAR TO YOUR PRECIOUS HEART!!!!!!


    • 132.1
      Kim Safina says:

      By the way ~ I have been married 28+ years.
      I wonder what in the world my honeykins will surprise me with each year.
      This year ~ He blew up a photo that I had taken of flowers & made a frame for it.
      It was hanging on the wall when I returned from a 2 night “Gal”entine’s weekend with my girlfriends.
      Creativity is what I love about him. Never a dull moment in this household.

  33. 133
    Maureen says:

    Worst date…one year my sister (7 yrs. my Sr. may as well have been 100)set me up with a friend she worked with at a local hospital. He called me and we decided to go to a local church fair. I called my girlfriend for backup…just in case!! Wow!! Good call!!! I’m not sure any particular word could describe him adequately but I do remember some of the choice words that rolled off my tongue when I saw my sister that evening (I won’t go there)!! Anyway, what does anyone know when they’re 16…he’s now most likely a super model in an advertisement for the new Rocky XXV active wear!!

    Lots of hearts to you too Beth!!

  34. 134
    Carol from MA says:

    Hmmmm… I can remember one date when I called my college roommate to come and get me early! (before the bus came!) Oh my….
    But the mention of the Rocky movies made me remember something I love about my husband. He is always the last one laughing at the movies. He laughs so hard that he starts the laughing all over again. So funny…but sometimes embarrassing…but makes me laugh right now! 🙂

  35. 135
    Julie says:

    I got a lovely handmade valentine from my son this morning that says “even when kids whine, you shine”. Will smile all year long about this one!!!

  36. 136
    Charlotte says:

    The thing that has made me the happiest so far this Valentine’s Day is hearing my 4 year old granddaughter sing “There is Power in the Blood” this morning while getting dressed. Out of the mouth of babes.

  37. 137
    Dana says:

    Valentine’s Day has always been good for me, cannot remember anything particularly funny about them. So, I’ll go with the worst date my husband and I had. We were seniors in high school and attending the Winter Formal. Our attire for the night wasn’t meant to be. I told my guy I was wearing a navy blue dress, so he rented a navy blue tux. Except, I used my woman’s perogative and changed my mind about the dress I wore. I chose to wear a black dress instead. So, we were a bruise that night (black/blue – LOL). It was December in mid-America and there was snow on the ground. His parents were attending a Christmas party at the home of one of his dad’s co-workers, and we were invited to stop by before going to the dance. We did, but we parked on the street by their house and there was snow too deep for me to get out of the car on the passenger side. I chose to crawl through the front seat to the driver’s side and ripped my beautiful sheer black nylons with my heels. Great! So, the hostess of the party was happy to give me a pair of her nylons and because beggars can’t be choosers, I went to the dance in Sheer Energy tan hose. In the 25 years since that night, I have run across the picture we posed for at the dance and snicker. My, my, what a tragedy we thought that night was!

  38. 138
    Kathy says:

    On our first Valentine’s Day after we started dating, I invited my now husband for breakfast. I dragged my little kitchen table into the living room so that we could sit in front of the fireplace. The table was set with my good china and silver, a lace tablecloth, hearts and candles. I made a “Dutch Baby” and filled it with strawberries and red raspberries. We sat down to eat and as the fire crackled next to us, the room kept getting hotter and hotter. We moved the table back as far as it would go. Still too warm. Opened up the sliding glass doors. Still too warm. We finished breakfast sweating like crazy. Not exactly the most romantic start to Valentine’s Day, but one we still laugh about as we celebrate our 15th together.

  39. 139
    KDC says:

    I have the greatest husband in the world…I really do, but one year when we were dating, he broke up with me on Valentine’s Day. Oh how he regrets that now :). His wife teases him about it every year.

  40. 140
    Suzanne says:

    While I was in high school, my dad felt bad I didn’t have a sweetheart for Valentine’s Day,so he sent me an annonymous box of chocolates. This entailed late night knocking of the front door, which when opened revealed a LARGE beautiful box. He did this two years in a row. I, of course, was too dense to figure out it was my dad until years later, but I would try to figure out if I had a secret admirer. One young man took advantage of this opportunity, and we had a sweet romance that lasted until my freshman year of college. Every Valentine’s Day I think of my sweet father (81 years young now) and the love he had for his daughter. He will always be my special Valentine. I love you daddy:)

  41. 141
    Andrea S. says:

    Oh Beth-
    I swear I married Keith Jr! You are so much sweeter than I am though…after our 6 years together I can’t even stomach the Rocky movies!! He tunes into one and all he hears from me are the painful groans of misery!
    That aside- I just wanted to let all you single gals know that you are in my thoughts and prayers this year. God has place you on my heart for a couple of different reasons I suppose. The first being that my heart is so focused on my mother-in-law who is without her beloved husband of 40 years for the first time this Valentine’s Day…and I’m just tuned in to what that must feel and look like for her. It’s been an adjustment for all of us to go on without our beloved Ted here.
    And the other reason is that it doesn’t feel like it was so long ago that I was lonely…and I mean lonely. I remember surrendering and accepting the fact that I really thought God was calling me to a life of singleness. And when I let go of all of those fears, he flipped my life completely upside down and I met my husband and his three beautiful children, and I went from a life of singleness to a life over-flowing with my ready made family of 5! But I remember the pain in some of those days, the longing, and just pure loneliness. So I heart all of you today! And I hope you don’t let one more single stinken Valentine’s Day make you feel less than any one else! You are just as loved!

    In Him,

  42. 142
    Charlotte says:

    I will never forget the sweetest Valentine’s gift recieved from my husband. We had a 2 year old,we were putting my husband through Nursing School and we were financially broke. My husband took pictures of my daughter, who was a good subject with all of her animated expressions and wrote a storybook about why he could not afford to offer anything for a gift but his love. My daughter is now 21 and off at college beginning her own wonderful life. However, out of all the gracious gifts that my husband has given over the years, his love expressed in such an honest, heartfelt manner will always be a precious gift to me.

  43. 143
    West Texas Girl says:

    My very first Valentine’s Day with my Sweetheart was spent in high school – some 40 years ago! (Yee-ouch!) Over the years, some have been romantic – some forgotten – some better off forgotten! They aren’t near as important as sharing every single day….talking a couple of times a day…sharing some wonderful experiences…sharing some that were earth-shattering. But to remember how we accepted Christ as our Saviour – together – on our knees – over 36 years ago – that’s the best memory ever!

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    Kathy B says:

    Okay: waay back in the 80’s I attended a Christian college that had a large # of MK’s (missionary’s kids)enrolled there. I was dating one that had been raised outside the US. I decided on St Patrick’s Day to come up with an elaborate story about all the traditions that sweethearts were supposed to follow on this holiday. I said that guys were supposed to take ladders to their honey’s windows, serenade them and then give them lots of goodies that were green. Somehow it never occurred to me that he would actually believe me.

    Later that night in my dorm room, I was relaying my yarn to my roommate when, lo and behold, there came a tap at my window. We just looked at each other stunned. Surely he knew I was kidding. I pulled back the curtain to reveal this poor soul standing there with a ladder in his hands (my room was on the first floor). And yes, of course, he gave me a bag full of green goodies: from Granny Smith apples to Andes mints. We laughed ’til we cried.

    Even funnier, about a month later I was teasing him about it when I happened to notice the shell-shocked look on his face. He still didn’t know I had been pulling his leg. We didn’t date long after that 🙂

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    Lyndsey says:

    The best Valentine’s date ever was with my now husband, Allen. We met at the grocery store that I worked at all through high school and college. He FINALLY asked for my ph number and after a few weeks had our first date 2-14-1998. Nervous at first because I’m a city girl and heard his truck coming down the road before I ever saw it…lol. When I got to the truck, which he had cleaned spotless might I add, he had a rose laying in the front seat. We spent the entire day in the Smokey Mtns and enjoyed each other so much. Valentine’s Day is the anniversary of our very first date 13 yrs ago. We’ve been married 12 yrs this May and he is the absolute love of my life.

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    Tammy says:

    My dear hubby watches the movie Pride and Prejudice with me every year. He has become my Mr. Darcy and it has now become a pet name that he smiles when I use. It has been a work in progress but he has learned just as the Mr. Darcy in the story.

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    It wouldn’t be a romantic holiday in the house of homemade if it wasn’t full of “this isn’t going how I thought it would go.” I think the time that hubs and I spent getting the kids ready for school and meeting with the contractors at our house this morning may have been our date. Today is just going to be one of “those” days.
    The night he proposed was one of “those” days as well. I had a horrible allergy attack and was in no mood to make the dinner I had planned or to go to the symphony that we had tickets to. He was in town (at A&M) from Houston where he was working and forced me to get ready and by-golly, we were going to the symphony. So I sneezed and head-ached through dinner and the first half of the symphony. At intermission I went to give him a little hug and did a little pat on his chest…. right where his pocket inside his suit coat was… right where the ring was in its box inside the pocket. Then afterward he wanted to go for a walk… and some kid was explaining the tradition around the Century Tree to his family as his younger siblings climbed all up in it. I could see him stressing out. So we did a loop and came back to it. He asked. I said yes. And we have laughed about that night for the last 15 1/2 years.

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    Theresa says:

    I am not the kind that keeps every little piece of paper my boys have drawn or written on but for some reason I have kept this little Valentine from 1999 from my then 8 year old boy. He writes:

    Your the one that feeds me and the one that gives me courage and also the one that lets me play with kids three times my size and some do not belive in there kids like you belive in me! I love you mom!

    (Picture an 8 year olds sketch of himself in a baseball hat saying to me “I love you” with a heart and an exclamation point)

    This brings me to happy tears. This Friday night my 19 year old baby boy will play his first college baseball game. He plays in the big SEC conference and is a freshmen. Standing tall at 5’8″ he will living his dream. I am so proud of this boy of mine, so thankful that God had chose me to be his Mom. What a sweet little Valentine from a little boy who had dreams and just needed his Mom and Dad to “belive” in him.

    “For God so loved the world that he gave us his only begotten son that who ever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”
    This brings me to happy tears too!

    I “heart” you!


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    Kay says:

    My precious 16 year old daughter posted the following on facebook today:

    “Today is not only pink hearts and sweet love day, but 10 years ago today I came into a relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the epitomy of what Valentines Day is suppose to portray. He is love. Even a little girl who’s mind could barely scratch the surface of knowing love, he began to pour into me the finest love of all, and nothing else is better.”

    I am honored that God blessed me with such a special young woman to raise. Only He could love her more.

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    Letha says:

    My Valentine and I were blessed with twin grandchildren, Karly and Matthew, on Valentine’s Day eight years ago. Valentine’s Day will never quite be the same for us. I remember that day vividly because Matthew had to struggle so hard for life. That day, King Jehoshaphat taught me a very important prayer, a part of which pleads with God: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” All eight of our grandchildren are so very special but when I look at this one, I am reminded to keep my eyes on Jesus because in every situation He always knows what to do! Happy Love Day to All!

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