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. 201
    Lisa says:

    My hubby and I had been married all of about six weeks when our first Valentine’s Day (as a married couple) rolled around. We were living in College Station, TX, and there was a department store called “Wiener’s.” Well, as luck would have it, Wiener’s was having a sale — all their women’s panties were 99 cents! So my frugal, bargain-loving husband bought me three pairs of the tackiest little panties for Valentine’s Day. He also made me a hand-made card with construction paper and magic markers. I still have the card, but the panties are long gone! That was 28 years ago, and we still laugh every time we remember that Valentine’s Day and those Wiener’s panties!

  2. 202
    Erin Ward says:

    I love the Rocky series! My friend and I once had a Rocky marathon, where we watched all 6 movies back to back. It was a great day. Ha!

  3. 203
    Gail Glaser says:

    My loving husband, not for Valentine’s Day but our one year wedding anniversary, decided he would spring big time and take me to this new restaurant that had just opened. I told him I thought it was more of hamburger joint than a supper club but did not push it because he was so happy to be bringing me to this wonderful place. He called to make reservations. They said that probably wasn’t necessary. (BIG clue) We dressed very nicely and in we went. I didn’t even have say I told you so because it was just too darned obvious. It was truly a hamburger ‘joint.’ He wanted to leave and go somewhere nicer, but I insisted this is where we were going to spend our first anniversary. So I hiked up my dress a bit and got on that stool by that counter and had a hamburger, fries and a shake. I’ll never forget it. Even now, 30 years later! YaHoo!!!
    A side note: My study group from church put on a “Loving Well” day last Saturday. Watched the DVD’s, had some good small group discussions and sang a few songs. It was awesome and the comments were mostly “can we do this again?” We will do it again. As often as requested. Bravo Beth!!

  4. 204
    Christy says:

    My huband and I had only been married 3 years at the time and I wanted to make him a chocolate treat for Valentines day. So I whipped up my best batch of brownie and set them on the counter for him to enjoy. I took the baby out for a little bit and he came home in the meantime to find the brownies. When I got back I went to the kitchen to see if he had tried the brownies. I discovered that he had cut huge heart shaped piece out of the middle of the brownies and left the edges for me. I laughed so hard. He is still the love of my life after 17 years of marriage.

  5. 205
    Liz says:

    My “worst” date ever was actually a great date. Typical dinner out and then we walked and talked. Great Time.


    He NEVER called me again after that. No explanation, no apology, no communication whatsoever. About a month later, I communicated to let him know that if I had offended him in any way on our date that I wished to apologize and then wished him a blessed life. I didn’t expect a response, but he replied that he hadn’t called me again because he wasn’t sure how to tell me he just wanted to be friends. ((laughs) because waiting a month and then saying that makes it so much less awkward!)

    In retrospect, I’m grateful that the relationship never progressed beyond that date. No one wants to be in a relationship with a person who cannot toughen up and tackle the hard stuff. So this is for anyone who may be really struggling today and just needs to know that it’s going to be okay. Sometimes when the dream doesn’t come true, it’s really just God stepping in and protecting your heart from what might have been a major train wreck. Remember, “strength and dignity are her clothing and she SMILES at the future.” (Prov.31:25)

  6. 206
    Pam says:

    As 20-something singles in college, a bunch of Godly, unattached girls in our dorm decided to boycott celebrating Valentine’s day without a boyfriend in favor of partying over Abraham Lincoln’s birthday — which conveniently arrives the same weekend as Valentine’s Day. He was our hero of sorts. So,we bought each other “Abe Lincoln” gifts and had a great party together that kept our minds off the flowers, candy and gifts coming for those who were attached at the time. Brings back fond memories even now of a creative alternative to moping over our current status of the time. We are all happily married now and found our Darling Princes (at least I found mine)– just not during that particular year of college. : )

  7. 207
    Rebecca says:

    I love Rocky! I feel even more siesta-erly toward you now Beth!!

    Bad dates – oh what to pick?! When I was a Senior in high school my friend and I were asked out by Sophomore guys…we went but that meant I had to drive. Where’d they want to go to eat before the movie? McDonald’s. Nonplussed, my friend and I only got Cokes. About that time, a guy who had graduated a couple of years previously, came in with some buddies. They were on their way to a college party. I had always had a huge crush on him. He came over to my friend and I and kinda smirked at our dates (at the counter) and suggested that we ditch them and go hang out with him and his friends. We wistfully declined, not only were we trying to be nice to our dates but ditching them would really mean leaving them with out transportation. Then we got to the movies and the boys had spent all their money at McDonald’s so we had to pay our own way in to see Romeo & Juliet (Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes). Needless to say, there were no further dates.

    What am I doing tonight? Starting Mama Beth’s Daniel study with my own Mama! Very excited!

    Oh, one last thing – from my 3-4 year old Sunday School class yesterday – perfectly timed lesson on loving the Lord your God with all your heart. One of the other teachers was asking the children how they could show love to their parents. After a few replies about valentines, she asked why we send valentines. One of our most energetic and intelligent boys exclaimed, “That’s just what we do!”
    Happy Valentine’s Day Siestas!

  8. 208
    Abraham's Daughter says:

    My favorite Valentine’s memory is when my Dad gave me a heart shaped box of candy when I was in grade school because I had been sick.

    Another Valentine memory is one I did not witness–my husband broke up with his first fiancee on Valentine’s Day. Our kids have always thought that was hilarious.

  9. 209
    Meg Ebba says:

    I have been married for 7 years and my man is great. SO great, in fact, that he doesn’t mind that my best Valentine’s Day EVER was when I was single. I visited my friend Sasha in San Diego and we went to an amazing restaurant, all gussied up, and had wicked awesome food and wine and talked and laughed until we almost fell off our very posh stools. Haven’t topped that feeling yet!

  10. 210
    Mindi says:

    My first year of marriage was fraught with unrealistic (and unmet) expectations. Valentine’s Day was no exception. Raised with a father and brothers who doted on my mother and sister and I on Valentine’s, the bar was set high for my new husband. I cooked a special dinner, purchased a thoughtful gift, wrote a loving card and was eagerly anticipating something similar. When he came through the door with a shocked look on his face at my effort, I was crushed. He went upstairs, and I called my mom crying. She wisely chided me that I needed to communicate with him and be specific and that I shouldn’t ruin the night with my hurt feelings. She told me to be open and specific when he came downstairs and so I was: “I really want tonight to be special. If you don’t have something for me already, I would love a card and a small token from you…it can be a single flower from the shop at the corner, or something small from the Hallmark shop at ____ intersection. I’m going to soak in a bath and meet you at the dinner table in 30 minutes.” I went to our room and shut the door and waited the 30 minutes I said I would. As I suspected, he didn’t already have something for me (I heard him get in his pickup and drive off). He returned with a card and small token from Hallmark, we enjoyed dinner, and our first Valentine’s was salvaged. Mother’s advice saved the day and has warded off disappointing holidays ever since. We communicate specifically about any expectations for the day, which helps us fulfill each other’s wants/needs. As a result, this year I ended up with a lovely bouquet of tulips and a book I’ve been dying to read (and he ended up with a fresh apple pie and new carrying case)!

  11. 211
    Kelly says:

    I’m a lifelong lover of horses…I just never grew out of that, “Daddy, can I please have a pony, please?” phase. ๐Ÿ™‚ I still have one, although he’s not a pony, he’s a Belgian and I think I probably always will. My husband, however, missed that part of childhood where he wanted to be and thought he was a real cowboy, so he is not quite as appreciative of my big boy as I am, so this morning when I woke up to a card on our dresser with the sweetest things written inside, a box of butterfingers, and the Secretariat DVD, he confirmed for like the umpteenth time that God knew what He was doing when He sent me my man. I love that man to pieces. Happy Valentine’s Day, girls!

    Cumming, GA
    Colossians 1:13

  12. 212
    Valarie Elswick says:

    The love of my life has yet to fail me over the last 18 years on Valentine’s day….even if he just runs the sweeper and gives me a card….so I guess I’ll share my worst date ever ’cause it’s a doozie!

    It was my FIRST and LAST blind date (which I must qualify was only blind on my part – he knew me, I didn’t know him) with a sweet man from church. He had gotten my info – can’t remember now how that happened – and made plans to take me to the Melting Pot. It was my first time going there as well so I was really excited. He showed up and I was thrilled when I opened the door and he was QUITE handsome and had a gorgeous MERCEDES convertible! (oh yeah, that’s right!) So the evening was off to a great start, we had great conversation to the restaurant and realized we had several friends in our rather large church in common so things were going very well. Then it happened….during the appetizer (remember for those who have been to Melting Pot what a LLLOOOONNNNG time it takes to eat a full meal there) he proceeds to tell me that I was his first date since the RECENT DEATH OF HIS FIRST WIFE!!!!!! Yes, it was tragic and unexpected and only 4 months prior!!!!!! I nearly choked on my cheese and bread!!!!!!!

    Needless to say, the rest of the evening unfolded a bit more like a counseling session than a date and by the time we left the restaurant I was exhausted! Yes, he even cried. Now, before you think me completely heartless, I was very gracious for a single 23 year old woman but why not share that little detail BEFORE the date – not at the table!!! UGH….

    I don’t know what ever happened with this guy but I pray that whoever the Lord brought in his path was more prepared than this girl was…..

    My man thinks this story is absolutely hilarious and says that he would have given just about anything to have been sitting at the table next to me watching these events unfold!! Bless his heart…..

  13. 213
    Michele says:

    I don’t know how funny this is, but as I was posting some pictures on our blog, it made me laugh. My hubby and I went to the Chicago Botanical Gardens on Saturday. We’ve been wanting to see what it looks like with all the snow, so we made it our little Valentine’s date on Saturday. The hubby got a great idea, with all the snow. He decided that we needed to make little snowman and leave them everywhere when we were walking. What a nut! He does make my heart laugh, though.

    If any of you make it to The Gardens and happen to see mini snowmen everywhere, you can say that you know the “artist”!! :0) The great snowman sculptor, Brian! :0)

  14. 214
    Deby says:

    Worst Date Ever: My friend and I went on a double date set up by mutual friends. We had a great time until on our way home. The car blew a tire. Guess who changed the tire? That’s right me and my friend, the guys didn’t know how to change the tire!

  15. 215
    Gena says:

    Oh, Oh! I wish there was some kind of prize for this one! I just know I’d have to win! LOL

    My worst first date was with a guy that I dated for a few months in Alexandria, VA. He was a wonderful, sweet, romantic gentleman but if I would have let our first date determine whether we had a second or not…I would have never learned that!

    Our evening started out a disaster and only got worse from there. When I dressed for the evening I did not take into account that I would be walking for BLOCKS down a LONG hill to get to the restaurant where we would be eating so by the time we arrived I had big blisters on my feet…and we still had to go back UP the LONG hill to get back to the car! We made it back to the car and as we traveled to our next stop, my friend turned left onto a street that unbeknownst to him had time restrictions of when you could make that turn. There was a police officer waiting for him and he politely arrested him and took him to jail!

    While I was waiting for him to be released at the police station, the arresting officer gave me his number and asked me out (which of course I never did)!! My friend was not impressed with that at all! Then we finally made a stop back by his house and I walked into his entryway with my sore bare feet and right into a big pile of kitty poo!!! He was about to die from embarrassment considering he was an incredibly neat bachelor and I was about to die laughing! What a great worst date!!

  16. 216
    Erin says:

    This isn’t really funny, but sweet. When I was probably 13, our youth group was selling carnations for Valentines Day. I remember I was helping get them together and someone said, “There’s one in here with your name on it.” I didn’t believe them, I had never had a boyfriend or a guy even give me the time of day. I thought they were being silly. Then, I was handed a pink carnation with a card attached that read: Happy Valentines Day, Baby Girl! Love, Dear Ole Dad. That meant so much to me, especially at that awkward teenage stage.

  17. 217
    Sharae says:

    It was early in our marriage, way before I became the cook I am today, and I thought I would make this amazing and romantic chicken dinner for my husband. The problem was, I decided to just throw this and that together to make this chicken instead of following a recipe. To this day, I still have NO IDEA what I did to that chicken, but it was salty beyond salty and tough and just plain TERRIBLE! My hubby tried to choke down some bites for me out of love, but our eyes finally met across the table and we just laughed! Since we were young and poor, we ended up at Taco Bell for dinner that night. We laughed then and we laugh now about it. To this day, I ALWAYS follow a recipe, and if I try to vary from it at all, my sweetie just says, “well, it may just be another Taco Bell night!”

  18. 218
    Lauren says:

    10 years ago, my husband’s (at the time, my boyfriend’s) Valentine’s gift to me was a romantic dinner at my favorite Greek restaurant and suprise tickets to see Les Miserables.

    This year, my gift is that he’s not making me go to the K State/KU basketball game.

    Ah, true love!

  19. 219
    Joyce Watson says:

    My husband and I met in Germany, both of us in the army at the time. We laugh now, because we like to tell everyone that he drove up in great, big tank while I was on guard duty and asked me to go to McDonald’s with him. Of course, that is not true but my Aunt who gather info on our family history, wrote it down as true, so we laughed even more.
    We are thankful to God for his goodness, even if I had to join the army to go halfway around the world to meet my husband whom I prayed for so long and he loves God.

  20. 220
    Brooke says:

    My husband let me a small note in my fruit plate the other night that said “you are loved” My four year old man child noticed it and said What’s this say? I told him and he said “MOM I didn’t know you had 2 lovers!!! I am your lover and so is dad!”
    Then to a funny first date whom I ended up marrying! We went to McDonalds and after eating HE went to the bathroom. After a LOOOONNNNG time I am beginning to think he hates me and is just hiding in the bathroom. Then some guys from school come in and start teasing me about my date being in there so long! When other men went in and out I could see his feet under the stall! After FOREVER he finally came out embarrassed and said something about being a little sick, anyway we went to the movies watched Wayne’s World and are happily married today!

  21. 221
    Carolyn McBurney says:

    Here’s my “worst” Valentine gift story. I had been dating this guy for 8 months when Valentine’s Day rolled around. I was so excited that he actually bought me a gift. My excitement changed pretty quickly to bewilderment when I opened a stainless steel tea kettle and a 3 piece set of cast iron skillets! (yes, real black, iron pans). Of course I graciously thanked him and gave him his box of favorite chocolates. Would you believe that the very next day he had the audacity to propose marriage to me, and without a gold ring! He presented me with a ring that he fashioned out of a piece of hay from the horse pen. What Nerve! Did he think I was an easy catch? He couldn’t think that I would take him seriously now, did he? Well, we will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary on March 13, we married just 27 days after the cast iron skillet incident. I guess he figured if I didn’t use them on his head, he was fairly safe proposing with a piece of straw!!!

  22. 222
    Katie says:

    Happy Valentines Day to all my “friends” I have never met but feel like I know! ๐Ÿ™‚ For as long as I can remember, I have been BOY CRAZY!! I dated lots of boys in high school and college and just enjoyed being flirty and carefree. That all changed when I met my man! I feel madly in love and have enjoyed being married to him for the past 7 years!! No other man can compare to him and all that he means to me. Until a few years ago….another man came into my life. My first son!!! Robbie is almost 3 years old, and I cannot begin to explain the love I have for him. My heart might burst if I love him anymore! Tonight I am taking him out on a date (while my husband takes our 4 yr. old little girl on a date). I cannot wait to give him his Buzz Lightyear Valentine present, listen to all he wants to tell me over dinner, and if I am lucky, I will be allowed to hold his chubby hand! The first man I ever loved was my daddy, then my precious husband, but none of them compare to my Robbie. He is the one who holds my HEART!!!!!

  23. 223
    Shannon Wilson says:

    I started working in the business office of a Christian private school in September, so this is my first Valentine’s Day in a kindergarten through 12th grade school. There are LOTS of high schoolers getting flower deliveries today and the senior class sponsors a balloon drive for $1.00 each so that kids can send balloons to their friends. I found out that every Valentine’s Day, the 8th grade class spends the day serving at a local homeless shelter. It’s a great way for them to minister to people in need, but the teachers and staff found out that it also cuts down on a lot of the V-Day drama/heartache/I don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend woe is me that is prevalent among junior high kids! So they keep them off campus every year on Valentine’s Day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. 224
    TryingToLaugh says:

    My hubby thinks a “box of chocolates” means a chocolate fish wrapped in speckled foil to resemble a trout. That was my Valentine’s gift today.

    I love him, and I am grateful for every moment of our lives together. Someone just needs to teach him what a REAL box of chocolates is all about. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. 225
    Tesa says:

    My sweet little 8 year old boy wrote us (mom & dad) a Valentine poem that has tickled us to death. I smile every time I look at it!! The poem is written exactly as he wrote it:

    I’ll love you forever.
    I’ll love you when you’re alive.
    I’ll love you when you’re died.

  26. 226
    CheriBeri says:

    My worst date ever was in college. I went to a baseball game with this guy I kind of liked. He spent most of his time running around the almost empty bleachers like a 3 year old. Running on the seats, the backs of the seats, etc. Perhaps he was trying to show off his amazing balance skills. I just felt like I was babysitting and there was never another date. But we did remain friends (he was hilarious) and he ended up marrying one of my roommates.

    I hope she doesn’t feel like she’s babysitting all these years later – lol.

  27. 227
    Katy says:

    A few days ago I had my 8 year old signing his valentine cards that I had printed off the computer on colorful card stock. I look over and he’s crying. I said, “Jeremiah, what is wrong.” Through tears he said, “But these kids aren’t my love bugs!” I was taken back because my 11 year old son, just signed and went on his way, never did he question the commitment he might have to 29 classmates. But Jeremiah has a tender heart and takes things literally. So in the trash the valentines went. Instead he placed the treat (home made crayons) in a ziploc bag and on an address label wrote the classmates name and signed his!

    I think he will take commitment seriously when he finds himself a woman! God bless that sweet thing!


  28. 228
    Dora says:

    My husband doesn’t typically remember special occasions except to forewarn me that he hasn’t gotten me anything — doesn’t want to dash my hopes, I suppose. (He’s also learned that I like my gifts better when I pick them out myself!)

    However, for the past 18 years since my dad died, I have been putting together a little Valentine box of candy, something red or pink to wear, a book, candles, etc. and sending to my mom for Valentine’s since Daddy always made a fuss of her on Valentine’s Day. Then a sister divorced and she got included in the “happy” boxes and another lost her husband and she started getting “happy” boxes. I guess the joy I get out of Valentine’s has to come from GIVING because for 38 years there hasn’t been much RECEIVING. LOL

    I will say that my man shows me EVERY DAY how much he loves and cherishes me, so if I don’t get anything on one particular day of the year, it’s okay. Every day is Valentine’s.

  29. 229

    I don’t have any date stories for Valentines Day, but I do have a confession: Ya’ll, I have never seen a single “Rocky” movie. Not one!

    Happy Valentine’s Day, siestas! I’m off to spend quality time with my life long love and bestest Valentine ever. (he got me chocolate…I love chocolate like a baby loves it’s blanket! I made him from scratch sticky buns with pecans and yummy powdered sugar frosting!)

    Kristi ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. 230
    Lynne Jones says:

    My husband texted to say Happy Valentine’s Day…does that count? Well, he makes me feel like a very special princess everyday, so even if that’s it for V-Day, I’m so very thankful. Praise You Lord!

  31. 231
    Sara says:

    I’m a 2nd grade teacher and today was delightfully crazy. But what topped it off was when one of my parents, who happens to be an AP Science teacher, came by with a real cow’s heart shrink-wrapped in a formaldehyde smelling bag. She thought it would be great to show the kids a real heart on “Heart Day.” It was awesome! The kids loved it!

    At one point I had it in my hand and had to go get some more paper for our party. Forgetting I had it in my hand I just skip on over and nearly everyone I passed about died. “What on Earth are you carrying?!”

    • 231.1
      Brittney says:

      That is so cute! I am an elementary school teacher as well and we all celebrated on Friday but I agree that it was delightfully crazy, both Friday and today.

      I would have loved to seen the reactions of those kids! I bet they were in awe!

  32. 232
    kathy colquhoun says:

    I had a boyfriend in college who took a sign language class with me one semester. I remember thinking how romantic that was. As a project for the class close to Valentines Day we had to ‘sign’ a short poem. I had butterflies in my stomach over whether I was using the correct signs for my little poem that day. Then, my boyfriend got up and with bold confidence signed, “Roses are Red, Violets are Black, if you mess with MY Valentine, I will break your back!”
    I wasn’t nervous anymore – he had me covered!
    I married him !
    He STILL is the romantic after 23 yrs, asking me every year, “Will you be my Valentine? ”
    I am blessed ๐Ÿ™‚

    kathy -western PA

  33. 233

    I’m wondering if I dare post this without changing to “anonymous” . . . my husband of 46 years – did you get that? – FORTY SIX years – (that means we are OLD in case you are wondering)came in from running his Beagles this morning. [He wears hunting chaps over his jeans because following the dogs gets him in so many briars and brambles.] He changed clothes when he got home and then told me, “I THOUGHT about coming out in just my chaps to wish you Happy Valentines!” OMGoodness am I ever glad that old dude only THOUGHT about it!! Do men EVER outgrow their need to be just a little bit “naughty”?? LOL

  34. 234
    Yanna says:

    I’m going to try post it again, I’ve had this in my head all day, and want someone else to sing it too. Since Beth stated not to mention the bad dates full time this is all I could remember…..

    John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt,
    His name is my name too.

    Whenever we go out,
    The people always shout,
    There goes John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.

    Dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah

  35. 235
    Angel says:

    There are many many miles seperating me and my Valentine this year because he is deployed. In the 10 years we have been married, there have not been many Valentine’s Days spent together. He always finds some way to melt my heart from a distance. Last year we were going to be in the same place at the same time, and I just knew he was gonna do something that would blow my socks off. When he got home from work, he walked in with flowers from Walmart…complete with the mark down clearance tag. We are saving money for an upcoming adoption, so I just overlooked the huge red tag on the plastic and put the flowers in water. He announced he was taking me and our 5 children out to dinner to celebrate. I thought he was about to redeem himself. He pulled into the parking lot of the Mexican restaurant we frequented often. Not extremely romantic, but I gave him points for knowing it is my favorite. We walked in and amoung the Mexican motif and neon beer signs, they had put up paper hearts and hung cupids from the ceiling. I couldn’t help but look around and smile at our “romantic” setting. As we sat there surrounded by the awful decorations, all you can eat chips and salsa, and our 5 children, 7 and under, he gazed into my eyes and we both burst out laughing uncontrollably. Not the most romantic night of my life, but it is who we are!

    • 235.1
      Sarah S. says:

      Angel — thank you, your husband, and ALL those children (have you already adopted #6?) for your service to our country. I had lunch with a military wife today whose husband just left on Saturday. I’m so thankful for godly women like her and you who will honor and support their husbands while doing so much at home as a single mom. Thank you, again, for all that you do!

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    Janet says:

    When I was in the 4th grade, I made my mom a homemade valentine’s day card. I didn’t want to spell out the word valentine, and chose to use abbreviations instead (the paper heart was too small for ALL those letters). So instead, I wished my mother “Happy V.D. Day Mommy!” My mom didn’t reveal my error to me until I was much older. We still crack up about it to this day.

  37. 237
    Michele says:

    My worst date ever was my first (and last) blind date in high school. It was set up by my best friend at the time, and we double dated with her and her boyfriend. The entire time, my date was so incredibly rude. It was winter, and I didn’t wear a jacket (totally my own oversight), and I can remember standing outside the movie theater, teeth chattering, while he just stood there in his jacket and ignored me. I finally asked to borrow his jacket, thinking he’d get the hint, but no. He spent an inordinate amount of time talking to my best friend though…and eventually it came out that’s the only reason he was here – for her.

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    oops, late again says:

    Happy Valentines’ Day, y’all.
    now, go and have some chocolate… know you want to.
    ha-ha :0)

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    Belinda says:

    My sweetheart said to me this morning,”Hey, am i remembering right? Didn’t I propose to you on Valentine’s Day?
    That he did! We both were working in Houston at Fast Motor Freight, the late evening shift which meant all of the bills of lading had to be completed before we could leave so we usually finished about 11:00 p.m. We rode together so we had special permission from the authorities at the Christian College we attended, Gulf Coast Bible College (now in Oklahoma City, renamed Mid American Christian University) to be in late that night. But what I didn’t know was that he had asked special permission as well to be inside the Chapel at West 11th Church there on the campus of the school. So we went inside and there in the semi darkness of the chapel we he told me of his love and asked me to marry him! We took communion and prayed at the alter together. He had planned to wash my feet but the chaplian thought that that was too risky and we might get carried away. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, I said YES! and we celebrated 31 years of marriage this year! And we have fought hard for every day of it! Sometimes we have fought others, sometimes our kids, sometimes the enemy and sometimes each other! But it is a BEAUTIFUL fight! And we know it won’t be over until we finish the race!

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    Diana A says:

    My worse V day was 2003, the man I was quite sure was The One decided to dump me. He said I was the marrying kind only, and he wasn’t.
    On October 2004 I married that same man, he had a chance to be on his own for 3 months, and decided that life without me wasn’t a better choice after all.
    This Valentine’s day he is away with work, but left me with 2 sparkling reminders of himself! My ears are dazzling! Carats are sweeter than chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Brittany says:

    I was teaching 2nd grade a couple of years ago and Valentine’s Day was also a pajama day for the students, because they had reached a goal in reading as a school. One of my students wore her favorite SpongeBob SquarePants PJs. At one point, while walking to art, she randomly yelled out, “Ooooh…I’m so embarrassed!”
    “Because I’m in my pajamas!”
    “But we all are…”
    After recess, the kids were able to have a little party. Lots of sweets and cards to exchange, the typical elementary school fun! This particular girl, the easily embarrassed one, asked to go to the bathroom. When she got out, she came over to ask me a question and I realized she had different pajamas on. These were silk, purple with pink hearts. “What happened to your pajamas?” I asked. To which, she responded, “These are my party pajamas?”
    I’m convinced that we all need party pajamas!

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    Heather says:

    This isn’t a funny story, but it warms my heart so I will share it. I didn’t meet my special someone until I was 30, and before that I spent most Valentine’s single. So, for me Valentine’s was more of a dreaded day than something to look forward to. One year while I was in university, my sweetest friend, who was in a serious relationship, decided to spend her valentine’s evening with myself and a couple of other single gals. We went to the local coffee shop and enjoyed coffee, cheesecake and a warm blazing fire. We had a great time and I was thankful to have such a caring friend. Although I am now married to a wonderful man and we have a sweet daughter, that Valentine’s night remains one of my fondest Valentine’s memories.

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    Amanda says:

    Well, this didn’t happen on Valentine’s Day but it does involve my hubby and the Rocky movies! We were in Bible college, not married yet, when he was in charge of planning a campus movie night. He decided we should watch Rocky 4, much to my dismay! I tried to convince him to change the movie, because after all, there would be girls at this event and what girl would like to watch a boxing movie? Anyway, I ended up at the event to support him, thinking I would be bored out of my mind all night but I was wrong! By the end of the movie I was practically cheering Rocky on and I was a huge fan! We ended up watching all the movies together after that and I have watched them many times since. LOVE them! Who woulda thought?!

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    Kristen says:

    Beth, I just have to tell you this! Each new memory verse I’ve been designing a desktop with my verse for the two weeks since I work on my computer all day. Helps me memorize. Anyway, I’m so excited about my verse for this week, it is taking everything in me not to change my desktop & get it going already! LOL.

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    Rebecca says:

    My husband is very attentive and loving, but romantic…not so much. One year for Valentine’s Day he came home so proud of himself. He had bought me this huge box of HIS favorite candy (I was trying desperately to diet) and even took the time to pick me out a card. Imagine my surprise when I opened it to find written across the top “To My Wonderful Husband”. He tried. We laughed and cards are now a no-no! ;o)

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    Janel says:

    I was single and sad one Valentines Day, but my roommate and her fiance were very happily together in their young love – in my living room! I couldn’t take it anymore and in a fit of frustration (and immaturity) I grabbed my alarm clock and hurled it to the ground. (Poor thing did not survive.) The joke immediately became that Valentine’s Day “ticked me off”. Charming, yes? Well, a few months later when the loveliest man came into my life, my friends made sure to tell him that story. I knew he was a keeper when he didn’t run for the hills – instead he sent me roses with a card that read, “Happy late Valentine’s Day – will you be my Valentine?” Oh, yes, I married him!

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    Hattie says:

    My sweet husband grilled steaks, asparagus, rolls, heart shaped pasta (heart shaped mac n cheese for the 4 kids)and cream brulee for our family of 6 and his parents Sunday night. I have one terrific hubby! oh and my 4 yr old boy told me he loves me to the moon & back…enough said!

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    Erin says:

    I was 30 years old and it was a first date. Brian picked me up in his GTO and we went out to dinner. While eating I start gettting a migraine headache (these are common with me), so we cut the meal short. Then Brian takes the long and winding road back home, which adds to the headache. At one point I have to ask him to pull over because I’m about to be sick. Back in the car and thinking can this get any worse, it hits me. I don’t have my keys! I’m locked out of my house! Brian heriocally tries to break into my house, without sucess, and ends up taking me to my parents. The date ends like at 9:00.

    A month later he proposes. Three months later we get married. It was 3 years in December.

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    Jane says:

    This is kind of funny. My son would go on blind dates and carry his nephews baby picture with him in his wallet. When he didn’t like the date he would say “here let me show you my son’s picture”. He said that would always send them running away. until… he met his soul mate. And they are now married and have given me 2 beautiful grandchildren. Never know what can come from a blind date!!!

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    Jennifer says:

    Our friends here in our small town own a florist. They asked my husband and I to help deliver flowers today. I took a dozen long stemmed roses to an elderly lady. When she saw them she gasped and smiled. Then she told me (through laughter) the roses were so beautiful her neighbors were going to think she was dead! Her reaction to those flowers made my day! I don’t know who sent them to her, but I hope they know how she smiled!
    By the way…flower delivery with my man was the BEST Valentine’s date we’ve ever had!! Good times!

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