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.)Β  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. 301
    Toni says:

    My husband came home from a long day of church/family stuff on Sunday and said something to me that set me off like a hornet’s nest. It wasn’t what he said, as much as how I took it. I flew off in a huff to my bed, going the long way around the house to avoid him. As I lay in there, trying to fall asleep, the Holy Spirit kept reminding me of the scripture about not letting the sun go down on your wrath (Eph 4:26). I kept justifying that I was too tired, too mad, and I was already in bed. Finally, I could resist His prompting no longer. So, I half-obeyed. I rolled over, picked up my phone and sent my hubby a text apology and went to bed. πŸ™‚ (Ridiculous, I know.) Of course, the next morning I was still so grieved by the ridiculousness of it all that I had to talk to him face to face anyways. There’s a saying that “lazy man works double” and I agree. Half obedience is a lot more work than full obedience, cause then you’ve gotta do it twice!

  2. 302
    CJ says:

    My co-workers did not like the guy I was mooning over, who was giving me grief, so they set me up on a blind date. Ugh. My co-workers obviously did not know me very well. They did all join in on the date so it wasn’t TOO awkward. They were late. Finally they called to tell me why – my date had ‘forgotten’ and was not home yet from his afternoon of motorcycle riding. They finally showed up and we all went out to the Old Spaghetti Factory where I soon learned that all the whispering between the guys was because my ‘date’ had forgotten his wallet. Oh yeah, he is racking up the points with me! After dinner we went to a disco that was in a bowling alley (all of my friends and I worked for the managing company of a number of very nice bowling alleys – disco was the big thing so they had put one in this establishment). We went to dance. One of my friends was about 9 months pregnant and didn’t want to dance so her dh asked me to dance because my ‘date’ seemed to be MIA. We chatted and danced for awhile and then we went looking for my ‘date’. He was BOWLING! We drove back to my apartment and my ‘date’ walked me to my door and then attempted to kiss me goodnight!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS??? I believe his lip prints are on that door to this day. I can’t reveal his name because I didn’t bother to remember that part. BTW – the guy I was mooning over – we are married 26.5 years now.

  3. 303
    Thomasine says:

    Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act! Psalm 37:15 Net Bible

  4. 304
    ElizabethW, Charlotte, NC says:

    So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you. 1 Peter 4:19 NLT

  5. 305

    I have the best husband in the whole wide world and guess what I got for Valentine’s day!!! Jumper Cables! When we went to leave for our date, I couldn’t find my keys. Long story short, they were in the ignition. I was in a minor car accident recently and the insurance adjuster called and asked for my mileage. I sat in the car, turned on the battery to take the reading, and left it on for the rest of the afternoon. My battery was dead as a door nail. Then my sweetie realized he’d sent our jumper cables to college with our son – so that’s my new Valentine’s present – the best one ever! <3

  6. 306
    Jeanine says:

    Col. 3:13 NIV Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

  7. 307
    Jennifer says:

    Philippians 4:6 NIV: Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

  8. 308
    Jana says:

    Jana, Tampa. “My dear brothers, take not of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” James 1:19-20 NIV

  9. 309
    Lennae says:

    This year my husband, in all seriousness, gave me a box of Macaroni and Cheese… At least it was organic =/

  10. 310
    Amy says:

    Amy, Cleveland: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19 NIV

  11. 311
    Dianne says:


    O satisfy us in the morning with Thy lovingkindness,
    That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
    Psalm 90:14 NASB

  12. 312
    Becky Snapp says:

    Becky – Cynthiana – Psalm 51:12
    Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit. Holman CSB

  13. 313
    Rea Wallace says:

    Rea, Centennial, CO
    “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
    Colossians 3:12 NIV

  14. 314
    Roxie says:

    Roxie, Jerseyville, Psalm 33:22, NIV
    “May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.”

  15. 315
    Pat says:

    Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 NIV

  16. 316
    Dee says:

    I heart you too, Siesta Mama, which is now how I affectionately refer to you in my “Jesus, The One And Only” workbook. πŸ™‚

    My worst date was while I was still married. My ex-husband took me out to a nice dinner. I believe it was around this time of year. I took a bath in some pretty smelling bubbles he had given me. We had an extremely long wait at the restaurant, which was one of those cook it in front of you Japanese places. We went to a club after for 70’s nights. I love disco. πŸ™‚ Anyway, I was getting pretty itchy, so I excused myself, and went to the restroom. Yep, I was getting hives. I told him we needed to go home so I could take some Benedryl and scrub my skin with Dial soap. By the time we got home, I could hardly breathe. We ended up in the ER, where I got a shot of something. I don’t know if it was the bath bubbles or all the greasy smoke from the restaurant or a combination. Ended not very romantic. It sure wasn’t funny at the time. Now, I think it is. πŸ™‚

    The movie you & Keith watched was Rocky 2, by the way. The first two were the best.

  17. 317

    Oh girls, it’s a long story, but if you’re up for it click on my name. It’ll take you to my blog where I retell the events of last night!

  18. 318
    Dana says:

    This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24. NIV

  19. 319
    Cathy Bartrum says:

    Walton, IN

    “He will have no fear of bad news, his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Ps 112:7 (NIV)

  20. 320
    Lisa says:

    Lisa, Fredericktown “Pride leads to destruction; humility leads to honor.” Proverbs 18:12 Contemporary English Version

  21. 321
    Lindsay Colon says:

    Kokomo, IN

    “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28 (NIV)

  22. 322
    Karen says:

    Karen from Kentucky, John 14:20 NIV
    On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you

  23. 323
    Ruth says:

    Ruth Sanger Habakkuk 3:19 NIV The Sovereign Lord is my strength he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.

  24. 324
    Sparki2003 says:

    Hey there ! Yep, this one is exactly what I need to be reminded of …………… Thank you, Miss Beth. πŸ™‚

    β€œAnd my God will supply your every need according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 The NET Bible

    In Christ’s Love,

    Jennifer Olmstead

    Janesville, Wisconsin

  25. 325
    Melonie, Denver says:

    Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you–for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others. ” Ecc.7:21,22

  26. 326
    Neita says:

    Neita, RedOak. Jeremiah 29:11. For I know the plans I have for you,declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)

  27. 327
    Patt Palm Springs, CA. says:

    Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise your name. The Godly will rejoice with me for all your help.

    Psalm 143:7 KJ and LB

  28. 328
    Heather B says:

    (S)he will call upon the Me, and I will answer her; I will be with her in trouble, I will deliver her and honor her. Psalm 91:15 (NIV)

    Heather B., West Lafayette, IN

  29. 329
    Cora says:

    O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for You. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.
    Isaiah 33:2 NIV

  30. 330

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  31. 331
    Symmie says:

    Funny valentine? I am not sure if funny is the word I would use to describe it, but after appologizing I can laugh about it now. I really wanted to make the day fun and special for my two little ones and my hubby. My dramatic preschooler was not very helpful and insisted on making messes all day instead of helping me clean up. My 2 year old man-child was unusually fussy and things just weren’t going as planned. About 3 pm I had had a day of it and heard myself raise my voice to say “Get out of here! Leave me alone so I can finish your valentine cards! Your driving me crazy!” Honestly.

  32. 332
    coach store says:

    Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

  33. 333
    Christina in Germany says:

    Egenhausen: You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, His generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.

    Phillipians 4:19 Message

  34. 334
    Texas in the Mountains says:

    UGH! I have the worst memory associated with valentine’s day.
    In college, I was engaged to the man of my dreams. He was everything I longed for, and then some! Apparently, he didn’t feel the same. He took me out for dinner on Valentine’s Day, and ended our engagement. I asked him why he couldn’t have waited a day or two, and he said “it’s just another day.”
    He married someone else 10 months later.
    It took me three years before I could think of him and not cry.

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  37. 337
    Laura says:

    I have been trying to reply to this post for DAYS! Your entry for memory verse four was aptly timed for my life!

    Anyway – my 3 year old son Levi has been very interested in weddings and marriage. He’s been talking about my wedding day, asking my husband about it, watching the video, pulling out the wedding album – he’s fascinated. We talk about “when he’s older” that he will marry a wonderful, godly woman and then they can dance and move into a house and have a life together.

    So, the morning of Valentine’s Day, with the straightest face ever he tells me, “Mommy, I’m going to marry Rachel, and then I’m going to dance with her.” I told him this was a good plan, we love Rachel and her parents are strong Christians, could we ask for more (and she’s also three)? And he quickly adds on, “Not today though, next week, when I’m older.”

    I had to just laugh and hug him! It was a precious moment.

  38. 338
    Robyn says:

    Robyn, Lake Wylie SC
    Galations 6:7-9
    7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

  39. 339
    Nesha Vest says:

    This happened on this Valentine’s Day with my 9 yr old. Love listening to them talk to each other when they are piled in my back seats taking them somewhere.
    Okay back the story. My youngest came home and said:
    ‘Mom guess who likes me?’ I said lots of people.
    ‘No Mom as in a girl.’ Oh, will you tell me?
    ‘It is XXXXX and she told me!’ I get a big hug and he runs off to play.
    Later, ‘Mom can I get a new bandaid for my arm?’ Did you get hurt at school? What happened?
    ‘Well, XXXXX stab me with her pencil on accident and the nurse had to get the graphite out.’ It is before or after she told you she likes you?
    ‘Before, but it is okay because she is just that kind of girl.’ HaHa! Be still my heart.

  40. 340
    Keysha says:

    I think this has been our funniest Valentines. Married 13, almost 14 years, we have kinda lost the are of really doing anything for Valentines day except for our kids. Well, we made dinner reservations this year with some other couples. I was so excited. Bought a new outfit. Planned for 6 weeks. Sunday nite he declares that he is just too tired from two weekends of Army reserves with a full week of work wedged between and would like his valentine gift to be that he doesn’t have to go to dinner. I am crushed, but politely let him out of it. Moping all day on Valentines day, I receive an e-mail around 4:30. “You have an e-gift from John for Victoria’s Secret.” WHAT!!! I am not the figure I used to be. UGHHH!! Get home and find a dozen roses, my favorite color, and he has bought expensive steaks and baked potatoes and dessert and is making it all just for me. What a great guy!! I felt bad about my horror over the gift card. He really meant it in a nice way!!! I have really bragged about him. He is just not the most romantic guy in the world, but he’s my guy and I love him.

  41. 341
    Katie says:

    My husband proposed to me on Valentine’s Day and we were married later that year. The next Valentines’ Day, I was sure he would keep up with his romantic gestures but I will admit that we were broke newlyweds. His family was actually staying in our tiny apartment for the weekend, so we all went out to dinner together. When we got back, I gave him his present – a card and something small. He looked utterly confused and said, “I thought dinner was your present….” FAIL.

  42. 342
    AvA says:

    i gave my husband the gift of a positive pregnancy test on valentines day 2004. i had woke early to take the test and it turned positive and having the ‘feeling’ that i was, i had already prepared a little box with a bow on it for him to open as his valentines present. i waited a few minutes to be SURE it wasn’t going to turn negative on me and then wrapped it up and happily walked into our bedroom to hand him the surprise. he was still lying down and not totally awake yet, but was wiling to be the recipient of a valentines gift. well, i hadn’t completely thought about what would happen if my fine man opened the gift lying FLAT ON HIS BACK, until when he opened it over his head and the positive pregnancy test plopped right out of the box and onto his face. oops. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! he was still happy even though it slapped him right in the face without even a warning. we were very much happy about the results. our little one is now six-years-old and a joy-of-a-boy!

  43. 343
    Dina Martin says:

    Titus 2:11 & 12 NIV
    For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…

  44. 344
    Betty says:

    Vicksburg, MS

    For nothing is impossible with God.
    Luke 1:37

  45. 345
    Katie says:

    Katie C from Houston, TX:

    No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

    Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)

  46. 346
    Lori Lynn says:

    For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

    Habakkuk 2:3 (KJV)

    Lori Lynn
    Rochester, MN

  47. 347
    Brenda says:

    Brenda,Greenville sc
    Ps112:7. He will have no fear of bad news, his heart is steadfast,trusting in the Lord

  48. 348
    Rebecca in SC says:

    Valentine’s Day 1985:
    my boyfriend and I went out for dinner at this great Greek place. After dinner he says “IF I were to ask you to marry me what would you say?”
    I said “When you REALLY ask me I will REALLY tell you!”
    He said I was being unfair and I said “nope.”
    3 days later he produced a ring and REALLY asked me!
    and the rest of the story . . .

    I said “YES!”
    We have been married for almost 26 years.

  49. 349
    Gloria says:

    Gloria in Houston – Who satisfies your mouth with good so that your youth,renewed, is like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.

    Psalm 103:5,6 (AV)

  50. 350
    Alicia, Surry, VA says:

    β€œMy dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” James 1:19-20 NIV

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