Amanda & Jason: Third Time Around

Will You Be My Valentine…Everyday

Will You Be My Valentine…Everyday

Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”

This doesn’t say only on Valentine’s Day. One of the things that seems to be instilled in couples today is to recognize your spouse/partner on February 14th. We are supposed to give/get flowers, candies, go out for dinner, and buy cards all to recognize them with our love on this one specific day. In the past when we were younger and single it was special to make a big deal about this day. As children we made or bought Valentine cards to hand out to our classmates – I remember spending precious time picking just the right message for each classmate. Getting the little candy hearts with messages on them was exciting and asking that special person “to be my Valentine” was a must.

As we get older the expectations/pressure seems to get larger, because if we don’t do what all the commercials, media, and various companies tell us to do then what are we good for?! As adults it has turned into a comparison or social media show and tell! I am sure Amanda and I are not the only ones to have fallen into this trap. Between the two of us we have funny stories, horror stories, and many fond memories of our past Valentine’s Day’s.

However, we both feel that this should not be just one day a year event, but throughout the year. I know Amanda appreciates me making her a cup of coffee in the morning, unloading the dishwasher and blowing the leaves off the porch. A recent confession I made to her was that I get excited to see what she packed for me to eat at work. Amanda always puts something unexpected (Hershey kiss, a note on a snack) inside for me to find. Setting aside a few hours for a date night once a month, to remember why you got married in the first place, is something everyone should do. Sending a text message just to say you are thinking about or love them, can make a bad day instantly wonderful. A simple shoulder rub, touch, glance, secret code (1*4*3*7) between the two of you helps keep the love strong.

A few fun ideas for ways to enjoy and show love throughout the year:

go to these guys Visit your closest museum/park – Chances are, there is some kind of museum or historic monument in the city you live, and many of them are free!! When Amanda & I first started to date we went to Mentone, AL and enjoyed several state parks and scenic drives. Enjoying mother nature and talking was all we needed. Go on a picnic – Come on, everyone loves the idea of a good old fashion picnic, but do you every really go on one or do you just talk about it? If you have a picnic basket you are one step ahead of the game. Anything can be used to put your favorite picnic dinner, a bottle of wine, a comfortable blanket or two, and bring a deck of cards to play games as the sun goes down. Worth the effort every time. Cook a meal together – Cook something that both of you have never made before, that way you can learn together! Dinner, dessert, it makes no difference. It is spending time together that is making a better relationship and showing your love for one another. Another option is to actually take a cooking class together such as the ones offered by Grand Bohemian in Mountain Brook, AL – we will embark on this later in the year…and if you can splurge plan to stay overnight as they have the most amazing rooms and soaking tubs! Bonus: They also have original artwork in the Grand Bohemian Gallery.

chloroquine koupit Drive-in movie theaterPack your car with snacks and drinks, pillows and blankets, and head to your local drive-in movie theater! If you don’t have a drive-in just make time to enjoy a movie – nothing says love like digging into a big ole tub of buttered popcorn!

Road-trip to explore a new city – Take a road trip for the day to a city close to where you live that both of you have never been! It’s always fun to find interesting shops and small restaurants in the heart of older cities and towns. If you can enjoy being in a car together and not fight…you got true love. We actually made a road trip to Atlanta for two days. We picked out a fun hotel – the autograph collections are anything but run of the mill, visited the mall (stores we don’t have in Birmingham), tried some new restaurants and explored the World of Coke!

We could give many more ideas of how to show your love and appreciation on a regular basis. However, part of making it special for your spouse is to be creative and spontaneous. No matter what time of year or how long you have been together, showing your love should not be confined to once a year according to a holiday on the calendar. We should be showing this daily. It may seem easier to do it once or twice a year, but good things are never easy. True love is rarer than the Pink Star diamond, and your love is anything but ordinary. Do not miss any chance to let them know how much you love them.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails."  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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