Monday, February 13, 2012

not your typical Valentine's Day present.


This will be our first Valentine's Day as husband and wife. :)

I've always loved Valentine's Day, regardless of what my relationship status as been. I'm talking back in 3rd grade I loved Valentine's Day. I even hand crafted my own Valentines for my classmates.

I guess it's just because when you know God's love, which is the only perfect love, you don't have to celebrate love in a romantic way. You can use Valentine's Day as a good excuse to shower God's love on others even more than usual.

My friend Ryan (@RMath13) said today on Twitter:
"If Valentine's Day is a day about love then it should be a day about God. It's impossible to love without God because God is love."
So true.

My parents always made me and my brother feel special on Valentine's Day. My dad would buy me roses. My mom would make us special treats. They would give us cards. I'm so thankful for them and their love for us. :)

I remember two years ago, RIGHT before Jordan and I started hanging out - I had no romantic prospects. No hopes (or even desire) for a boyfriend. Nothing. But that's one of my most favorite Valentine's Days I can recall.

I went over to my parents' house and spent time with my brother Blake. Mom gave us candy like the good ol' days, and we made cookies and decorated them.




It was so special even though it wasn't a typical Valentine's Day.

I wouldn't have believed you if you had told me that a year later I'd be about to get married.

(God's plans are crazy awesome.)

So what are we doing this year for Valentine's Day? you may ask.
Well, I've been having the Truck of Love deliver little treats and vouchers to Jordan for the past two weeks. He has enjoyed it. :)

Yesterday in the car on the way home from his basketball game, Jordan randomly asked me if I wanted one of my Valentine presents early. Normally I would say no, but he really wanted to give it to me because he said I would want it today. His excitement made me want it early indeed. 

I thought he meant when we got home, but no, he just whipped out my present right then and there.

It was Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred video.


Now, many people would probably find that offensive. Like a "Happy Valentine's Day, honey, go lose some weight!" type of statement. But I was so pumped.

I've been wanting that video for a long time. Although I do go to the gym, I also love working out at home using my Zumba Wii game or Just Dance Wii game. There's no excuse because all I need is half an hour in the comfort of my own home. 

So yes, I started the 30 Day Shred today and I am already liking it. :) Well, I liked it a lot more when it was over. But what I mean is that I'm so glad I'm doing it. We'll see how it goes! I told Jordan that I'm going to look like Jillian after 30 days, and said "please no." Haha.

I have a couple more surprises for Jordan...and then tomorrow he's taking me to see The Vow and out to dinner.

WAIT, WHAT?? Is what the people just said to their computer screens who know me well.

I don't like chick flicks. Unless Fever Pitch counts as a chick flick. The closest I come to chick flicks are Disney movies. But I had made a few comments about how The Vow looks like it's a great story and how I do like Rachel McAdams. 

So the other day Jordan proposed that we go see it tomorrow. I was pretty shocked. He said that we've never seen a "girl movie" together, which is true. So I'm excitedddd! 

What are y'all doing for Valentine's Day? Whether you're in a relationship or not! :)


Ashley

19 comments:

  1. Sounds like that was a great Valentine's Day! I'll be staying at home doing nothing with my family, and my sister is bringing my 7 week old niece over so that will of course be great :)

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  2. I was going to burst your bubble and tell you that you got the worst present EVER for Valentine's Day...but then you said you already did it and liked it. ;) Pretty sure I turned the DVD to "audio off" after my first time doing it because I didn't want to hear Jillian "encouraging" me anymore. It is really hard and I got too bored with it and had to start doing other videos, too...need some variety. I'm sure you are more disciplined than I am though! The movie date sounds perfect!

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  3. Awh! It sounds like a wonderful Valentine's day!! :)
    -Anna
    asweetsouthernmess.blogspot.com

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  4. Aw, I think that it's a great gift, especially if that's what you wanted. I can't wait to hear what you think about it. I am so excited to see the Vow too :) Have a great Valentine's Day :)

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful Valentines!! You're too cute!! Let us know how the movie is!!

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  6. ahhh how fun!! I grew up never celebrating V day so its all new & exciting to me :)

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  7. ohhh YAY!! I love LOVE the 30 day shred. It is a great work out. Happy Valentines day!!

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  8. I did the shred........oh my word. I've never been so sore in my life. It was hard to sit down for days...but I really liked it! We saw The Vow this weekend. It was one of my favorite movies. One of the things I loved is that it is based on a true story! Can't wait to hear how you like it!

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  9. Just came across your blog today... new follower here! Love what you posted about celebrating love and celebrating God because you can't have one without the other. Each Monday I post a topic in my "Being a Biblical Wife in a Modern World" (BWMW) series and today was all about God and love and truly celebrating what Valentine's Day stands for. Love your blog! Have a great day girl xoxo

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  10. love your view on GODS love verses seeing it as a romantic day :).
    I enjoy doing nothing special on Valentines day because I don't really see the significance but your perspective is definitely the one I want to undertake. I can't wait to have kids and bless them with extra symbols of love like you did with your parents :). Have a blessed day seeing THE VOW with your husband though girl. Love that he got you something you really wanted.

    ♥CheChe

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  12. Awh, The Vow is definitely not an ooey-gooey love film, so I think you'll be okay. And Fever Pitch? Awesome.

    Keep Shining,
    Meghan
    Shine On

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  13. Jillian rocks! She'll definitely get you in shape! Good luck with your "shred" ;)

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  14. I love Jillian! I wouldn't mind that gift either!!

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  15. I love working out to "Just Dance" too! Sounds like ya'll will have a fun Valentine's Day!

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  16. yo, jillian micheals will kick your butt! i have the biggest loser dvds and i hate her, for good reasons.
    happy valentines day my sweet! this is our second! isn't vday fun when you're married, (insert winky face here)!
    love you!

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  17. I love this - "You don't have to celebrate love in a romantic way. You can use Valentine's Day as a good excuse to shower God's love on others even more than usual." It helps to know this when you don't have a significant other! :) Thanks for posting!! :) Happy Valentine's Day! <3 Love your blog!!

    ~Rachel <3
    www.ramblingsbyrachel.blogspot.com

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  18. You go with the Jillian video. Do some for me while you are at it. lol We had a wonderful Valentine's with lots of love shown. I fell asleep on the couch watching Biggest Loser. Such is the life of the teacher. lol Hope you enjoyed your day today!

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  19. Hi

    I searched "present christian wife" and this post was the 1st ranking.
    So congrats on that.

    I find it really really difficult to read your post with the current background.

    guess google hasn't helped with my wanting to get my wife a small something-just have to use my brain!

    All the best
    Scott

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