Friday, February 14, 2014

My Valentine



When I was single, I used to dream what Valentine’s Day would be like if only I had a boyfriend. I dreamed of sparkly jewelry, of romantic dates, of flowers and chocolate and being swept off my feet. I dreamed of someday getting engaged with some elaborate, romantic, over the top engagement story, of the big 3 carat diamond rings girls pin to their dream wedding boards, I dreamed of that perfect wedding dress and a picture perfect life and man by my side. Oh, how I dreamed.

This year, I will be spending Valentine’s Day with my husband. And this year, he might send me flowers, and maybe some chocolate. I am sure he will make me feel loved because that’s what he does. But what I love most about this Valentine’s Day is I know I am going home to a man who truly, deeply, genuinely loves me for me. We’ll probably order a heart shaped pizza, curl up on the couch in our sweats, and have a Netflix/Hulu night in. We will be 100% ourselves, and 100% happy to be with each other. What I love about this Valentine’s Day is I get to spend it with my husband, who God has abundantly blessed me by allowing me to be his wife.
 
You see, our love is more than romance and sparkly jewelry and flowers. Our love is a love of grace, of forgiveness,  of sacrifice and joy. Our love is a covenant we made to one another to love each other through the hills and valleys of this life. Oh, our love is an everyday kind of love. The love that perseveres through long days at office, through bills that we stretch to pay, through dark places and chronic illnesses, through burnt dinners and pizza deliveries at the last minute, through disappointment and harsh words and “I’m sorrys”. This love is unrelenting, it is deep, it is real, and it is one to be celebrated. This Valentine’s Day is about celebrating our marriage, which is a true gift from God. This Valentine’s Day for me is reflecting on how much better this deep faithful love is than any kind of romantic, sparkly, worldly “love” I ever could’ve dreamed of.

There is nothing wrong with romance, with gifts, with surprises and flowers and chocolate on Valentine’s Day. I think that if that makes you or your significant other feel loved, shoot for the MOON. Go all out and declare your love. I admit, I love a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a delicious box of chocolate. But those things, those aren’t the mark of love. Real love is a love worth fighting for, even when its not the kind of love you see in the movies. Real love is doing life with someone, through the seasons of joy and the seasons of heartbreak. It’s never giving up on each other, and choosing to love one another out of reverence for Christ. That’s what we’re celebrating this Valentine’s Day.

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Today I also am introducing you to this gorgeous girl, Katie from A Beautiful Little Adventure. Katie is a newlywed whos blog I instantly fell in love with when I discovered it. She is an absolute LIGHT to the blogging world and her love story is just so sweet and special, it melts my heart. As a fellow alone-time lover, she reminds me to carve out some me time to fuel my own tank.




Some other favorite posts by Katie:

You guys have to go stop by and check out her lovely little space on the internet. I adore her, and know you will too!

Helene in Between

17 comments:

  1. I love this post and the meaning behind it. I think every girl loves flowers and chocolate and anything over the top, but the best part is truly being loved every day of the year and feeling like that every time you come home! There is nothing better :) Have a great night with your husband!

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  2. I've been reading your blog a couple of months now but this is my first time posting :) Love this post because it's so true! Hoping you have a relaxing night with your husband!

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  3. your valentine's day sounds absolutely perfect! what better way to celebrate just hanging out with the one you lov! happy valentine's day!

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  4. I love the idea of an easy night in. I almost got a heart shaped pizza, and then I decided to be ambitious and make Joe tacos that he was addicted to in Mexico.. I'm sort of regretting letting him know that's what he was getting because now I just want to get a pizza and watch Netflix, the other stuff takes too much work ;) jk

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  5. Ahh, yes! Love love love this doll. Speaking some truth <3! Xx.

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  6. We're so blessed to experience real love in our marriages!

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  7. Love this, beautiful lady! You are so spot on with the being able to be 100% yourselves with each other. That is true love - seeing each other for your faults, your quirks, your ups your downs. My favorite nights with Ryan are spent in our comfiest clothes sharing a laugh on the couch with Maggie. I'm so happy that you two found each other.

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  8. Beautiful post today, Brittany! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  9. "Real love is worth fighting for."

    Amen.

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  10. Hi Brittany,
    So happy to be your newest follower :-) Happy Valentine's Day. You are spot on with this post. Flowers and chocolate are always lovely, but the best is having my husband wrap me tight in his arms every day. The coffee dates we share on Sundays. The way he holds my hand. The conversation we have at dinner. That's where the love is...that's when it's Valentine's Day every day.

    Cheers!
    Kelly
    www.alovelylifeindeed.com

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  11. Yay for love. Yay for real love! Thanks for the sweet holiday Saint Valentin.. we love because He loved first and I'm all for celebrating that!

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  12. Love this post! Real love beats everything else.

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  13. love this- and your sweet to always share right from the heart!!
    xo- love that you have a true love story:)

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  14. Love this!! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Valentine's Day, girlie!

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  15. I love this, it was a super sweet post!! Just by reading this, I can tell how much you love him and how much he loves you. You are very lucky to have each other. I hope you two had an amazing Valentine's Day together!! :)

    xo, Sarah
    Hustla, baby.

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  16. This post is perfection! I totally agree, when I was younger I used to picture my 'when I have a bf/husband' Valentine's Day as this huge romantic affair, and now it's so toned down and exactly the way we want it. (Except for I still want flowers, darnit!)

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