Valentines Weekend

When you have been married as long as Rich and I have, you can assume that valentines could be a little humdrum. We have been together for almost 30 years. Some break ups, issues, ups and downs but holy cow almost 30 years. Wait, I am not even 30 years old so how could I be with one person that long?

This was one of our best valentines ever. We didn’t do anything spectacular and it didn’t have the pomp and circumstance of other V-Days but it was perfect.
We started the night at the grocery store of all places buying the necessary ingredients for our dinner and then came home to concoct the deliciousness. We were listening to some jazz, chatting, laughing, drinking and cooking together (well I helped a little) We then had a super delicious meal that can’t be beat and settled in to watch a movie.

The part that made the night so perfect is Rich grabbed a sleeping bag and laid it on the living room floor. This sweet gesture was the icing on my cake and then we had yummy make your own ice cream sundaes.

Today we went shopping and had brunch and drinks. The simple things in life make me so happy and that is where we are in life. It doesn’t take some grand gesture or a ton of money to make me happy. I just like it that he cares about me and how I feel. Enjoy your love and the effort they make. They are doing the best they can. <3

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I would like to start by giving a little background for this week.  I gave up Facebook for Lent and really did not realize what a struggle it would really be.  The fact that I have gotten used to sharing every moment of my life with friends, strangers, and family is eye opening.

Do not get me wrong, I definitely think some of what I do on Facebook is good.  I have inspired people, helped them through difficult times, and inspired myself and helped myself through difficult times.  When I moved here from Illinois and Rich worked nights and Michael was not here yet, it was my saving grace.  It was then I think I realized the real power of this little social media tool.  It had the ability to make me feel connected when I was so far away from everything and everyone I knew and loved.

I made the choice to give it up for Lent after praying to know God more.  In order to be closer to God I need to remove some of the obstacles and morning Facebook time has been replaced with devotions, evening Facebook time has been replaced with prayers and I feel good but it still is really hard.

A friend of mine has something very sad going on in her life.  My first thought was I want to ask for prayers for her.  How can I do that if I am not on Facebook?  I am pretty sure that the people of the old testament did not have Facebook in order to initiate prayers so that is a pretty naive thought but that is what my world has come to.

I love the act of sacrificing something for Lent.  This practice in the past has been somewhat precursory on my part and I think I gave up chocolate for 3 out of 5 years but when you actually pray and listen and get an answer, it really is so intense.

I love sharing time with friends.  Tuesday book club was small this week but it was perfect.  The conversation was deep and company was fantastic and I cannot stop thinking about the Brie and Fig Jam that one of my friends brought.  You must try it if you never have like me.

I love when plans get derailed and you end up having more fun than you probably would have in the first place.

I love surprises.  That shouldn’t surprise anyone if you know me.  Our new boss did something so sweet for us at work on Friday.  It was just some valentines treats and decorations but it made my morning.

I love spending time with my coworkers in a less formal setting and getting to know them a little better.

I love that we are going car shopping this weekend.  I am so happy to be getting a new car.

I love having more time with myself and with God.  The world today is so overwhelming with constant noise.  By giving up facebook I can feel the quiet restored to my body and mind.

I love soup weather but it can warm up anytime.  We had gumbo and chili this week and it was perfect for the weather.

I hope that you all have a great week.  Happy Valentines Day!  Remember you are loved.

I love you.

Mary