Valentine’s 2009: Went to Pizza Hut on a double date, saw “He’s Just Not that into you” and promptly broke off the relationship the next day (got back together 5 days later)
Valentine’s 2010: Young and in love- Went to a banquet where no dancing was allowed so we just took pictures
*As I was going through pictures, I realized that I was pretty much always with my college roommate, Brittany around the Valentine’s holiday. Since I obviously am not going to post pictures from my own relationships, (that is a WHOLE new level of Taylor Swift), I am having pictures of me, Brittany and Ryan tell the stories. I don’t technically have permission to do this but I just group texted them letting them know.
**Brit just texted back: we are all good
Valentine’s 2011: Young and in love- celebrating a 2 year anniversary and all things Valentines in Chicago
Valentine’s 2012: Heartbroken, country playlist on repeat for the remainder of 2012
Valentine’s 2013: Still kind of heartbroken, but back in the game
Valentine’s 2014: Got into an argument over dessert, made Valentine’s dinner with the peel still on the shrimp so had to spit out the skin onto napkins. Ordered iHop for breakfast the next day to make up for the fight.
Valentine’s 2015: Reeling from a breakup 4 days before. Worked in the church nursery, went to Applebee’s at 11pm with a friend. Was in email communication about of buying $800 hypoallergenic cat to fill the empty spots in my heart
Valentine’s 2016: Absolutely, totally content 5 days a week. Need reminders about God’s plan and encouragement from friends 2 days a week. Loving and appreciating contentment in this stage of my life. Thankful for amazing friends, the most precious nephew, and an incredible family. Crazy about my job. Happy. On a sugar high from Valentine’s cards from the kiddos:
Over the past 7 or 8 years, I have experienced pretty much every emotion about Valentine’s Day.
Indifferent to it.
Feelings are temporary. Rough patches don’t last forever. Broken hearts mend, time passes. God heals, friends encourage.
Wherever you are this Valentine’s Day, take it for what it is. A day in a season of your life. A day. Not a day that defines you. It’s not even a day that says anything about you at all.
It’s a 24 hour period that may evoke some emotions within you, and that’s okay. Because before you know it, it’s over and nothing has changed. This is a moment in the timeline of your life.
I never thought I would be where I am this Valentine’s Day of 2016. But over the years, I have learned that some of my most intense disappointments have been God’s biggest blessings.
It has been a journey of ups and downs: Pizza Hut and cats and Applebee’s and pancake breakfasts. But you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Happy Valentine’s Day, no matter where you are on your timeline.