Tuesday, February 15, 2011

But the greatest of these...

...is love

Ah, love is truly a wonderful thing. Though I am happy for a day to celebrate love, I know that it is much more important to live a life of love. My youth pastor at FBC Jax once said this in one of his sermons:

Proof of Fellowship with God is a life of love.
I pray that I can embody that statement one day, especially in regard to my husband. What good is it to give my life in love for others if I don't start in my own home? He truly is a precious gift from God. I don't appreciate my husband or love him nearly enough as I should. Yesterday was a good reminder to be mindful of it once more.

Speaking of yesterday, it was Valentine's Day! And of course, we did something special. All the restaurants are crazy packed on Valentine's Day where we live, so we opted to stay in last night. After I got off work, I hurridly started on my preparations for the evening. I was so excited to make our house feel very romantic!

I dressed up the entryway to the dining room with some paper heart garlands. I heart them!

Then I proceeded to write my love his card while listening to Owl City's cover of "Enchanted" by Taylor Swift. Taylor wrote the song about him and he was finally responding on Valentine's Day. I don't normally get into that kind of thing, but I like some songs by Owl City, so I gave it a listen...and then liked it a lot.

On the menu tonight: my man's favorites!

Then I started lighting all the tea lights left over from our wedding. Those little guys have been so great.
(Thanks Aunt Cindy!)

Doesn't the dining room look romantic? *Sigh*

This is what awaited my man when he got home!
We had sparkling grape juice...

And heart shaped chicken crescent rolls...

With chocolate chip cookies for dessert. I tried to make something more elegant and fancy, but those are his favorite in the whole world...so that's what I made.

It was a happy 1st Valentine's Day as a married couple!

Staying in has its perks. For instance, you can light your napkin on fire as my dear husband did. We are pyros. Pro pyros.

As you can see, my plate is clean. It was very yummy! Yay for Valentine's Day and being married!

We are so silly. And by we, I mostly mean Jonathan. I am silly too, just not quite as silly. :)

We were excited about exchanging cards and gifts!

My sweet hubby tricked me (the good kind of tricking). I wanted the NorthFace that I am holding in that picture for quite a while. About a month and a half ago, he told me that they were all sold out...that's because he had already bought it! So sweet.

To end the evening we watched one of our favorite movies.

I love being married to such a wonderful man and I am excited about spending many more Valentine's Days with him...but I'm more excited about spending the rest of my life with him!


Natalie said...

This is one of my favorite Valentine's day posts! Looks like you had a wonderful day! I love the candles and the hearts. :) xx Natalie

Leanna said...

Aw, so cute! What movie did you watch?

leigh said...

Pretty pretty pretty!! Everything gorgeous!
<3 your blog!
<3 leigh

arielle said...

thank you for the sweet comments on my blog! and yes, balumtine'th was from that dave barnes video-haha.
i read that you and your husband work with youth ministry- so do we :) pretty awesome!


arielle said...

p.s. love the little heart garlands- too cute!

Leah Belle said...

good job, jennifer. everything is beautiful. looks like a lot of fun.

Alexis Kaye said...

Agreed! It's so wonderful to spend Valentine's day with the one you know you'll be spending that special day with for the rest of your life. You two are a special couple! :)

Delaney said...

What a cute post. You and your husband are a great example for young people in love looking toward marriage. Glad your valentines day was special :)

Faith said...

What a special evening you created for each other!

Jennifer said...

Thank you guys! We had a wonderful night!

Leanna - we watched "Hoodwinked" which is a really silly cartoon movie...notice I said "one of our favorites." We have a lot of favorites. That one is low on the todem pole of mine at least. :)

I love those paper hearts so much that I might leave them there all week! :)

Megan said...

this is the sweetest prettiest post ever. so romantic. love all of the candles, the hearts, the food. perfection.

Brittany said...

everything looked so so perfect! very fun ideas!

erin said...

you guys are darling, i love the heart garland :)
i'm glad you found my blog so that i could find yours! your love for God is just so apparent and inspiring and i really appreciate it.

Brooke said...

Just found your blog and oh my goodness I love it!! You decorated your home so beautifully. I bet he really loved it!

Amanda said...

aww so sweet! i love the heart garlands!


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