Did you know that Valentine’s Day was last Thursday? We didn’t.
Valentine’s Day this year was quite a different experience than we are used to. There were no giant teddy bears everywhere, flower shops were not boasting sales, card shops did not have shelves upon shelves filled with Valentine’s Day cards (in fact, I didn’t see one V-day card), and restaurants did not have hour-long waits. Without the constant bombardment of romance, the day slipped by quietly. We realized this the day after Valentine’s Day, and decided to make it special in our own way.
We went to our favorite restaurant, Camera Cuisine, and had a wonderful night filled with delicious food, wonderful conversation, and love. We concluded the evening by watching a movie together and eating jiggle-pop (that’s the popcorn you have to cook over the stove, we don’t have a micro)! We’ve never loved the crowds on Valentine’s Day, so this small celebration of our love was perfect!
We also spent this day reflecting on our life together and how much God has blessed us so far. We are in a new country, seeing new things, and experiencing God in a whole new way. Through this experience, God has brought us so much closer to Him and to each other, and that in itself is a huge blessing! In case you didn’t know, we spend pretty much every second of every day together, the only time we aren’t together is if one of us is teaching or in the bathroom (hehe). For some people, that may sound overwhelming, but for us, it is perfect! We have come to understand each other better, communicate more effectively, enjoy each other’s company, pray together, and talk about God’s work in our lives. This experience is one we wouldn’t trade for anything.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.