That Time of Year Again…

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It’s in the air. It’s everywhere…


This time last month, I happened to catch a pretty nasty cold. And it just so happens that the weekend before our big road trip, I decided to go and get myself sick AGAIN.


Yeah, big changes are happening in my family. That’s for sure. Between my sister-in-law being pregnant with my in-law’s first grandchild, our big and crazy adventure of a move, and how I’m pretty sure we’re now like couch surfing hobos, we have a very full and hectic life at the moment.

The fantastic part of this move is that we do get to go on a road trip across… the plains of Mars to finally reach our new home in… Jupiter. (Have to maintain some semblance of privacy, ya know.)

And all along the way, we’re going to have a little guest traveling with us. Yeah, that’s right! We’re going to do twenty hours worth of driving with… Lando, our cat! We’re not entirely sure how it’s all going to work out. BUT I fully intend to catch it all on camera in our first ever VLOG. (Okay, second if you count that trip out to the mountains one) It’ll be pretty awesome. I guess.

So, there’s a little life update for all you stalkers.

Hold on a sec.

I kind of forgot the point of this post actually.

Maybe I shouldn’t have written this under the influence of cold medicine. Nyquil PM will jack you up. That’s for sure.

Oh, oh! I know!

SO, my first Valentine’s with my husband was really sweet. We had only been dating for a couple months, but we were one of those fall fast and hard kind of couples. Since we were long distance, and I’d never celebrated Valentine’s Day with a guy before, I wanted to make it really special for him.

So I went to target and got the cutest little heart shaped tin. It said hugs in bold letters, and had those same Hershey chocolates inside. Creative, I know. NOT. Then I went to Walgreen’s and spent a good thirty minutes trying to pick out the perfect card.

My mom kept showing me these really sappy, spiritual ones. You know, the kind that has a long poem that makes you tear up at the end. And it might have been great, except I’m the type of person who ends up writing something meaningful in a card anyway.

What I needed was something light and funny that would tie in with my gift.

Then it happened. It caught my eye. A super cute floral design.

On the front it says, “Roses are Red. Violets are blue.”

And then I opened it and burst out laughing….

It said, “I’m bored with this poem. Let’s makeout.”

My mom definitely gave me a weird look as I bought that card, but what she didn’t realize was how effortlessly it tied in with my box of hugs. Well, that and he was a pretty fantastic kisser.

(This’ll probably be gross sounding, which is why I’m going to type it anyway in the hopes it makes one of you snobs cringe) HE STILL IS!

I wrote in his card something about how I was sending hugs and kisses his way, and I might have put a gift card in there too.

Men are fairly easy to please that way.

Women are a little bit trickier. Just sayin’.

When I received my Valentine’s Day card from him, I remember feeling a excited sort of disbelief. I’d never received anything so thoughtful before in my life… I might have cried a little. (Could have been that time of month too… I’M NOT EMOTIONAL!)

The card was ridiculously adorable, and it might’ve had to do with kissing as well. But it was the present that made me realize, WOW. THIS GUY KNOWS ME!

Inside was a gift card to Coldstone Creamery. He was buying me ice cream! ICE CREAM!

Anyway, it’s always nice to have recognition. When someone notices the little things and takes the time to bless your day, it can make you feel so good. It’s nice to be known.

You might be thinking, “Well, Ciara, that’s great and all, but I’m single.” Or, “Gee, that sounds cool, but my guy just isn’t the romantic gesture type.”

Whatever the case for you being a Negative Nancy about Valentines, the great thing is, we’re all known. The Bible talks multiple times about how God knows and loves us.

“…for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.” -Exodus 33:17

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee…” -Jeremiah 1:5

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” -John 10:27

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” -1 Corinithians 13:12

I remember how discouraging it was when I was single to do something as simple as walk into a grocery store. Seeing all those couples giggling in the aisles. I JUST WANTED TO BUY SOME FREAKING CANDY! But just like how Christmas has been so overly-commercialized that we celebrate a fat guy who stalks children, I think we lose the real meaning.

Despite whatever weird holiday history it might have, Valentine’s now is meant to be a day where we celebrate love. Where we show our appreciation of that love and care to others in the form of something special to them.

So, please don’t be discouraged tomorrow. I truly hope that you can take heart in the truth that you are known by the One who created you and your unique love story.

You are so loved.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

“O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.” -Psalm 139:1-6

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