Valentine’s Day holds a special place in my heart for obvious reasons, but did you know Mark and I actually met on Valentine’s Day? Yes indeed, 32 years ago this Friday and we were married just a little over one year later. And I can honestly say, I am just as much in love with him today, if not more, than I was more than three decades ago. Now, I’m not saying it is perfect, no marriage is, and it’s not always that crazy turn-your-stomach-upside-down kind of love after all these years. However, it is comfortable like your favorite blankie kind of love! He is my best friend, my confidant, my strength and protector, the one I turn to and lean on when things don’t go so well and the one I turn to first to share in good news. I cannot imagine a life without him and it seems he’s always been a part of my life. I thank God for Mark and my children every day!
Celebrating the holiday of love has certainly changed for us throughout the years, as I’m certain it has for most couples with children. When we were first married, Mark and I would always go out for a romantic dinner, just the two of us. We would hold hands, share dessert and talk about our hopes and dreams both as a couple and as individuals. It was a magical time of wonderment and being young and in love. We always knew we would be together forever and looked forward to things to come.
As we started to build a family, we became more conscious of our roles as parents and our Valentine’s Day celebrations turned from “couple’s love” to “family love”. We always included the children somehow depending on their ages and what they liked … whether it was a little box of chocolate at their spot at the dinner table, a stuffed animal or a card, we always let them know how much they were loved. And our romantic dinners out, turned to family dinners in with our children, our biggest blessings. It wasn’t about what we ate so much anymore, but who was around our table. From highchairs, to boosters to grown adult children, we continue to be blessed as a couple, as parents and as servants of our Lord.
So whoever you celebrate this Valentine’s Day with and whatever you do, we wish you lots of love and peace and sure, even a dessert or two! ; )
Counting our blessings!
Mary Beth, that is awesome. Happy Anniversary to both you and Mark! My husband and I have been married 24 yrs this June.
Valentines' Day has always been my favorite holiday since I was a little girl!! It is also our anniversary! We will be married twenty seven years on the 14th!! It is always a huge celebration for us. I had been married and a divorced single Mom of one five year old daughter. My husband Frank had never been married. We met December 8th and got married on Valentines Day!! Yes eight weeks later. Frank and Ashley bonded and he has been a wonderful Dad and husband in every way! We celebrate our anniversary but we also celebrate the day we became a family!! We get Ashley a special gift every year and take her out to dinner the night before. Then we have a romantic celebration just the two of us. We love all the sappiness that goes along with it from the cards to the decorations! I hope you and Mark and your family have a fabulous Valentines Day!
You get one go round in this old world and you better make the most of it. It is not a dress rehearsal! Step out of your box and enjoy all that life has to offer!
Happy Anniversary and I wish you and Mark many more years. I was happy to see your pictures of the family. Everyone is so grown up. I been with you on QVC since your boys were born and then the new addition of a little girl Elizabeth. You have a very nice family and I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy 2014 !!!
Wahoo, my husband and I met a few days before Valentine's Day and had our first date Valentine's Day, 32 yrs ago. We have been together since then. We married a year after on May 28th. We celebrate Valentine's Day as an anniversary of the year's we have been together.
Happy AnniversaryMary Beth and Mark wishing you many more wonderful years . Thanks for sharing your story and beautiful family picture.
Contraulations Mary Beth & Mark. Know the feeling. My Husband and I met in High School in 1948. Married in 1951, 4 daughters, 6 grandchildren & 1 great-grandchild and still very much in love. Mary,from CT.
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Have a wonderful Valentine's Week, Mary Beth. I so enjoyed reading your blog this morning.
I can relate to everything you say about how the meaning of Valentines Day changes as your life goes on. My wonderful husband and I have been married 43 years and I, too, love him even more now than I did back then. Many things have changed and are different but our love has remained strong through it all. I think that is the way God intended marriage to be. Thanks so much for sharing your love story with all of us who love and adore you. Many continued blessings to you and your family.
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Happy Valentines day to you and your Family. My Husband and I have been together for 11 yrs married for 3 . I often wondered why I was single for so many years and the Lord waited to bring someone into my life. I met Ken at work when I was 39. I am so glad to have Ken in my life he is My best friend and the Man of My Dreams I am truly blessed to have him in my life. I still don't understand the reasons it took so long to bring us together but I am thankful everyday that God brought us together. This year Ken will be out of town on Valentines Day so he decided we would celebrate on Tues
So nice to see a picture of you and your special family!
Congrats to you and Mark! My Hubby and I will have been together this year on the 21st 39 years. We meet and dated for a year and a half before marriage at the age of 18. Lot to be said for young love & faith in God! I love him as much today as yesterday and more every day that we are together so I can relate to your story as well. We share all together as well. We have two grown boys and six grand children (two girls which are twins....the twins live with us). All of the others live next door to us. We live in the country and have 20 acres so there is plenty of room for all and I am very blessed. God is good! I thank you for sharing your story it means so much to hear a Christian story from another Christian. May God continue to Bless you and your family.
You are such a blessing, such a wonderful Christian role model to so many. You have a wonderful family. Be blessed more than you could ever think or imagine!
Awww, Mary Beth, I am so happy for you and your husband, as well as your children, to have people as special as you and your husband for parents. You remind me so much of what my husband and I had before his passing in 2008. He always made Valentine's Day so special because it is also my birthday. We always included the kids which were his step children. But he loved them as if they were his and they loved him also. But it thrills my heart when I see couples that share the same kind of love that my husband and I shared. Keep the flames burning girlfriend. Happy Valentine's Day.
I too met the love of my life on Valentines Day 1983...we always celebrated this day as much as our anniversary because we loved remembering how our love story started. Unfortunately I lost him in February 2009...but on VALENTINES DAY 2009, the DAY HE ENTERED THE HOSPITAL, HE LEFT ME MY CARD IN HIS TRUCK WITH HIS OWN RECORDED VOICE ABOUT THE DAY WE MET AND HOW MUCH HE WOULD ALWAYS LOVE ME...true love never dies.
Love your posts Mary Beth! You are such a good Wife and Mom! Love how you always shared with your kids! My Parents did that too! I miss them so much. They have been gone 17 and 16 years this Fall. You brought back precious memories to me! Your boys have grown into handsome men! Your daughter has grown into a beautiful young lady! Love your pictures and holidays! Happy Valentines day! Please wish the same to Mark too! Been with you ever since your first day! Would you please thank our friends from Ireland on St Patty,s Day? I have worn those lovely sweaters so much this year! The shawl I have on now! Thank God that I met you through facebook!
Congrats Mary Beth and Mark!!! So happy to see such a beautiful and caring couple, Cherish every moment ..... and God Bless You and your Amazing Family!!!!?
What a wonderful Love story to share.
My husband and I were engaged on Valentines day and we will celebrate our 27th wedding Anniversary on June 13th.
This year my husband is on a business trip and can't be with me but we went out to our favorite restaurant with our 2 youngest sons yesterday and before he left he gave me a lovely box of chocolate covered strawberries.
Happy Anniversary to you and Mark.
May you have joyous VALENTINES DAY!
Gob bless you both and your wonderful family.
Congratulations Mary Beth to you and your husband. My husband and I are going on year 21 this Spring. Marriage is hard work, has it's ups and downs, good times and bad times but the best thing is you get to go through them with your best friend and someone who will love you until the end of time.
thank you for sharing. You have a beautiful family. My husband and I met on Valentine's Day and had our first date a month later. Our wedding day was August 14. we have now been married for 48 years. It has been a very rough year as my husband has had some serious health problems and my role has been more of a caretaker. We have always said that when we married we took our vow before God and that we would always be true to one another. We have many happy memories of our family with our 2 daughters. now they are married and we have 2 precious grandchildren.
CONGRATS ! Happy Anniversary !!
Thanks Mary Beth! Sharing family time is very special in our home also. We (kids) were tremendously blessed to have many caring adults who loved us unconditionally in our lives. Valentine's Day is a wonderful opportunity to let these kind, thoughtful individuals know how much they mean to us. A Happy and Healthy Valentine's Day to you and yours!
Hi Mary Beth,
You are truly blessed and have a wonderful family and i am so glad to know that you are still in love and have such a wonderful relationship with your husband. I know you are a women of great faith and so am I . it is so wonderful to read about love in marriages in this day and age. i did not have a love marriage, it was arranged and then slowly we learnt to love each other. My husband and i are totally different people and probably would not have married if we had dated each other. It was a struggle for me,leaving my country and coming to america with someone I never knew, but i learnt to love and compromise. It was my faith and strength in chirst that kept me going .I believe god had a plan for me .we have now been married for 24 years, now we are so accustomed to each other and have grown a lot spiritually and emotionally. we have two wonderful children ,a girl and a boy. i want to give my children the opportunity to love and find their partners in life. I think it is beautiful and absolutely amazing to fall in love and marry your best friend. I have done my best to bring them up with great values and morals and with very strong faith in christ and have left it all in his hands.
Happy Valentines Day.
Many more years of happiness to you and Mark. My husband and I will be celebrating our 40th anniversary on St. Paddy's day. Treasure each day. The years fly by.
Hi Mary Beth, What a nice love story. You have a lovely family. My husband and I will be married 42 wonderful years together in April. Our children are grown and live out of state but there isn't a Valentine's Day that they don't call to tell us "love you". Happy Anniversary & Happy Valentine's
Married 45 years ago today. Out to dinner with our daughter and son in law. At an apple orchard barn, with a gourmet chef, dress is causal. Tomorrow is our grandson's 8th birthday. Leaving Grand Rapids of 95+snow and crossing the Big Mac into the UP for a snow festival with The family. New memories.
Simply beautiful! This story gives me hope . Thank you for sharing.