Valentines Day

Posted on January 27, 2011 by Jeff

(Feb 2006)

Let me tell you about MY Valentines day…

Before you stop reading, let me assure you that this is not the typical “You’ve got to hear about MY valentines day”… you know the ones that fall into the TMI (too much information) category… actually it may fall in to that category but not for the reasons your thinking.

Worst Valentines Day Ever:  Here’s the synopsis, so sit back, relax and I will tell you a tale…

Monday night (Valentines Eve) I was at the mall with my kids, we were going on rides and shopping for a gift for Kristie who was out that evening in a recording studio with a friend. (those of us in the biz call that a ‘session’ or a ‘gig’… we’re big stars)  I thought I would be way too practical and buy Kristie a pair of cool shoes for Valentines day.  My thought then was, “this is a great valentines eve”.

Tuesday Morn.  The shoes I bought her didn’t fit.  Both VCR’s in our house broke.  My car needed all new brakes and exhaust for about 700 bucks.  We took the kids out to dinner where they decided to manifest the stomach flu bug that’s been going around.  Charlie threw up in the restaurant. (lucy at least waited until we got home) We took our food home and spent the evening eating cold take out, and monitoring our two sick kids… and cleaning up after them.

When does a valentines day get classified as a “bad one”? Certainly anytime barf is involved, you’re there because at that point, all desire for valentines ‘lovin’ goes down the toilet.  Although most guys can be… re-convinced… pretty quickly.

But, in spite of this, I had a great moment at the end of the day.  I was struck by the strong feeling of contentment.  “I love my life” I kept thinking.

I love that I have three great kids who get sick once in a while.  How did I get so lucky that these three kids are mine?  They fill me with joy, break my heart, make me laugh.  Kids, your dad is proud.

And then there’s my wife.  What a woman.  I love that we can laugh out loud when all the kids are sick and the take-out is cold.  I’m blown away by her, I watch her with the kids, I watch her sing and lead worship, I watch her help me with my job in SO many ways, I watch her minister to people in the church… she’s one of those people that you want to be around, and I get to.  She does so many things well, but all she does pales in comparison to who she is.

She lives life with a grace and class that lights the room when she walks in.  Kristie, Your husband is honored.

I’m trying to remember what we did last year for valentines day and I can’t remember. But this one will ‘linger’.  This life is great.  If we spend too much time waiting for the ‘big moments’ to happen and then being disappointed when they don’t turn out right, we’ll miss out on life.  Life is the stuff in between the big moments.  That’s the good stuff.

Best Valentines Day Ever.