Daniel and I didn't do anything for Valentine's Day. Nada.
Unless lying in bed all day watching movies counts.
We were both feeling unwell, so we gave ourselves the day off. I didn't even go to church.
I'm not an anti-Valentine's Day person. But I don't get all bent out of shape if Daniel doesn't take me to a fancy restaurant or buy me a box of chocolates. Growing up, my family celebrated it with sweets and cards. Daniel's family didn't celebrate at all.
Maybe I don't make a big deal about Valentine's Day because Daniel doesn't, and I've just accepted that. He's not really the note-writing, grand gesture kind of guy. And I have always known that about him.
However, the first year I knew him he bought me My Big Fat Greek Wedding on DVD for Valentine's Day. He later told me he bought me a DVD because he thought my dad would consider it an acceptable gift from one "friend" to another.
My family enjoyed the gift. And I thought there was some sort of symbolism in his choice of movie.
Or maybe he just knew I liked that movie a lot.
Though he may not look like a romantic at first glance, don't be fooled. He knows that moving the laundry from the washer to the dryer or hand-washing and drying the pots and pans or making the bed every morning makes me feel oh so warm and fuzzy inside. And he makes me laugh. All the time. He has the silliest sense of humor and makes me laugh at myself when I'm taking myself WAY too seriously. It happens a lot.
He is one person who, I think, is always himself. He doesn't try to make people think he's something he's not. He's Daniel. And you will know exactly how he is the minute you meet him.
I used to get exasperated with him, because when he gets onto something he does not get off of it. And I'm not talking about casual hobbies. When he feels conviction about something, he acts on it.
It's become one of the things I love and respect the most about him. But I didn't always feel that way. God has shown me what a wise and thoughtful man I am married to, and He's taught me to trust what He is accomplishing in Daniel.
Over the years he's grown so much. He's always been a good and kind person. But with marriage and responsibility and love he's become something more--and I hope he could say the same about me. He's my handsome, wonderful man and I am the luckiest woman alive.