Happy Valentine’s Day

I posted on Facebook that hubby and I had gone out to dinner and a movie with our pastor and his wife on Friday night.  I also mentioned on Facebook that after we parted with the pastoral couple, I was waiting the van in a WalMart parking lot while my hunney went inside “for a surprise.”

What would it be?  Chocolate, probably.  Maybe chocolate and flowers.  Or maybe strawberries and whipped cream.

When he finally came out carrying a WalMart sack, he wasn’t ready to show the surprise yet.  Instead, he suggested we go check showtimes on a second movie.  The night was young and I had misunderstood our plans for the evening, mistakenly telling the kids we’d be out til after 1 AM.  We had time to kill.  I jokingly told hubby that since we had to come town again the following day, we could save gas and stay the night in a seedy hotel for about the same price.  He chuckled a little, I think.

Instead of returning to the theater we had just left, we headed farther into town toward a new fancy theater.  I needed to find a restroom but assured him I could wait til we got there.  I had never been to this particular theater so I didn’t notice when we missed the turn.  We looped around on the frontage road and when I looked around, we were pulling into the parking lot of a very nice hotel.

A few possibilities came to mind: were we stopping somewhere with a nice restroom?  Was he going to propose staying here for the night?  Or…

We headed toward the side of the building and he pulled a key card out of his pocket.  As he handed it to me, I wondered briefly if you could buy those at WalMart these days.

He followed, directing me from behind.  In the door, up one flight of stairs, turn to the left, room 302.  I opened the door.

Inside, I saw a bouquet of balloons, flanked on either side by clear glass bowls.  One bowl had blueberries, and the other was full of strawberries.  Each bowl rested on a glass plate, surrounded by chocolates.  On the table was a bottle of champagne and 2 wine glasses.

In the bedroom was a dozen red roses.  Chocolates lay sprinkled on the pillows, and a bowl of dark chocolate M&Ms were on the nightstand.

The refrigerator held cream cheese dip and whipped cream for the berries.  There was also yogurt and more fresh fruit.  In the freezer were 2 containers of Haagen Daz ice cream, coffee and chocolate.

I nibbled on the strawberries and blueberries, taking all this in, as hubby pulled vanilla candles from his bag and lit them in the living room and bedroom.   He pulled out a jar of lavender bath salts and drew me a bath.  I followed him to find a bottle of massage oil on the bathroom counter.

The best part may have been the attention to details – the particular details that he knew would be important to me.  He knows I don’t mind wearing my clothes a second time, but he made sure I had fresh underclothes, a toothbrush, and dental floss.   He remembered matches to light the candles, and bought a whole case of them since we go through them like crazy at home.

He even took into consideration that the bottom line was important to me.  He had splurged on the “important” things to make the evening incredibly special, but shopped at the Dollar Tree to save wherever he could, and made sure to buy things that I would be able to use at home.  He even chose a night between 2 days that we were obligated to be in town, saving us $30 in gas since we didn’t have to go home in between.

I take it back.  The best part is that he still manages to utterly surprise me after all these years.  I knew I was married to a romantic, but I never suspected what he was up to.

Apparently I surprised him too, because he’s still laughing at me.  He insists he woke several times during the night to the sound of M&M’s clinking against the glass bowl.  I decline to comment on the matter.


  1. It’s husband’s like this, that make it hard for others to compete, it’s a blessing to see men who love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. Thank you for this.

  2. That is just incredible!!!! 😀 🙂 I thought that 2 movies alone was super special!

    • Lana,
      Oh, you’re right – 2 movies alone IS super special. We usually do very little for Valentine’s Day, which is why this was so very special. It took me utterly by surprise because we’ve never done anything remotely like this. I still didn’t suspect what he had been up to even after we pulled into the parking lot of the hotel!

  3. This sounds so NICE!

  4. That is so sweet!! I’m getting married in a few months, might have to pass the idea on to my beloved for one of these years…. Course, knowing him, he’ll come up with a few surprises of his own (he always keeps me guessing).

    Happy Valentines day!!

  5. Lisa in ND says:

    WHAT A GUY! Perry you rock!!

  6. OH*MY*GOODNESS!!! What a treat! I know you enjoyed it. You certainly deserved it!

  7. Oh, that is so sweet!

  8. It’s pretty clear who wins the “most romantic Valentine husband” award. Good job!

    I’m blessed with a more, shall we say, “practical” husband. Our wedding anniversary is Feb. 21, so I get a combo gift. He’s putting in wood floors in all our living areas. Not as yummy as chocolate, but sweet just the same.

  9. Progress is great, thanks Deanna… but I might get weak if you put a HaagenDaz Cookies ‘n’ Cream before me… (no, no I wouldn’t… yes I would…).

  10. @Andrea lol and glad to hear about the progress 😀

  11. Wow, Perry, you have set the standard high now! I don’t know how you can possibly top that! Good job! And what special memories you created for Kim. Kim, you lucky, lucky woman. You made us all jealous by posting this. =)

  12. SO SWEET! AWwwwwww!

  13. Wow! This sounds like something from a dream. Were you really awake? Way to pick ’em.

  14. Perry, you cannot take him under defense… we have been married for 17.5 years, making this our 18th married V-day… (oh, does that have double connotations?).

    But we did have a very good talk today… clearing up plans to MOVE forward and MOVE onward, and this means more to me than cards, chocolate, a hotel room and a hot bath (yes, even more than HaagenDaz).

  15. How sweet! I’m glad you had a wonderful surprise! 🙂

  16. This is SOO romantic!!!! I’m just sighing and crying at the same time. Oh what a wonderful surprise. You both are too cute. 🙂 I’m glad to see the love and romance is not only there, but alive. 🙂 Bless you both!

  17. How sweet. My hubby woke me up by bringing me a Sonic Diet Dr. Pepper to bed this morning. If only you knew how I loved Diet Dr. Pepper and the giant Sonic styrofoam cup!

    Later this evening he’s cooking steak and lobster for dinner! I too appreciate the money savings of the gift as much as the gift.

  18. In defense of all the guys out there who gave a card this year, I would like to point out this is our 17th married Valentine’s days and that there have been 16 “cards and chocolate” holidays leading up to this.

  19. Gosh, how perfect. And they say romance is dead!
    I must get my hubby to read this post!

  20. That is SO romantic! I’m not big into Valentine’s Day, but that is really sweet. What a lucky woman you are.

  21. Very jealous here!!!!!!!!!

  22. Gulp. I got a card.

  23. Wow, how romantic! What a sweet man you’ve got!

  24. How totally sweet is that?!?!? I love when God brings husband and wife together and they feel the love after tha hectic days of life. love it.

  25. Wow, what a lovely treat! Your husband is so thoughtful.

  26. What a wonderful treat!! The ice cream sounds great!

  27. Oh my goodness. What a spectacularly perfect Valentines gift. =)

  28. What a precious thing for him to do! Love it!

  29. Wowie! I am not usually a very romantic person but that sounds like it was such a sweet getaway!

  30. Aww! That is so incredibly romantic!

  31. Awww! So sweet! I know you guys had a wonderful Valentine’s Day (ish) to remember!

  32. Kim, this is wonderful. It’s every wife’s dream to be surprised in such a beautiful way.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  33. I am laughing because you love chocolate almost as much as I do… and my husband knows that too! Glad you had such a wonderful surprise!! God Bless you! My girls love to follow all the funny things that your kids do!

  34. Rebecca from Texas says:

    How very, very romantic. I am so glad you had such a wonderful time and have a man who knows just how to make you happy.

  35. Wow how wonderful!!!! What a great husband God has blessed you with!!!

  36. what a wonderful surprise! you are truly blessed! 🙂

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