love is in the air


I’m a romantic, I admit it.  I love candlelight dinners and flowers and walking hand-in-hand and (insert cliché here).  Not some of my friends.  I have friends who think that Valentine’s Day is just a manufactured holiday, created to sell cards and gifts.  They’re right.  Valentine’s Day has gotten way out of hand, commercially speaking (this year I heard the average person spends about $200 on Valentine’s Day.  We aren’t average.)   But, I still love the idea of a day to celebrate being in love.

That being said, there are some pretty bad ways to celebrate out there.  Now, some of you want to do a great job for that special someone you call love muffin, you just aren’t so good at it.  You know who you are.  Or maybe you don’t.  Here are some clues for next year, or for an upcoming birthday or anniversary:

Kim’s Hints for Not Screwing Up a Romantic Evening Too Badly

It’s not going to be a romantic, beautiful evening if you make reservations for your candlelight dinner in a place where you order “sliders” at a counter.










Roses made of raw meat might be just about as expensive as the real thing, but not quite as romantic, and definitely don’t smell as nice.







Books are usually a good idea for a gift, but poetry or “Reasons I Love You” go over much better than this.

(note the subtitle- “How to be thinner, richer, sexier, kinder, saner and happier”  Can’t you just hear that conversation??  “So you’re saying I’m fat, poor,   ugly, mean, crazy and miserable?  Thank you SOOO much!!”  That night is not going to go well from there.)


Bacon flavored lip balm – so kissable…



His and hers gifts are usually cute, but not always.  (Note the package – “Removes tongue fur”.  Now there’s  romance at it’s finest. )









What says “I love you” like a Love Rat?


You can let your sweetheart know you’re ALWAYS thinking of them…











And, guys, a lady likes her man to be neat and well groomed, but…

Seriously, though, I love the romance of Valentine’s Day, but I know that yesterday was difficult for many people.  Some are alone and wondering if they will ever find real love.  Some have lost a partner of many years.  Some are in that loneliest of places, a bad marriage.  I hope that if you are one of those people, you have found, or will find, the truest love of all – love that won’t leave you or let you down, won’t change, and doesn’t need a special day to celebrate you.  Love that won’t just say “I’d die for you”, but already did.

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.  Jeremiah 31:3

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.  Zephaniah 3:17


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