Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine’s Day Tag

Hello, my dear bloggings, I do hope you had a LOVEly Valentine’s Day weekend (see what I did there?). As for myself, I enjoyed a good dose of family time involving many laughs and a lot of food. Because laughing and eating is what my family does best.

My sweet friend Rachel W. over at Secret Scribblings has formed together a fun Valentine’s tag and passed it my way. Thank you, Rachel! I never can pass up a fun tag. And do go check out her blog. Her witty, hilarious posts constantly trigger an explosion of laughter from me. It’s always a good time over at her entertaining blog.

Now, I know Valentine’s Day is over, but we’re still living in the spirit of it, right? And we all know I’m fashionably late to parties. Yes. So here we go!

Heart Sky Balloons


-Answer the questions
-Tag whoever you want
-Link back to the person who tagged you

Simple as that!


1. Are you currently in a relationship? (if this one is too personal, it can be skipped)
Pizza Love TriangleYes. It’s only a matter of time before Pizza and I are to be married.


No, I’m quite single. But, though I dream of a Prince Charming, I’m perfectly content with where I am in life right now. I have a lot of growing spiritually to be had before I’m ready for anything like marriage. God has many beautiful plans for my life, I know that. He has me exactly where He wants me right now and that’s okay with me.

2. Do you consider Valentine's Day a Big Deal?
The actual holiday, no, not a bit. I have no real use for Valentine’s Day right now and just don’t think about it deeply. I don’t see anything wrong with it. Having a special day for couples to show their appreciation for one another is sweet, and that’s especially an important thing for married couples. But for me personally, it’s just another random holiday that comes and goes and that’s that.

But this time of year is rather exciting and busy because my family hosts a big Valentine’s party for the young children in our homeschool group. That’s definitely a highlight for Valentine’s Day. I really enjoy it.

Also, on Valentine’s Day 3 years ago my bestie’s husband asked her to marry him. So this holiday has had some special moments for me.

Books instead of Roses3. Do you like flowers? If yes, what kind? If no, why?
I think flowers are beautiful, and my favorites are absolutely roses. BUT if a guy were to buy me something I wouldn’t want it to be a thing that just wilts away after a few days. I mean, have you ever noticed how expensive flowers are? That’s a ridiculous amount of money for something you can pull out of the ground! No, I’d much, much rather something I can keep and cherish forever. Like. . .BOOKS. Basically, if you’re buying me something, buy me a book. That’s all I ever want. Ever.

4. What's your favorite kind of chocolate?
The kind that doesn’t exist.

I. . .um. . .don’t actually like chocolate. At all. I think it’s disgusting and even the smell makes me wrinkle my nose. I know, outrageous. What can I say? I’m a unique specimen. Again, buy me books. I’m not the flowers and chocolate sort of gal.

5. What's you LEAST favorite kind of chocolate?
The kind that exists.Extra Fries

6. Date night! Would you prefer to go to a fancy restaurant or go somewhere more laid-back? Or order in?
Take me to Pizza Hut over a steakhouse any day! I’m really just not a fancy food person. I’d live off McDonalds if I was allowed to. Sure, there’s some places. Olive Garden is one of my favorite restaurants. But really, I get just as excited over fastfood as I would any fancy meal you could come up with. I’m honestly easy to please. McDonalds and books. Boom. Happy Christine!

7. Stuffed bears! They're cute, they're cuddly, they keep you safe from nighttime monsters. If your significant other got you one for Valentines, would you think it was ridiculous, funny, or cute? (the act, not the bear)
Uh, HELLO. It’s a stuffed bear! Of course I’d be happy! They’re happiness wrapped in stuffing. Who doesn’t love stuffed bears? I think that’d be adorable. Stuffed animals are amazing. I still sleep with a stuffed bunny. (I know I’m 22, don’t judge.)

8. Favorite romantic-type book?
Does The Horse and His Boy in the Narnia series count? I mean, come on, Shasta and Aravis.

Yeeeeah, I don’t ever read romance. I don’t like romance novels. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy romance as much as the next girl, but I don’t like a whole book’s plot merely centered on the romance. I want a big, epic, adventurous plot with a tinge of romance dotted here and there. I honestly can’t think of a single book I’ve read in the romance genre. . .

9. Favorite romantic movie?
Again, not a fan of the romance genre. But I have seen a few. Um. . . Does Fireproof count? I really love that movie. Oh! I know. The Disney animated classic Beauty and the Beast. Looove it! And, now that I think of it, my love for fairytales outweighs my distaste for romance novels, that goes for books or movies. So there you go. If it’s a fairytale, even a heavily romantic one, I’ll love it.

Fairytale Love

10. What's your love language (physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, gifts)? Here's a little quiz to help you determine that, if you don't already know!
Heart BalloonsWords of affirmation, absolutely. I’m a writer, I love words. Nothing uplifts me more than receiving sweet words from a loved one, or a stranger, or anyone.
Quality time would be my second one. I love spending time with people and getting to know them better. I’m a people person, it’s true. The other three love languages don’t do much for me. I do enjoy gifts, of course, but sometimes I feel awkward receiving them or guilty that someone went to the trouble to get me something.
I’m rather independent and tend to want to do things for myself, plus very picky and OCD about things, so acts of service tend to make me cringe because. . .I want to do it my way. I knooow, isn’t that just awful?
Physical touch, eh. I’m really not much of a touch-y person.
Annnnd that was probably way more information than you wanted. Whoopsy.

And there you have it! My take on Valentine’s and romance-type things.

Thank you again, Rachel! These questions you came up with were too fun.

As for nominations, since Valentine’s is behind us I’d feel a bit odd nominating a bunch of people. So instead I’m going to leave it to you. This tag was tons of fun so if you want to snag it, have at it. Please do! YOU, right there, who is aching to answer these questions. YOU’RE tagged. Have fun!

And while we’re still thinking of Valentine’s and all that love stuff, I want to remember Who are GREATEST love is. Jesus came down on this earth and SACRIFICED Himself for all of us, the greatest act of love to ever be. Whether you’re single, dating, or have been married for years, Valentine’s is a beautiful time to remember the eternal love given to us. God created us to be loved, by Him, always. Now that’s a better Valentine’s than McDonalds and books could ever be!

Happy (late) Valentine’s Day!!! ♥


  1. Ooh, fun tag post! :D

    I tend to forget it's Valentine's day... *shifty eyes* It's not a big thing with me. XD Ooh, but I did just find out St. Valentine is the patron saint of beekeepers as well as lovers... So we can celebrate honey! >:D Honey is awesome.

    My dad proposed to my mom on Valentine's Day... over the phone... and he didn't KNOW it was Valentine's Day. XD I love that story...

    I TOTALLY AGREE. Books are are all I want, too! o.o Booooooks. They are the best. (But roses are my favorite tooo!)

    Well. And chocolate. CHOCOLATE IS AWESOME AND I LOVE THE SMELL. But I understand that you don't like it. ;) I like Valentine's day for that because even though I don't get chocolate THEN, there are some great sales after, just in time for my birthday. ;)

    Beeeeears. So much cute. ^_^ Bears are my fave animal. :D

    I like books with a romantic thread in them, but I agree, it's not my favorite if that's ALL there is. Though... I guess I do enjoy a Jane Austen as much as the next person. ;)

    And I agree! I'd rather not be touched and I like to do things my way. XD Ehh, we're horrible. XD

    And yes! A great time to remember God's love! ^_^

    LOVEd this post! ;)

    1. Tags are so fun. ^_^

      Nothing wrong with that. I'd totally forget myself if not for that Valentine's party we do. XD
      LOLZY. Seriously? That's HILARIOUS. Yes, we should celebrate honey! :D We could start calling Valentine's Day Honey Day instead and decorate with Winnie the Pooh stuff and such. It'd be awesome!

      *bursts into laughter* He didn't know it was Valentine's Day? That is just TOO cute and hilarious. XDDD

      ALLLL the boooks.
      You love roses too? :O Of course we ARE the same person, so I can't be too surprised, but I don't think I knew that. Or I forget or something... :-/

      Hehehe. You make a point. I can imagine after Valentine's is the perfect time to stack up on chocolate. And you're right, just in time for your birthday! :D

      Yesss, bears are awesome!

      Well, that's true. Jane Austen stories are pretty great, but they're still not something I want to read ALL the time, you know?

      Hahahaha! We're such brain twins. XD

      D'awwww. Thank you! And I loved your comment! <333

    2. OF COURSE I LOVE ROSES! :D They are the bestestest flowers EVAR. ^_^ *same person hurrah!*

  2. "Pizza is the only love triangle I want." BAHAHAHAHA. Ahem. That was funny. So was the extra fries one. XD

    Contentedly single--well said, dearie! :)

    Flowers are romantic, and I'd certainly appreciate a bouquet every now and then, but *books.* *happy sigh* Can't ever get enough of those, and exactly--they LAST.

    *gigglesnort* Shasta and Aravis are way funnier together than I remembered, especially at the end, where they decide to get married because it makes their arguments more convenient. XD

    Fireproof totally counts! I love that one! And The Princess Bride (although way different) is also an enjoyable "romantic" movie. ;)

    Words and quality time are high on my list as well! I'm fascinated by the love languages...

    What a cute, fun post! And pfft, late, who cares? It's Love Month, in my opinion, so the 14th isn't the one and only day for such things.

    1. Hehehe, yes. I love those quotes! XD

      Aw, thank you. It's taken some time, but God has worked on my heart and helped my realize being married isn't a "happily ever after", contentment comes from so many things. It shouldn't be our life goal to just get married.

      Books, always!

      That is my most FAVORITE quote in the whole of the Narnia series! It's just too, too funny. XDDD

      The Princess Bride! :O I can't believe I didn't think of that one. Yesss, it's the best! Though I'm not entirely sure if it'd go under the romantic genre... I'm not sure that movie HAS a genre. It's quite...unique. XD

      I'm fascinated by the love languages as well! I go all nerdy when it comes to talking about personality types, I'm obsessed with it. Do you get into the Myers-Briggs stuff? I loves studying it!

      Love Month...I've never thought of it like that. I, well, LOVE it! ;D

    2. XD

      I'm with you there. Realizing God has an amazing future for me that will happen on HIS timetable helps me relax and be content with where I am. :)

      So hilarious! I totally didn't remember that until I reread Narnia recently. ^_^

      I think it's romance/action/comedy/toomanyotherthings. XD Plus it's totally corny. (And I literally met someone the other day who talked almost exactly like the villain. I almost asked him to say "Inconthievable" for me...but I didn't, lol.) Haha, unique it definitely is...

      Oh, me too! Myers-Briggs--I forget, is that the four initial categorization thingie? Like INFJ, etc.?

      ^__^ (It's actually a term my church uses for the month. I think it fits quite nicely, and it reminds me to show love EVERY day, not just Feb. 14.)

    3. Amen to that! ^_^

      I love the cheesiness of it. It's so ridiculous. XD You met someone that talks like him? That's hilarious! One time we visited a church and there was a man there with six fingers. I have no doubt he gets picked on by many a Princess Bride joke, poor guy.

      Yes, that's the one! There are 16 personality types in all with it. It's suuuuper helpful studying them all. They've really helped me understand people and myself a whole, whole lot better. Plus it's GREAT for character research when it comes to writing!

      Awww, that's so sweet. I love it!

    4. Toooootally cheesy and ridiculous. XD
      I did! And yes, very hilarious! Oh man, poor six-fingered guy... Yes, I'll bet he gets a ton of those jokes!

      Okay, nifty! I only took that test within the last few months or so--really interesting stuff. I still want to read about all the other types besides my own. And eep, YES, it would be fabulous for character-forming!!



    3-Books > flowers, always. XD

    7-STUFFED BEARS! I'm 19 and I always sleep with a bear that my dad got me for Valentines several years ago. It's totally just to help support my shoulders when I lay on my's definitely not also for emotional at all....

    9-FIREPROOF!! I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THAT MOVIE!! I LOVE THAT MOVIE!! Have you seen Fireproof in 60 Seconds? It's hilarious. XD Also, Beauty and the Beast, YEZZZ!!!! <3

    10-My bestie is a words of affirmation girl. ^.^ Ever since we went to a ladies retreat through our church that talked about the love languages, every time we do something loving for the other person, we'll both state the language it is. "You're so pretty, Lizzy." "WORDS OF AFFIRMATION LOL" XD

    Eeeeee!!! Awesome post!!!! I'm tickled PINK to find that you liked my questions. :D hehe. And aww, thank you for your kind words. ^.^ <3


      Totally. *nods, nods*

      D'awwww! That's completely precious. I've had my stuffed bunny since I was 7 and can't imagine not sleeping with her. I mean, I totally could...I'm an adult...and I could totally sleep without her...yeeeah.... *hugs Bunny tight*

      ME TOOO! Fireproof in 60 seconds? Lol, no. I haven't. Is that something I can YouTube or...?

      Hahahaha! That's too great. XD It's awesome knowing your loved one's love language. Very useful!

      I looooved your questions! Thank you so much for tagging me. This was too fun! :D


    3. *CHOKES* I. CANNOT. STOP. LAUGHING. That was hilarioooouuus!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. I seriously cannot even. XDDD

  4. Your posts are always so amazing and beautiful, Lauri. ^___^ I loved what you said about pizza. That is so true. xD There are always happily ever afters with pizza. The best fairytale of all. ;D

    Also, YES. I'd take books over flowers any day. Besides, everyone gets flowers. If you want to be thoughtful, get a book lover books. They don't wither away. ^_^ Beauty and the Beast is my favorite love story, I believe. (That even included giving a girl books - bonus: there was a rose involved! xD) I just love the storyline of how love transforms the ugly thing into something beautiful and even looks PAST the ugly thing and sees beauty. IT REMINDS ME OF JESUS SO MUCH. ^___^

    All of your answers were absolutely incredible, but, then, I'm not surprised. ;) I'm always stalking your blog, even if I don't comment all the time. Just know I miss you and think you're amazing and I love reading everything you write! ^___^ <3

    Oh, and what you said about God at the end was perfect! :'D <3

    I hope you're doing well! Love ya! :)

    1. MY JILLZY. *tackles* I'VE MISSED YOOOUUU!!!!!!!!!

      Bwahahaha! "There are always happily ever afters with pizza." Best. Quote. Ever. XDDD

      Exactly. And it would really show love if you know that person well enough to know what books they want. It's a win-win all around.

      Yes, yes, yes! Everything you said about B&B! It's such a beautiful story and a perfect picture of us and Jesus, because He turns our ugliness into beauty. Ahhh, I just love it!

      D'awww! Jill, you are too, too sweet. It makes me warm and fuzzy inside knowing you're around reading all my silly ramblings. Thank you so much for commenting. I got a thrill seeing you over here. Love you, sweet girl! <333

    2. *is tackled* I'VE MISSED YOU MOOOOOOOORE! ^___^ <3 You seriously have no idea how much!

      D'awww. XD Thanks. ^_^

      Yes, oh, yes. That would be incredible. <3

      Exactly right! It's so amazing! ^___^

      I'm so glad I could make you warm and fuzzy inside! Honestly, I'm constantly reading this blog (and if I run out of posts to read, I go back and read older ones xD). All of your words are so beautiful and inspiring! You have an awesome blog, Lauri! Of course I enjoy reading it! You're very welcome for commenting and it's so nice to hear from you! Love you, too! <3 :)

      P.S. If that's you in your profile pic, you're sooooo gorgeous! ^___^ And Christine is a very pretty name! :D


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