Happy St. Valentine’s Day! My Proposal Story

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!

I know today has become pretty secularized – more of a Hearts Day all about telling your loved ones how much you care. That’s great, but I want to tell you a little bit about the origins of Valentine’s Day. A lot of people hate it, especially if they’re single and complain that it’s just a ‘Hallmark holiday’. Hallmark, however, can’t take credit for this one (Sweetest Day is another story…) Like many [now] secular holidays, Valentine’s Day has its roots in Catholicism.

The Origins of Valentine’s Day

There was a belief in England and France during the Middle Ages that in the middle of the second month of the year, the birds began to pair.  That’s why we celebrate this love-day on February 14th.  But what did St. Valentine do?

Saint Valentine was actually a priest.  He lived in Rome and was arrested for giving aid to martyrs in prison (he was a doctor).  In prison, he converted the jailer by restoring his daughter’s sense of sight.  Before he was arrested, he was all about the sanctity of marriage.  He lived in a time where polygamy was widespread and he would encourage people in Christian Marriage and do weddings in secret.  He was sentenced to a three-part execution by beating, stoning and decapitation because he spent his life standing up for Christian Marriage.  His last words were to the jailers daughter.   He wrote her a letter and signed it “From your Valentine”, and that is the origin of Valentine Cards.  Saint Valentine is thought of today as the patron saint of lovers.  Try him out by asking him to pray for you and your marriage / your spouse.  🙂


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Saint Valentine is also the patron saint of engaged couples and he has an even deeper and more personal roles in the lives of my husband and I.  <3

The Role of Saint Valentine in MY Marriage:

4 years ago (wow), in 2008, Hobbs proposed to me on Valentine’s Day, in Valentine Hall!  How cool is that?!  I don’t think he thought about the name of my apartment building at the time, but I think it worked out quite nicely.  We went to a Catholic college and the apartment building where I lived at the time was named after a priest that had lived in the monastery there, Fr. Valentine (obviously named after the saint I was just telling you about).

The Story of my Proposal

I came home to my college apartment in Valentine Hall after a long day of student teaching.  I started going through all the valentines from my kids when my then boyfriend knocked on my door.  I let him in and although I was a little surprised that he was all dressed up, jumped right in to telling him stories from the day and about my valentines.  Right away, I could tell that he was nervous and kind of stopped talking.  He (very) nervously told me that he needed to talk to me and I was like … ok… He started asking these weird questions, “Do you love me” was the one I mainly remember and I said that I did.  You might think at this point that he was obviously about to propose, but that idea didn’t even cross my mind; I was not expecting that at all.  So I answered all these questions and then he started to tell me that he had gone to my parents house to “ask them a question, and” he continued, “that’s why I can ask you this question…” and he got down on one knee, showed me a ring, and asked me to marry him.

I was BLOWN AWAY!  I lunged down at him to give him a hug as I exclaimed, “YES!”  I didn’t have a doubt in my mind, this was my best friend, my soul mate and I love him with all my heart.  I sat back against the wall after the lunge-hug to absorb everything (it was very overwhelming at the time).  My first thought was that I had so many people to call, and my second thought was (don’t judge!) that I had to change my facebook relationship status!  I couldn’t wait to tell everyone!  But first, I needed him to tell me the story again because I couldn’t really listen the first time, “You talked to my parents?!  What did they say?!

Not from our Engagement night, but a picture of us in collge 🙂

For the story of the talk with the parents and our Valentine’s Day date, come read tomorrow’s post – Part 2 of our Engagement Story.  🙂

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