Ben and I are strange.
You may have noticed.
To describe us, our friends use fun words like eccentric or unique.
We love it. I’ve always felt so different, and finding someone as weird as me so early on has made life not only way more fun, but meaningful. I’m so grateful to have found someone who gets me on every level, makes every moment an adventure, and truly loves me for all that I am.
One of our quirks is that we aren’t big on typical holidays. I may have mentioned that we don’t give gifts on birthdays or holidays… instead we have Happy [insert-day-of-the-week-here]day! gifts that come randomly throughout the year. It makes receiving a gift that much more surprising, and we actually get what we need rather than things we’ll never use. Plus, we try to make a conscious effort to practice the values of holidays on a daily basis [why just celebrate peace and abundance during Christmas, or love only on February 14th?] rather than on just one day a year.
We really don’t have any rules when it comes to holidays, though… and if we feel like it, we celebrate! And we always make it a point to do something special on our wedding anniversary.
It’s probably a good thing we’re not “celebrating” Valentine’s Day this year, because this year my evening is going to consist of two super exciting activities:
- helping my Uncle fix the brakes on my car for two hours, and then
- giving a presentation to my Social Work with Families class.
And just because we’re not doing anything extraordinarily special with our Valentine’s Day this year doesn’t mean I haven’t been enjoying all the love + heart-themed ideas circulating the blog world!
A few of my faves [which I totally plan on making soon!]:
- Shirley’s gluten-free Un-Molten Chocolate Cake
- SimplyLivingHealthy’s refined-sugar, gluten, and dairy-free Magic Coconut Bars
- Alex’s vegan, gluten- and sugar-free Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
I just realized that all three of those options are chocolate-based. What can I say?
And just for fun, a few of my favorite posts about my best friend + life partner:
- Celebrating Ben
- Mr. Ben’s First Day
- Meals for Two [complete with an awesome side-by-side of middle-school Ben + Haley]
Don’t forget to love yourself today [and every day, for that matter!]! Even if you’re strange…
Any special plans for Valentine’s Day??
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