It was 5:30am. I wanted to surprise him. While he was in the bathroom getting ready for work, I raced downstairs. In the pitch black, I grabbed the first little bag I could find and a little notepad. I wrote “An early Valentine.” Perfect, I thought.
My heart was racing. I had to hurry. The note was written. The surprise was in the little bag. I placed them both on the kitchen counter and I ran back upstairs and quickly got back into bed. He was going to be so shocked! I couldn’t wait. Under the covers, I was smiling like a little girl awaiting Christmas morning. I couldn’t wait for my hubby to get his early Valentine surprise!
Finally, he opened the bathroom door. I lay perfectly still as he crept over in the dark to kiss me good-bye like he does every morning. He walked quietly out of the bedroom and down the stairs. My heart was pounding. Any minute now…
What seemed like an eternity later, he opened the bedroom door again. I sat up with a huge smile on my face expecting a huge smile on his! There wasn’t…
“Oh sh#&!” He whispers.
That was not the reaction I was hoping for, but he comes over to the bed and we hug tightly. There are tears of excitement, anxiousness, and a little of how-are-we-going-to-do-this. We hug even tighter.
“So, were you surprised?” I asked.
“Yes.” he said. “But next time, can you not put it in a Victoria’s Secret bag?”
In my mad rush to pee on a stick, write a note, put it in a little gift bag–all in the dark mind you, I had NO idea I had just surprised my husband with a positive pregnancy test in a Victoria’s Secret bag!!! It’s hysterical imagining him reading the note, seeing the Victoria’s Secret bag and thinking, “Oh yeah!” I can picture him looking in with high hopes expecting a little something sexy that I was going to be wearing for him on Valentine’s Day but instead being incredibly shocked that we were going to have Leeb Baby #3–soooooo the opposite of what he was anticipating! Instead of a night of romance, he got a wife who was nauseous and tired!
Once he got past the shock, we were able to laugh and be joyful. We were so grateful to be blessed with three children when at one point in our lives, we didn’t think we would have any.
Even today, we still laugh about it as we recall the morning two years ago when daddy was surprised with an early Valentine!
Lord-thank you for surprises! Thank you for the gift of children. They are such blessings to the world. Thank you for the gift of laughter and joy when we least expect them. Amen!