“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” ~ Robert Frost
It’s simply unavoidable. Maybe it’s the heart shaped boxes that pop in our heads at the mention of Valentine’s Day. Honestly, who can stay temperate around the thought of chocolates waiting inside, ready to stick to our fingers with the sweet smell of cocoa and sugar?
The month of love has brushed up against our door steps, seeping through the cracks of our closed, practical days. It threatens to blow the doors of romance open. Have we left it ajar?
Somewhere deep inside us is the come-hither of desire, and it whispers a little louder this time of year. We totter towards sunsets and cinnamon hearts, like lemmings walking towards the edge of the sea.
14 Days of Loves
In the next fourteen days, I want to share loves that make their mark on our lives — Loves that irresistibly meander their way into us, even past the protective walls of functional living.
These desires make us real. Those things we think of with affection point to important parts of our soul, giving life an irresistible sheen called love.
I got the idea of 14 Days of Love from a friend who has claimed she’s given her husband a little surprise every day, for fourteen days leading up to Valentine’s Day — for fifteen years.
It sounded like an irresistible challenge. After all, I am sentimental mush.
I’m the weird person that card store clerks watch closely. Somewhere in the employee’s manual, it tells them to keep an eye on customers who act like card-reading robots, meticulously opening and closing every darn card on display.
So, this past weekend, I quickly jotted down some ideas for fourteen days of love — for Hubby — and for you.
For you: I found fourteen quotes to share, and I hope to share some irresistible topics together.
For Hubby: Maybe you can help me. Here’s what I got so far (I’ve told Hubby to NOT read today’s blog post!):
1. Wash the car.
2. Schedule the car for maintenance (heard him mention that a few times).
3. Put together a candy treat of gummi bears, malt balls, and Butterfingers (his faves) and tuck it into his work bag.
4. Send him a mushy “Thinking Of You” e-card.
5. Handmake him an “I Love You” card with a picture from our early dating days.
6. Pick up/drop off his dry cleaning.
7. Arrange a candlelight dinner with his favorite meal, after the kids get tucked in.
8. Write a Top 10 Things I Love About You on a poster sheet, and hang it up in the dining room.
9. Sweep the Garage.
… Your ideas?
Now, before you accuse me of being unromantic on the car, dry cleaning, and garage surprises, my Hubby’s love language happens to be Acts of Service (check out the list of Love Languages). So, ha!
What do you find irresistible about the month of February — or do you?
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I too have taken the 14 days of Valentine’s challenge! This morning I left a “love” card on his dash board to find as he left for work. I have candies as well to give him on of these 14 days. I got him Valentine’s themed boxers. I have a frame of pictures of our girls for him to take to work. I bought Hersey Kisses to leave a trail from the front door to the bedroom when he gets home from bible study Thursday night (sorry for the TMI). We have dinner out planned for Saturday night. I plan to make him rice krispy heart shaped treat this week since he loves those and just a few other small things that include more cards, notes left in the bathroom and the top 10 things I love about him!! Thanks for posting this Bonnie and thank’s to K for encouraging us ladies that this day is not just about us and our needs!!
Yeah, another partner in crime!
That’s a great idea – I’d better get moving, since today is Day One already!
February is the best month ever – not only Valentine’s Day, but our anniversary (10 years this month!) and my birthday. I.Heart.February!
.-= Beth Ingersoll´s last blog ..Time, time, time =-.
Go, Beth! It’s never too late to jump in. Happy 10th anniversary! How uniquely special.
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Great ideas. I may have to steal a couple! 🙂
.-= jasonS´s last blog ..Why I Want You at Church (Part 1) =-.
I had to go back to teach, leaving my brand new husband of two weeks. I left post-it notes everywhere. I left one inside the medicine chest where his tooth brush was. I left one in a kitchen drawer I knew he would open. I left one in is jacket pocket and one on his pillow. He told me that of course he missed me but these even made him miss me more! So think like the Easter Bunny and hide, hide, hide!
How sweet! Who says guys aren’t softies?
Ahh it’s the first day of the month of love. Since singleness is the season of life I’m in, I’m never quite sure how to handle this holiday–usually there are twinges of loneliness that are surpassed by time with girlfriends and a God who whispers words of love over me. That fact is what I find irresistible about the month of February….I love the ideas of showing your husband you love him in special ways for fourteen days! How excitng!
Hey Jennifer! The 14 days of love aren’t centered around the marrieds. So, keep reading and keep commenting. You’ll see… 🙂 I got your back, girl. Faith Barista friends here include singles and marrieds.
What a great idea. Like an advent calendar for one’s valentine.
If you can, try to find Two’s Company’s “Sweet Notes Playing Cards” a 52 card deck + jokers. The deck comes in a heart-shaped box, with heart-shaped cards. Like conversation hearts. They can be a lot of fun, if you’re game.
I’ve also had a Valentine’s basket of goodies delivered to my husband, presented him with a book of love poems, and written him poems, and given him a heart-shaped candle (he’s given me heart-shaped art glass). This year I’m giving him Charlie Brown’s “Love is Walking Hand in Hand”.
.-= Maureen (Mo)´s last blog ..What It Costs (Poem) =-.
Oh, good. I knew I had a sentimental friend in you! I expecting nothing less from a poet. 😉 LOL. How sweet, you and your Hubby. Thank you for that pointer to the game, Mo!
Those are all great – my favorite though is the Top 10 Things I love about You – I will have to do that one – I can also get the kids involved by asking them what are the top 10 things they love about their dad – thanks so much for the idea!!!
OOOhhh… My Top Ten List just got better. Love the idea, drafting in the kids!
Oh, I definitely need to jump into this. My husband would flip over if I surprised him with some of those things you’ve listed. He and i are both so busy this time of year that those little acts of kindness go a long way toward keeping us grounded in what really matters.
.-= Heather Sunseri´s last blog ..Lost In a Whiteout of Pessimism? =-.
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