I asked a friend yesterday what she was planning for Valentine’s Day (I was fishing for ideas to steal), and she said (in essence), “Are you nuts? I don’t do Valentine’s Day.”

I had just come from another gathering of friends, and they gave similar responses to my question. Guess I’m on my own for ideas this year!

Now, I get that it’s tempting to ‘opt out’ of Valentine’s Day.

  • You’re too busy.
  • You didn’t plan ahead.
  • You haven’t done anything for the past five years, and it would feel weird to change that.
  • It’s too expensive.
  • You don’t have any ideas.
  • You don’t want to break the agreement you have with your husband not to do anything.

And yet, somebody’s celebrating. (I assume that’s why I couldn’t get a dinner reservation for Saturday night.) Somebody’s buying all the cards with red envelopes at Target. (I assume that’s why I couldn’t find a good one.)

Don’t we want our husbands and kids to know that somebody loves them, too

I’m not guilting you, I promise! But the whole world knows it’s Valentine’s Day today. Isn’t it making more of a statement to not do something?

Now, don’t do anything crazy–like book flights to Paris. Do something simple. Use what you have in your house. Here’s what I came up with for this morning (since nobody gave me any good ideas yesterday!):

Muffins from the grocery store. Not a big deal, but they loved it, and felt loved. Freshly brewed coffee (which is my husband’s love language), and notes in lunches.

Also, instead of a card, I plan to send my husband a series of “to be continued…” emails. The first one will begin with,

My favorite romantic moment with you this year was….. to be continued. (Look for my next email in an hour)

What’s your plan today? C’mon. No opting out of Valentine’s Day.

“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
I John 4:11

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