I failed Valentines.

I put way too many expectations on holidays. If I don’t do crafts with the kids, buy everyone a gift, cook the perfect meal, include everyone or buy the most creative gift, I feel like I failed.
Well, once again, I feel like I failed Valentines. I did manage to make the grandparents Valentines cards. To the most important Valentine of the day, however, I failed. I got my husband a card and that was really it. He is the love of my life! I am mad at myself for not doing more for him this year. He deserves it!
I don’t want to say to myself, “Oh well, better luck next year…” I want to take Valentines past Feb. 14th!
Oh, that I could deny myself, serve and love him more everyday of the year, not just the 14th.

I read this, from girltalkblog.com tonight and was tremendously challenged and encouraged.

“Are you in love with your husband? Not, Do you love him? I know you do. He has been around a long time, and you’re used to him. He is the father of your children. But are you in love with him? How long has it been since your heart really squeezed when you looked at him?…Why is it you have forgotten the things that attracted you to him at first?…Your husband needs to be told that you love him, that he is attractive to you. By the grace of God, I want you to start changing your thought pattern. Tomorrow morning, get your eyes off the toaster or the baby bottles long enough to LOOK at him. Don’t you see the way his coat fits his shoulders? Look at his hands. Do you remember when just to look at his strong hands made your heart lift? Well, LOOK at him and remember. Then loose your tongue and tell him you love him. Will you ask the Lord to give you a sentimental, romantic, physical, in-love kind of love for your husband? He will do this.” ~Shirley Rice


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