We don’t do Valentine’s Day

chocolate-sweet-love-1414567-mI don’t pretend to know what love is for everyone, but I can tell you what it is for me; love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to be with them more than any other person, love is trusting them enough to tell them everything about yourself, including the things you might be ashamed of, love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone, but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you.– Author Unknown
David and I are not like most other couples when it comes to Valentine’s Day. We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day as a holiday. February 14th is generally just like any other day in our house.  Occasionally we exchange gifts on Valentine’s Day, but we don’t feel compelled to do so just because the date on the calendar says we should. Neither of us feel the pressure to find the perfect card, perfect gift, or to have the perfect day. Early in our marriage we would stress about this day, but over the past six to seven years it has become just another day.
I think we have a low key Valentine’s Day because we celebrate our love for each other through out the year. We make showing our love for each other a priority EVERY day, not just on the special days.  I often get flowers for no reason, which I love. Sometimes I will arrive home to find little thoughtful surprises awaiting me.  These demonstrations of love and appreciation come from David’s heart, not the calendar. These everyday gifts mean much more to me than any gift given on Valentine’s Day could ever mean.
We do buy our kids a little something special for Valentine’s. Usually it is just a box of candy or a small toy. We started doing this years ago because I thought it was odd that my kids would get Valentine’s from their classmates and teacher but not from us.  We give them a little something just as a reminder of how much we really do love them.
However, you celebrate your love I hope you have a wonderful time making memories and sharing special moments with the people you love.

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