Valentine’s Day is almost here and I want to do something special for my Valentine this year. John and I have been married for a long time and have had all manner of Valentine’s Days. We have exchanged chocolates, flowers, handmade gifts, expensive gifts and simple tokens of affection. We have gone on romantic Valentine getaways and we have missed the holiday completely.
Our relationship has evolved through the years. We have gone from freshly in love college kids to an engaged couple planning our future, to newlyweds happily setting up a household. We had three beautiful babies who consumed our energy for years, found a work-life balance, lost our balance and had to find it again with a new life in a new city. We celebrated as each child emerged as a happy, healthy, amazing young adult and set off to make the world a better place. We moved into the empty nest period, always welcoming our children home when they needed to refresh and reassess.
At each stage, we have rediscovered each other anew, falling more deeply in love with each other and with our vocation. I want to do something this year that will symbolize all of the love that my husband has shown me throughout these years. Chocolate and flowers just don’t seem sufficient. What material gift could possibly show this wonderful man how much his love has done for me over the past years? His love has been a glimpse of the love that God has for me. He has sacrificed for me, as Jesus calls married couples to sacrifice for each other, and he has done it joyfully. He has made small daily decisions to love me and has made huge sacrifices for me. I want this Valentine’s Day to show him how much I appreciate his love and care for me throughout all of the years of our marriage.