Are you getting ready for Valentine's day? Are you planning anything special? I remember when my husband and I were first married. We were young (19, 20 years old) and we were too poor to pay attention - so there were many many years when we celebrated Valentine's Day on February 15th or 16th. Things are 50 - 75% by then... and the chocolates are still just as yummy :) I made homemade valentines, I wrote poems... I made dinner... Those were the days when things were terribly simple...and wonderfully sweet.
It isn't hard to show love to your husband, and not break the bank. Here are a few ideas...
1.) If your husband likes to travel: Take him on a stay-cation. Think of somewhere he would like to go, and then plan an evening around that. Would he like to go to Italy? Then find a station on Pandora or I heart radio that plays Italian themed music, make lasagna and salad for dinner, watch a movie based in Italy. (The Godfather probably isn't the best choice, though.)
2.) Make his favorite dinner: Does he love filet mignon? I know it's expensive, but one night a year probably won't hurt the budget too badly. My husband likes chicken liver. I can't stand it! It makes me gag, but when I can find it at the local grocery, I'll buy it and make him a chicken liver dinner.
3.) What about his favorite dessert?: Does he love chocolate mousse? Is his favorite strawberry cheesecake? My husband loves chess cake. It's devilishly high in fat and calories... I mean, anything that calls for 3 eggs, a box of confectioner's sugar, 8 oz of cream cheese, and a yellow cake mix as the crust... WHEW! But I must admit, it's yummy :)
4.) Can't find the right card? Try making on yourself. It's a sweet gesture, and you can say everything you've been meaning to say.
My point is, you don't have to spend a lot, or buy fantastic gifts. You can show your husband your love just by getting back to the simple things in life.
Only By His Grace,