15 Days of Valentine’s Challenge

15 Days of Valentine’s Challenge

As a young girl, I would dress up in oversized dresses and heels and prance along the driveway singing at the top of my lungs, “SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME!!!” I was in love with the idea of love and what that would mean in my life. To be loved by someone who would choose to spend their whole life with you? What joy! How amazing! Now, I look at my husband and my heart is full.I have been blessed with a man more perfect for me than my daydreaming child mind could have imagined. Not a perfect man mind you – but a man I know God created with me in mind.

Our marriage is not perfect but God has used, and shapes, every mistake, every “I’m sorry,” every kiss, and every day into a beautiful example of His grace and goodness. My thoughts on love NOW are different from my 7-year-old mind – they are better. Maybe not perfect, but better.

So now, February is coming and with it comes “the day of love.” Valentine’s Day. Some hate this holiday and some love it, and others simply tolerate it.

I personally don’t mind it either way. I attempt to love my husband in little ways every day so he knows I love and appreciate him (no, I don’t always succeed) – but Valentine’s Day is basically a “set in stone date night” and I’m not complaining about that!

But lately, I have been praying and struggling through heart issues in my own life, and my sweet husband has been nothing but supportive through my hormonal upheaval. So, I feel the desire to TRULY do some things to remind Kyle just how much he means to me! HENCE – my 15 Days of Valentine’s Challenge.

My idea stems from the 12 Days of Christmas, with a different item being given every day until Christmas. But instead, I’m doing this with Valentines. Every day until Valentine’s Day I have come up with something different to show Kyle how much I love him and all he does for our family. Nothing big or expensive, but simply ways to make the month of February especially meaningful.

Do you want to join me in this challenge??

I would love for February to be a month of joy and love for all of the men in our lives! God has blessed us and is the epitome of love – let’s share some of that! <3 <3

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15 Days of Valentines Challenge 

February 1st:

Start the day off right! Get up early and bring him a cup of coffee in bed. Added bonus? Include a little love note <3 (This chalkboard mug is perfect!)

February 2nd:

Write a little love note and put it somewhere he will find during the day – his coat pocket, wallet, or on his desk? Or set a secret note on his phone to go off at a certain time!

February 3rd:

Clean his car or truck for him and leave a couple notes on his dashboard. (Need some help with love notes? These love note cards can help!)

15 days of valentines challenge loving your man show your husband love

February 4th:

Bring him/pack him a lunch (or bring him his favorite coffee) with a special gift or note inside!

February 5th:

Send him surprise flirty and loving texts throughout the day (see our POST here)

February 6th:

Place sticky notes around the house where he will find them – listing the things you love about him! (These sticky notes are way cute!)

February 7th:

Turn on his favorite sport or movie (without being asked) and sit and watch it with him – actually watch it with him. Not on your phone, etc.

February 8th:

Before he leaves, turn on his car and warm it up for him. Leave his favorite candy on the seat with a love note for the day!

February 9th:

Bring home a rented movie and take out food that HE likes!

February 10th:

Post something on social media about him! Take some time to brag about your awesome guy!

February 11th:

Give him a foot/back massage after work.

February 12th:

Put something nice/sexy on and surprise him after the kids go to bed! (Dillards has some really nice options in this department 🙂 )February 13th:

Turn on music and dance together (or if you aren’t a dancer, play a game! Some favorites of my husband and I are cribbage, Yahtzee, Tenzi, a favorite puzzle, Mexican Train or sometimes we flip on Mario Kart Wii) 🙂

February 14th:

Make his favorite dinner/dessert combo complete with candles, a tent, music, sparkling cider, etc.  – make it romantic if you’re staying in or enjoy a night out for Valentine’s dinner!

February 15th:

Bring him coffee in bed again. Valentine’s day is over, yes. But it’s always good to do and say little things to our guys on a consistent basis! We shouldn’t need a national holiday to remind us!


Now Ladies – I do realize that every man is different! Adjust your challenge to your lifestyle, gravitated towards the things you know your husband will love! And most importantly,  remember to pray for your man! Nothing could be more powerful and more loving than to be a wife that prayers over her husband.

Let’s pray together and watch what the Lord can accomplish in our marriages this February! 🙂

 

 

Need some gift ideas for your guy? Check out

14 Novel Gifts Your Man Will Actually Love 

Looking for more on ways to love your man? Check out these:

Practical Ways to Communicate Respect to your Man 

 67 Different Ways to Say I Love You


67 Different Ways to Say I love you

Do you ever get stuck on “I love you?” Those three little words hold so much weight and yet at times I feel “I love you” just doesn’t encompass everything I feel in my heart! Sometimes you just need a new way to express that love to your husband.

So without further ado – here are 67 different ways to say I love you – other than just “I love you” 🙂

different ways to say i love you

I just recently took the Love Languages test again. The last time I took the test was before I was married and Kyle and I were just dating. I find it interesting how your love language can change throughout different parts of your life! My number one love language was COMPLETELY different than when I originally took the test. This is an important thing to keep in my for your husband as well. Every man is different and seasons change – perhaps at one point in time the best way to say “I love you” will be different than another.

Keep praying, friend! And keep a watchful eye out for the best ways to love your husband!

 

For more on loving your husband, check out:

Communicate Respect to Your Man 

14 Novel Gifts Your Man Will Actually Love 

15 Days of Valentine’s

14 Novel Gifts Your Man Will Actually Love

14 Novel Gifts Your Man Will Actually Love

I love giving gifts! There is something special about meticulously picking out a gift for someone, wrapping it in anticipation of and watching them open it before your eyes.

But sometimes, shopping for my husband can prove to be a challenge! His hobbies are not necessarily “cheap” hobbies so finding gifts for him that don’t cost a fortune can call for some digging and legwork! Overall, he’s pretty easy to please. But it never hurts to have some stellar ideas in my back pocket for when the occasion calls for it! So, here’s a few awesome ideas you can add to yours!

14 Novel Gifts Your Man Will Actually Love

Wulfram Furnishings Kindling Splitter A handcrafted kindling splitter that is a safer and easier option to the traditional hatchet. Made in Montana! They are 17″ tall and 8.5″ wide.

Character Country Minimalist Wallet The Minimalist Leather Wallet was made with simplicity and durability in mind. At Character Country they use 4-5 oz leather for their wallets. The thickness is durable for decades of use, yet thin enough to sit on comfortably. This wallet folded is 4″ long x 2 5/8″ wide. Everything at CharacterCountry is done by hand, the cutting, dying, and sewing. Doing it this way takes time but creates a superior product. Personalization available.

LaCrosse Weather Forecast Station Full-color display gives you current temperatures & humidity, with a future forecast whether it could be sunny or rainy to snowy. Features accurate, self-set atomic time & date with automatic DST updates. Records min/max values and alerts you to extreme temperatures. Also displays your heat index and dew point.

KomalC Genuine Leather Buffalo Toiletry BagInspired by Vintage designs this toiletry bag holds all you need to carry for those short trips and travels. The Metal zippers add a rich and classy look to the kit and add durability to the product. The Interior water-resistant lining adds life to the leather. the external metal zipper adds grace to the look and is an easy way to store small items. brought to you by Komal Chaudhari, this toiletry bag is all you need to carry your stuff in style.

Kacebela BBQ Tool Set This BBQ utensil set is well made of high quality and sturdy stainless steel, which makes the set extremely durable and last for a long time.

ESV Thinline Leather Bound Bible A beautiful leather bound Thinline ESV Bible with wraparound straps.

House of Cribbage Board 

The handmade cribbage board has been inlaid in Rosewood and Maple wood. The engraved tracks are in Maple wood which are surrounded by Rosewood. The bottom of the box has scratch deterrent maroon velvet felt pad which protects the box from scratches and enhances the stability the of the board. Free Drawstring velvet bag is also provided to protect the board.

D&M Leather Studio Personalized iPad Case Beautifully crafted, 100% hand cut and hand sewn brown leather iPad case with additional storage pockets.

The Power of a Praying Husband In The Power of a Praying Husband, you’ll find the excitement and hope that come from inviting the God who hears and answers prayer into your marriage.

Man Crates Whether your man loves grilling, football, golf, alcohol, ammo, etc! You name it, they probably have a crate for it! These are amazing gifts with so much character – bound to make any man happy!

Dollar Shave Club Membership For an affordable and awesome shave, a membership to Dollar Shave Club will not disappoint! It’s incredibly easy to set up orders and if you don’t need any new products one month, canceling is as simple as a click. As well as shaving necessities, they offer hair care, skin care and more!

KZA Art and Photography For something unique and special, find a piece of artwork that would fit perfectly in your man’s Man Cave!

Bellfyd Tactical Pen 

Built like a tank, this tactical defense pen will never let you down when you need it. The built-in glass breaker allows it to break a windshield, while the sharp tip makes it a self-defense weapon. Most of the time, however, BellFyd Spy Pen is a gorgeous ballpoint pen with a replaceable cartridge that writes smoothly, even upside down. Crafted from tungsten steel, the defensive pen: – Is built for personal protection and self-defense.

Boudoir Portraits 

Perhaps not your first idea for a gift, but gifting specially crafted and tasteful pictures to your husband can be an awesome gift he will cherish forever. Find a talented photographer in your area and set up an appointment! If you are in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, I highly recommend Jaela B. Photography!


The ideas are limitless! And every man likes different things!

What are some of your favorite gift ideas for your man??

 

 

Want more ideas on ways to love your Man? See:

Practical Ways to Communicate Respect to your Man

67 Different Ways to Say I Love You 

15 Days of Valentine’s 

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Communicate Respect to Your Man

Communicate Respect to Your Man

As I sat on our couch brainstorming what to write about, the options were limitless and almost overwhelming. So like any normal woman, I asked my chiseled man his opinion…

“Write about how sexy I am!”

No joke – that’s what he said – with a mischievous gleam in his eye and his shoulders shaking as he laughed, obviously thinking he was HILARIOUS!

Man, I stinking love that man. I can’t help but be entertained by his adorable albeit ridiculous jokes!

But as I began to settle myself back down to brainstorming, I realized maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea after all. My mind began to dwell on all the wonderful things I love about Kyle – things that make him “sexy.” Of course there’s the obvious fact that he truly is incredibly good looking-

 but so many of the things that make him unwaveringly handsome are beyond physical.

The way he looks at me, tickles my arm, and calls to see how I’m doing during the day. The fact that he gets Lillian out of bed and makes the coffee so that I, being possibly one of the worst morning people ever, can lay in bed an extra 10 minutes “waking up.” I could go on and on about this man I call “mine” but I know you don’t REALLY care that much. And that’s okay because it might be a little weird if you felt the same way! Ha!

BUT, as I pondered my life with Kyle, I began to reflect on myself and the roll I played as his wife. How do I show Kyle this is how I love him? How do I actively love and respect him?

Now, dear reader, allow me to backtrack for just a moment – before Kyle and I were married we did the video series “Love and Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggerich’s. If you have not had a chance to do this series I would absolutely recommend it. It was fabulous – not only enlightening but surprisingly entertaining. I personally feel that this has made an impact on our marriage and the way we live, love and respect one another.  Yet even after Kyle and I had finished “Love and Respect” and we were finally married, I struggled in my mind with exactly what respect meant and looked like.

I needed practical ways of how I could show respect to Kyle. My complex mind needed every day, in and out, perceptible ways to live out my respect for him.

So, I started to make a list! And if you know me at all, you know I have a perpetual love for lists and bullet points (seriously, who doesn’t love putting a checkmark in those little boxes on a list?) yea, only crazy people don’t like that.

Anywho, I have kept that list on the wall by my bed ever since.  Respect is not easily learned and is something that, for me personally, I always need to work on. I fail often! But thankfully I have an ever loving and gracious Heavenly Father who gave me a husband who forgives and keeps on loving me despite my shortcomings!

I don’t know about you but I want others to see and know that my husband is a man deeply loved and cherished by his wife!

Just as we so desperately want and need to be loved by our men, may we never falter in giving our men the respect, and therefore, LOVE that they need.

It’s so easy to love the way WE want to be loved. But keep in mind that maybe your man needs something a little more/different!

Print off this list! Add your own ideas to it – ways that you can personally love YOUR guy. Comment below with your ideas! I’m always looking for more ways to better love my man.

Post it on your wall so that you may be attentive.

And don’t forget to pray, pray, pray for your man!

I pray that the Lord continues to (gently) reveal where we need to improve and that he will give us fresh and new ideas on how to truly love and RESPECT our men!

(You can find these templates in the Freebies library as well!)

“In any case, as for you individually, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and wives should respect their husbands.”     Ephesians 5:33

“A competent wife, how does one find her? Her value is far above pearls. Her husband entrusts his heart to her; and with her he will have all he needs. She brings him good and not trouble all the days of her life.”      Proverbs 31: 10-12