Romance on a Budget

Although we never extensively studied the matter, Valentines day went the way of Christmas and Easter for us, and we don’t celebrate it any longer. However, as most of the world is thinking of how to bless their significant others right now, and communicating love to a spouse is always a good thing, I thought now would be a good time to write about one of the best gifts I ever gave my husband – one that cost me absolutely nothing and brought my husband to tears. It’s really simple, but powerful, and here is what I did:

While my husband was at work, I cooked him a nice dinner and lit candles all around the house (nothing terribly original about that.) Then I posted a big sheet of paper on the living room wall that said:


All around the house, I then posted little pieces of paper on which I had written down some of the things I appreciated about him, and placed them in relevant areas in our home. For instance, on a pillow I placed a note that said:

I love you because you always give me the best pillow

On the closet door:

I love you because you get my shoes for me when we’re going out

In the kitchen:

I love you because you take the trash out

At the back door:

I love you because you spray the bugs under the house


In miscellaneous places I posted things like:

I love you because you care about things I care about (even when they’re silly)


I love you because you think I’m beautiful


I love you because you’re happy when you come home

In all, I wrote over fifty notes and placed them all over the house. They weren’t “romantic,” just little things to let my husband know that the things he did for me were noticed and appreciated. I think that’s what really got to him – knowing that I noticed and appreciated all those little things that don’t always get recognized.



Related Posts:

More Than You’ll Ever Know … A tribute to my husband

Tis The Season … Why we don’t celebrate Christmas and other holidays

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8 Responses to Romance on a Budget

  1. Kirsty says:

    What a sweet idea! I love it and I will have to steal it :) Thank you!

  2. wanda says:

    That is the greatest idea! I’m with you….celebrating these holidays …..well….is just kinda wasteful. But doing something meaningful such as that….priceless!

    It’s important to honor one another…..not buy some expensive gift that will be tossed later.

    I love it.

  3. Mrs. Parunak says:

    I think I may have to steal that idea, too, sometime!

  4. Judy says:

    I just wanted to thank you so much for this post. I did this for my husband on Valentine’s Day and was shocked by his reaction. It meant so much to him!
    Thank you for sharing such a great idea!

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