A few years back, my friend Sarah Jo posted about a tradition that she and her husband have for Valentine’s Day. Every year, she buys him a children’s book and embellishes it and writes notes in it and gives it to her husband as a sort of love letter.
I thought it was a very sweet idea, and eventually you’ll have a shelf full of these books recording your love over the years. It’s a living, growing testament to your marriage that can be seen by your children, family, and friends. Since they’re children’s books, it’s particularly special to share them with your children as an example of loving your husband well.
I usually find a cute board book or other short children’s book and add some drawings and inside jokes on the pages, and then I write a full letter to Steve inside the front cover. This will be the fourth year I’ve done this, so our collection is growing.
Last year’s book was a little different. I got Pool by Jihyeon Lee, and it was so beautifully illustrated that it didn’t feel right to embellish it. It also perfectly conveyed our place in life at the time all on it’s own (diving deep into the pool together to see what adventures await at the bottom, right as we were preparing for the first embryo transfer), so I just wrote a letter inside the cover.
I found this year’s book, Dinosaur Kisses, quite by accident at Target. The dinosaur theme fits well with the twins coming, especially since we read this post about how twin boys are just like the raptors from Jurassic Park!
This is really our only Valentine’s tradition, since neither of us is big into Valentine’s Day to begin with. We usually go out to dinner or cook together at home, and watch a movie or play a board game. Pretty low-key, but that’s how we like it.
What are some of your Valentine’s Day traditions? Let me know in the comments!