Thursday, February 2, 2012

love fest, day 2

This post was inspired by Ingrid Michaelson's "Everybody." I love that song. Whenever I'm having a bad day, I play it and it instantly makes me feel happier. Especially this part:

Happy is the heart that still feels pain
Darkness drains and light will come again
Swing open up your chest and let it in
Just let the love, love, love begin

Everybody, Everybody wants to love
Everybody, Everybody wants to be loved
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh

Can't forget the Oh oh oh part. And it's true. Who doesn't want to love and be loved?

When Nate and I first got married, I started a list on my computer of all the reasons I love him. When I would think of something, I would go type it in. I started this little task because I spend a lot of my day away from Nate and it seems like I'm always thinking of reasons I love him, but I always forget to tell him when he's actually around.

The list on my computer was fun to make, but I'm not sure how often I actually told him the reasons. This year I was thinking about how it would be nice to make a list and hang it on the fridge. So when I wake up and the dishes are clean or I notice that he vacuumed our bedroom, I can write it on the list.  Then he can be reminded some of the reasons I love him every time he goes to the fridge.

 {Here's my list for Nate.}

And this doesn't have to be just for spouses. I think it would be fun to post the list on your kids' bedroom doors. Or you could spend a week or so filling it out and then mail it to someone. Ingrid said that everybody could use a list of reasons why someone loves them (at least that's what I think she meant). {Download my list template here.}

This next idea requires a little more effort on your part. My mom used to do this when we were growing up (but not just for Valentine's Day). She would ask us to do nice things for each other and then leave a little something behind. I loved trying to come up with small ways I could make someone's day better. I like that she got me in this habit because I feel like it taught me to look around and see what I could do to make someone else happy, no matter how small my act was.

So I made some heart-shaped notes that say "p.s. i love you." Make someone's bed, bake someone a cake, or empty the dishwasher...then leave a sweet little reminder that you love them behind. You could make your own that say something special or you can download my heart-shaped notes here.

{I checked out this book for Nate from the library because he had been wanting to read it.}


lindsay b. said...

The idea of the refrigerator list is so cute. On a tangential note, I really want to read that book--I've heard great things about it. Best wife ever for checking books out for your husband.

Nate said...

Agreed with Lindsay, best wife ever--thanks for getting the book. I'm putting that on my "I love you because" list.

Alisha Erin said...

1) super cute notes!
2) i LOVE that book. LOVE.

Margaret said...

Saw this and thought of you!