Valentine Love Box

Valentine’s Day marks our half-year wedding anniversary. We married on August 14th and February 14th is exactly six months later, so we always enjoy a mini celebration. (My Love figured that out, BTW.) This year we will be married 17 1/2 years.

I’ve been inspired to create a special Love Box to celebrate!

By posting this, I’ll probably spoil the surprise for my Love, but I wanted to link it to the Works-For-Me Wednesday Valentine’s Day Tip post over at We are THAT Family. Besides, I can’t keep a good secret. It won’t hurt to give it to him early! (Wink!)

My Love and I have been going through a Financial Peace University class, so we have been diligently budgeting and trying to “live like no other, so we can eventually live like no other,” as Dave Ramsey says.

I’ve looked at our February budget knowing we should play it financially safe this half-year celebration. Then after recently reading Ann Voskamp’s post, How to Make a Marriage Bed on her blog, A Holy Experience, I knew I found the “perfect” gift for my Love and for saving money!

The Love Box originated from a long ago letter to Ann Landers:

“Dear Ann Landers: Last weekend, we celebrated my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. This morning, they left on a long-awaited trip to Hawaii. They were as excited as if it were their honeymoon.
When my parents married, they had only enough money for a three-day trip 50 miles from home. They made a pact that each time they made love, they would put a dollar in a special metal box and save it for a honeymoon in Hawaii for their 50th anniversary.

Dad was a policeman, and Mom was a schoolteacher. They lived in a modest house and did all their own repairs. Raising five children was a challenge, and sometimes, money was short, but no matter what emergency came up, Dad would not let Mom take any money out of the “Hawaii account.” As the account grew, they put it in a savings account and then bought CDs.

My parents were always very much in love. I can remember Dad coming home and telling Mom, “I have a dollar in my pocket,” and she would smile at him and reply, “I know how to spend it.”

When each of us children married, Mom and Dad gave us a small metal box and told us their secret, which we found enchanting. All five of us are now saving for our dream honeymoons. Mom and Dad never told us how much money they had managed to save, but it must have been considerable because when they cashed in those CDs, they had enough for airfare to Hawaii plus hotel accommodations for 10 days and plenty of spending money.

As they told us good-bye before leaving, Dad winked and said, “Tonight, we are starting an account for Cancun. That should only take 25 years.”

– Loving Daughter in Abilene, Texas

I already had this decorative book/box in our formal living room. I just moved it to our bedroom with a special touch–no expense incurred, except for the diligent planning of our 20th anniversary trip and a handwritten love letter.

This is a gift that speaks to every husband’s heart so I dare you to create one for your Love too! You can go as simple or as elaborate as you want, depending on your budget, of course.

What else do you plan to do for your Valentine?

“Beloved, Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth– for your love is more delightful than wine.” Song of Songs 1:2


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. We are THAT family
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 19:44:27

    I LOVE this! My hubby gave me a similar box a few years ago. Every year he adds a special letter to it!


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