7 Ways to Guarantee a Great Valentine’s Day

Yes, this is for the ladies. And, yes, I am of the male persuasion. But after 21 years of marriage, I’ve got a pretty good handle on what keeps the romance alive. Well…for me anyway. I won’t say that my my better half as put all these techniques into action, but I’m not saying she hasn’t. I’m just sayin’…well, just read on.

7 ways to guarantee a great Valentine’s Day (or night):

  1. Get rid of the kids. For the love of Pete (more on Pete later), nothing kills a romantic evening like the presence of our little blessings. Asleep doesn’t count. We know how you are when “the kids can hear” (even if they’re three floors up with lead lined floors).
  2. Speaking of…Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be on the 14th. Pick the nearest weekend, preferably the weekend where rule #1 is easiest to achieve.
  3. Flannel is out. It doesn’t have to be the teddy that you saw on the 23 year old Victoria’s Secret model, but a pair of silk PJs with a couple of “forgotten” buttons is usually enough to stoke the flames. C’mon, we’re men. We don’t need a lot of effort, but a little thought in the gift wrap is always appreciated.
  4. Sexting isn’t just for former Detroit Mayors. Send hints all day, especially if you know he’s in a meeting. It’s always fun trying to explain to our boss why our face is all red and we’re sweating a bit.
  5. Disconnect. The computer goes off. The TV is a definite no-no. No i-Pads, smart phones, or any other piece of modern devilry that exists to distract us from the important things in life. If the land line rings, you can–yes, you can–ignore it.
  6. If you’re cooking, keep it simple. If you’ve been following the rules this far he won’t know the difference between a Maine Lobster or a Ballpark Frank on his plate. Don’t stress over a fancy meal. We’re in it for the dessert.
  7. There’s a time to be a lady, and a time not to be. Guess which one this is? He doesn’t care if you’re not exactly petite any more and gravity has been unkind. When it comes to rockin’ his world, you’re the expert. Let’s not be shy, ladies.
  8. Yes, I know, I said there’d only be 7. Don’t you dare wait for next Valentine’s Day to repeat this day. God gave men and women to each other as His second greatest gift. For heaven’s sake, take the gift out often and enjoy!

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I am a husband, dad, Christian, and writer. Not necessarily in that order. It took me thirty years to turn my life over to my Redeemer. It's taken another ten to figure out what it is He has in store for me. My first novel, Now I Knew You, will be released in March, 2015. I pray that God will allow me to write many more before calling me home.

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