I learned a valuable lesson in trying to complete these challenges. I learned that other people's ideals of what makes romance doesn't always fit with your life. I learned that your husband is not "every other man" and his needs are special and unique. Above all, I learned that Valentine's Day should be everyday, that everything I wanted to do are things that I ought to be doing every single day.
My husband (and yours) deserves to know every day that I appreciate him, that I don't only come to him when I have some negative issue to deal with. He deserves to know that he makes me happy with all the little things he does, not just the big, showy things. He deserves to be treated with love and respect, simply because he is the man I promised to love and honour all the days of my life and because I complete him and he completes me.
He needs to know that I could love him, even when he does something that upsets me. I need to make him understand that he isn't a failure just because he can't give me things that I want, material or otherwise. I need to let him know all the time that I appreciate how hard he works and that I support him in his dreams, goals, problems. I need to let him know that its okay to lean on me sometimes, just as I lean on him.
I learned that the greatest gift we can give to each other is ourselves, completely. The greatest gift I can give to him is my faith and trust in him and all of my love, all of me.
So, to complete my challenge.. I'm going out on the limb and posting the poem I made up for my husband this year...somewhat edited, gotta keep some things private ;) This is my grand all-out gesture.. I'm letting the whole world know what my man means to me