2.11.2010

To The One I Respect & Admire

If you don't have a card for your Valentine just yet (don't forget your daddy, girls!), don't despair. I've got something for you!

But first, there's a big secret you must know (from a fabulous book called Love and Respect): I love you aren't the words men are longing to hear. I dare you to leave those three little words right out of your card this year and see what happens!

WHAT?!?! That's nuts! EVERYONE likes to be loved. Yes, they do, but this is where it gets weird: the words "I love you" don't mean the same thing to a man that they do to a woman. Those three little words don't light their fire. We might as well be speaking Greek (Dr. Eggerichs calls it "speaking pink" in his book)! So what is it we are supposed to say or write when what we feel is love? Are you ready for this??? I respect you...I admire you. Simple as that.

I laughed out loud when I heard this. That's IT? No XOXO and hand-drawn hearts? No "I love you" written ANYWHERE in the note? Every man in our Love and Respect group nodded a huge YES. Who knew?!?!

This revelation inspired a card design unlike any other...a card made for a man.
"To the one I respect and admire."
Just ask my husband how much he loves getting one of these...any day of the year! And of course you add the handwritten note with a few specifics telling him what you admire or respect about him and boom...he's full of LOVE (for you)!
I want as many ladies as possible to have an appealing way of offering these words to the men in their lives, and since I can't put wings on these cards and fly them over, here's a free "make-it-yourself" download:
{Sorry, but the link is no longer active.}

I like to print directly onto small (3 1/2 x 5) watercolor cards, but here's what I'd do if I didn't have those on hand:

1. Print (on nice white or ecru paper)
2. Cut (leave as much white space as desired; use deckled edge scissors to jazz it up)
3. Glue (to cardstock or construction paper; use scrapbooking dots for a "raised" look).
4. Write (a few lines specifying what you respect or admire about him)
5. Repeat (often!)

Happy card making! And if you'd like to give a little love back to LLH Designs, feel free to vote in a fun little contest called "The Lovelies" - a contest for blogs and handmade shops. I'm in the "Best Shop for Papergoods" category and would love your support! Just click here or on the icon below and post a comment (that's your vote). Be sure to check out the other creative businesses while you're there!

1 comment:

  1. Great idea! I really think you have something here. I have used "admire" many times in love letters to my Sweetie, but I think I could drop in a few more "respect"s. Good work!

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