Every day should be a ‘holiday’ to celebrate love! And April 18th is my family ‘s special holiday to honor and celebrate all the love in our life🎉
So- full disclosure (it’s not a secret) I love to celebrate! Who doesn’t love a good celebration? I liked to celebrate “the little things” even yeaaaaaars ago, before I even knew about “National Holidays” (I found out about “National Holidays” a few years ago and have been celebrating EVEN MORE, ever since. I never told anyone but about 4 years ago I even submitted an application for LOVE DAY to be a National Holiday… still waiting for that to happen). But this is how R Love Day began…
It was a beautiful spring day in Chico, California, 2006. Life was great – my husband and I were newlyweds, I was going to graduate college with honors the next month (the first one in my family on BOTH sides!) and we had just found out we were pregnant. I went to check the mail and something really weird happened… we received 3 cards from different people for different things, all full of love! As I read the cards, I felt so overwhelmed with love and gratitude.
My sweet friend, who was one of my bridesmaids, and old San Diego roomie, had mailed us a lovely card with great pictures she took from our wedding,
My husband’s sister had mailed us a sweet card asking us to be Godparents of their baby girl.
My incredible sister (was 7ish at the time) mailed me a card and wrote to tell me I was a “supercalafragileisticexpialadocious” sister (my sister doesn’t have hands, so for her to write all that out just melted my heart!).
Ok – so after gushing over these cards (who gets 3 awesome cards, out of the blue, on the same day?) my husband came home from work and the first thing he said was “guess what? I heard 3 SONGS from our wedding today!” And that was that… I showed him the cards and told him we should celebrate all the love in our life on April 18th, every year… and we have, for the past 13 years!
Every year is different- every celebration is unique and this year we’re excited to celebrate our first Love Day in OHIO. We’ve went away for weekend trips (SURPRISE, we’re going to Tahoe), hiking and ice cream trips, bowling, surprise weekend away to Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Love Day house parties, couples massages <my favorite>, and last year we planned on starting “R Big Life Adventure” move across the country on Love Day but selling our house/ escrow and divine intervention had other plans which pushed us out a week or so. So last year we celebrated at Benihana’s.
And that’s our Love Day story. We enjoy our special little holiday every year – something not sponsored by Hallmark (eh hum, Valentine’s Day), and a time to appreciate our family and friends and the abundance of love in our life.
I hope that our story has inspired you. Today, on Love Day, or any day you feel moved, share your love, write a card, call a friend – because you never know the impact it’ll have on some else’s life.
Happy Love Day – from my family to yours!