1. Three Valentine Bible Verse Craft Ideas at Heart of Wisdom.
2. Ruby Valentine Saves the Day by Laurie Friedman. Recommended at Hope Is the Word.
3. Check out the finalists announcement at the Cybils blog. Winners of the Cybils Awards for Children’s and Young Adult Literature are announced every year of Valentine’s Day.
5. Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani. Recommended at Books in the City.
11. Real Romance for Grown-up Women. Choose a book that speaks to the romantic who’s outgrown chicklit and Harlequin.
12. The Valentine Edition by Robin Shope. Recommended at Wendi’s Book Corner.
13. Red Hot Catholic (Christian) Love. A good read for engaged, dating, or married couples.
17-26. More recommended novels about love and marriage:
The Love Letters by Madeleine L’Engle.
Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
Random Harvest by James Hilton
Green Mansions by WH Hudson. ““Our souls were near together, like two raindrops side by side, drawing irresistibly nearer, ever nearer; for now they had touched and were not two, but one inseparable drop, crystallised beyond change, not to be disintegrated by time, nor shattered by death’s blow, nor resolved by any alchemy.”
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Yes. Heathcliff and Cathy were actually the worst of lovers –capricious, unfaithful while remaining bonded to one another, but let’s not quibble. “I am Heathcliff!” says Cathy, and what better description of the marriage of two souls is there in literature?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Jane and Mr. Rochester are as radically faithful and loving in their own way as Cathy and Heathcliff imagine themselves to be. And they actually get together before they die, surely an advantage for lovers.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy are the epitome of lovers in tension that finally leads to consummation.
Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers. Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane are such a hesitant, battle-scarred pair of lovers that thye almost don’t get together at all, but that’s what makes the series of romance-within-a mystery novels that culminates in Gaudy Night so very romantic. They’ve used the same formula in TV series ever since, but Sayers is much better than any Remington Steele (Laura and Remington) or Cheers (Sam and Diane). And Ms. Sayers was even able to write a credibly interesting epilogue novel in Busman’s Honeymoon, which is better than the TV writers can do most of the time.
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon. Who says love is only for the young? Father Tim and Cynthia make it through thick and thin and through five or six books, still in love, still throwing quotations at one another. They’re great lovers in the best sense of the word.
27. My Love Song Playlist (very retro–70’s)
The Twelfth of Never by Donnie Osmond.
Cherish by David Cassidy and the Partridge Family.
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack
Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As ev’ry fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way
I’ve looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know love at all. ~Joni Mitchell
I Honestly Love You by Olivia Newton John.
Evergreen by Barbra Streisand.
Can’t Help Falling in Love With You by Elvis Presley.
Laughter in the Rain by Neil Sedaka.
L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole.
28-34. Recommended Movies for Valentine’s Day
Marty. “Ernest Borgnine (Oscar for Best Actor) stars as a 35 year old Italian butcher who’s still not married in spite of the fact that all his younger brothers and sisters have already tied the knot.”
It Happened One Night. Clark Gable is a reporter in this romantic comedy about a run-away rich girl.
Much Ado About Nothing. Kenneth Branaugh and Emma Thompson. The reparte between Benedick and Beatrice is so memorable that you may find yourself quoting Shakespeare in spite of yourself.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I really loved the fact that Ian knew that he was not just marrying a girl but also her family.
The Princess Bride. Romance at it finest and funniest. “That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying ‘As you wish’, what he meant was, ‘I love you.’ And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.”
You’ve Got Mail. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are a great pair.
Romeo and Juliet. The Franco Zefferelli version.
40. 39 Chocolate Treats at Family Fun. I think maybe Chocolate Mint Brownies or Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.
50. Memorize The Love Chapter: I Corinthians 13.
51. Create in Me a Clean Heart devotional Bible study and verses to memorize: Motivational Devotional for the disorganized.
52. Heartlight: ecards, devotional Bible studies, graphics, wallpaper, and other resources.
53. If you didn’t manage to send out Christmas cards or a Christmas letter, or even if you did, use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to communicate with family and friends by sending out a Valentine card and family letter.
54. Another movie: classic weepy, Love Story.
55. History of Valentine’s Day:
56. Make cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
59. Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Recommended by Ruth at There Is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town.
60. Make a list of fifty famous couples (Romeo and Juliet, Adam and Eve, Isaac and Rebekah, Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler). Put each name on a separate slip of paper or card and see how many your kids can match together.
63. Have a Valentine’s Day Poetry Party. Everyone brings a poem to share with the group.
64. Eat red: lasagne or spaghetti, fruit slushie
65. Have a “Golden Girls Valentine’s Day Party” for the over sixty ladies in your church, your family, or your neighborhood. From The Common Room.
66. 1968 movie: The Love Bug with Dean Jones, Michele Lee, and Buddy Hackett. Herbie the Volkswagon Beetle with a mind of its own inspires love wherever he goes.
69. Write a love letter to someone you love. Or paint/draw a picture for your loved one.
71. How to make a paper bouquet for your valentine:
73. Give out valentines to all your friends and neighbors with these verses printed on them: “Beloved, let us love one another. For love is of God, and everyone who loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love.” I John 4:7-8
75. Make a mix CD of favorite love songs for someone you love.
76. Give someone you love a massage for Valentine’s Day.
77. Invite your friends to share their love and courtship stories, either in writing or in person. Here are a few love stories that Joe McKeever, a retired pastor in New Orleans, solicited and received via Facebook.
80. Make some heart-shaped cookies.
81. Geek Valentine’s Day gifts, since I’m proudly married to handsome geek, Engineer Husband.
83. Write a poem and give it to your valentine. “Roses are red . . . ”
86. Tell everyone you love that you love them Say it out loud. Call them on the phone. Just do it.
87. The Love Letters by Madeleine L’Engle. Semicolon review here.
88. Carney’s House Party by Maud Hart Lovelace. Semicolon review here.
89. Is Marriage Outmoded? I say NO!
90. Read some Jane Austen, anything by Jane Austen.
93. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Semicolon thoughts here.
95. Christy by Catherine Marshall. The TV series was OK, but the book is better.
100. Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody!