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That's right, why have just one day, when you can make it an entire week? I can hear all the groans from the men out there... ;-)

My wife and I celebrated on Valentines Day, on Friday night and then we'll be going out again Saturday evening. And if you think we're going overboard wait 'til you hear this...

I presented at a "Moms and More" group on Monday this week. What a wonderful, savvy and fun group of women. We talked about how to keep romance alive in your relationship after you've been together for a while.

I'm stark raving mad in love with marriage, as most people know, but one of the ladies in the group promptly became my teacher.

Soon after I began to open dialogue with a couple of beginning questions, it was this ladies turn to speak. When she first began to talk, I thought I would really be able to help her by putting her on what I call the "hot seat." She started out by saying that she and her husband didn't do much for Valentine's Day. I readied myself to do my thing and then she kept talking.

You could have heard a pin drop as she went on. She said that she and her husband had made a heartfelt commitment prior to having children that they would maintain their marriage as top priority. They believed, as do I, that a strong marriage strengthens families and provides enormous modeling for children in how to have healthy, loving relationships.

To this end, they committed to going on a date every week, even if it were an in-house date. Today they have a 3 year old and a 5 month old and they both work full time. They've missed one date in 3 years. Wow! The entire group was in awe, including me. They had known her, but had no idea what a treasure trove she was in the relationship arena. I asked her how they've done it.

She said this, "We don't make commitments lightly and we knew that our commitment had to be backed up with action." These actions over time allow these two to have a Valentines Day at least once every week.

See the power of commitment in action!? I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. How about choosing 3 dates this year, putting them on the calendar right now and claiming these as your Valentines Day. Make plans, stick to them... have fun.

YOUR FRE.E GIFT -- Download your free e-Book "101 Romantic Ideas" Pick one thing and do it immediately! Enjoy!

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"When love is not madness, it is not love."

~Pedro Calderon de la Barca



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