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39 reasons why I love you

I love my husband. And he knows that. But on his birthday, I like to make sure he knows it in more ways than one. So this year I sat down and wrote out 39 things I love about JR, since he turned 39 this year. (I take it as a good sign that 39 things came fairly easily.. maybe it will get more difficult when he is turning 87?)

Here's how to make your own...  Grab some strips of paper, some colored tape, and some string. Then write 39 things you love about the birthday boy: traits you admire, things you know will make him laugh, add some serious things as well. Lay out some string and tape your strips in order, from number 1 to 39 (mine were about 18 inches apart).

Hang your string up using a little more tape. I put mine up all around our living and dining room, since it's the first room my husband enters when he comes home. They make a festive little garland, and later that night JR walked slowly around the room reading all of the messages.

When I took the garland down a few days later I saved all of the little strips, tucked them into an envelope and stashed it in my husband's desk so he can reread the things I love about him anytime he likes.

And because so many of you asked.. I got my tape as a Christmas gift from here.

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Reader Comments (53)

What a truly fabulous idea!

08.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKhali

This is just so ridiculously sweet! I would love for my partner to do this for me! And I love that your note about birds is one of the things my partner loves about me!

08.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterZoe

that is the cutest thing ever! great idea!

08.15.2010 | Unregistered Commenterdianne

Romantic and beautiful! I've bookmarked this for Mr Betty's 38th. Thanks for such a lovely idea.

08.15.2010 | Unregistered Commentertwirling betty

I do love JR!

08.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterClare

What a great birthday present! And a great way to make getting older worth it.

08.15.2010 | Unregistered Commenterevylynn

That is so adorable. Hmmmm.... I wonder if I can think of 44 things?

08.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJodz

This is such a great idea! I love birthday garlands...and this one is extra special!

Just found your blog and I'm sure I'll be a regular visitor. It's a beautiful space!

08.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterT.

Lovely! Your husband is a lucky one!

08.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLola

Awesome idea! My husband's birthday is next week...I think I'll borrow (outright steal) this idea since we have no money. Thankfully I'll only have to come up with 36 :)

08.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

This is such a lovely idea! My husband's birthday is approaching and I'm going to do this for him:)

08.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrudy

My husband will be 39 this year also. I know he would love this.
Thank you for a beautiful idea. I am going to ask the kids to help and make it a family project. :)

08.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

this is a lovely idea. thanks for sharing.

08.16.2010 | Unregistered Commenteramy

Beautiful idea. I can't wait to do this for my husbands birthday...34 this year. It would fun to do with the kids too. :)

08.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

So sweet & simple!

08.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterVicky

this is a wonderful idea :))


08.16.2010 | Unregistered Commentertiffany.

Thats a beautiful idea.

08.17.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammi

I melted as I read this. What a delicate and touching surprise.

08.17.2010 | Unregistered CommenterPawan

This is darling (and I love your cute penmanship)! Reminds me of a game we play called Three Reasons. (Read about it at http://www.redroko.com/2010/02/share-it-three-reasons_06.html).

That was so thoughtful and sweet! He was probably just thinking how lucky is he is to have someone that loves him so much. Very nice!

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