I have an entire box of love letters my mother- and father-in-law wrote to each other during the two years he was in the Aleutian Islands in the Korean War. After they passed away, my husband and I found the letters tucked away in a closet. The letters were treasure they had kept for over 60 years of marriage, and now treasure we value as well.
Maybe you’ve never thought about writing a love letter and you’re not quite sure where to start. I can assure you that if you give it a try, your husband will read your letter time and time again.
1. Begin by putting the date at the top of the letter. In the future, you will be glad you can see the date and remember when you wrote the words.
2. The most meaningful love letter is one written by hand, not typed out on a computer. There’s just something about a handwritten note that’s more personal and endearing.
3. Don’t try too hard to make it sound like what you think a love letter should sound like. Write from your heart and don’t try to sound like anyone else.
4. Let your husband know from the start why you are writing. “I am writing to let you know how much I love you.” “I am writing because I have been thinking about how special our relationship is.” “I am writing because I have been thinking about how much God has blessed me with you.”
5. If you don’t know where to start, consider using your past, present, and future as a general outline.
– Past: Write about the first time you met, what made you fall in love, when you knew he was the one you wanted to marry.
– Present: Write about what you love about him, the little things he does you cherish, how he thrills you still.
– Future: Write about how excited you are to spend the rest of your life together, the anticipation you feel about making cherished memories, the comfort you feel in knowing your love will continue to grow.
6. Make it specific by mentioning special memories or events only the two of you share.
7. Write words you think your husband would like to hear, not necessarily what you would want to hear.
8. Write a rough draft of your letter. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling in the rough draft; just get your thoughts down on paper. Once you’re satisfied with what you’ve written and proofed it for errors, copy it onto a clean sheet of paper.
9. End the letter with a meaningful closing such as “With all my heart,” “Love forever,” or “Forever yours.”
10. Make sure to sign your name.
Now that you’ve written your love letter, you might want to consider making it a yearly ritual. Write letters for anniversaries, birthdays, or for no particular reason at all. Imagine reading the letters in your golden years and seeing the dates at the top of the pages.
From A 14-Day Romance Challenge by Sharon Jaynes
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