Ahhh Valentine’s Day. I can’t say I’m a big fan or make too much out of it. It’s so commercial. However, I will celebrate any occasion that allows me to eat dinner out, or eat something made into the shape of a heart, that is made out of chocolate, or some type of candy. Yeah, I suppose I’m a sucker for the caloric side of a day like today.
I want to teach my son that these fun holidays are just that – fun, and not to be taken too seriously, and you don’t need to spend large amounts of money either. Last year I started a tradition that I continued this year as well. Construction paper and markers were all we needed. We made a heart wall on the side of our pantry cupboard and every day, starting on February 1st, we posted a heart with a “What I love about you is…” for each day.
This year, Judah was able to fully understand what this holiday was all about and was really happy to join in and make his own hearts and tell me what he wanted to write down for Mama and Dada. These are the sweet memories I want to bottle up and keep forever.
Judah was the one to come up with all of the little thoughts on our hearts this year and decorate them with stickers. My favorites being “Mama can write and sit nice” and the absolute best one “Mama wipes my bum”. Ha! True story. I’m glad he’s thankful? 🙂
It’s a special way to write a little love note to your most special people. Especially for our little ones. They thrive when we compliment them, encourage them and tell them just how special they are. Judah was so proud of all his little hearts and I know that he is secure in his place in our family, and in our home. It makes my heart glad.
I hope that wherever you are in the world today, and whatever you are doing, that you take the time to tell at least one person in your life, just how much they mean to you and that you love them. Not for yourself, but to encourage them. You never know what someone is going through, and just how meaningful it may be to them to hear those words, just at the right time.
Use today as a day to indulge in something sweet, or a fancy dinner without counting calories, or smell the beautiful roses you were given at work, and enjoy every moment. Bake heart shaped cookies with your kiddos, or send a handmade valentine to a dear friend or relative. In our house, we do a few of those things, and we also remember the One who loves us more than anyone else ever could.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. John 3:16 (KJV)
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”. 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
Thanks for letting me be a little sappy today. My heart is full. Especially because of ‘my funny valentine’.
Much love, from me to you,
– The Homesteaders Wife