Today Madeline and I will be putting together some Valentine cards for the grandparents. (Shhh, don’t tell them!)
The girls and I made these cards several years ago with paper supplies we had on hand. Gifts don’t have to be expensive. This morning I pulled all our scrapbook papers, ribbons, doilies, and embellishments from the cabinets and that’s what we’ll use.
Valentine’s Day around here isn’t limited to just the romantic kind of love. Here at the house we use the month of February to just LOVE on each other and people in general. Some years I’ve had the kids memorize 1 Corinthians 13–you know, the LOVE chapter! It has nothing to do with romantic love, but Christian love.
So whether you’re single or not, old or young, Valentine’s day is for YOU! It’s for all of us! Here are some ways to show our love this month:
Take a widow out to lunch.
Make cards for nursing home residents.
Pray for the lonely and let them know you’re praying for them. This can be a tough time for some.
Deliver flowers to a shut-in.
Put some cards in the mail. A dying practice, but it cheers EVERYONE!
Text a Bible verse and word of encouragement to your husband, older children, or friend.
Put a candy bar on each of your co-workers desks.
Bake or purchase sweet treats for the little ones in your life (niece/nephews, Bible class students, neighbors).
By the way, baked goods don’t have to be complicated. Candies and festive picks are a quick way to dress up cupcakes and cookies. See below!
Now, as for the romantic side of Valentine’s, I do try to not get so wrapped up in everyone else that I forget my husband! But instead of fighting the crowds at restaurants on Valentine’s night, we usually prefer to have a quiet and simple dinner at home sometime around Valentine’s. Last Friday evening, the girls were out so after Wilton went to bed, Joel set the coffee table with some sushi and Japanese broth he’d brought home from Fresh Market.
Sitting, eating, talking….it was all this simple girl needs. Oh and the roses he brought home didn’t hurt either!
Happy Early Valentine’s Day!