Happy February!! It’s the month of love…although the stores have had red and pink heart covered everything, out since the beginning of January 😉
Valentine’s day is a fun, fluffy holiday that breaks up the cold winter months until spring gets here…which sometimes here in Ohio can take a while. I’ve never taken Valentines day too seriously or tried to expect too much from this holiday, because I think that if you love people- you shouldn’t need a holiday to remind you to show them that. But with that being said…last year before Valentines day I was looking for ideas on Pinterest, and I came across this idea to cut out 14 paper hearts and write 1 thing you love about your child on each one. Then every day starting February 1st, you put one of the hearts on their bedroom door- until on Valentines day they have 14 hearts! So I decided that I wanted to do this for my kids and husband…to hopefully make Valentines day a little more meaningful. And to tell you the truth, I was truly surprised and blessed by the whole experience. So while this isn’t necessarily, decor related- I thought I would share 🙂
At first it took me a little more time than I had thought, to come up with 14 individual things about everyone that I loved or admired in them. Not that I don’t love them…but because sometimes you get so busy with everything going on, and making sure everyone eats and gets where they need to go, and homework gets done, etc. that you don’t stop and take the time to truly appreciate all the reasons why you love your spouse and kids. I was feeling a little disconnected, and like I was just going through the motions…and it’s not something I was proud of, so over the next 14 days I really tried to focus on what I loved about each one of my kids and husband. I found that as I was focusing on what I loved about them, my husband in particular, it really made me appreciate him more and made me want to go out of my way to find little ways to make his day better and let him know how much I loved him. Which isn’t something I’m always great at doing.
My children loved this idea, and would run to their rooms after school each day to see their new love note. My 4-year-old (at the time) made me read his hearts to him every night before he went bed…it was the sweetest. And while it seemed like such a simple thing to do, I was amazed at what a difference it made to me, and how I felt and interacted with my family because of it. So if you are looking for a fun and simple way to spread a little love this February…grab your scrap paper and pens and let someone know how much they mean to you! It might just mean the world to them!!
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa