Valentine’s Day. I’ve spent many years hearing how Valentine’s Day is so over rated and commercialized, or hearing that one doesn’t need a certain day to tell or show someone they love them. As a homeschool family, my children didn’t have Valentine box decorating contests and dozens of Valentines to write out or collect. Valentine’s Day sort of came and went with little to no fanfare. I’d pick up a little something to say “I Love You”, but for the most part, it has been a forgotten and ignored holiday. What I’ve learned this year is that I have been quite remiss in my attitude and approach in what I’ve taught our children and how I’ve cared for my husband. I never realized that I was supposed to be my boys first Valentine. I missed this opportunity to teach them and bless them while they were younger. Now they are 15 and 12, but I’m confident that it’s not too late. And my husband? It’s my privilege to show him that I love him in fun and silly and even cliché ways.
We started this year with my husband going in for a “heart procedure” and that opened my eyes wide to the need, nay, the desire for me to be more diligent in how I care for my family’s heart, their emotional heart. And so I am committed to making this Valentine’s Day special. There will be decorations and gifts and a focus on LOVE. And not just on the 14th. I’ve already started designing how to decorate sections of our very simple and humble home (thank you Pinterest.com), and I’ve begun picking up a few items here and there. I’m quite excited actually.
For now, I need to take down our Christmas tree and put away the rest of the Christmas decorations. We will enjoy simple winter snowmen and snowflakes before I bring out the pink and red hearts. I know better than to wish away our time, however I’m really looking forward to sprinkling all over our home for my family to see and feel.