Friday, March 9, 2012

Valentine's Day

I know the buzz about Valentine's Day is already over & St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner but updating my blog hasn't been much of a priority these days!  I had a few minutes to spare this morning so I thought I would FINALLY upload a few pictures of our best Valentine's Day yet!

The week prior to V-Day - PTA sold candy grams at Gabe's school for TWO Days!  Two days sitting at the school is a long time!  But is was a lot of fun & the kids LOVED it!  We sold 522 candy grams!

On that Friday Gabe had his school party with his classmates!

Gabe's Mustache Pops were a big hit & his Lego Ninjago Cards!

On Monday we had Lily's party at her school!

We made a Bear Hugs Mix for Lily's class - filled with teddy grams & hug Hershey kisses.  She of course did princess cards!


As many of you know how I feel about Valentine's Day - it's hard to explain that to your kids.  Bill & I don't celebrate it because I personally think it's a "hallmark holiday" and it puts all this unneeded pressure on spouses to come up with the perfect date night, buy chocolate, and tell your spouse once a year how much you love them - blah, blah, blah.  We feel like we already have date nights each month, and we tell each other we love one another daily  - many times a day!  Now, I do understand some relationships aren't like that & some people need this day - that's great - party on!  

This year we finally found something that was going to work for our family.  Bill & I still don't do anything for each other but we will do special things for our children.  Check out just what we did!

We bought some little treats that we knew our kids would enjoy.

The first picture above are some valentine's Gabe made us {precious} he is so thoughtful.  
I made chocolate covered strawberries for them & made Gabe an egg with heart shaped toast! 

 This is the part that makes it the BEST one ever!  We totally wrapped Valentine's Day around Gods unconditional love for us.  See the little mailbox?  I cut out 2 hearts, one for each child & Bill & I sat down & wrote all the things we loved about our kids from serious things to silly things like Lily's crazy hair!  We let them each read their heart {they both loved this so much} & then we did the devotional together & Bill prayed over our family. BEST VALENTINE'S DAY EVER! 

We reminded our children that there is an enemy who is out to seek, kill & destroy. {John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:8}  He wants them to believe that God doesn't love them unconditionally.  But that is just one of his lies.  

God loves us NO MATTER WHAT!  There are lots of temptations & how it's hard to always resist them but to be encouraged because God died to wash away our sins & rose again to be our Savior - because he loves us - UNCONDITIONALLY!  His love is a PERFECT LOVE!

{Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are.  But he did not sin!}  Hebrews 4:15

{So humble yourselves before God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come close to God, and God will come close to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.}  James 4:7-8

That morning PTA also provided breakfast for the staff at the school.  I think we blessed them out!  I was blessed out by all the volunteers that came & brought food that morning BEFORE school even started!

What did y'all do??

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