I love Valentine’s Day so much I want to celebrate it every month. Love, hearts, joy, hugs….what’s not to like?!
While I do enjoy the red hearts and pretty candles, the thing I love most about Valentine’s Day is the deeper message….”I love you”.
I put hearts on the mantel and tell the kids, “These are my way of showing how much love we have in our home.” Then I will whisper to each child individually, “When you see this heart right here, ” pointing to one of the decorations, “Remember it is from me to you saying how much I love you!” Then any time we are in that room together I can look at them, point to the small heart and wink. Saying I love them without a word….how delightful!
Just the other day I got a red piece of construction paper and cut out a heart for each person in the family. I wrote each of their names on a heart and taped them to the fridge. It’s festive and easy. We all grin when we pass through and see the family of hearts.
I feel a new tradition coming on.
On my big chalkboard I write parts of the love verse, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
It is this love that we are expressing. It is so much more than hearts on the fridge. It is forgiving when a toy gets broken; it is not boasting when a game is won, it is showing kindness when we don’t feel like it. That is what the decorations represent.
During the month of February we talk a lot about love, what real love is and how we can express it. The decorations are just a fun, cheerful reminder of that. Being surrounded by silly frills of Valentine’s Day helps us remember to love one another.
If decorating isn’t your thing, then you can use your own talents to add the love message into your home. Cooking, reading, sewing, gardening, exercising, organizing, anything can be turned into a message of love!
How do you bring love into your home during the month of February?
Don’t forget to leave out books to read together that will send a message of love for the kids. One of my favorites is “I Love You to God and Back” by Amanda Lamb.
Lisa Pennington lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband of 26 years and their 9 children. She homeschools while trying to figure out how to run their little farm with no real knowledge of how to care for goats or grow a garden, turning her life into a comedy of errors. When she has a few extra minutes, she loves to help other women find their identity in Christ and have the courage to live their calling. She blogs about her family life at The Pennington Point and runs an etsy shop with her daughters, Shop 24. When people ask how she does it all she replies, “I’m not sure, but I know I need a nap!” You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @PenningtonPoint.