I love a lot of things.
I love Jesus.
I love my kids. I love my husband. I love my parents and sisters. I love my cats. I love books and photography and blogging.
I enjoy living (for the most part). I try to love a lot.
Lest you worry I’m babbling, I’ll get to my point.
Whether you like Valentine’s Day or not, it makes February a month all about celebrating love. It can be a time to celebrate the people you love and to celebrate God’s love. Can anyone argue with that?
1. Make a heart-shaped pizza – Don’t limit this to Valentine’s Day. Make heart-shaped pizzas with your kids (not just for them) any day this month. They’ll love spending time with you, and you’ll love that they’re making their own dinner.
2. Make a heart-shaped omelet – Surprise your whole family with heart-shaped omelets. These are a little tricky, but they’re worth it. You can also make heart-shaped pancakes the same way.
3. Spend some quiet time together – Our kids need special, one-on-one time with us. One way I do that is by reading a story together when a sister is off playing somewhere. I Love You No Matter What is a great story for this time of year.
4. Make up a Valentine coupon book – This works for grown-ups and for kids. Give your kids coupons like a trip to the ice cream shop and one free movie or even a date with mom.
5. Write up some love notes – When my daughter was 3, I wrote her little notes like “Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you!” and “You are so kind!” They were just little things to make her feel good. I put them in a mailbox, and she really looked forward to finding them each day.
6. Print out some Valentine’s Day jokes – Kids love jokes! Tucked in a lunch box or a book, these are a great way to let your kids know that you’re thinking of them. Psst! Your husband might like a chuckle, too!
7. Help your kids to make Valentines for others – Let your kids express their love for others, whether it’s their friends, grandparents, or someone else.
8. Make a special welcome message – These loveiscles would be a perfect way to welcome Dad home at the end of a long day.
9. Make plantable cards – These extend the loving through the whole summer. The blog post explains how to make plantable paper using flower seeds. When the recipient gets the card, she can plant it, water it, and wait for flowers to grow.
10 Give – Whether you donate money, goods, or your time, do something this month to share the love of God with others. Bring your kids along, and get them involved, too. Celebrating love is more than celebrating with each other; it’s also about loving the less fortunate among us.
How do will you celebrate love this month?
Tara Ziegmont is a professional blogger, blog coach, and SEO specialist. She created an internationally-syndicated, award-winning blog called Feels Like Home in 2007 and continues to publish it today. Tara homeschools the older of her two crazy children and lives an old-school back-to-basics frugal lifestyle while working full-time from home.