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Last Minute Valentine :)

I’d love to tell you that I have cute Valentine’s crafts and snacks ready to go, but the truth is, I am still trying to fall into some sort of rhythm with the new year and school starting again.  There are no cute crafts here.  However, I did make a love letter for my little ones, and if you haven’t prepared much… you can print one, too!

10 things picYou can see more Valentine’s Day posts here!  🙂

A New Look at the Love Chapter for Valentine’s Day


If I keep my house immaculately clean, and am envied by all for my interior decorating, but do not show love to my family– I am just another housewife.

If I am always producing lovely things– sewing, art; if I always look attractive, and speak intelligently, but am not loving to my family– I am nothing.

If I’m busy in community affairs, teach Sunday school, and drive in the carpool, but fail to give adequate love to my family– I gain nothing.

Love changes diapers, cleans up messes, and ties shoes– over and over again.

Love is kind, though tired and frazzled.

Love doesn’t envy another wife– one whose children are “spaced” better, or in school so she has time to pursue her own interests.

Love doesn’t try to impress others with my abilities or knowledge as a mother.

Love doesn’t scream at the kids.

Love doesn’t feel cheated because I didn’t get to do what I wanted to do today– sew, read, soak in a hot tub.

Love doesn’t lose my temper easily.

Love doesn’t assume that my children are naughty just because their noise level is irritating.

Love doesn’t rejoice when other people’s children misbehave and make mine look good.  Love is genuinely happy when others are honored by their children.

This is a mother’s paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13.  It is from one of my favorite mommy books A Mother’s Heart by Jean Fleming.  

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  Love “is not irritable” is sometimes tough for me.  You know, after the second spill, third boo-boo, and fortieth question– all before 7 am!  🙂

Fleming challenges moms to read this chapter, meditate on it, and rewrite it.

What would you write?  Something to think about….

Encouraging Words Build Us Up… for Valentine’s Day!

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Waaaaay back in September, I mailed the children letters.  I wanted to encourage them in their new homeschool journey.  I wanted to give them confidence in their tasks.  I wanted to inspire them to do their best work and persevere through some struggles!  Plus, I just thought it would be fun!  They loved getting letters in the mail from Mom, and I keep meaning to do it again!  However, I still haven’t!

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My sweet just-turned-four little Mary Sorrels gave me this note yesterday out of the blue.  She said, “Look, Mama! It’s mail for you, Mama!  I love you!”  It made my day!

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So, I’ve been thinking… why not send each other encouraging notes instead of valentines? Why not spend more time on the words than glitter?  🙂  We’ve decided to send each other notes of encouragement each day until February 14th!  I helped the kids cover some cracker and oatmeal boxes we already had with paper to make “mailboxes” that hold all of those notes “good to the use of edifying”.  Then we added a sticker to remind us of our purpose in this!  (I wanted to use some cups or jars and skip the decorating of boxes, but I’ve got a six-year-old crafter who looks for any excuse to get out stickers and scissors!)

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I gave them some notepads, and they started thinking and writing!  I’ve seen some pretty good little notes so far, and I hope this helps them to look for ways to use encouraging words even more.  They are really excited about writing and receiving!  Here are some they’ve written:

“I am thankful for you.”

“I think you did a good job naming trains today.”

“You are good at crazy skills.” (read all about crazy skills here)

“I love you to Pluto and back.”

I think each day the kiddos will improve their encouraging abilities!  I am looking for ways to praise the children for good character.  (I like really this chart.)

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“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”  Ephesians 4:29

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up!”  1 Thessalonians 5:11  (We really can’t even say this because we are so used to singing it!  We love Steve Green’s Hide ‘Em In Your Heart!)

Happy Encouraging!