(Inside: Valentine’s day for family doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be memorable and fun. If you are wondering about fun ways to celebrate valentine’s day as a family, try celebrating real love this year. Read on…)
This year, I wanted to make our family Valentine’s Day extra perfect full of picture-worthy decorations, just-right gifts, and a beautiful home to enjoy it all in.
That way we’ll really enjoy our love for each other, right? (Don’t laugh. My brain works this way, sometimes.)
Earlier this week, I considered surfing Pinterest for some cute Valentine’s decorations and gift ideas – that didn’t happen. Instead, I went to the dollar store and picked up cards and small toys for the boys and decided to skip decorations altogether.
Last night, my husband and I argued without any bite over who was going to pick up our traditional Valentine’s breakfast of donuts because we both needed to pick up gifts for each other.
My husband proposed that instead of making our evening busy and stressful, we break tradition and skip gifts this year; I quickly agreed.
I also thought about cleaning the house (I love a clean house!) so it sparkled on Valentine’s day – but I didn’t. We all stepped over neglected toys, heaps of laundry, and partially filled sippy cups laying to get to the kitchen table.
This year, we are not celebrating perfect; we are celebrating real love.
The kind of love that doesn’t see the messy house, but the small gifts, cards, and donuts for the kids on the table.
The kind of love that doesn’t see my husband’s hands empty of a Valentine’s gift, but the man who works hard to support our family, whose hobby is making our home more beautiful, and who unconditionally loves me and our boys.
The kind of deep love that sees past imperfections.
The kind of love that is real – and lasts forever.
That’s not the perfect Valentine’s Day – but then again, maybe it was.
Be encouraged by reading more in the “Create Family Connection” series.
We all want to feel connected to our family. I know, I do.
One of my favorite things to do with my family is to create family time. Yes, life gets busy, and no I don’t do this all perfectly (who actually does!?!), but it sure is fun to try.
I hope you enjoy these family connection articles and ideas too…
Creat Family Connection Series
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Celebrating Real Love This Valentine’s Day With My Family
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.