Our first Valentines as a family was nothing short of wonderful!
I wasn't expecting much of one since Heath was scheduled to work both Friday and Saturday night.
To my surprise and delight, Thursday when he came home from work he handed me a bouquet gorgeous roses that faded from deep pink to delicate ballet slipper pink petals. They were perfect for me. He even arranged them in my favorite silver pitcher. He also surprised me with chocolate covered strawberries and a special gift that I completely didn't expect at all!!!
Heath was dressed so handsome in a suit and tie already since he had a big presentation that day, so we decided to use a gift card we had to The Cheesecake Factory and all go for a family Valentines dinner! I usually cook Italian for the two of us on Valentines Day, but this surprise of going out as a family sounded good to me! We dressed up the children too, and they looked so sweet. Yes, our daughter did wear shoes to the restaurant. ;)
We had a long wait there, but never worry, the kids danced enough in restaurant to entertain everybody around!! Especially Sissy, she really knows how to make new friends.
She loves attention!! What a little ham we've got on our hands. ;)
We came home with two very sleepy children, which worked out perfectly for Heath and I to have our own date at home together... Sometimes those are the best kind!
I've decided to never write off any day, because you never know what blessings they will hold. :)
The next morning we set out the kid's little stuffed animals and chocolates, a card, and I decorated with hearts to make things a little extra special!
Kylie just had to tromp around the house in my heels, from the night before.
She loves shoes!
I made these yummy little strawberry wafer cookies-- that I happen to love-- extra special for Bubby's Valentines day party for his class. They are just the sweetest little things!
Just dip half the cookie in white chocolate or bark (I used equal parts), then add your favorite sprinkles! I tinted some of the chocolate with a dab of red food coloring to make them pink. This would be great with the chocolate ones, too. Our son helped with some of the sprinkles, and he was so proud to bring them to school!
I'll be making them again, maybe with the little round pastel sprinkles for Easter. Which will be here soon .....hopefully the snow will be gone by then!
It was a sweet day to share as a family! Heath and I never put too much stock in the commercialism of Valentines Day, but why not make it extra special sometimes!?
On Valentines, our family celebrates real, honest love, while the rest of the world may not!
Ann Voscamp just wrote on her blog, A Holy Experience, about this kind of love between a husband and wife. (She always says everything just the way I want to but never could, so just go to her blog, and read her own words. :)
She talks about love--God's way, which is the truest form--not only changes us but changes with us.
As life happens: children come along, sleep becomes altered by sweet little ones or work filled nights, schedules get crazy.
Sickness may arise, discouragement can creep in, and unexpected dissapointments cloud idealistic views.
A move, a promotion, ministry, a new church, a new family member or a long- time prayer gets answered miraculously.
Children grow up and move out, grandchildren come, routine changes course.
Life is so full of ups and downs and changes, it seems that change is the one and only constant!
The good news is that Christ IS love! He is faithful, steadfast, unfailing, and a constant that we can hold onto like an anchor in whatever waters we're sailing. When a marriage has Him as the center, and His love as the third cord, it will not easily be broken! I know from experience, this is true!
Are we perfect or is our marriage always perfect? Heavens, no. But we make it a priority to be open with one another and always strive make things right. The love we have makes it worth working everything out.
I love that my man is a true romantic! I was drawn to that about him, as I am too! He always has been a modern knight in shining armor to me, and truly goes out of his way to meet my needs.... But mostly it's the pure love we have for each other that draws me so intimately to him!
On unromantic, ordinary, harried, no gift, dirty hair and left over meal kind of days, we can rest in our steadfast love that doesn't need pomp and circumstance to thrive.
I'll always try to honor what this scripture says about love. This kind is the example of love our parents have given us and we admire! This kind is worth celebrating!
"Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on it's own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices in truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
**I feel I need to add a disclaimer of sorts. No, we didn't name our children Sissy & Bubby! We may be from the country, but didn't grow up under a rock, lol. We're keeping their names private for now, on our blog.