Valentine’s Day comes around every year, just like the other holidays, and we are always reminded of how important it is to express our love to the people in our lives. That is so much fun! We see commercials on TV and everywhere else we wander on social media that Valentine’s Day is a time to buy flowers, or candy, or teddy bears, or cards, or . . . . anything and everything that will encourage us to part with our hard-earned money to tell someone “I love you,” which when you come to think about it, we probably should be saying every day of the year!
As I’ve been thinking about all of the creative ways to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day (of course, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to have a real reason to make stuff???), it occurred to me recently that we don’t often speak of ways to say “I love you” to the people who are NOT in our lives. For various reasons, we all have people who were once part of our lives, but at this stage of life are no longer connected in such a way that we can reach out, even with a card or a phone call, to say “I love you.” Perhaps you don’t have anyone in your life that you miss, or that you wish you could reach out to and let them know, especially if there has been a broken relationship – which is a good thing for you! But lots of people find that Valentine’s Day reminds them of unkind words that were spoken in hurt or anger or perhaps we are reminded of a broken friendship from long ago, or even a broken relationship with a parent or a child. That makes it even more important to seek ways to reconnect, if possible.
I know it isn’t always possible, so then I have to ask myself, “What am I willing to do for love?” In some cases, the most loving thing to do is to pray and wait. Which is really difficult, but it might be the only option left open to you. Just pray and wait. In other situations, love calls us to action. On this snowy morning I am reminded of the love that called my husband and me to start the process of adopting our daughters from China. Now THAT was a long wait! But in the end, we boarded a jet plane (that was the ONLY thing that would ever get me on a plane to fly to the other side of the world!), and God blessed us with a wonderful, loving little family. As my girls are still sleeping soundly in their safe, warm beds, I realize that love is what gets me through every day, especially when it is snowing and blowing, and I have a sick kid who needs to go to the ER. We do it for love. You do it for love. And I do it for love. That and so many more big and little, every day, activities that we do, all for love.
So as Valentine’s Day approaches, I’m planning on making some fun, creative stuff (maybe today since my girls have the day off of school!), and of course, I will get my sweet hubby a lovely card, and probably he will get each one of us a little box of chocolates . . . he might even buy me some roses (unless I tell him we can’t afford it this week because the electric bill is due!) . . . but in the end, I think we need to remind ourselves of all the things we do every day for love. That’s what we do for love!
Of course I couldn’t end my philosophical meanderings this morning without sharing a few fun DIY Valentine’s Day projects that I came across this week! Here is a bit of creative inspiration for you as you think about Valentine’s Day and what YOU would do for love – have fun!
How cute is this??? Here’s one DIY project that makes me go, “Now why didn’t I think of that?” We made lots of snow globes for Christmas, but of course Valentine’s Day is right in the middle of February and it really IS STILL SNOWING here in northern Indiana. Visit Whipperberry for all of the details to make your very own Anthro-inspired Valentine Snow Globe.
from Scout’s Honor Company at Poppytalk
Here’s another creative idea for a quick and easy Valentine’s Day gift for a friend, teacher, or co-worker that is also similar to about a gazillion Christmas gift-giving ideas! This is so cute with the red and white gingham fabric, little measuring scoop, all tied up with a pretty ribbon and a handmade card. Can’t get much better than that for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Visit Poppytalk for the step-by-step directions from Scout’s Honor Company for making your own Valentine’s Day Hot Cocoa Gift.
from The Pretty Bee
And here’s one more adorable idea using a Mason jar! These things are so versatile, you can use them for just about anything and everything, and no matter what you do with them, they look great! This sweet Valentine’s Day vase is so simple yet so perfect for those roses I might get from hubby (after I make sure the electric bill is paid on time!). A clear Mason jar wrapped with red and white twine, with a few red felt heart cutouts threaded on the twine. How easy is that! If you are thinking of making something for Valentine’s Day for someone special in your life, pop a pretty bouquet of posies in this super-easy Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Vase. Visit The Pretty Bee for all the details!