Thursday, February 14, 2013

Our take on Valentine's Day

I am not going to lie. I do like Valentine's Day. We celebrate love as a family.
We give little gifts.
We dress up for a fancy dinner at our kitchen table.
We use the good china and champagne glasses.
I want my kids to know, particularly for their teenage years, that Valentine's Day is not just a day when boyfriends and girlfriends make awkward commitments to one another on awkward dates, and if you don't have one of those, you should feel lonely and sad.
Love doesn't have to be sought out and pined for. Love is not elusive and conditional.
NO. Love lives here. At our house, around our table. It is available, accepting, and on Valentine's Day, it is fun.   
When our kids are teens, I want them to know they don't need to desperately seek love elsewhere or feel unwanted when they don't get asked out. And if they do have dates in the later years of being in our home, great. Maybe they'll invite those dates to join in with our family's celebration. Unrealistic? Maybe. But maybe not.
This world is love-starved. We want to offer our kids something different.  
Because love lives here. And real love is worth celebrating.
Wishing you a day full of love today, particularly from the creator of Love Himself.
God was the first to whisper "Be mine," you know.
He even created the tummy butterflies to go with it.
{do you feel them?}


  1. Oh, I loved this Leslie! And I hope your kids do invites their dates to you family Valentine's dinner too someday.

    This is the 2nd year my mom has been without my dad so I surprised her with a bouquet of flowers this morning. Even waking her up, I wanted her to know her daughter loves her and get to enjoy them all day until we visit her tonight as a family.

    Happy Love Day!

  2. great take on this day and everyday. thank you for this post!!

  3. love this, les. are you doing?
    been thinking about you and praying when you come to mind. :)
    happy {heart} day!

  4. sweet post.

    we don't make a big a deal of valentine's day, but like you we make a big deal of Love.

    enjoy eating on the china with your family, and an evening of fun.

  5. I love this- so much better than the silliness that Valentines tends to be. And you're so right- the world is love starved and kids do need to know they don't have to look out at the world to find the fulfillment they want. Great idea! I love the way you do family- very inspiring to me, especially with a young one and being so new to this parenting thing :)