Valentine’s Day Ideas for Spouses & Children
As Valentine’s Day approaches, we thought you would be blessed to read three suggestions from different Keepers contributors. Thank you to Dana Curtin, Stephanie Whitley and Lori Merrill for sharing these various ideas and traditions. Do you, your spouse, and/or children have a special way you celebrate Valentine’s Day together? We would love to hear about it!
1. FROM GREAT EXPECTATIONS TO LOVING MESSAGES by Lori Merrill
Great Expectations. That is what we could call this upcoming "holiday" for couples. I want to challenge you today to make this day a much happier day by lowering your expectations now. Take pressure off of yourself and off your husband to make this ONE day a year a spectacular event.
Instead, focus on treating one another with love and respect every day of the year. If you are looking for something easy to do for your hubby that doesn't cost money then here is one quick and easy tip!
Write him a simple statement that starts with, “I love you because…” You can write it on a sticky note or a red heart you cut from construction paper and place it on his pillow or stick it to the shower door. Or you might get really creative and use lipstick (or dry erase pen) to write it directly on his bathroom mirror! Every day leading up to Valentine’s Day, write something new you love about your husband. Maybe even put it in a new place each day! I bet he will look forward to reading what you love about him.
Encouraging words are a great way to bless our husbands! Love these Truths from God's Word: “The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver.” Proverbs 10:19a ; “I could strengthen you with my mouth, and the solace of my lips could lessen your pain.” Job 16:5
2. VALENTINE TRADITION FOR CHILDREN by Stephanie Whitley
I love finding traditions to incorporate with my children for each holiday. Valentine’s Day posed a real challenge for me because I have a house full of four boys. They are not very crazy about the color pink or hearts, but I found these small mailboxes in the dollar section at Target.
Each year I put these mailboxes out on the counter on February 1st. I place a small treat in the mailbox every afternoon right before the boys come home from school. Some examples of the treats or prizes that I have used include: Gum, a dollar, a pencil, coupon for a free chore, stay up late card, candy.
If you can’t find these mailboxes, consider having your child make their own mailbox! : )
3. “ROMANTIC” VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER FOR THE FAMILY by Dana Curtin
When our children were younger, a friend and I were commiserating about how hard it was to find a babysitter on Valentine's Day. We both agreed that even if you were able to get a sitter, the wait time at restaurants on that particular evening took up half of your night! My friend shared with me the solution her and her husband had come up with – a “romantic” family dinner. Our family tweaked her original idea to suit ours, and it is still a tradition with us even though our oldest child is now over 21! Our children continue to look forward to this night each year, and my husband and I don't feel like we are missing out on a thing.
First, we chose a menu that the children and grown-ups would enjoy, but wasn't something we had ordinarily. Each year we stick to this same menu and the kids always look forward to having it. We chose Monte Cristo sandwiches served with a small dish of honey for dipping. These are so large and filling we don't need to have anything else. For our drinks we have sparkling grape juice. The one thing that does change from year to year is a special dessert. One year we had an ice cream cake, another year we had a cookie cake, so choose anything your family would enjoy.
Second, and what makes this dinner very special, is the presentation. We break out the good china and champagne flutes, and put candles on the table. When the children were small we always let them be in charge of table decorations which they loved! It was always a surprise to us to see what they would come up with. One year they draped a pink lace baby blanket over our dining room light and hung some kind of disco ball light up stick from the center (very romantic).
Next, we dim the lights, put on some mood music in the background and begin our night with my husband making a toast. The kids have enjoyed listening through the years to their dad tell how blessed he was to find their mom and how God brought us together.
Lastly, a perfect way to end the evening is by reading the “Love” verses in 1 Cor. 13: 4-8a, which is also Week 4's memory verse in the “Called to Be a Keeper” Bible study.
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails;” 1 Cor 13:4-8a