What is Love??

The girls and I have been making Valentines all day for grandparents.  I was asking them why they thought we celebrated Valentine’s Day and they knew it was to show people we loved them.  Then I asked them, “What is love?”  Both just sat there in silence.  I realized that “Love” is a word people hear and throw around all the time, but do my kids even know what it is???

That’s when I knew what our next project was going to be.  I found Bible verses from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and printed it out.  We hung it on the refrigerator to be a constant reminder.  Next ,we cut out hearts and wrote the different things that love was and was not from the verses.  I was going to print them but instead I had Ashlyn write them.  We folded them in half and put them in a cute little heart shaped basket.

Starting tonight, we will take turns as a family choosing a heart from the basket at dinner and talking about what that attribute of love means and how we can demonstrate it to each other and to those around us.  We wrote down 15 and there are 17 days left in February.  Perfect…because I know we won’t be able to do it every night.  I’m hoping this will teach my girls and remind my husband and I what love truly is and that it comes from God.

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Check out more fun crafts here and here.

Works For Me Wednesday!

works.jpgHere’s another contribution to the Rocks In My Dryer, Works for Me Wednesday blog carnival.  This is something that’s given my husband & I a way to encourage our 5-year old daughter and give her some extra reading practice. 

A few years ago my husband and I read the book Five Love Languages in order to find out what each of our Love Languages were.   If you’re curious, the five love languages are physical touch, quality time, acts of service, words of affirmation, and receiving gifts. 

january-2009-266.jpgBesides just using it for each other, we’ve begun to try to figure out how our girls feel loved by us.  Ashlyn loves spending quality time with us, physical touch, and words of affirmation.  So with Valentine’s Day just around the corner I decided to have her make a mailbox so my husband and I could leave her little notes to encourage her and let her know how special she is to us.  She is so excited! 

We took an empty box of garbage bags, covered it with paper, and she carefully decorated it with stickers, crayons, and paper hearts.  Then, she found a special place in her room for it and made sure to show my husband where it was – hint, hint.  She’s learning quickly. 

She is anxiously waiting for her first piece of mail. 

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