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Celebrate the ones you love

Happy Valentine’s Day from our family to yours!

(For this Heart Hat Craft and other Valentine activities for little ones, see this post.)

Hopefully, regardless of how you feel about the commercialism that has crept into our society around the holidays (ugghh!), you are still making this a special day for the ones you love.

We are keeping things simple around our house this year. Before the kids came downstairs this morning, I mixed up some pancake batter and put it in this…..

…..which made it really easy (even for me!) to pour these…..

I added some strawberries—heart-shaped-already-by-God, you know—and ended up with a fun Valentine’s Day breakfast that made all the kids smile.

(I got the idea from Pinterest, and it came from this website.)

When I set the table, I added a box of chocolates for each child. So, YOUR challenge of the day is to figure out which candy was for which child.  Leave me a comment below if you think you know!

The kids weren’t the only ones who woke up to a special treat this morning. As you may remember, I have a secret admirer. I hear from him every Valentine’s Day, and this year was no exception. I found this sitting on the bar when I woke up today:

Inside was one of my all-time-favorite treats:

Oh, boy, I am in trouble now. ūüėČ

If you haven’t already, you can go here to read about my secret admirer.

I’d love to hear what you are doing for your little (and big) Valentines today. (I won’t reveal Troy’s just yet since that would ruin the surprise for him.) Please leave me a comment to let me know what special things you are doing today, and don’t forget to guess whose box was whose!

Thanks for stopping by,


To love and be loved

“Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.” ~Victor Hugo


But another of life’s greatest joys is enjoying the opportunity to convince others how much they are loved. What’s more fun than that?

Our Valentine’s Day started with a fun breakfast date. We tried to commemorate it with a picture, but self portraits with a phone can be tricky. Here’s the best one we got. (I love it.)

Afterward we headed to the hospital to check on a sweet friend, and then the kids and I got to work on our Valentine’s Day surprises for my mom. Our kids have the best grandma in the world, and she deserves to be spoiled on a day that’s all about showing love.

She loves peanut m&m’s, so we made her a giant cookie with a big m&m heart, which looked great until they started melting…

Our kids are so blessed!

After our co-op we enjoyed a family dinner together, and I have to say I really enjoyed spending the time all together tonight. ¬†I polished off a few more pieces of chocolate from my secret admirer, and enjoyed a quiet night at home with my favorite Valentine. I realized near the end of the day that this was our 25th Valentine’s Day together.

Back to that Victor Hugo quote:¬†“Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.”

Maybe Hugo had it right after all. We read in Romans 8:38-39,¬†¬†“For I am convinced that neither¬†death, nor life, nor¬†angels, nor principalities, nor¬†things present, nor things to come, nor powers,¬†¬†nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from¬†the love of God, which is¬†in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s Day, however you happened to spend it. And most of all, I hope that all throughout the year, you remember Who loves you most!

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My secret admirer

I have a secret admirer.

This mystery man first showed up many, many years ago. I must have been in about the sixth grade, and all of you who have lived past that age will remember “the awkward stage.” I was in mine then—not happy with my appearance, not really comfortable around boys—and Valentine’s Day was not something I was looking forward to. I didn’t have a boyfriend, and I wasn’t looking forward to sitting by while the pretty girls in my class received special gifts from theirs.

But, things changed when I received a box of chocolates and a card, which was simply signed, “Love, Your Secret Admirer.”

Me? I had an admirer? I was giddy. I was full of questions. Who could it be? How long had he liked me? Was he just too shy to sign his real name? I couldn’t figure out who it was, but it was a real ego boost anyway, at a time when I needed it most.

And, the next year on Valentine’s Day, I had another secret admirer. Or, maybe the same one was back. Yes, that must have been it…because I’ve received anonymous gifts and cards every year since.

Every. Single. Year.

Including 2012:

And while I’m no longer in that painfully awkward, preteen stage, I still love the boost I get with each mysterious card and gift. ¬†Not only do I have a secret admirer….but I think he really loves me.¬†

And I am thankful for that.

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