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Valentine’s Day Tradition & FREE Printable

31 Jan

I LOVE Valentine’s Day! My birthday is a few days afterwards, so I have many fabulous memories around this time of year. As I became a mom, I wanted Valentine’s Day to be a special time to show my sons how much they are loved. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be ooey-gooey-sappy love between boys and girls. It can also be a wonderful time to demonstrate love within our families!

These are two posts from the archives as we gear up for the LOVE month!

IMG_7791We have a Valentine’s Day Tradition–Valentine’s Day Stockings. I enjoy filling them with various things that remind me of my sons and husband. This year the boys will be getting some Usborne books that they’ve been eyeing (this, this, and this). Read the original post for instructions on how to make these. Seriously, I am NO seamstress, so if I can make them, anyone can!

I Corintians 13.4 to 7

I created this printable of from I Corinthians 13 for my Pre-K Sunday School class at church. They memorize verses 4-7, so I made this craft, which can be transformed into a mobile or garland for your mantle. I love having the TRUTH about love displayed during this month of LOVE! See the original post for the FREE download.

I LOVE my readers, so thanks for your kind and encouraging words! Thanks SO MUCH for  reading!

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“Love Is…” Mobile & Valentine’s Day Books (FREE PRINTABLE)

6 Feb

I Corintians 13.4 to 7

Here’s my fun Valentine Day-inspired FREE Printable! Download by clicking here: I Corintians 13.4 to 7

We used this in the preschool Sunday School class that I teach when they were memorizing I Corinthians 13:4-7. I printed these off, cut them out, and the children colored them. I then mounted them on foam hearts that I got at Michael’s. We punched holes in the top and bottom of each heart, and they made a mobile with the verses. They were SO CUTE! I encouraged the children to hang then in their rooms, so they could remember (and their parents) all of the truths God taught us about love.

You could do a million things with this printable. You could make a mobile for your child’s room. You could make this and give it to a grandparent or a man or woman in a nursing home. You could use it as garland to decorate your mantle or fireplace. If you don’t have foam hearts, construction paper, scrapbook paper, or card stock would work. You could paint, finger paint, do-a-dot marker, or (dare I say it??) glitter the hearts. Each family member could decorate one heart, and then it becomes a family project. You could even laminate them to use it every year!

Alas, I took a picture of our I Corinthians 13 banner and can’t find it. Since then ours has been destroyed. (Did I mention that I have three boys?!?!?)  Maybe those of you with daughters will have more success with the permanence of this.

St. Valentine (Robert Sabuda) –We read this because I enjoy unearthing the origins of holidays. I have no clue of its historical accuracy, but we enjoyed it.

The Legend of the Valentine: An Inspirational Story of Love and Reconciliation (Katherine Grace Bond) -I love “The Legend of…” series and have enjoyed several of these during Christmas. I was excited to find a Valentine edition. This is the story of a young African American boy named Marcus in Alabama in the 1960s and a decision he faces regarding love or forgiveness. The story time warps back to Ancient Rome and tells the story of St. Valentine and relates it to Marcus’s dilemma. (For my CC readers, this would be a great tie-in to Ancient Rome and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.)

The Story of Valentine’s Day (Nancy J. Skarmeas)-This is on our “to read” list this year for Valentine’s Day. I love Candy Cane Press books, so I was excited to find a Valentine’s Day book by these great folks. Excited to check it out!

What about you guys?!?!? Do you have any fun Valentine Day traditions, activities or books? I would love to hear and share with other Suzanne Shares readers! 🙂

Valentine’s Day tradition: Valentine’s “stockings”

3 Feb

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I’m reposting this from last year. We introduced Valentine’s stockings in our home as new tradition. It was a HIT with our boys, and since I LOVE giving gifts, it was a hit for me, too! ha! I know people have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day, but for my husband and I, it has become a fun day to verbalize, yet again, to our sons that we love them and are thankful that God gave them to us! Parents, kids never get tired of hearing that from their parents. (I’m a “grown up” and still find joy, security when hearing that from my own parents!) So, parents, lavish your children with words expressing your love of and for them on Valentine’s Day and every day!

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Read the post to learn how to make these, or let them inspire you to make your own “bag” of some sort. Seriously, a decorated brown paper sack would suffice! Just do something FUN together with your family to remind each member that he/she is loved: 1) First and foremost by their Creator, God and 2) by YOU!

“We love because He first loved us.” I John 4:19

Come back tomorrow, and I’ll have a FREE Printable and some Valentine’s Day book suggestions. 🙂

Valentine’s Day “stocking”: a new Valentine’s tradition in our home

4 Feb

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I first saw these Valentine’s “stockings” (aka “lovey bundles”) 2 years ago. Two years ago, there was no Pinterest. Isn’t it hard to imagine pre-Pinterest days?!?! I bookmarked the blog post immediately. Does anyone remember the “good ol’ days” of bookmarking websites?!?! Sorry, I digress…

When I saw these Valentine’s “stockings,” I knew that I wanted to start this tradition in our family. Two years ago, two days before Valentine’s Day, our family moved to plant a church, so I didn’t get to make the “stockings” that year. Last year, I bought all of the supplies but never got around to making them. 😦

This year, I was determined to make them. As part of their Christmas present, my awesome sister-in-law got my husband and sons tickets to the Vanderbilt basketball game on Saturday. I was uninvited, and I was ecstatic. 🙂 The boys had bonding time with Daddy, and I was “solo.” These days I relish any time that I have time alone, so I soaked it up and decided to tackle the Valentine’s stockings project. I have a love/hate relationship with my sewing machine, so I wasn’t sure if I would get any of them made during the 3 hour basketball game. Thankfully, my sewing machine was obedient, and I got one made for all 5 of us! I’m not a master seamstress, so if I can make them, anyone can! This was one of those projects that, upon completion, I was mad at myself for putting it off for 2 years! It was so easy. This is a lesson in perseverance, so if you have a project you’ve been putting off, tackle it today! You’ll be so glad you did (as I was this week!)

love traditions, and I’m excited to have a new tradition for Valentine’s day in our home. I’m excited to have a fun way to treat my husbands and boys from year to year. This first year will be a surprise; my boys have NO IDEA that they’ll wake up to candy and small treats on Valentine’s Day. I can’t wait! In the future, it will be so fun to get them in on the ‘planning’ and ‘scheming’ as we shower each other with surprises to show each other our love for one another. Oh, what fun!

I followed the tutorial step-by-step on Kojo Designs. Super, super easy to make! It probably only took me 10-15 minutes to make each one. Here’s how I made them:

Materials needed: 5 rectangles of felt, ribbon (for drawstring), scissors, sewing machine, hot glue gun, and felt/fabric scraps for decorating or personalizing

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Cut one of your felt rectangles into a square. Sew the four remaining rectangles to the square. You’ll have a nice cross once you’re done. Then, sew the sides together until a “sack” is made. Cut 2 slits on each side of your “sack” and weave the ribbon in and out. Tie the ribbon and pull tightly, which will make it like a drawstring. Viola! Your Valentine’s stocking is ready!
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With all boys, I decided not to make mine too “valentine-y” for fear that they would think they were too “girly.” I decided to just put our initials on them.
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Hot gluing the letters into place.

IMG_7794The finished product. I put the camera up before I finished the one for my husband and myself. My Valentine’s “stocking” is hot pink! The boys will know which one is not theirs just by looking at the color! I can’t wait for Valentine’s Day! I am so thankful for the family that God has given me; I never want to take them for granted. Excited for a special day to tell my family those very things. Most of all, I’m thankful for yet another day to be reminded of the One who loved me first.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another…We love because he first loved us.(1 John 4:7-11, 19)