Love is…

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Love laid down his life for us knowing we didn’t deserve it.

Love saw grace and pleaded guilty in our name.

Love overcame our sin in his name.

Love is looking past our faults.

Love is..

Patient when things are chaotic

Kind when we’ve heard mommy for the umpteenth time

 not boastful or proud or rude

Put’s God first for everyone’s sake

Is not easily angered when the walls are marked with crayon

Doesn’t remind us that we yelled yesterday

Gives us grace when things aren’t homemade

Never fails or gives up on us…on them

Love is a journey of faith that we live daily as mom and babe.

When we are weary we can run to God and fill up on his love so that it overflows in all areas of our life.

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Slow Day: Valentine’s Day

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Our morning began with heart-shaped pancakes and bacon. We had so much snow here that there was no school for my oldest. My hubby immediately went out with the snow blower and I went out after him.

Funny story: when I came back, the 15 pancakes and pieces of bacon I made were all gone. Growing boys huh?

For Valentine’s Day I set up a nice dinner. After dinner we played some minute-to-win-it games, which are my favorite. I couldn’t get a good picture of all of the games but some included were: conversation heart stacker, marshmallow flop, heart a stack, suck it up, chopsticks. My boys had so much fun and hubby and I did too and at the end I made rice krispie treats with white chocolate. (Chocolate wasn’t finished hardening when I snapped the pic).

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How was your Valentine’s day?

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Family Valentine Idea’s

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So Valentine’s Day is coming up and it’s about time for me to start planning my annual Valentine’s Day Family Fun Night! I am so excited because this year we have a special guest joining us for the first time in our festivities…My husband!

In previous years I’d set the table up like a restaurant for Hulk Smash and Kid Hero, buy them a book, make something red for dinner, dessert and we’d do something fun like play a game.

This year my plans have changed a bit. My New Years “Resolution” is to try to get us to spend more quality time more often so with that I’ve been trying to set one up every week if possible. We spend tons of time together going places and getting stuff done but not too many days just doing nothing in fellowship. Every family needs that to grow whether they have little one’s or big one’s at home. Family time is an investment for everyone.

So every week I set up a themed night starting in the morning  with a fun breakfast like snow man pancakes, then dinner with something simple and a snack like jello popcorn balls. We then head to our living room for fun like mini golf, a hot game of beat the parents or reading books. Anything but the TV goes!

Well I thought about you lovely ladies in the process of my planning this time and I thought you might enjoy some ideas for fun too! These are things you are able to get creative with. Don’t limit these to just you and the kids!

Of course Valentine’s Day for me goes beyond a decorated table and some treats. It is a day I choose to amp up my love for my kids and our love  for Jesus. It’s about building their character and giving them a chance to openly express that love for their family and Jesus. Jesus is always the center. Later next week I  will share my ideas.

conversation hearts dinner time activity for families

via notimeforflashcards

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How I love thee conversation hearts via jonesdesigncompany

14 acts of Love via makeandtakes

Love letter’s for familyvia  thegodshalllife

Pencil valentine’s via simplyjstudio

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Valentine crafts via sheknows

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Valentine Crafts via extraordinarymommy

DIY Valentine Treat Bag http://www.mamamiss.com ©2013

via mamamiss

minute to win it valentine’s via sassysites

Jello Hearts

jello hearts via thehungryhousewife

giant kisses valentines day

rice krispie kisses via agirlandagluegun

Send your hubby or loved one a heart attack via thehousethatlarsbuilt

My favorite! Scratch off valentine’s via patandlindsay

Heart pops via sprinklesomesunshine

Bible Verse Printables for Kids

Love bible verses via biblestoryprintables

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heart bacon via papermama

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Pepperoni heart pizza via onecharmingparty

Live life on purpose,

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