On February 14th, my family shares one of the most memorable nights of our year. I’d even be willing to say that it leaves long term profound effects on my kiddos.
It is less than a week until Valentine’s Day. Paul and I used to go out when we could (he was often out of town for camp business on Valentine’s Day in the beginning and will be this year too), but about ten years ago we decided to do something different. We have an I Love You Party and it’s for the entire family.
If you are a long time reader, then you know what this is and today’s post serves as your reminder for this coming Thursday since you know about the party. Remember, the most important part of the party is the part where everyone shares what they love about one another. Priceless.
If you are new around here, then let me share something you can do that will never be forgotten. And it’s practically free. The children wake up to heart garland hanging next to their beds, but the fun doesn’t really start til dinner.
1) I/we make a heart shaped dinner and dessert. Sometimes I buy balloons or put up heart decorations, depends on the budget. I always buy at least cute Valentine’s Day dessert plates.
2) Before the meal, Paul reads about what love is from Scripture. We pray and thank the LORD for the gift of love, the gift of family, and the gift of His Son.
3) After dinner, we each go around the table and speak directly to each person. We share what we love about that person. No one gets out of doing it. No one gets left out. Everyone gets their cups filled. Everyone also gets a little heart shaped badge to wear that says, “Mindy is loved”. Actually, it has their own name. ;-)
4) We enjoy dessert, heart shaped, of course.
To prove how this little event leaves big impressions, the teens still have many of the badges. Saved as keepsakes.
I can not explain the beauty and power behind each person expressing this and each person hearing it.
Is it easy? yes!
It is unforgettable? 100%!
So… get ready, ladies and gents. I hope you take the time to share love with your family.
What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?