I had big plans for Valentines Day... well, until I realized that it was less than a week away and I hadn't actually done anything to make those plans happen! A quick late-night run to Walmart for some construction paper would have to do.
As I passed out the paper and markers I encouraged the kids to write things that showed them God loves them. I had no idea what they'd end up writing, but the finished product truly blessed my heart. Over and over I saw names written: family members, Wade and I (Marcoz y Kerin), the names of God and Jesus... they turned out beautifully :)
We passed out little boxes of chocolate to our kids as well (which they devoured in SECONDS! Wade and I like to pass out fig-newtons, so chocolate was a treat *wink*) and they took off on their projects. When finished, we hung them up in the kitchen for all to see (well, taped them. I forgot to buy string. Oops!)
These littles are our Valentine's this year. We have each other, of course, but we can't ignore the blessing God has given us in these kids. So often I find myself standing in the midst of kids -- playing, laughing, singing -- and think: Wow. How did I get so lucky to spend my days like this?