Then I had kids.
Valentine's day became about much more than romance for me when I realized I had these little people to kiss and hug on the ominous 14th of February. I began dressing them in themed outfits, shopping for Valentine's stuffed animals, and choosing silly kid cards. Our house for the last seven years has been much more than a day intended just for me and Michael. It is a family event.
I realize that we don't need this one day a year to show each other love, but it is a sweet reminder and an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary to make each other feel special. And in this house, I am all about doing things out of the ordinary, keeping us entertained and interested.
If you read my blog from yesterday "Home is where the faith starts", then you know that I have given a lot of thought to the power of faith in our family. So I decided that this Valentine's Day needed to be a conscious effort in bringing an element of faith into the mix of festivities.
Michael and I did our ritualistic last minute shopping for some silly gifts including candy, little stuffed animals, and stickers. The girls had school and the boys hardly knew there was anything different to the day. But then it was late afternoon. I instructed them to clean up their rooms and messes in the living room, change into something red, and then come downstairs. While I made dinner, they busied themselves making Valentine's for one another.