Quick Valentine's Decorating-Recycled.

And here we commence again with another addition of cheap and potentially cheesy decorating using random things I already have. This edition: Valentine's 2014. I apologize for these grimy wall snapshots.

I used the rest of a roll of butcher wrapping paper and taped it to the wall. I wrote with puffy paint, "Love is..." and have a list started of different things that love is. So far Caleb has contributed two items on the list saying first, "God gives love to us. God is love." Well done child. Secondly he says, "Love is comfy and juicy." He also added that love is "Vroom vroom, beep beep beep. That's love." So that's what I have written on the paper so far. I ought to add something soon.

Above the paper is a felt heart garland I got from Etsy last year.

I had these frames from last year too. They were meant to illustrate love in action with the papa lion caring for his cub, and the shepherd caring for his flock and little lamb. It was meant to also be an example of how God loves and cares for us. I just used them again this year because that's what I had on hand.

I have

this print from Etsy

 hanging but with dark red font and a black frame. This is the stock photo from the Etsy listing:

printed these cards

 from Happy Home Fairy. Here's what I did with them:

Each day we can read over some words of love such as, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever (1 Corinthians 16:34)." On the other wall is our butcher paper where we list different things love is. My contribution today was, "Love is without judgement and seeks to understand."

I also have a Vday bag for Caleb this year! It wasn't a purposeful plan, but it sort of came together when I found an Iron Man mask and suit on sale at Target for $5. I also got him Valentine's Day jelly beans and a Charlie Brown Vday DVD. I'm pleased with this loot. 

Last year I wrote about my take on Valentine's day

, so you can check that out if you want. It is something I look forward to every year because it is another time where family, friends, love, and life can be highlighted and celebrated. I know it is generally a romantic holiday, but I enjoy these other aspects of it and have now for a few years since I am not romantically linked to anyone and haven't been in awhile. As I wrote in last year's blog, "I love love. I don't mean romantic love, but God's love. I love his unconditional, unfiltered, perfect, beautiful, love. I love that he sees beauty in the ashes. I love that he sees people that we may find off-putting in some way, as his baby." I love this opportunity this holiday gives to celebrate this, yet again. I get to do this with my friends and with my son. And every year, it brings me joy.

 So this year, as usual, we will have our traditional Valentine's dinner at my house. Jessie will come over, and anyone else who is free and able (ahem, Amy?).  I look forward to it every year, and may report back here with how it went. :)

Grace & Peace, friends.