Every shade and design of red and pink paper was strewn across the table. Oreos lined up like little sentinels waiting to be dressed in chocolate and sprinkles. My friend hosted a Valentine’s Day craft time and between us three ladies we laughed, swapped stories, and created to our hearts content. Laurie created these Martha Stewart worthy love notes and Kiersta conquered the Pinterest oreo pops because life needs beauty.
When it’s not what you expect
We were excited to share some handmade love with our friends. I’ve always enjoyed this holiday because I believe love should be celebrated all year long. Yet for some of you I know this holiday isn’t quite living up to your expectations. Maybe you’re even a little depressed (Okay a LOT depressed) because you don’t have a “special someone” to love on and return the sentiment. Maybe you won’t get a gorgeous bouquet of flowers or a note from a girl telling you how amazing she thinks you are but LIFE IS INCREDIBLE! TODAY! And you know what? You are loved. If you don’t feel like you are loved by the people you know then please know this, that God loves you. Not in a cliche type of a way but in a He-died-for-you type of way.
Revolutionize our thinking
When we truly embrace the fact that we are loved just as we are then we have the capacity to pour out love to others in a new way. While it’s exciting to receive things my parents always taught me to give. When it would be easy to have this day be focused on how much people love us why not revolutionize it and make it about others? Let’s do things for others not because it makes us feel good but because we just want to bless the people around us.
Be the love
Consider giving a valentine to an elderly person who might not receive one. Make cookies and give them to your neighbor. Send a sweet text message to a friend who is single. Maybe even give $5 dollars to the orphans in India and join the #4love14 campaign! Happy Valentine’s Day!
(Photo credit: Kiersta Rhodes Photography) Thank you Kiersta for hosting such a delightful craft day and for taking these beautiful shots!