Valentine's Day 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

"We love,
because He first loved us."
1 John 4:19

We had a wonderful heart-filled day, full of surprise and wonder.  
 I gave this heart doilie to my MOPS moms when I spoke to encourage them to do something, anything, just a bit special for their family on Valentine's evening.  I asked them to place it as a reminder, so I put mine on my refrigerator.  I did have an email late Valentine's night from a dear mom who did just that, and shared how she had made their dinner special, and it didn't take much more effort with just a bit of planning ahead.  I was so proud of her!   Her husband even shared with me at our Upward games how special it had made their evening!  The C's I Love your family!!!  They are special!!!


Some decorations to be put out...

Sarah is my wonderful decorator.  So blessed.  I love my Dayspring vases!


Our lovely table setting for my loving family.  I am so very blessed and I love them so much!!!  I wanted everything to be special just.for.them.

I, yes I, found, on pinterest, how to make cloth napkins into hearts!  Yay!!!  AND I could even do it!!!  So pretty, don't ya think? 



Our meal consisted of Simpson-Dake Family Farm Beef porterhouse or rib-eye steaks, olive oil, garlic, and chives mashed potatoes, asparagus gratin with parmesan and monterey jack, mayonnaise muffins, red velvet cheesecake brownies, and cupid floats.  With the exception of the steaks and muffins I found the new recipes on pinterest.  You can find them on my boards.  Simply de-lish!!!


Cupid Floats - french vanilla ice cream, cherry 7-Up, and whipped cream, so easy!

Dad and mom joined us!  Cute face Jenny!  She's so happy, always!  Makes me smile! ♥

My darling husband brought home roses, and candy with the box shaped puzzle, so cute.  The kids got candy, a stuffed animal, Jamin had shotgun shells - so valentiney, right?, and the girls got a lamp they desperately needed for their room.  I simply love to give, give, and love seeing their faces light up, so much joy.



I had for my sweet husband of almost 2 5 years this gift set from Dayspring, (with only pictures of the mugs), Mr. and Mrs. mugs, the inside says, "I found the one my heart loves.  Song of Solomon 3:4"  In the bottom of the mug is a heart  ♥.  As on the vase behind, I am "grateful for simple blessings."  Yes, I am...  The gift set included a coupon book for both of us to use, *grin* a journal to write each other and I bought him a new wedding ring, his was a bit tight, this was a REAL surprise, and he really loved it.  I didn't get a pic, but it looks wonderful and so manly.


Leftovers the next day, with my roses tervis.

So, as you can see, we had a lovely evening, even though it did include going to the funeral home for a beloved family in our community.  A loving wife lost her husband the day before.  Our prayers are with them, and I don't want to take even one day for granted.  We are not promised another day, so love your family, and thank Jesus, our Lord and Savior, for all He continues to bless you with.  

"We love,  
because He first loved us."
1 John 4:19

I would have no other reason for doing things for my family if not for His love for me. 

Please share what you did for your family...I'd LOVE to hear...

Always Experiencing Him,
Jody

6 comments:

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Very lovely, Ma! hearts, hearts, everywhere =]

love always,
Sarah

Missy Parris said...

Everything looks so pretty!!! Love all the decorations. Dayspring has some beautiful things don't they. I haven't bought any of it yet but I've seen a few things at the bookstore I would love. Those napkins are very impressive and add just the perfect touch to the table. I'll have to try that one. Looks like a wonderful evening!!! We celebrated but didn't do any gifts so we decided to do bowling and pizza the next day. Hopefully I'll post pictures soon. Have a great week!!!
Missy

Jana Thomas said...

Hey, those vases really sorta complete that whole pretty thing you had going on there. Sure wish I knew where those came from. HA! Oh, silly me....I do believe I gave those to you. Well, whadya know!?!?
JK. It all shore was reeeel purdy like. :-)

Jody said...

Thanks Sarah! You helped bunches! You're such a talented decorator! I never could do it alone anymore! I may have to some day... :( LOVE you bunches and bunches, up to the sky and down again, around the world and back again!!!
Always Experiencing Him,
Jody

Jody said...

Missy thank you so much for your family's visit. We had such a wonderful time!

I do lOVE Dayspring products, and most everything has been very good quality. Some of their jewelry hasn't lasted well, but I have loved my "Ever Grateful" dishes and accessories, and then some of the Christmas ornaments, I use them ALL year long because they aren't just Christmasy, they have a beautiful verse and are simply gorgeous to decorate with. Of course, I do wait for their sales, because they are a bit pricey. Love the messages though. You can find the heart napkin tutorial on my pinterest Valentine board, I think.

Glad you had a great time bowling with your family. Sounded wonderful!

Always Experiencing Him,
Jody

Jody said...

Yes, Jana, they add just the perfect touch everywhere I need them, and of course, you know I have moved them all over the place, just like my furniture, and rooms! Such fun! Thanks again!
Always Experiencing Him,
Jody