Ah February. What a month. Shades of pinks and reds cover the shopping aisles in the form of candy, chocolate, plush toys, cards and gift wrapping. All in celebration of Valentines day – a day where we do and say what we should be doing and saying every day. Socially it has become a very superficial event, everyone trying to out do and outspend the year before.
Personally i like valentines day. I think it’s a cute reminder to celebrate the one’s we love and to make our first Valentines day special (as newly-weds), we decided to stretch it out into a Valentines month. We decided to do this because, like I mentioned above, Valentines day has become rather superficial and even though we shouldn’t show our love for just a month, I still wanted to do something for Valentines day just because it’s fun, but I wanted to do it in the right way.
We did the traditional romantic dinner (at home mind you), flowers, candles and the works, but our love letters are a little..”nontraditional”.
In January we had each had our own gratitude Jars, where everyday we would write on a slip of paper what we were grateful for. This month we decided that our valentines letters would be much the same – Love Jars. Everyday we write on a slip of paper what we love about the other, at the end of February, we’ll sit and go through each slip. This way valentines day wasn’t just a “come and go” fiasco, but rather we remind ourselves everyday why we love the other in a way that makes this type of thinking a habit.
After the first week, at the beginning of each day, I already found myself thinking of a new reason I love Duncan, as not to repeat what I had written the day before – this means that I am consciously taking note of more and more ways he makes me happy instead of focusing on small insignificant faults (that we all have anyway).
In the image above you’ll see a big board in the shape of a heart, with little felt heart cut-outs stuck to it. This is not for Duncan and I (sadly), this is actually something related to another important life event (I would call it a life event but many would say that is an over statement).
I am now the primary music leader at church. This means that I teach the kids, children’s hymns (and you have to do it in a fun, energizing way with lots of bribery and corruption – A.k.a – they sing sing for cake).
I am still getting used to it, but so far it is surprisingly fun (I have no musical skill whatsoever so being music leader is a WHOLE new world for me). Luckily the children are super cute, super funny and they love to teach and help me with the songs they already know.
The heart I mentioned is our Valentines bribe for the month. When they sing a song, or verse of a song we’re learning, really well they get to add a felt heart to brighten up the big heart. When they have filled the whole heart with felt hearts they get cupcakes! It works….so well…maybe too well haha.
and to end off, here is a picture of my cat (luckily I’m not single or this would have been the saddest Valentines post ever) and what he spent his Valentines day doing.
and my favourite love poem;
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in –
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
i am never without it, (anywhere i go you go my dear;
and whatever is done by only me is your doing my dear)
i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has ever meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
which grows higher than sould can hope or mind can hide) and
this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart).