Valentine`s Day remarks.

There have been years, in the past, where I was a bit passive to Valentine`s day. I wasn`t really soaking it up, I was liking it ok, but mostly going through the motions.

This year I was just overwhelmed with my love for my family– especially the daddy-man (sometimes we girls call him that) part of my little family. Valentines day felt almost sacred to me this year.

This took patience though. Laila was sleeping, that helped.

Here is Elle and I making V-day cut-out cookies.

Elle loves toΒ  work in the kitchen so much– she would live there if she could. It weirds me out, because there just really aren`t any big bakers in my family or G`s. And I don`t mean good cooks, I mean Big Bakers!

I was more giddy than her to start these cut-outs. The night before, I couldn`t sleep well, because I was so excited.

Haha. But once we started, Elle was in heaven and I faltered a bit… my tongue was tormented from how much I had to bite it.Β  She flings flour giddily into the mixing bowl, missing a lot of the bowl, flour puffs everywhere… I want to say,

“Argh…” (and more stuff)

I try to remember the urban legend about the woman so devastated by her mother`s sharp words in the kitchen, that to this day, she does not cook.

My thoughts are in one zone: We are making a memory. We are making a memory. We are making a memory. We are making a memory. We are making a memory. We are making a memory...

In case you are thinking I am too uptight, well, then, you might be right.

I am sentimental in funny ways. My mom gave me such a beautiful gift this last birthday of mine. Part of the gift, were these vintage boy and girl cookie-cutters (way cool), with this exact handwritten recipe tied to them with twine. I think she kind of adapted this recipe herself. It is sooooo easy, and they are dreamy-delish, that`s why I am in love.

Easy, you had me at hello.

I know, I know, hair dangerously close to dough.


If you want the recipe, you can also copy it belowβ™₯. ↓

Little hands. πŸ™‚

My friend, Miss K, got me started on Duncan Hines. I always thought there was little difference in cake mix boxes. She made cake with my girls one night so we could go out, and she happened to use Duncan Hines. We both agreed it tastes the most “homemade” of any mix ever.

Now I am a loyal DH customer. This frosting tastes close to the cream cheese frosting every Mennonite lady knows and makes. Not the same— I said close.(Close enough for me.)

In any situation, get me out of the kitchen asap, please.

We did a special dinner for out little family of 4– V-day night. Elle did the whole table. My goal was not stylish, but instead, meaningful.

So kitschy and touching here we come. πŸ™‚

I got this idea from my friend, Sandi. She has 5 kids (boys and girls), they are 18 and under. She does a special meal, with a treat by each plate, every V-day for her whole family. I thought it was a superb tradition and now plan to copy– giving her full credit of course. πŸ™‚

Here are the luscious cut-out cookies. They were swell. I gave them all away the next day, because well, there are too many pounds sitting on that plate.

We went to Walmart and Elle got to pick out treats for everyone else to put by their supper plate.

Sticky, tacky treats from Walmart.

$1 section, we love you.

We set a place for the Author of LOVE…

It`s crazy to think without Jesus we would not even have the ability to love. (I know without him, we wouldn`t be here in the first place, but you know what I mean. )

Red roses and a love note, scribbled on the back of a note I had scribbled to him earlier. I will keep the note always. I love the whimsy of it.

Elle decorated the whole table and she thought the puppy holding a heart was a nice fit. It was.

Here is daddy`s plate. The girls picked a blue puppy-face sucker for him. How fitting. Just kidding, not really…

I printed out the Love Chapter to read together. Thinking of True Love and what God has to say about it.

G and I had sparkling juice– the girls had pink milk.

We had Mexican buffet for supper.

Laila takes her role as princess very seriously. Don`t mess with this crown!

Ok, now is where fantasy turns to reality…

As we sat down to this meal, the girls were whiny and disruptive, and phones kept ringing… I felt like we weren`t getting the sacredness of it. ..

and we never did read the Love Chapter either.

It still was the most meaningful Valentine`s day ever. It wasn’t perfect– just like life will be.

My favorite thing about marriage is that in many imperfections of day-to-day, I have someone I fully trust to talk and pray with me, uniting us in a new and special way. It`s those kind of things that make my love with G so sacred to me. We both passionately stand our ground when disagreeing, but we are suckers for each other, with a desire to be united.

Ok, I need to go…Β  Laila just came by with a snotty nose and I said,

“You need a mommy!”

Elle says from the playroom,

“I need one too!”

I started this post when they were sleeping, and took MANY breaks since…

…To serve them pink cake for breakfast. (Why waste it, when they want it?)

…To sweep the floor.

…To finalize dates for our night out tonight, as a couple. β™₯


What did you do that was special (or a flop) this Valentines day? I`d love to hear!


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  1. Emily says:

    I had to laugh at the whole valentine-for-Jesus thing. When I was…hmm…eight maybe, I made a valentine for Jesus because I figured I ought to love Him the most. I wasn’t sure how to get it to Him so I tossed it out the upstairs window. I guess I somehow thought that it would just float it’s way up to Heaven or something but later Mom found it in the driveway, all wet and crumpled, and thought it was the cutest thing ever. πŸ™‚ Anyway, good post!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This must have been the yera for special valentine’s!

    I decided weeks ahead of time to make it about my family rather than sitting around wondering if *anyone* was going to go out of their way to make it special for me. I enjoyed thinking of ways to bless them by making it special without spending a lot of money. I had NO idea how simple it would be to make them feel special! They loved it!!

    I found tacky champagne glasses at the dollar store, bought sparkling grape juice, made heart shaped meat loaf, heart shaped finger jello, cookies with pink and red sprinkles on, and of course other food…..layed a faux (sounds classier then fake) red rose on each of their plates along with their wrapped gift. They so enjoyed themselves that I’ve decided to make this a yearly tradition!

    It was fun to read about your special evening too. And you’re so right….it wasn’t perfect, just like life isn’t! But it was good….and made memories! Besides….from what I’ve heard, you’re husband is one of the most romantic, or let me correct myself, the MOST romantic man in your church, so I’m certain he just topped off the evening! πŸ™‚

  3. Gloria says:

    ….and btw, that ^^^^^was just me.

  4. Kendra Z. says:

    You did a wonderful job of making your family feel loved and special. I know how fun it would be for my 3 yr. old to pick out a little gift for daddy/other family members. Oh, and I really need to take lessons and allow my girls in the kitchen more….I don’t do well with that.
    We kept it simple this year since we had been on a little vacation all weekend. I didn’t do a fancy meal. Gave cards. Made a special photo card for the girls to give to daddy. He gave me roses, and I made chocolate covered strawberries, and had those and sparkling grape juice waiting for him on the table when he came home from work. That was our Valentine’s this year………….

  5. Lynnelle says:

    I also torment my tongue when my girls help me in the kitchen. Well done for making a memory in spite of the mess! My Valentine’s day consisted of a birthday party for my 5 year old who was born on Valentine’s Day. it was a very special party and I even had some energy left over for the hus after the girls were in bed. I had spent several weeks beforehand working on a card (or pamphlet or small book) for him which was very meaningful for me to write and for him to read. He actually shed a tear. Mission accomplished!

  6. Oh, this is SWEET!! I get a happy feeling in my heart just reading this. The memory making, the keep-calm mantras :), and trying to make it meaningful for a little person who thinks it’s just THEE most amazing thing to do a bit of baking… Sounds like a very very special time you had. And the little dinner you did for your family… Just special! I love when something creates such a special event – not a lot of big jazzy stuff, but little somethings to create a thousand memories together… The place for Jesus is wonderful. I wish I’d have thought of that. I think we used to do that at home when I was a kid.

  7. Oh my stars, I’m so embarassed. I tried to copy & paste a little line of yours from above [the “it wasn’t perfect but it was the best V-day ever] and must not have done it correctly because I copied and pasted my entire last blog post. *blushing furiously* PLEASE delete that comment!! πŸ™‚

  8. Lemmo says:

    Jenny, I was also inspired by an older lady to make Valentine’s special. It was not something I grew up with, but my family loves it. Since I hadn’t been able to do a Christmas meal for my family in the earlier years, I thought going “all out” for Valentine’s was a great idea.
    I also did heart shaped meat loaves, cheap champagne glasses from the dollar store, valentine’s paper supplies and table cloth from the dollar store. Anyhow, this year we were in Grenada last week, so my family is still waiting for this years fun.
    One good thing about that is getting other peoples ideas. πŸ™‚
    Keep up the good mommy work. You are doing a great job…wish I was better at clamping my mouth when I should.

  9. Jan says:

    I mixed up dough and stuck it in the fridge Sat. with high hopes of having a fun time doing cut outs. But no one was into it after their “breakfast” of choc. candy filled hearts. So the dough sat in the fridge until Emma had a friend here and wanted to make a snack for a picnic. They did enjoy heartshaped fingerjello for lunch. Our evening wasn’t romantic in anyway with a huge pot of the kids favorite spaghetti, but it was filled with love and laughter, since my brother his little family dropped by on their way back north. Scrap paper to make a little heart garland for Emmas room still sits in the craft box…maybe next year or a rainy day inbetween. Probably the fav. thing we did this year were 1$ mailboxes from target. We got them at the beginning of Feb. and until val. day filled them with notes of love and encouragement. The kids could check them once a day. Excitment ran high when we dumped out the wadded peices of love. (lest you think we are a dreamy lovey family – that’d be nice but… we’re real and were having trouble with attitudes/tongues and gratful hearts…thus the mailboxes) Liked Jesus’ place setting – the author of love and our greatest example, i’ll have to try and remember that.

  10. Sandi says:

    Love this post, Jenny! What a great idea to let Elle decorate the table – she did a good job πŸ™‚ I also like the idea of setting as place for Jesus, although we may have to put an extra board in our table …it’s pretty full as it is. I have learned over the years how little it takes to make the people around us feel loved and yet how valuable and needed it is. I’m sure you made great memories!

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