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One Valentine’s Day, when I was a young girl, my mom and dad surprised me and my siblings with a small gift for Valentine’s Day.
I totally didn’t expect anything. It wasn’t a tradition in our family to get gifts for anything besides Christmas or our birthdays.
This little gift included a pack of stickers. I think they may have been Precious Moment stickers. Getting this small present brought me so much joy that to this day, I remember it.
Now, as a parent, I see the value in these little acts of love so much more.
Scripture tells us, Love is patient . . .
Oh, but I am not. I lack so much of the patience. In fact, I lack all of it.
It is truly something I must work on. As of late, the only memories my son and I are making together are of me expressing frustration with him.
This makes me sad.
However, I did notice a silver lining and a glimmer of hope with myself as a mother lately.
I wrote a little love note to my son and put it in his lunch box. He found it as he was unpacking his lunch. I found out later that it made his day.
About a week after this, I did it again.
He was so happy I did it. He read it over and over again on the bus ride home from school.
When I asked him about it, tears filled up his eyes and he got choked up. He said I should do that every day.
Be still my heart.
There is hope for my motherhood journey.
Little things do matter. They matter to adults and children alike.
In honor of the little things, here’s a list of fun Valentines to give this year that not only help us demonstrate our love, but also remind all of us of God’s LOVE.
Want more ideas, including a free Spiritual Bouquet coloring page? Check out: 3 Ways to Make Your Valentine’s Day More Catholic and Less Commercial
For the babes
Saint Valentine’s Day Teether made by Chews Life!
For toddler and preschool aged children
Paradise Jewelry is a little shop that makes my heart smile 🙂
I especially love all the Catholic products, and I have my eye on that heart shaped Miraculous Medal for my daughter!
My two year old son loves to paint. I’m so excited to have found these “paint with water” books! My older son really loves to cook and bake – so really, making heart shaped cookies will make him happy. Me taking the time to bake or cook with him truly makes him happy. It’s really the gift of time that means the most.
For Kids (ages 5 and up)
My son loves his Kindred Forest “medal” .
They have so many saints to choose from and have a cool, outdoorsy look. My 7 year old also likes that since it is a religious medal, he is allowed to wear it in school.
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For Pre-Teen, Tweens and Teens
I love this “Whatever God Wants” Heart Sticker!
This watercolor sticker as a reminder to say YES to God and his beautiful plans for you! “Whatever God wants” is a quote by the beautiful St. Gianna!
Teens and tweens love putting vinyl stickers on water bottles, laptops, phones, and notebooks!
I also came across these cute Catholic Conversational Hearts stickers!
So cute 🙂
This age is often accompanied by the struggle to believe that one is loved. This journal was written to reassure girls that they are in fact loved beyond imagination. This journal reassures the reader that she was made uniquely beautiful and for a purpose that no other individual was given.
According to one mom who bought it for her daughter,:
” …There is no question that the pre-teen and teenage years are full of challenges and feelings and attempts to discover who you are…but this journal gives constant reminders of why the most important detail is being loved by God and rooted in His love. I love the examples of saints and inspiring quotes throughout the journal that are intermixed with fun pages of writing about the things girls love and enjoy at this tender age. I love that it is culturally relevant while including great reminders of our faith! I highly recommend this journal! I have 4 daughters so I will be buying more and giving as gifts whenever I can!
A LOVE BOX from Pink Salt Riot
Pink Salt Riot’s mission is to make beautiful products that point to Christ. Their products aim to spark revival, invite hope, preach patient and inspire joy.
The LOVE BOX contains almost $200 worth of products for just $25. I loved mine!
I did a LIVE opening of my box on Facebook! Watch me unbox the LOVE BOX here 🙂
See my favorite piece on Instagram here: Prayer Wine Chocolate on Instagram
Pink Salt Riot sells awesome bracelets, necklaces and earrings and recently began a Monthly Christian Sticker Subscription!
This Tumbler from Be A Heart is fun, and so are the Catholic themed scrunchies!
This VSCO trend of shell necklaces have flowed into the mainstream. I love that these have a Miraculous Medal on them!
For all ages
For the Guys
Make him a Valentine’s Day cocktail 🙂
In the book Drinking with the Saints. the author, Mike Foley, has a drink for each day of the year. In fact, for some days he has several. See what he came up with for Saint Valentine’s Day!
Pair it with the book Drinking with the Saints.
After all (as the book’s description on Amazon explains):
- The méthode champenoise was invented by a Benedictine monk whose name now adorns one of the world’s finest champagnes: Dom Pérignon. According to the story, when he sampled his first batch, Pérignon cried out to his fellow monks: “Brothers, come quickly. I am drinking stars!”
- Whiskey was invented by Irish monks, who probably shared their knowledge with the Scots during their missions. Whiskey was first prescribed medicinally as a cure for “paralysis of tongue,” and apparently it works: no Irishman since has ever been accused of having a paralyzed tongue.
- Chartreuse, the world’s most magical liqueur, was perfected by Carthusian monks and is still made by them. Only two monks at a time know the recipe.
- The California wine industry began when Blessed Junípero Serra and his Franciscan brethren brought the first wine grapes to the region. And its rebirth in Napa County after Prohibition was thanks in large part to a chemistry teacher and LaSalle Christian Brother named Brother Timothy