As we begin to uplift all the mamas this Sunday, I wanted to re-share one of the first posts I ever wrote. It is very close to my heart and just brought me to tears as I reread it.
To all the women out there, may you be surrounded by love this Mother’s Day.
Here’s the post.
February is that month that makes me want to stage a LOVE ATTACK on my family!
I don’t believe you can over-love people. Sometimes it’s quiet and subtle, and other times it’s loud and, in my case, obnoxious.
The ever-inspiring Bob Goff, author of Love Does says,
“Do not save up love like you’re trying to retire on it. Give it away like you are made of it.”
I want my family so saturated in my love, there is no doubt in their minds where my heart is at.
These 50 gestures are simply fun, memorable ways to infuse love into our families. Combined with those quiet, intimate moments of intentionality, our families are certainly going to have their love tanks filled this month.
- Tell your child how much you absolutely adore being their mommy.
- Enter your child’s world for an afternoon. Let them teach you how to master Minecraft or perfect your cartwheel.
- Make your man a card. Save money and add sentiment with this one I made over at Bloglovin’ by Jenny Collier. I absolutely LOVE it.
- Refer to your husband as your boyfriend in front of your children. Watch them giggle.
- Leave love notes for your children on their pillow.
- When you are dropping your child off in car line for school, keep driving. Have a mommy/child Day doing all of your favorite things.
- Decorate the car with love.
- Surprise your husband at work. Give him a simple kiss and then leave.
- Have your children write what they love about their siblings.
- Make scrumptious heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast. Try this delicious recipe for Strawberry & Sprinkles Buttermilk Pancakes by Averie Cooks.
- Throw down your little ones and kiss them to death.
- Throw in some tickles for some extra fun. (even my 12-year-old lines up for this)
- Look your loved one in the eye every time they speak.
- Give a stack of “Open When” letters that your husband or teen can open when…. (life love lauren)
- Remember your teenagers still need your hugs and physically touch.
- Order a heart-shaped pizza from Papa John’s.
- Play Valentine Minute to Win it Games. (Here)
- Talk about unconditional love. Explain that nothing they ever do can make you love them any more or less than you do now.
- Leave sticky notes in unexpected places.
- Show up at school unexpectedly with a special lunch treat.
- Call your mom or Grandma, and thank her for the ways she has been a role model for you. Remember the legacy from which you came.
- What ever your child is passionate about, become passionate about it too. It’s an opportunity to connect. If they run, run with them. If they’re into abandoned mine shafts (just saying), watch the countless YouTube videos with them.
- Make Blessing Jars for each member of your family. (the Complete Guide to Imperfect Living)
- Remember the rules of hugging.
- Let your children catch you flirting with your spouse.
- Have a girl’s day with your daughter and get your fingernails painted together.
- Leave sweet notes around your child’s room for them to discover.
- Buy something pretty for your husband’s eyes only.
- Add a little love to dinner with these adorable roasted potatoes. Easy recipe by Haniela.
- Tell your kids funny stories about when they were babies.
- Cover your trampoline with chalk hearts and then jump with them.
- Let your lips do the talking for a good morning message (and laugh uncontrollably when your child walks in as you are sitting in the sink kissing the mirror)
- Send a fruity love note to school with edible markers. (Cake Whiz) You can buy edible markers here.
- Learn how to speak their language. Here’s the Valentine’s I made for my boys this year. You can print it here.
- When your child is talking back, model gentleness, kindness, and most of all love.
- Tell your man you woke up wanting to kiss him.
- Let your daily rituals speak love.
- Spoil each other. Give this adorable book of Love Coupons! Print them at I Heart Naptime.
- Hang twinkle lights over your bed frame.
- Leave a note on their laptop.
- Use window markers and draw hearts on your child’s bedroom window.
- Add a memorable touch to activities you are already doing together. My tough guys have been doing devotions and story time in the attic… just because.
- Send text messages through out the day that each start with, “I love you because…”
- Ask your child if their love tank is full.
- Create a sidewalk chalk path of love.
- Speak their Love Language. Jen’s husband’s was Words of Affirmation so she did this.
- Send a mid-day note in their lunchbox so they know you are thinking about them and excited to see them again.
- Let your hugs linger.
- Speak truth into your child with Mirror Messages.
- Love Extravagantly even when it’s hard. Whether through a gentle whisper or heartfelt action, may our families know the depth with which we love them.
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I am surrounded by inspiration this week and I can’t wait to share some things with you! If you’re part of our Facebook community, I have shared some of these there.
My absolute favorite story is of a woman in my town who began a Thank You Project to find and thank the people who saved her son’s life after a car accident which had taken the life of her husband.
Grab a tissue and watch where gratitude leads this precious woman. Kellie is also a beautiful singer/songwriter. You can check out her website and blog here.
The power of generosity – A Homeless Man gets the “Winning Lottery” ticket – or does he?
Check out the mission this man is on. It’s a secret social experiment to see how people would respond. How I wish I was there that day!
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How badly I want to do this! Any local takers want to join me?
This morning a song came on the radio that I cry to every December. I instructed my kids to listen to the words. The song ended as they got out of the car for school. My older 2 kids jumped out, but my youngest son lingered. I felt his hand rest on my shoulder from behind. I turned and saw tears streaming down his cheeks. “I love you so much Mommy!” My heart melted. You will understand after you watch.
One of my All-Time Favorite songs is Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. This version has been adapted to the Christmas story.
If you have any posts or pictures you think I would enjoy, I would love for you to share them with us on our Facebook page.
May we slow down enough this advent to see the beauty that surrounds us and add a little light to those faces that need it.