I got a call from a very tall, dark, and handsome guy, asking me to go on a date! We enjoyed a splurge dinner out. It was such a great surprise to run into friends at the restaurant! The best part, though, was some time alone with my honey.
What did we do during the other hours of that day? I woke up early to make Grain-free Cinnamon Rolls, Fluffy Gluten-free Pancakes, and Strawberry Sauce. I wrapped up pictures of my hubby and me, for him to take to his new office, and I presented the kidderz with gifts from their grandparents. (The grandparents are awesome! They know we are keeping sugar away from our house, so they made sure not to get sweets for gifts. Instead, they bought little strawberry planting kits for the kidderz. How cute!) Also, I did actually make the Chicken Salad with Cranberries for everyone’s lunches, as well as the Strawberry Cheesecake Bites for the evening’s dessert. Yummy!
My daughter had fun giving away all our xylitol candies with Valentines for her classmates, but when we ran out, she was creative in her choice of Valentines for our neighbor boys. She made paper airplanes out of Valentine paper, and wrote their names on them. The boys seemed to love them!
Oh! I forgot to mention: My Valentine gave me 2 potted miniature rose plants. They are beautiful! Not only that, but we also watched a movie at home: Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility
adapted for the 1995 film. I love it, every time I watch it! Even though it was a very mild night outside, we had a fire in the fireplace to enjoy while we snuggled up for the movie.
So, I write this only to encourage you in knowing there are alternatives. You don’t have to celebrate Valentine’s Day (or any special day) the same old way. Make life interesting. Mix it up! Better yet, Mick’s up Life, and be inspired into wellness!
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children
and walk in the way of love,
just as Christ loved us
and gave himself up for us
as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.