.: A rose held with love in my daughters hands :.
On this Valentines Day we arose to share our handmade valentines with one another. Sweet cards gave a glimpse of each child's heart. My youngest etched a myriad of smiling faces on his Valentine, my daughter created tiny intricate 'books' with her own pictographic love language of "Eye" "Heart" "U" to express her affections for us all. My oldest brought the comedy with silly notes and his signature "V-day" in lieu of Valentines day.
My husband made sweet cards for each of us, drawing our favorite things with personal notes that proclaimed his favorite things about each of us.
My cards contained diminutive envelopes that held a little stone engraved with love, loose lavender and rose petals, and personal declarations of love. We enjoyed a lovely brunch together as a family at our favorite restaurant. We had a cozy spot by the fieldstone fireplace, our eyes catching the sparkle of the oil lamps set on each table....: Forty stones inscribed with love to share with you! :.
When we arrived home, the children were excited to create many more Valentine cards for each other (and just about every friend they could think of!) I decided to craft alongside them and was able to complete my Valentines for the swap! I couldn't resist signing up for all four groups and will be sending and receiving forty Valentines in the mail! (I look forward to sharing them with you as they come in)
.: A glimpse for you my valentines of some of the cards I created :.
My oldest son truly enjoys buying me roses, whether a single rose or a whole dozen. Oftentimes while he is out with my husband he will come home with a surprise rose for mama. He walks through the door with his little hands tucked behind his back and the biggest smile across his face..."I love you mama."
.: A soft pink dozen roses, adding beauty to our days :.
.: Harvesting petals that will hang on a garland across our kitchen window :.
These roses were brought home the week of Valentines day. They graced our table bringing such beauty and sweet scents to our day. We were feeling creative after crafting our cards and decided to savor these roses long after their blooms had drooped and faded..
.: The start of the garland that we created on this day :.
The children had a wonderful time harvesting rose petals for me to sew! They gathered petals and handed me stacks that I proceeded to sew with a needle and embroidery floss through the centers. Soon it became a garland that now hangs across my kitchen window. As my son brings me roses throughout the year I hope to string each new one on my garland to remind me of his sweetness and love--not only on one special day but everyday through the years..: My oldest son holding the start of our garland :.
The beginnings of our rose petal garland. I look forward to see what colors will be added next!
May love surround you in your every day!