Three days until Valentine’s Day! Last week, we prepped preschool Valentine’s and for the past couple days, I decided (for some reason…darn you Pinterest!) it would be fun to make themed meals on Valentine’s Day. Just breakfast and dinner so I’m not crazy, right?! I’m picturing heart-shaped toast with nutella and banana slices, bacon (who doesn’t love bacon?!), pink-colored milk, and strawberry yogurt with red/pink sprinkles. And we’ll end the day with a heart-shaped pizza, steamed green beans (a veggie my kids LOVE!), and cutout sugar cookies for dessert! All ideas at the moment…let’s see if I can execute! Ha!
Amidst all the ideas and planning, I did think of one craft that is probably the most important for the holiday of love. I have a 5-year-old who has taught me (and continues to teach me) quite a bit in my journey of motherhood. I have learned that my words are powerful. They can hurt (when this mama loses it) or they can build up, heal, and comfort. I know that, for myself, I remember specific words my parents or other grown ups have said to me at a young age and how crazy I carry those words into adulthood. So, what I realize is that at the end of the (lonnnnnng) day, I pray my children remember the loving, meaningful words I say to them that let them know they are loved, known, and seen.
Today’s FREEBIE is a very easy craft involving just a printer, pen, scissors, and tape…things we have in our home so no excuses for not doing this craft! Download the fill-in-the-blank love letter printable by clicking here, follow the simple instructions on the printable, and let’s fill our kids’ love tanks to the brim!
It’s graduation season! <cue “Pomp and Circumstance” song>
Although I personally don’t have any close friends or family graduating this year, I know next year will be a whole different story as my firstborn will graduate from preschool…um, where did the time go?! Please check in with me this time of year next year…I may be a hot mess.
When I look back at my school days, even as far back as elementary school, I remember certain instances when I questioned my ability, intelligence, or confidence. Each new challenge seemed daunting and I wondered how I would get through it. Obviously, I managed to tackle the hurdles, sometimes miraculously leaping over them and other times tumbling my way through but I somehow always ended back on my feet. This ebb and flow pattern continues strongly in the parenting life and I have to constantly remind myself that I am enough by remembering what I have gone through for the past 30+ years. As a parent now, I hope to instill this self-awareness and confidence to my children early on.
I came across this beautiful quote from A.A. Milne, author of Winne the Pooh, and it just stopped me in my tracks. I love how it affirms the reader that he/she “is” braver/stronger/smarter/loved versus “will be” or “can be” braver/stronger/smarter/loved. It draws out the truth that already lives deeply within each one of us.
If you know someone who is graduating or just needs some encouragement, please print out one of these! Better yet, frame it and it becomes a perfect wall art gift! I think I will put one in each of my kiddos’ rooms.
This is my first freebie and it comes in three colors (black, coral pink, and steel blue). They are 8×10 prints and available in both PNG and PDF formats. I hope you like them! 🙂
Black [click to download PNG] or [click to download PDF]
Coral Pink [click to download PNG] or [click to download PDF]
Steel Blue [click to download PNG] or [click to download PDF]