Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentines Day 2014

The day before Valentines day, we made and decorated cookies to deliver to a couple of elderly widows that we know on Valentines Day, so thankful for a 4-wheel drive suburban or this wouldn't have been possible! This really blessed the kids. The Lord has been laying it on my heart lately to train our children to delight in elderly people. Like small children, they are often viewed as an inconvenience as they turn the circle of life, slow down and many take on childlike characteristics again. My best childhood memories are of helping and visiting with my elderly grandparents who lived on a small farm a few miles down from the farm I grew up on. I still think about them everyday and miss them.
We read 1st Corinthians 13 and talked about what love is. It is not
an emotion,  it is 1 corinthians 13! 

Night before, James and Grace helped me make a banner to decorate
the apartment. 

They did great! We used yarn and a yarn needle to thread all of
this together. 

A  happy brother and sister!

The next day after school we gave the kids their gift.
A 6ft castle for them to color and decorate as they please!
I know.... perfect year to get something
like this living in a tiny apartment, HA! By the way,
this has to be one of my favorite pics of all time!
I love these 5 kids so much my heart hurts! 

All 5 of them inside the castle! Each kid got to decorate one wall of it
however they pleased, then I had each child write someting on
each of their sibling's walls that they love about that sibling.

This entertained them all for hours!

After dark we had the boys babysit all the kids in their bedroom and
watch a movie on the laptop so we could talk and enjoy the steak
dinner prepared by my hubby. I tell you, this man is a keeper! I am
so blessed! 

Isn't he the sweetest? Amid 5 pregnancies that
left his wife bedridden, he became quite the cook!
I was most impressed by his delicious heart shaped
buttermilk biscuits. 
I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day! I also want to shout out a Happy Anniversary to my parents who got married on Valentines Day 38 years ago! I also want to say Happy 28th birthday to my little sister and mother of 3 who was born on my parents 10th wedding anniversary. Pretty special huh?


Sandi said...

I miss my Grandparents too. They had a garden and lived in the country. My Grandma painted pictures, three of which are hanging in my home, and made the quilt that's on my bed and the afghan on my couch.

I just stumbled upon your blog. Love it!

Lindsay Rich said...

Thank you Sandi! There aren't many gifts greater than growing up with wonderful grandparents!

Sarah Breinich said...

Oh my goodness, your hubby IS a keeper! So glad you guys got to have that time together. You're such a good mom. :-)

Darlene Kichler said...

Perfect day!! Love your heart for the elderly. Nursing homes or memory facilities are good to visit for that. I got really attached to several that were in with my parents. Cant wait to see some updated pics of the house!!!

Debbie VG said...

Great blog Lindsay! Recently said to someone, "The closer I get to 60 the younger 70 seems." :) We don't feel older...much anyway. Every facet of family is vital, from little ones to oldies. Many people in the family of God don't seem to appreciate that, or understand that. So your take is very refreshing, encouraging!

Lindsay Rich said...

Thanks ladies! your comments are so encouraging! More house updates coming soon Darlene! :-)

Lindsay Rich said...

Debbie, I didn't realize how society viewed children as such burden until I had my own! As I teenager, I babysat all the time without expecting to be paid or was paid barely anything in the 90's.. Now babysitting is considered to be such a burden that it is hard to find anyone willing to do it for less than $10/hr! It really opened by eyes to how the elderly are also seen by society as a huge burden. I hope to somehow raise children who don't take on these selfish views. Life is such a gift at every stage! The "very young" and "very old" have so much to teach us and so much to offer!