. I always use these minor holidays as excuses to give my kids the books, audio CDs and DVDs that they love and that I know will help build their faith. You may wonder why there is a menorah on the table for Valentine's Day. My sweet husband fixed it for me in preparation for Passover. Even though we aren't Jewish, we love celebrating this holiday, too, since everything about it points to the Lamb who was slain (Jesus Christ).
The kids each got a book. The book Josiah is holding is from Voice of the Martyrs and called The Story of Saint Valentine. We learned some new stuff about St. Valentine. He was actually martyred for going against the Roman Emporer's (Claudius) law forbidding couples to marry. He married couples in secret, adhering to God's law, and he was killed for it, but not before bringing his prison guard to Christ! St. Valentine's Day replaced two Roman feasts honoring pagan gods that were traditionally celebrated on Feb 14th, which was the day St Valentine was martyred for marrying couples secretly. Click here for the link. They also have a wonderful book about Saint Patrick if you are interested. I gave that to my kids on St. Patrick's Day last year.
Josiah wrapped up a dollar and a piece of candy he had bought with his own money for his sister and taped it to the valentine tree. She was thrilled!
Plus, the cookies are so stinkin' good! It is a real treat for us since I don't cook with white flour or sugar.
Since I still wasn't feeling great, Michael was sweet enough to take the afternoon off work so the kids could go to our local homeschool support group's valentine's party. They had a lot of fun. I was bummed to have missed it. Michael said he was the only male who had gone through puberty there, but he was a good sport about it.
After the party he took the kids shopping for me and they brought back some gourmet tea, horehound candy and three beautiful roses. Then I sat on the couch and read while they made me a delicious steak dinner. It was the first time Michael made me a steak that didn't taste like shoe leather. He's learnin'! Josiah and Hailey did a great job with the potatoes and salad. It was my favorite part of the day, sitting their reading while they were serving me, especially since I wasn't feeling that great. I could get used to that! I was able to finish the 4th book in the Chronicles of the Kings series by Lynn Austin. Those books are such a great read! This is my second time through and I'm enjoying it even more than the first time.
Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day and now that you know the reason we celebrate Valentine's Day, I hope it becomes a very meaningful holiday for you, too, beside's getting flowers and chocolate.
God Bless, Jackie