Tuesday Topic: What is Your Favorite Valentine Tradition or Memory?


I’m kicking off February Tuesday Topics with an easy one for all of us.

What is your favorite Valentine tradition or memory?

I’ll start.

When I was a girl, we always woke to find new Valentine’s Day socks on the kitchen table. It made me smile to pull on heart-covered socks, knowing that my Mom picked them out for my sisters and me because of her love for us. Plus, it was fun showing them to my friends.

How about you?

I’m always looking for new ideas and you are some of the smartest moms (dads/teachers/friends) I know. Let’s encourage one another to love our families well.

If you need more ideas, don’t miss yesterday’s post, Valentine’s Day for Time-Crunched Moms.

encourage one another,


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Jennifer Shapiro Isaac
    February 9, 2016

    As a child, I really loved making Valentine bags or boxes for school (to collect all my Valentines in). Even when I was homeschool mom, we still made these boxes many years – just because I had such fond memories of it!

  2. Heidi
    February 9, 2016

    I started doing a treasure hunt for my kids. They search for clues all over the house, and about every other clue has a gift hidden with it. They each get one book. Usually I have a stash of books that I've picked up at used book stores, so I don't usually even have to go shopping to do it. Now they are all excited about Valentine's Day because there will be a clue hunt!

    Growing up, sometimes my family would make Valentine's for each other together. It was fun to spend an evening snipping and gluing together, and fun to have sweet notes from each person in the family.

  3. Molly Kitsmiller
    February 9, 2016

    I like to write a special card for each kid highlighting the things I love about them and encouraging them in their walk with the Lord. I usually include some small gift that gives them a word/verse that I think is applicable to them. last year, I painted their affirmations and verses on a small flat rock. Things like "You are special." or "You are a gift from God." or "You are fearfully and wonderfully made." or "You are strong and courageous." Then we have a special dinner – special just because we use fancy dishes and a table cloth – and I put their gifts/cards at their place.

  4. Hannah
    February 9, 2016

    My dear friend Dorothy came up with a great idea: she hung pretty wine bags along the stairs like Valentine's "stockings" for each member of the family, and invited everyone to put small treats and notes of affirmation in them.

  5. Kate
    February 9, 2016

    Almost every year my mom helped my sisters and I host a tea party for my Grandma. Usually tea and cookies in the afternoon, but we were allowed to use mom's tea cup collection and I had my favorite cup. 🙂 Now we're all married and have daughters, but it's usually still at my mom's house and my Grandma still comes. 🙂

  6. Larin Larson
    February 10, 2016

    For as long as I can remember we have had a cardboard box separated into "post office boxes" each with one of our names on it and a section above them labeled "packages too large for box". Every year on the evening of Valentine's Day we put our Valentine cards to each other onto the boxes then we each open the one with our name on it and collect our mail. Mom always has little gifts for us that she puts in the packages too large for box spot.

    1. Larin Larson
      February 10, 2016

      We also have a Valentine's tea party every year sometime close to Valentine's Day.

    2. Lisa Qualls
      February 11, 2016

      Your mom is so good at things like this, Larin. We've always enjoyed the Valentines you girls have sent to us. We probably learned to do the tea party from your mom too.

  7. Laurel
    February 12, 2016

    Growing up, my mom would sneak a red heart balloon into my room while I was sleeping so I'd wake up to it on valentine's day. I do the same thing for my kids and they love it. Cheap but meaningful!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 13, 2016

      That is a sweet and simple idea. Thanks, Laurel.


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