V-Day Your Way

Simple ways to show your love that you won’t hear in a sermon.

Some people like to go all out on Valentine’s day. Heart shaped pancakes. Multiple bouquets (some involving bacon). Actual crafts with your kids. Candle-lit dinners. Mushy posts on social media. THE INSANE BOXES YOU SEND TO SCHOOL WITH YOUR KIDS. What even? I mean I’m not listing these things to judge people, this is titled “v-day your way” after all, but I’m gonna judge that one. Can we just go with grocery bags from here on out? Thanks. Or wait a minute- their backpacks. That they already own. And carry to school with them everyday TO BRING THINGS HOME IN. I digress….

Some people just get a text from their husbands after they leave for work saying “Happy Valentine’s Day, honey”, and you reply “oh yeah, thanks, you too”, and it’s cool. Whether or not you keep it low key or max out your romance budget for the year, I thought it would be fun to share some simple ways we can all love our significant others throughout the year.

  1. Clean your hair out of the shower.
  2. If you smell it first, change the poopy diaper. (Free pass on this if your kids are grown or you don’t have any 😉 )
  3. Put all the things in the things. (Clothes in the hamper. Dishes in the sink/dishwasher. Pee in the toilet.)
  4. Tell the other when there’s something in their teeth.
  5. Rinse your beard trimmings out of the sink.
  6. Tell them they are an awesome driver.
  7. Pretend the thing that irritates the crap out of you doesn’t.
  8. Get the air freshener after your own farts. (8b. Roll down your car window if you’re in a vehicle. Please.)
  9. Let them pick the movie.
  10. Let them sleep in any time they can.
  11. Make out even if it won’t go anywhere.
  12. Make out and let it go somewhere whaaaaaat?
  13. Help the child with the 3rd grade math homework.
  14. Let them be the DJ in the car.
  15. Keep them caffeinated.

What are the ways you love your SO??

I fired and then aimed again. Er- I will aim. At some point.

If you could live inside my brain for a day you would know that I have thousands of awesome ideas and about a 2% follow through rate, if that. I think the term for sugar-coating this is that I’m a “visionary” as opposed to a “doer.” The thing about ideas of mine is that a lot of them end up going away, but this one has been one persistent little bugger, and the Responsible One didn’t balk at it, which I’m taking to be a pretty good sign it’s meant to be. So today is the day I stop fretting about logistics and possibilities and just put this out there.

I believe in adoption. I believe in orphan prevention. I believe in foster care. I believe in family preservation. I believe in supporting adoptive families and supporting birth families and supporting foster families. But that last one? I wasn’t really sure how to do that until friends of mine accepted their first foster placement. And then I realized that we, as a community, could probably be doing so much more to support foster families and children. Often times we feel like the solution to big problems means doing big things, but I don’t think that’s always the case. There are small, incredibly meaningful things we can do every day to change the world around us.

So here’s what’s going down: I don’t even have a name for this endeavor yet (I’ll aim later, remember?) My vision is to create a place where foster families and their children can come “shop” for free, whether they need baby items for a new placement, new clothing for a child outgrowing their current size, a pair of soccer cleats or a baseball glove, toys, school supplies, etc.

Here’s what I need from you (local people, of course-which, let’s be real, is 87% of my readers):

  • Donations of new or gently used shoes and clothing (size infant through teen)
  • Pajamas
  • Socks and underwear (NEW)
  • Winter jackets, mittens, and hats
  • Diapers (all sizes) and wipes
  • Baby shampoo, lotion, diaper cream
  • Baby Gear (diaper bags, infant carriers, baby swings, cribs, etc)
  • Baby blankets, baby linens
  • Baby bottles, sippy cups, bibs, pacifiers (NEW)
  • Books for babies, children and teens
  • Toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, soap
  • Haircare products
  • School Supplies

If you have children out growing these things and you plan to donate or sell them, or you realize you have some of these things around your home that you can spare, please consider getting in touch with me and I would love for them to be used to support foster families in our community.

I’m really excited for how this may all unfold, and though I don’t have the master plan in front of me, I can’t stop myself from taking this first step in obedience.

Psalm 68:5-6 “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing”