Thursday, January 12, 2012

crafting with grandma , , , Counting Down the Ways I Love You!

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As I was browsing on Pinterest this morning I found an idea I have to "tweak" a touch and absolutely use for my grandsons . . . counting down the ways I love you! The idea behind this is for you to begin a countdown to Valentine's on February 1st with an advent-type calendar made from envelopes you may download for free using the link above. On the inside of each envelope, write a love note and tell your grandchild what it is about them that makes you smile . . . or as I always tell Josiah and Caleb, the things which makes your heart happy about them! 

For my grandsons, I also plan to write out a fun valentine's activity we can do together or one which they can do with their mom, such as make cookies, draw hearts, make heart-monsters (Josiah loves "monsters" at this point in time) or play "I-love-you-hide-and-seek" . . . when you find the hiding person, you have to tell them why you love them! Simple, fun things which will help build memories with your grandchildren and communicate your love for them! Every few days, I also plan to include something which involves Josiah in showing love for others - because real love "flows" . . . from God to me to him to others! I'm sure we will have important conversations about how we can love others because God loves us and then think of ways we can show our love to others . . . giving kisses to mom and dad, making a heart card for his Sunday School teachers, making cookies to give to great-grandma and great-grandpa . . . etc. I want his love to grow . . . this happens when he not only receives love, but also gives it away!

Have fun with this with your grandchildren!

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