It's not really that much...my decorating for Valentines is really just me putting Christmas away but still wanting something festive out. So I put together a pretty "mantel" on my beautiful iron tree with help from David.
(This is what I call my "mantel" since I don't have an actual mantel. Just, you know, FYI.)
First, pretty flowers from Dave...
The good things you have have come at a cost, haven't they? A strong marriage, strong kids, strong sense of yourself and of God, even a clean, uncluttered house, they cost you something. It's good to mourn what you've lost, grieve for the grief you've given, forgive for the pain you've received, and wonder anew at the good that surrounds you. Pictures, flowers, chocolate, sweet cards, all the "cheesiness" of this Hallmark-engineered, marketing-gimmicked holiday...these are all vehicles of grace, if you let them be. Hope this season comes on you as a sweet time of remembrance and graceful forgiveness and gratitude.