Looking for simple, inexpensive farmhouse Valentine’s Day decor? Grab this “Love is Patient & Kind” Free Printable – in 3 different designs!
Little Boy Love
It was our usual after-dinner chaos: the boys get this crazy burst of energy and are running their Thomas the Train toys like madmen around the house; my husband is turning the TV up louder so he can hear over the insanity; I’m racing to clean up the kitchen before I have to rush out and tutor, trying to tune out the mayhem.
I finally get the kitchen done and joined the madness in the living room. I sink into the chair, trying to catch my breath before Round 2 of Crazy begins, when we need to wrangle the boys for bed.
Out of nowhere, my son Michael stops what he’s doing, climbs on my lap, hugs me with his head on my shoulder and says:
“I love you.”
Oh, man. Just slay me now.
That’s the first time either of my boys have ever done that. They are almost 3 and haven’t really reached that level of expression yet, so I’m not sure if he really knew what it meant.
But gosh…I don’t think there’s anything that melts a mom’s heart more than her little boy (or girl) climbing up in her lap and saying, “I love you.”
A Mother’s Love
I’ve always heard that a mother’s love is so intense that you feel like your heart will explode. I remember that very feeling after the twins were born. I just didn’t know if I could handle that fierce love I felt for my sweet boys.
While some days it might feel challenged, that love is never diminished.
I know Valentine’s Day can feel like a marketing opportunity where retailers make out like bandits, but for me personally (coming from a former teenage girl who actually wore black one year to boycott Valentine’s Day), I love the idea of a special day dedicated to showing others how much we really care about them.
Life gets pretty busy and crazy, but at least on this day, we are reminded to slow down a little and really appreciate the ones we love. And even show love to some who might not be feeling very loved.
The Truest Love of All
I can’t really talk about love without talking about God. Not only does He define love for us (1 Cor. 13), He is the definition of love itself (1 John 4:8). I remember when I first really understood His love. Though I’d grown up in church and had been a true believer since I was 13, it wasn’t until I was 32 years old that I really got it: “Not that we loved Him, but that He loved us” (1 John 4:10). That truth changed my life.
That’s another story for another day (unless you want to read it here), but I love celebrating Valentine’s Day because it’s just a reminder of His love for us. And we get to show that love to others.
Love is Patient and Kind
To celebrate this day of love, here are some printables I’ve created for the occasion: “Love is Patient & Kind” wall art printables, in 3 different designs. One is a pink ombre layout – especially for Valentine’s Day. The other two are in a farmhouse style – one in a light wood background, one in a dark wood background, so you can display it all year.
***Updated January 11, 2020: The alignment in the original was off and didn’t really fit that neatly into an 8×10″ frame. Also, the font color was a little hard to read. So, I made some changes and below you can see the updated versions. They are in the same color schemes, but now fit perfectly in an 8×10 frame (the background in all 3 versions goes to the edge of an 8.5×11″ sheet, but the text is nicely centered. The fonts are also clearly legible, so you’re good to go!)
Pink Ombre Version
White-Washed Grey Version
Dark Wood Version
(The mockups are a tinge fuzzy, but the actual downloads are nice and crisp!)
To grab any one of the 3, just fill out the box below to get yours!
You can also grab the pink ombre design in gift tags or cards! Click on the link to see the full post on Valentine’s Day Ombre LOVE Sugar Cookies with Free Ombre Printable Gift Tag or just fill out the box below to be redirected to the download!
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