Create a Home
A home is more than a house, it's more than a place to live. A home, as defined in the dictionary, is "an environment offering security and happiness and a valued place regarded as a refuge or place of origin". One of my favorite quotes says, "Home... was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building one each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go." As we create our home, we strive to do more than make it pretty and functional. We are striving to create an atmosphere and a place of meaning, where memories are built and our family and friends feel welcome and comfortable.
Date night doesn't always have to be exciting and adventurous. There was nothing glamorous about our date this past weekend, but we accomplished something together, ended the night with some quality time together and we won't have to spend as much time cleaning every night each week to catch up, so we'll be able to spend more time together after the kids go to bed in future weeks.You might be surprised by how much fun you have cleaning your house for date night! Whether you tackle getting caught up on the daily cleaning, focus on deep cleaning one room or work on getting rid of the things in your house that you don't need anymore, you'll feel accomplished when you're done.
Last Valentines day, I overheard a few coworkers expressing their dislike of the holiday. They felt that it was a day that is commercialized and just to get spouses to buy gifts for each other. I've heard other people suggest that they don't need a special day to let their husband/wife know that they love them. My personal opinion is that Valentines day is an opportunity to shower your lover with extra attention and that if you put some thought into your gift, it can be meaningful and memorable rather than just out of obligation.