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by Shawni

We did our traditional family “heart attack” for Family Home Evening this week.

Each year near Valentine’s Day we like to cover our kitchen and family room with love by writing down all the things we love about each other.
We glue yarn around some of the hearts to make them a little fancier. (Max was sick on the couch for this and Dave was taking the pictures but they were there basking in the love too 🙂

Then we read them all aloud.

Each year my favorite part is to watch the kids’ expressions when we read what everyone loves about them.

Then we slap them up all over the place.

It’s kinda fun to be surrounded by love all month 🙂

These are some of my very favorites that I couldn’t pass up a chance to post on their own:
(that says “sis” at the end….heart melter even though she was kinda trying to be funny)

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Jon Rowe February 2, 2012 - 3:20 pm

This is so cute. we have "heart attacks" where we plaster a friend or family members door with hearts and candy to show them we care for them! I might have to try this one this year too. It would be so wonderful to walk around the house and be reminded of all the love in a family!

Hilary February 2, 2012 - 3:39 pm

I love how specifcic your kids are. Maybe we'll do this next Monday. 🙂

Nancy February 2, 2012 - 3:52 pm

May I be a copycat, please? Love this family activity. everything about it.

dresselfamily.blogspot.com February 2, 2012 - 4:06 pm

i am totally gonna copy this too, after the kids melt down this morning getting ready for school, i think it's jsut what he need!!!!!

jeana February 2, 2012 - 4:24 pm

We started this a few years ago because of you. We have so much fun, and as always a joy to see yours! I like the idea of doing this on a friend's door too (comment above)

Katie February 2, 2012 - 4:55 pm

This is so incredibly sweet. Can't wait to work this into our festivities next year (we'll be in Walt Disney World this year).

kristen piccola February 2, 2012 - 4:55 pm

Love this idea! Can't wait to write up with the kids and decorate!

Angela February 2, 2012 - 6:17 pm

I love the heart attack idea, I'll have to do that for FHE next week. Thanks for sharing. The yarn looks adorable on the hearts by the way.

Shannon February 2, 2012 - 6:18 pm

We've had so many stressors in our life lately. I think this would be an awesome way for our family to show love to each other. We are all in desperate need of huge hugs and lots of love now. To be able to lean on each other and bring to light the positive may be exactly what our hearts need. Thanks for the idea :o)

Becca February 2, 2012 - 6:20 pm

I just wanted to say that I love reading your blog. Although I am only 23 years old with no children, I am inspired to be a better mother even though I'm not a mother! Your family life is something I strive for and one day hope to implement myself! Thank you for continually inspiring younger women like me.

Danielle February 2, 2012 - 6:47 pm

Thought this might be coming up! LOVE it!

valerie February 2, 2012 - 7:34 pm

For the past 3 years my kitchen has been covered in love – because of you! Thank you so much for the idea. We may have to embellish those hearts this year too! Another great idea Shawni!

Writer J February 2, 2012 - 8:03 pm

That is a way cute idea! And it's so simple and a great way to show the people you love, that you care 🙂

Jessica :) February 2, 2012 - 8:14 pm

This is *such* a fun idea! I love it! I think we'll have to start a new tradition (we don't have very many yet so this will be a lot of fun). Thanks for sharing!

Hilda February 2, 2012 - 9:10 pm

Way cute and fun fun. Gonna try this w/my daughter she's gonna LOVE IT!!!

Dreena M. Tischler February 2, 2012 - 10:00 pm

This is SUCH an amazing idea. We will do this for family night tomorrow. Thanks SO much for the inspiration.

Jill February 2, 2012 - 10:18 pm

I'm so doing this for FHE this week. And p.s. I love your big fork!

Carin February 2, 2012 - 10:44 pm

Great idea! Question?? Do you share/sell your canvas prints (the 3 that you have hanging on your family room wall – leaves/lantern/sky?) I have admired them for a long time and am currently redecorating and thinking how perfect the colors would be with what I'm doing. You can e-mail me at carinlarson@hotmail.com


Kristin February 3, 2012 - 4:51 am

That is the cutest idea ever, I'm totally going to do this!

Leanne @ Uber Simplicity February 3, 2012 - 9:00 am

oh how I love this! valentines day in Australia is not as big as in the states. I wish we would focus more on the family like you have done 🙂

Kayson, Heather and Easton Gines February 5, 2012 - 12:26 am

every time you post a picture of your kitchen i am so jealous of your giant fork!!!! i have been trying to find one of these for years that is not a ton of money, where did you get yours?

acr17 February 6, 2012 - 3:18 am

Thank you for this post. We did this today and even the teenagers had fun. It was great to start off the week with such a positive activity.

dawn February 6, 2012 - 11:15 am

We started ours on the first and try to do them everyday for the whole month. I love doing this with the kids and makes them feel special.

Your kids write the sweetest things.

SMDStudio February 6, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Thank you for reminding me about this wonderful tradition. My son really needs something like this right now. You never fail to inspire.

Natalie February 8, 2012 - 5:30 pm

What a super cute tradition. I love the idea – I think my kids would too. We'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas. So inspiring 🙂

Suzanne February 23, 2012 - 10:54 pm

What do you do with all the hearts when V-Day is over?


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