Tuesday, January 22, 2013

You've Got Mail {Creating A Family Mail Station}

I love holidays, really I love any reason to celebrate.  When I was in college my roommate and I would decorate our room for holidays, so it was a no brainer that when I got married, the decorating would continue.  Well, insert a very simple and cheap, ahem, frugal husband and there goes the decorating bliss.  Actually, we have learned to compromise.  I can have a certain space to decorate for each holiday.  Sometimes it's the mantle, or a book shelf, or our buffet table in our kitchen/dining area.  This compromise equals a happy husband with his simple home decor decorations, and happy wife with her one holiday decked out spot.

I have to admit, having a smaller space to decorate makes it easier for me.  I don't get so overwhelmed with trying to find the right stuff, or making what little I have for each holiday work in lots of spaces.  Plus, I am trying to use what I have and not buy more.

Now for our Valentine's Day decorating...

I decided to use our buffet table in the kitchen for this holiday decor.  I wanted to create a space that everyone in the family could be a part of, so I decided to create a family mail station.

For Valentine's Day this year I wanted to really focus on God's love for us, and wanted to make it a family focus, not just a one day little gift giving event.  So each day from February 1st- February 14th I plan on writing love notes to each member in my family.

I will place the love notes in their mailboxes.  The love notes won't be anything extravagant, just a little reminder of why I love them, what I love about them, or encouragement for the day.  Also, each day we will read a different verse from the Bible about love.  I have 14 picked out already, which can I tell you it was really hard narrowing it down to just 14!  I tried to pick some "easier" ones that Molly can understand and apply each day.

I tried to make the family mail station a little fun, too...
I also made a super simple banner.  I used my Cricut, but truthfully, long before I got my Cricut I used to make banners by hand, so you can, too!  It's pretty easy!   

{our wood sign has our last name on it, and it says 
"we are loyal to God and each other"
 we got it from here}

The main reason I wanted to make a bigger deal about love this year is because at Eric's grandma's funeral, Eric spoke of his grandma's amazing ability to love.  And the reason why she loved so well was because she experienced God's love first hand, so it was easy for her to love unconditionally because she felt and understood that love type of love from God.  I can't think of a better reason to celebrate Valentine's Day!  


Kelly said...

Oh it's all so pretty! Love the little mailboxes and I love the idea of writing notes everyday. So special!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Your mail station is so pretty and such a sweet idea! Your family will love it! A wonderful reason to celebrate Valentine's Day, Kate!