imageI want to tell you that you are thought of and prayed for.I hope you will take time today to let the people in your life know how much you love them. Concentrate on giving and express appreciation for all you receive. I used to be pretty ungrateful if I didn’t get what I wanted or if I felt someone had spent too much money when things were tight. I know I love it when I feel I am appreciated so I’ve tried to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.It does not take money to express gratitude. It might be fun to get out paper and crayons and anything that might get creative juices  flowing like old lace, ribbons, buttons (make sure no little ones would attempt to eat any of your craft supplies) feathers and anything else I can make use of, and make valentines for dad, grandma, grandpa, Aunt Mary — whoever. A hand made valentine goes straight to the refrigerator gallery.

If money is tight or even if it’s not, a favorite food meal is always appreciated. It also beats fighting crowds in restaurants. What are your husband’s favorite foods? Could you surprise him with a special meal? Can you make a special fun meal (maybe not at the same time, how about lunch?) for your children?

In much of life, careful thought about what your loved ones really want is more important than the money you spend. Money cannot replace care. Remember the dollar store!!

Mary P


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