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God is love

I’ve been trying to be more intentional about doing projects with Levi. You’d think being a former teacher that craft time would come naturally, but sometimes I just prefer to craft on my own. Levi loves doing projects with me…and I love that. He has even been caught playing by himself and talking to his toys about “doing a craft”. His dad really loves that. Ha! πŸ˜‰

I have a few Valentine projects planned out and this was the first. I originally got this idea from Megan (click on the link for the tutorial) and actually made these hearts a few years ago at our cousin Valentine party. They were fun so I decided to try them again with Levi.

I thought Griffin would at least like playing with all the hearts, but he wasn’t into crafting this particular day. Just look at his face.

He preferred to sit and watch his brother…and he wouldn’t let go of that glue stick.

I have been talking to the boys about God’s love for us and what it looks like for us to love God and one another. We are memorizing a few verses about love this month too. So this year we glued on some of those verses around the outside of our hearts.

I forgot how fascinating glue sticks are to little boys….rolling them up and down and up and down. This little crafter is going to have to learn how to use his crafting tools properly!

Here they are all finished. Levi made the green and blue one…because green and blue are his favorite colors. I made the red one. And Griffin just cried and watched. πŸ™‚

We hung them up on our big chalkboard above the verse we are working on right now. I just realized I forgot to write the reference…it’s 1 John 4:16. This verse has been a good reminder for me as we approach Cora’s heaven anniversary this week. When the sadness starts weighing on me I can be confident in and rely on the love God has for me. It helps me to trust God when it is hard and I don’t understand, to be reminded that God loves me deeply and personally.

And what a great prayer to be praying for my boys. I pray that they would know and rely on the love God has for them…that they would abide in God and God in them. This month I am praying specifically that they would begin to understand that God loves them personally too.

Here are a few other verses about God’s love and our hearts that I jotted down to read with my boys this month:

1 John 4:16

Psalm 19:14

Jeremiah 31:3

Matthew 12:34

Proverbs 15:13

John 3:16

1 John 4:19

Proverbs 17:17

1 John 3:1

Happy heart month!

  • Rebecca - Good mercy, those hearts are cute! Would you mind telling us how you made them? It looks like contact paper…and did you hand cut all of the little hearts?

    I’m saying a prayer for you now as you face another heartbreaking anniversary.ReplyCancel

  • ranee - looks like a great project…i just may have to do something similar with my preschoolers in sunday school class!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann - I love the hearts craft project – Levi is a pro at that stuff already!! What a good reminder that the love God has for us never waivers….we waiver sometimes but He never does. I pray as you honor Cora and think of her on that special sacred heaven anniversary, you will be comforted with God’s love and mercy and that it will warm and continue to heal your heart and soul. The love never ends.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Valerio - I love following you on your blog. Your boys are the cutest!! God Bless you all!ReplyCancel

  • Paula Aspacher - you are a very good mother and the fruits of your labors will be rewarded to you for generations to come!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - Oh my!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!!!I can’t wait to do this with my kiddos today! Your boys are just adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - I love this and you are such a great mother! I love that you instill God’s love into their hearts daily and you work on daily bible verses with them. I am getting married soon and although we plan to wait for children, I am trying to prepare my heart and mind now for the future of being a mother God would be proud of. You are a great example and I love to see how you raise your boys! Keep up the good work! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Amie - What a SWEET craft with the awesome reminder of God’s love.

    The boys are getting soooooo big! what sweet pictures πŸ™‚

    You have been in my heart and mind a lot this past week as I think of Cora.

    Just know we still pray for peace in your hearts and miss you all so much daily.

    take care and love on those sweet boys for me! πŸ™‚


  • Elizabeth - this is beautiful. what a fun family activity and beautiful reminder. i don’t have any kids yet but I want to do this craft for myself! I need to put those verses up in my house too!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Thank you so much for this post. I was upset about something and these verses and the verse on your chalkboard reminded me of His love for us…so awesome and such a great truth to hold onto. Thank you πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Esther - I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story. I found your blog several years ago when you were raising money for Cora’s playground. My heart has ached for you, a complete stranger, as I’ve followed your journey since losing your precious Cora. Little did I know, that I would lose my own baby several years after I found your story. My Isaac was born too early (22 weeks) and went to be with Jesus 6 weeks ago. Even though our stories are different, reading about others who have faced the ultimate loss and to see how Christ is carrying them is so encouraging to me. Praying for you as you miss your little girl on her heaven anniversary. Thankful for the reminder of His great love.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - You are so inspiring!!! This is adorable. Can’t wait to do this craft with my little boy. Great pics!!:)ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie - That’s a cute craft!ReplyCancel

  • Micah - I just copied your chalkboard :). I just love your style! I always love what you pin on Pinterest and the rooms you decorate. I love your DIY pottery barn style and you give me such great ideas! I would love to see more of your chalkboard! We just put a big one up in the kitchen and I’m still learning :).ReplyCancel

  • Danielle F. - Hi, Jess! I’m on my lunch break at school and looking for ideas of things to do with my kiddos during spring break (yay…I can’t wait!) next week…your blog is a wonderful resource for that! Also, just wanted to come back to this post and thank you for sharing the list of verses about God’s love. We are really working on showing God’s love to one another through our big sister/little brother disagreements at home. And sharing…always working on sharing! Your sweet family is thought of and prayed for often! Take care!ReplyCancel

    Jess Reply:

    Danielle-Hi friend! Hope you have a great Spring Break! Thanks for your sweet words of encouragement. We are having to work on showing God’s love at home too. It is a hard thing to learn for those little ones. πŸ™‚

    • Jess - Danielle-Hi friend! Hope you have a great Spring Break! Thanks for your sweet words of encouragement. We are having to work on showing God’s love at home too. It is a hard thing to learn for those little ones. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel