February 2016


While recently standing in the Target checkout line, amid piles of Valentine schlock, my son -- an inquisitive little guy -- asked a question that most of us have surely pondered in our lifetimes. "Mom," he said in a loud voice, "why do we need Valentine's Day? I mean, aren't we supposed to love everyone every day?"

Valentine's Day is a reminder to recognize the loves in your life. It doesn't have to be mandated from large corporate interests. And just because those corporate interests exist doesn't mean we have to scrap the entire holiday (if we did that, we would also have to do away with Mother's and Father's Day). The bottom line is that, sometimes, people do need a reminder. We can get so busy we forget to appreciate the people we love. And there's an often-overlooked beauty in making the day special for someone else.

So with all this in my heart, I asked my son a question in response to his question. "Yes," I said, "it is true we should be kind and generous all the time. But what's the harm in stepping up the game one day a year?" With that, he just smiled. The more I thought about it on the way home, I realized, I have been solely making Valentine's Day about me and my husband and here I have 3 beautiful boys who are also in my heart. So this year, I've decided to make Valentine's Day special for all that I love. With that, my giddy little mind turned to pinterest for some inspiration on how to make this year special.

Sometimes it takes a little boy to remind you to stop and remember those around you. I don't feel off the hook from treating people with love and kindness the rest of the year either. In fact, I feel more inspired.


Legend has it that in 269 A.D., the Roman Emperor Claudius abolished the system of marriage, as he felt that married men made bad soldiers. A priest named St. Valentine helped young lovers get married, and for this, he was executed. He became a martyr for love, and ever since, Feb. 14 is celebrated as Valentine’s Day, a day of love and romance. It was toward the end of the 19th century that people began to celebrate Valentine’s Day all over the world.


Michelle has been speaking to woman throughout Southern California for over 20 years. She was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and attended the University of British Columbia. She is married to the love of her life Sean and has four boys ages 27, 25, 22 and 20! She was a Mops Mom herself for about 10 years and has been speaking to Women’s groups, and teaching Bible studies for over 20 years. She also teaches a Women’s retreat called WINGS – Women In Need of God’s Strength. The craziest thing she has ever done besides raising four boys is bungee jumping off a 225 foot bridge! Her true passion is to encourage and equip women to be the wives and moms God has called them to be.

Pink Lemonade Cake


1 box (18.25 ounce) lemon cake mix

1 (3 ounce) package instant lemon pudding mix

4 eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup pink lemonade concentrate

4 drops pink or red food coloring (optional)

1 cup frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed

1/2 cup white sugar


Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan or Bundt pan.

Combine the cake mix, lemon pudding mix, eggs, vegetable oil, 1/2 cup lemon concentrate, and milk. Mix until smooth. Poor batter into prepared pan.

Bake at 350° F for 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Remove from oven and poke all over with a fork. Immediately pour lemonade glaze over top of cake.

For the lemonade glaze:

combine the remaining thawed frozen lemonade and the white sugar. Mix thoroughly and pour over still warm cake.

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