Valentines Traditions & Little Love Letters from God!


It’s impossible to think that Valentine’s Day is coming up in a couple of weeks. I seriously need to get my Christmas Tree down #notkidding. Annnyyyyway, even though it’s coming up alarmingly fast, Valentine’s Day is a great day for kids and traditions. Last year I made up this fun list of 50 things to do with families on Valentine’s Day. Feel free to print it out, post it on your Facebook wall and send it around. Which one might you do this year?


This year, I’d like to add another Valentine’s Day tradition: Write a Love Letter to God. Sit down and think of all of the reasons your family loves God: God is gracious and slow to anger, God is merciful, God is our friend… The love letter could be quite simple and a sweet way to connect a secular holiday to a faith practice. To make the practice even more magical, after your child wrote the love letters to God, you could say “Guess what? Now we’re going to read some love letters from God” and you could present your children with the book Love Letters from God! I think it would be memorable and fun. You could even make it a yearly tradition and stash the book away as the Valentine’s Day book.

 As I mentioned when I interviewed the author, Glenys Nellist awhile back, it’s a gorgeous book with beautiful illustrations littlelovelettrsand the thrilling ability to read a love letter to your child with each story. One of the things I asked Glenys about in that Q&A was whether or not a board book would ever be available and… huzzah! It is now! It’s called Little Love Letters from God, and it’s a mini version of the original. I don’t like it more than the original, but I definitely like it just as much.  Predictably, when we read it through the first time, all Samuel wanted to do was open all of the letters and read them. And you know what? It’s not a bad thing for a child to hear over and over and over again. Dear Samuel, I love you. I love you. I love you. There’s even a place to write the child’s name in the book if you like. Each story comes up with  different attributes for God and a different reason that God loves the child. It’s absolutely the message that we tell our children every single day. God loves you.

So… tell your children that you love them, but also tell them that God loves them.

Here’s the fun part… Zonderkidz is giving away a copy of Little Love Letters to a reader of this blog! Yay! All you have to do is type a comment on this post saying who you would read the book to (or give it to) and you’ll be entered! I’ll use to pick a winner and announce it on January 28!  (Note: Zonderkidz requires that entrants have a street address — no PO Boxes, please. This giveaway is also only open to US addresses.)

Note: Please submit your comment only once, comments need to be approved, so they may take up to 24 hours to show up. 


UPDATE: Congrats to Dena who was the winner!! 


Random Number

  • Max and Lucy!

    • Jane Wright


    • Glenys Nellist

      What cute names 🙂

  • Glenys Nellist

    Thank you so much Traci, for the great ideas for Valentine’s Day and for featuring my book! I am so excited to get it into the hands of little ones!

  • Daphne Gascot

    I would love this book for my 3 month old daughter Daphne Magnolia!

  • Zachary and Joshua

  • Amber

    Olin, Leif, and Wren

  • Lynn smith

    It sounds like a wonderful book. If I win I will give it to my grandson Jordan.

  • Olive & Isaiah, but also the 2-4 year olds at Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church where I lead chapel time!

  • Dena

    I would read it to Solomon and Cecily!

    • Glenys Nellist

      Hi Dena, I am excited that you won this giveaway! Did you receive my email asking for your address? If not, please can you contact me on so that I can get your book to you. Thank you!

  • Corey

    My daughter!

  • Mandy Madderom

    I would love to read this book with my godson Colin and my nephew Axel!

  • RevMindy

    Morgan & Cyrus

  • Andrea

    I would read it to my 4 year old daughter!

  • Katrina

    Kiara & Duncan

  • Jen Anderson

    Jen & Marie

  • This book would be a blessing for my daughter. Not only would she enjoy it herself, she loves reading aloud to the little boy I babysit — making it a double blessing.

  • Shelia Hall

    I would read to kindergarten class at church or school

  • I would read it to my grandchildren. Nate, Josiah, Jordynn and Aiden 🙂

  • Shelia Hall

    would read to Kindergarten class at church or school!

  • Virginia Clark

    For my grand babies Angelo, Tucker, Lena, and Brianna

  • Carolyn Lemons

    I would read with my grandson, Walker.

  • Glenys Nellist

    My thanks to Traci, for hosting me, and to everyone who entered the giveaway. Congratulations to Dena, the winner! Another Little Love Letters giveaway will be held tomorrow & will last for one week at: