When you’re a family with 19 children (plus a grandchild or two), lots of folks are curious about your lifestyle and household traditions. That’s why the TLC show 19 Kids & Counting, featuring Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, is still popular after a number of seasons.
Michelle Duggar blogs for the TLC site, and her most recent posts have been based on questions sent in by viewers. This week, she was asked how her family celebrates Valentine’s Day.
Instead of going out to eat (which would be a bit pricey for the money-conscious Duggars) or buying candy hearts for 21 people, the family helps a good friend make the day brighter for many women who would otherwise be sitting home alone and lonely.
Debbie Query, a mom of four who lost her husband in a car crash, now hosts a Valentine’s Day luncheon for wives who have lost their husbands to death, divorce or abandonment. “She felt like it was a time of year when women needed to be encouraged and loved,” Michelle writes. Once a modest affair at the Query home, the event has become so popular that it had to be moved to a larger venue.
The Querys do the cooking – sandwiches and salads head the menu – and the Duggars assist with the serving. “The boys are true gentlemen; they escort the ladies to their seats and give them a little gift,” says Michelle. The kids, who all study music, play violin and harp during the meal as well.
“They like being able to show the ladies that they are special, that they’re loved, and that this is a special time of the year for them, too,” says Michelle. The devoutly Christian mom adds that the loving gesture also assures the guests of honor that God loves them as well.
Is there someone in your life who’s alone today? Showing them a little love would be a wonderful gesture – harp playing optional.
[Photo: via TLC]
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