Monday, February 14, 2011

Love and Thankfulness...

Valentines Day. 

For so many years, I dreaded this day.  In high school, it was the day I was most reminded of how lonely I felt.  I didn't have a sweetie.  I watched the glances, the winks, the smiles.  I envied. 

I grew up.  I met my Valentine.  We glance, we wink, we smile. I am most thankful that he loves me, and I love him.  I'm thankful that our love endures- not like the high school romances that ended so often in teenage heartache.  A mature love.  A devoted love.  A "worth it" love.   We will do whatever it takes.. for however long God gives us to be man and wife.  We sometimes miss the "nuggets of gold" and get caught up in the mess.  But, at the end of the day, he is my Valentine and I am his. 

But more than Rex's love, there is a greater love that I have found.  

John 3:16-  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will never perish, but have everlasting life.

Oh my goodness. The love of God.  It is impossible to count the ways He loves us. The more I think I know of him, the more I know I haven't come close to fully understanding the depth of His love. 

So on this day focused on love and loving,  how can I not be thankful for the love of my God Daddy, and the love of my man.  And, then there is the love of my sons.  I am lonely no more!

And the thankful list goes on...

100 Kindergarten days under our belts

Brothers having fun together
Finding a child's artwork tucked away
Peanut Butter & Peach Preserves sandwiches at midnight
Being able to remind myself that my screaming child- is a living, breathing gift from God
Chocolate Cake (in bed)
A mid-week, middle child melt-down free morning
Bubbling dinner on the stove
IRS finally posting required tax forms
The forgiveness of my children 
Fist-bumps with my 4 year old
The way Isaiah writes his name
Homemade lasagna brought to my house for Sunday lunch
Conversation and Coffee with two of my favorite people who just happened to bring the lasagna :)
Time to paint my fingernails
Swept and mopped kitchen, foyer & bathroom floors
Having Chocolate pie with my niece for her birthday
The fun of sharing mom stories with my niece, because we just happen to both be raising young children at the same time
Spring Break plans confirmed
Extra hugs, kisses & " I love Yous" from my boys on Valentines Day.
What 'ya thankful for?

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