Archive for February, 2012

February 24, 2012

Project 52 | TEAMWORK


Love is:


I could have said love is work, and left it at that.  But as our little family grows it is vital to remember we are working as a team.  We HAVE to stick together… if we don’t, days fall apart.  Weeks fly by that we wish we could do over, and we miss important stuff.  An incredible friend of mine once told me that in a marriage, especially when kids come along, each person needs to give 100% of themselves.  There is nothing but gaps and loopholes and growing resentment when things are 50/50.  I am so thankful for my team this week.  I’m humbled that even when I can’t give 100% I have a partner who picks up the slack without me asking, and kids that pitch in, in their own little ways.  Love works together that way.  Like a team who cares about the outcome… players who are proud of the team they are on, and are dedicated to each other.  Love is teamwork, and I LOVE my team.


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February 17, 2012

Project 52 | KIND


Love is:


Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

~Mark Twain

Kindness finds its power in the little things, the small act of going out of one’s way for another. It may not seem like a big deal, but it rarely goes unnoticed.  As a mom  I notice the interactions my kids have with others, especially adults.  I notice the time spent with these little ones, whether it is a sweet hug or just asking them about their day.  I notice when people talk “to” my Gabe, not just about him.  I know when the kids have been loved on.  It melts my heart to see the look in their eyes when someone has been kind to them.  I tend to make a HUGE deal out of it, pointing out that “so-and-so was so KIND to ask about school… did it fill your bucket?” …and try and guide them in some way to do something kind for someone else.  Why? Because that is how we were taught. Spread the love.  Kindness crosses every barrier be it language, cultural, gender, religious, developmental, or generational. Kindness is universal, it knows no social status. Kindness is love’s tangible means of reaching and touching others.  Kindness is love in action.  


I would like to write a little note of gratitude to our family and friends, coworkers, teachers, acquaintances, neighbors, etc., and say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, for loving Gabe.  His birthday is approaching and as with the other boys, a movie reel of his life plays in my head.  I was GREATLY moved by the moments that flashed by, reminding me of the love each one of you have shown our little man.  I remember them all, and see them so very clearly.  When Gabe was born none of us knew what to expect with regards to his health, life, well-being.  God has asked us to roll with it, whatever the outcome or how difficult it might be.  You have rolled with it too.  You have shored us up, braced us with your love… become uncomfortable to make us comfortable.  You have stuck this journey out with us, and made Gabe just one of the kids.  You have no idea what you have done to bless our lives.  Words cannot express the deep gratitude in my heart, so “thank you” will have to be enough.  Thank you for your love.  Thank you for being love to us. 


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February 10, 2012

Project 52 | IN THE AIR


Love is:


We do LOTS of love around here. It is woven into fabric of everything we live for.   It is in the everyday, and the special days, and for everyone. When Valentine’s Day rolls around, though I love love love all of the cute heart projects the kids make, and the cards and the CHOCOLATE (hint, hint… to no one in particular;) it is just another day.  It doesn’t carry a whole lot of weight for us.  But it does make me think about loving, and being loved, and this key essential foundation in our lives.  Though sometimes we fall short, it is extremely moving to reflect on and know another’s consistent, unconditional love… especially in the small day-to-day ways that make each other happy.

“Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

~Robert Heinlein

P.S. Uncle Matt, if you read this, you are one loved uncle! xoxoxoxoxo


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February 9, 2012

Loved on, slobbered on, adored… every time.

A boy without his dog,

Is like a day without sunshine.

~Charlie Brown

February 3, 2012

Project 52 | GROWING


Love is:


Birthdays are a time very conducive to reflection.  This week I celebrate my dear husband, best friend and most understanding confidant.  I admire the person God has created in him, and regret that there aren’t sufficient words to put to the feelings in my heart toward him.  Over the incredible years we have had together, there has been no lack of growth…growing older, growing as a family, growing in love.  A bond that continues to grow, come joy or come trial (and there have been many of both.)  Growing in faith, trust, respect.  Growing as individuals.  Growing into the commitment we made to marriage, into our roles as husband and wife and leaders of this little family.  It is an honor to grow beside someone so strong and nurturing; a place where joy and light and love in every form abound, even in the darkest, most trying times.  (And if that cake isn’t followed by a run or two, more growing!  LOL)

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