Love Notes

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Valentine's Day Post

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Such pressure!! I must write about love. That much is certain. But do I write about love in terms of marriage? God? The world? Neighbors? The subject of love is so huge; I've had analysis paralysis.

In the midst of this brain freeze, I have been reading Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts. She has made a list of one thousand gifts (and more) from God - part of her quest to "wake up" and live life fully, right here, right now.

I've been inspired to start my own list, and I find that so much of what I write down is related to motherhood. Noisy, messy, joyful motherhood. In order to catch these gifts, especially the ones related to my children, I've had to slow down. Observe. Be in the moment. And then, there it is, a bit of love.

I know this is traditionally a romantic holiday, but as I pack preschool bags with "12 valentine's each," dress each boy in something red, and cut out heart shaped sandwiches for a class party, I've got the children on my mind. So to honor this day of love, and my so-grateful-to-be-in-it motherhood season of life, I'd like to share some recent

Love Notes from the Children

~The voice of a two year old ringing out loud in original song, during nap time.
~The constant,"Mom, watch this!"
~The zooming, rumbling noise of trucks up and down the hall,
silenced by a sudden urge to color.
~Brothers' legs, next to each other, heels up, peeking out from under the kitchen table.
~Chubby hands, clapping.
~Another request to be held.
~Stinky morning breath that still smells sweet to me.
~Morning snuggles.
~Brotherly secrets in ears.
~Eyelashes wet from tears.
~Swinging my hand as we walk.


I can't wait to discover more.

Whatever relationship you are focusing on today, I pray that it is filled with love.


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14 Responses to “Love Notes”

  1. so sweet...love the " constant mom watch this " I do remember that. Grace is 11 and Dakota 16 and they still say Mom, watch this only not in that way. You have to listen and slow down to hear it.
    xo

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  2. This is so sweet. Motherhood is quite amazing if we slow down to enjoy it.

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  3. Courtney,
    I love "brotherly secrets in ears". I saw my girls whispering the other day and immediatley turned to mush.

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  4. Oh I love this Courtney...you express a Mama's heart so well and they are just so, so priceless.

    Also, Ann's book?! Isn't it amazing??!! I'm reading it the second time through and posting along with the Book Club dates...such a gift and so excited for you counting! Also, excited that you're at Jen's...I don't think I 'met' you yet...so glad to now! Mama:)

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  5. I agree that "love" is such a huge topic that I had trouble knowing where to start too. ha. But right smack dab in the middle of our lives is a great place. You found the spot!

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  6. It is a sweet time you're in. And you are wise to capture these snippets in offerings of thanks to God. Each season is wonderful. Each one a treasure. Enjoy this moment. And the next one. And the ones after that...

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  7. Beautiful! You caused me to smile a bit today when I was thinking dour thoughts this morning, not at all very grateful for the gifts the morning brought like the antelope grazing in the prairie, waking up to have coffee with my husband, my cat snuggled up close to me, my dog panting, the coffee brewing, the smell of the beans, the contrast of sunlight and clouds and the refreshment of morning after a violent wind storm.

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  8. so cute!!! I love it!! I need to check out that book!!

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  9. Such a huge topic! I didn't write about what I thought I would today . . . so strange.

    It gives me joy to read all the snippets of love flowing through your house. May they become a mighty river.

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  10. Priceless. Precious. His love evident here!

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  11. Aw.. Courtney. This warms my heart. Love as a mommy is such hard work... Great thaw out of that "brain freeze" for the jam! :)

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  12. It is a sweet time you're in. And you are wise to capture these snippets in offerings of thanks to God. Each season is wonderful. Each one a treasure. Enjoy this moment. And the next one. And the ones after that...

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