Hello everyone! My main part of this posting I saved for the end… so for now… here are some "love pics" of the ones I hold dearest to my heart!
The song playing first is one Nate said "I'm gonna sing this to you when it's our 25th wedding anniversary"…. I chuckle because… he sings it all the time… so I feel like he is singing it to me already. :) It is a sweet song.
This man knows how to love me… he knows what's important… he knows how to make me laugh…
I love this pic of us!
MY Valentine Date
Two Dozen Beautiful, Gigantic Roses from my sweetie pie who doesn't care if I have bed head
His other Valentine Dates
Daddy always makes them smile
Kisses for Daddy
Sip Sweet Princess
Her 1st year to go
Had a blast!
Some of their best friends
Walkin that red carpet
Mama Son Fun Night
Giddy Mama laughing to death trying to beat Noah! So much fun!
Somebody graduated to big girl bed…sniff, sniff
Isn't she lovely?
I love her simple little self!
1st Grade Field trip to see Charlottes Web! SO WONDERFUL!
Preschool fun! Adorable!
Love some more!
4th grade… Jensie fits right in! :)
Valentine treats and flowers from daddy
She always brings me things and tells me to "beep them" like at the store… LOL! Lord knows this child does a lot of grocery shopping with her mama! So she got a cash register to beep stuff with! :)
Nerf action for the boys
Looking sweet…feeling a little under the weather this morning
We can't leave out our other Valentine
What a treat to have Gunner's 1st ever soccer game on Valentine's Day! He scored 2 goals and was smiling the whole game! Too cute!
He was quite good for a kid that's never played! :)
So this is where Heaven comes in….Hang in there… this is good! :)
THIS CHILD!!! She is my #4! My fireball! She is so precious and funny and we just adore her! BUT….. she has her TENDANCIES! LOL! She is strong willed! She screams! She whines! She first would empty all drawers and put on layers of clothing several times a day… after we got through that… She transformed into BAG LADY! Oh my word! If you knew… IF YOU ONLY KNEW… how many little purses and bags and my old bags and purses and anything this child could find to put stuff in… SHE DID! Anything from treasures she would find in her sibling's rooms to MY MAKEUP!
Let's face it… I'm a mother of 4… I'm 37 and climbing… I don't get solid sleep…. I have scars… I have wrinkles…. I NEED MY CONCEALER! It at least gives me the confidence to walk out the door! LOL! Well….She LOST it! Yes…I said LOST! So that started my irritated state of that particular day… backed up with the fact that hubby out of town… kids fighting… mama tired...fridge has been out for 11 days and all I do is PICK UP STUFF…. I get done cleaning up and it's time to make a snack or meal and then more messes… when do I get to play? Or have time to look for my LOST MAKEUP? Or perhaps get something done that needs to be done? It was a mundane day… days shy of my Daddy's birthday….
I was busy trying to scurry around and get things done before time to pick up preschooler…. Little Jensie is on the couch watching some movie for the 647th time with all her bags… with little things placed ever so carefully next to her. She calls to me and says, "Mommy, will you come sit with me and watch this movie with me?" I look over at my baby… my 4th child… my bag lady girl… how can I resist her? Ok…Ok… everything else will wait and I will bury my frazzled self for now and sit with my sweetheart….
I go to her and see she is holding a tiny book… I ask her, "WHERE did you get this from?" She replies, "Daddy's office" I am confused thinking it looks extremely old and wondering where it came from… I open it up to find MY handwriting to MY DADDY… I realize she has something that I had given my daddy years and years ago and had gotten back when we went through his belongings when he passed away. I have a hope chest in my room with things like this but all very tightly stored and kids don't get into it. Somehow… it must have gotten out of the hope chest and into Nathan's office for her to pick it up. I begin to flip and read Day 1… which was very fitting to this little moment with this little child that can ruffle my feathers. I am ever so thankful for her… and all of them….for that matter. I begin to flip and stop about 3 pages to see this next one that since then she has colored with MARKER! :( But I will type what it read below.
Front of book
My message to my Daddy on the inside
I read this first
1 John 4:4 You, dear children are from God.
My Loving Father, I can never than You enough for the precious gift of my child.
I flip a few over… don't know why I did and why I stopped here… but this was alll I needed.
"A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. The child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad."
Can someone please pass the BOX OF TISSUES???
This was from the Lord. This was from my Daddy… Reminding me they are GIFTS… reminding me it goes FAST… reminding me these are the BEST days… reminding me of LOVE.
To keep on going.. not give up… keep on loving! :)
"Don't Blink" which is why I have that song on here too because it is so very true!
February 9th was his bday… I just love him so much! :)
I will end with this TREE…. got me thinking about LOVE!
It is an HUGE pine tree at the park close by that my kiddos love. I noticed how many cut off branches … knots… stumpy bumpy branches were all over this tree! It is wild!
I thought about Love and how for so many… we have Big Love… Little Love… Love that has been cut off before it could flourish…. Love that has soared to the sky and bloomed all kinds of leaves and flowers…
We all want EVERLASTING LOVE!
We want to love and be loved by others. I know that's not completely possible on this earth… because I have personally tried it and truthed it and some people just don't know how to "be loved"…. but that's ok because I know that ….
"God so LOVED the world (that's us)… that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE!" John 3:16
That's EVERLASTING LOVE! :) What we all want! He is the only way we can have the kind of love we all want without any bumps or knots… the kind that will last all of eternity. God Is Love!
Love is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
"Love is patient and kind; love does not eny or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends."