❤️ Jake and I on a beach in Italy. That day, we popped a roll of black & white film into our camera and played with the timer. We had been married 3 years. Young love! ....
❤️ This was before we felt the way our hearts could expand and love, the three boy pieces of our hearts, running around outside of our body. Before we experienced the kind of love that comes from loving your spouse, through thick and thin, for a really long time. Before we experienced the love that comes from having our own family friends that have lasted longer than seven years. Love grows over time. Love nurtured is the best kind of love.
❤️ "Loving people lasts. Loving them extravagantly, not stingy, that will last forever". - Bob Goff
❤️ Today I am feeling an increase of love just reflecting on the people in my life. Take a minute to reflect on your own relationships. The people you love. Let your heart swell. ...
❤️ Tell them.
❤️ Show them.
❤️ Love them.

Family Questions Game: Valentines


This makes for such a fun night / activity to get to know each other better. There are some questions that are golden in this line up, like...

  • Explain to your mom and dad what you know of "their story" - how they met, stories from their dates, their proposal and marriage.
  • If you had to live with another family besides your own for one year, who would you choose?
  • What is the scariest thing that ever happened to you?
  • Have you ever been teased at school?
  • Grade your parents - tell them how they are doing - what is working and what you would like for them to work on.
  • What is your best memory with each other?

There is a whole list of them that you can print by clicking on the button below. You can print just on regular paper or you can print on colored card stock, cut in strips and glue a heart at one end and a popsicle stick on the other. It makes for a fun family dinner to draw them out and answer while going around the table. It's a great reminder to talk to each other about things that help us really know each other.  Ramp up the love y'all! 

I Love You Because...


I love you because..... try this one. Try to finish this sentence when you are around the ones you love. Tell them! They need to hear it. It’s a good challenge going into valentines. ♥️
Ramp up the love y’all! It’s Valentines!

♥️ LOVE- It's a Choice ♥️



It’s a mindful choice. It’s something to put in place of other thoughts or feelings. Like fear, worry and stress. It’s a mindful choice that starts when you are alone with yourself and roars to life, if you let it, in the face of another emotion. It roars when you choose to let it exist when it’s hard to allow. But here’s the deal... if we practice love when it isn’t hard to love, then when it is hard to love, it is easier to get there.

Love this quote from my cute nephew. “Love is the only thing you get more of the more you give away.” Think about that for as long as it takes to for you to freely give it away.