Love. It’s in the details.

Happy Valentine’s Day. As apart of my Valentine’s for my kids and Anthony I am making them lists of why I love them, and as I sat down to do it, it was almost an impossible task. Not that I don’t love them. But it is so hard to put into words why I love them like I do. It is hard to make something that is intangible, albeit real, into something concrete. Not to mention that whenever I try to put it into words it comes out sounding cliché and just doesn’t really quite capture what I am trying to say.

But, I wanted them to feel special. I wanted them to know that I really do love them for more reasons than because I am their mother, or because I chose to marry him. When I finally got down to the business of making the list I realized, its in the details. It is the little things they do each day that make up them. It is those things that make my heart swell with more love than I dare try to express.

But today, because it is Valentine’s Day, I will try.

To My Ethan:

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  1. Mommy loves you because you always want to be near me.
  2. Mommy loves you because you are you, and no one is going to change that.
  3. Mommy loves you because you hum most of the day while you play (and its usually something classical).
  4. Mommy loves you because when you sit on my lap you grab my hands and demand they be around you, and not messing with the computer, or my phone…etc.
  5. Mommy loves you because you want to be better – and you say so every time you get in trouble.
  6. Mommy loves you because you love your sisters, in fact you don’t call them sisters you call them your friends and they are your best friends.
  7. Mommy loves you because you let me squeeze you tight.
  8. Mommy loves you because you speak your mind. (At times this can be frustrating but, I always know where you stand.)
  9. Mommy loves you because you are eternally curious.
  10. Mommy loves you because you are a mini-version of your father.

To My Natalie:

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  1. Mommy loves you because you are honest. 100% completely honest, I know to ask if you want an honest opinion.
  2. Mommy loves you because you are a snuggler.
  3. Mommy loves you because you are determined to succeed.
  4. Mommy loves you because you expect a lot from yourself.
  5. Mommy loves you because you care about other people’s feelings.
  6. Mommy loves you because you always try to do what is right.
  7. Mommy loves you because you have a sense of adventure.
  8. Mommy loves you because you draw such detailed and thoughtful pictures.
  9. Mommy loves you because you are excited about life.
  10. Mommy loves you because your smiles are contagious, and your hugs are healing.

To My Isabella:

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  1. Mommy loves you because you made me a Mommy.
  2. Mommy loves you because you are so goal driven.
  3. Mommy loves you because you work hard at whatever it is you have set out to do.
  4. Mommy loves you because you are your little sister and brother’s protector.
  5. Mommy loves you because you are a little fashionista.
  6. Mommy loves you because you have a never ending thirst for knowledge like your dad.
  7. Mommy loves you because you like to cook us dinner.
  8. Mommy loves you because you still hug me at the bus stop.
  9. Mommy loves you because even though there are times you act 14 other times you still act like a little girl.
  10. Mommy loves you because you make breakfast for the kids on Saturday so I can sleep in!

To My Anthony:

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  1. I love you because you send me sweet texts to tell me that you are thinking of me.
  2. I love you because you are someone my son can look up to.
  3. I love you because each night you tell me to “sleep sweet and wake me if you need me” – and you mean it.
  4. I love you because you’re kind hearted.
  5. I love you because you put my needs in front of your own.
  6. I love you because you work unbelievably hard at your job.
  7. I love you because you encourage me to try new things.
  8. I love you because you care about other people.
  9. I love you because you know how to say “I’m sorry.”
  10. I love you because you are my best friend.

I am so blessed to be surrounded by so much love in my life. The best part is that we as a family have made it a habit to give and show love everyday, not just on an appointed day of the year. We have a fun family tradition of playing the game “I love you because.” There are times we play it more often than others but when we do it always makes everyone smile and feel special and it is cute to see what things the kids pull out of our lives and love us for it. I don’t need the roses, the jewels and the big nights out (although all of those are nice, and TOTALLY welcome) – as cliché as it is…all I need is love. And because I have that, I am one lucky girl. 

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