Oh, I do love Valentine's Day! It's about so much more than romance (although I never tire of watching Sleepless in Seattle). I love that in the cold, gray month of February there is a day that brings flowers, red and pink hearts, and even chocolate to cheer us up. (And if your Valentine hasn't caught on to this, then pick up a box of chocolate for yourself, or better yet, surprise someone else with some flowers or a heart-shaped box. There are lots of ways to spread the love.)
Here are some favorite parts from my week.
Ivy on Valentine's Day . . . I sent her this outfit and Miranda sent me these photos first thing this morning. She is so good about sending me pictures of the kids. This just made my day.
Miranda . . . is an amazing mother. She has such a heart for God. I admire and appreciate how she cares for my son and their three children, in her gentle, ever-patient manner. Family comes first and foremost for her, and she has passed that on to the children. They are so loving and protective of one another. I'm counting the weeks until I can sneak up to Wisconsin and see them all again!
Good news on the job front . . . for my son-in-law Sam. Soon he and Joe will be reunited up in Seattle. Joe's been up there since November. This means that George will be leaving us:( We haven't told him yet.
Snow . . . and great neighbors who work together . . . we've had four fairly substantial snowfalls in the past week, that have required shoveling and snowblowers. On any given morning, our neighborhood has been out in force to remove all the white stuff. There are no borders when it comes to sidewalks. Whoever is out there first will take care of the next door neighbor or beyond.
Too many favorites. . . On Mondays, I start making a list on the Friday square of my calendar for Friday Fave Five. I'm not even halfway through my list! That is a good week. Going to mass with my friend Kathy, breakfast afterward, and then a quiet, uninterrupted stroll through a favorite crafting store. I bought very little, just enjoyed all the spring decor and the possibilities of ideas. Watching the snowfall one day, was also on my list, along with watching movies on Netflix with Dan two nights in a row. It has been such a busy week. I worked lots of extra hours this week, in addition to lots of catching up around the house. I feel like I'm still underwater, catching up from the past couple of months. But that's what I love about FFF, it is a reminder to me that there is so much grace in the midst of every part of life, the good and the messy and the hard parts.
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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY