How was Valentine’s Day? We kept ours very low pressure. The girls made cupcakes complete with pink frosting and sprinkles. In the evening, we took four of our youngest kids out to dinner using a gift card we got for Christmas. It’s quite rare for us to take them to a restaurant, and it was a real treat.
When we got home, we found bouquets of carnations, each in its own vase with a handwritten note attached. Samuel had gotten flowers for his younger sisters. I was so touched. The notes were personal and heartfelt – telling them how beautiful and special they are.
The girls were thrilled. It was one of those sweet moments when Russ and I felt blessed to be the parent of such a kind and loving young man.
Ladybug made me a valentine with this message on it:
Dear Mama, I love you more than I can describe. I love it when you say that I’m like you and when you tell me your stories. I’m so thankful that you’ve followed God even when it was unimaginably hard. I love that you’ve blessed many people through your writing and speaking. I love that you are the wonderful mother you are. But most of all, I love you.
I read her words and I think of all the times I’ve failed as a mother, and yet, the grace of God comes on us and I see that in my imperfection, my children still love me.
Watching our children grow up is incredible – I stand back and marvel at the goodness of God.
This morning, I think of those of you who are suffering as your children struggle. I get it. Thankfully, I have enough children that when I am in despair with one, things are good with another. I hope you have a glimmer of hope today. You are loved.
How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son,To make a wretch His treasure.
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