This Valentine’s Day I wanted to write something from my heart for my two little Valentines, to attempt to convey those sentiments that tend to get lost in the day to day.
What would you like to tell your children about how you feel about them?
To my boys:
I want you both to know how much you were wanted.
You were my dream, which for many years I thought might never come true.
And now you are my everyday – my crying, jumping, kissing, singing everyday.
I hope one day you realize even one tiny part of how much I love you,
How my morning can’t start without those little hugs,
and how I will drop everything for one of those messy kisses.
You are worth it:
Worth the years of waiting for the “right time,”
Worth the agony of miscarriage,
Worth the aches and pains of pregnancy and childbirth,
Worth the sleeplessness and bewilderment of babyhood,
The tantrums and recklessness of toddlerhood.
Worth the worry over coughs and fevers,
Worth every penny of those toy trucks and cars you didn’t need but had to have,
Worth all the trips to the playground, the library, the train museum, and the park,
Worth listening to your favorite songs over and over and over again.
Worth it all just to see one smile,
to hear that incredible belly laugh, that sweet baby cooing,
to watch you wave those tiny arms in your crib or do your wild dance around the living room.
Worth it all just to hug you each morning and tuck you in each night.
And so I hope that one day, when you have both moved on to your own adventures,
that you will think kindly of the old lady who loves you so much,
and remember to call sometimes, or even better, come to visit,
so she can squeeze your cheeks one more time and hold you just a little longer,
and ask you again and again if you are happy.
And I hope, more than anything, that you can always tell her yes.
Happy Valentines Day, everyone, to you and yours –
Christi and Daniela (10 years old)
Learning to be the Light
Lovey (Age 3), Shaunna, Tinker (Age 1)
Fantastic Fun and Learning
Thanks to the bloggers who shared the sweet photos above.