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What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Six people have asked me this. I JUST got the babysitter so Kevin and I can actually go out—although I’m sure every place in town will be packed. Don’t get me wrong; I actually love this holiday. What’s not to love about a day dedicated to love? It’s just that Valentine’s Day, like most things in my life, has changed quite a bit since I had kids. This week we spent a few hours prepping valentines for three classrooms, making little gifts for teachers, and baking heart cookies. The heart shaped cookie cutters have been a hit with Brennan, so he has been requesting heart shaped food for days. Heart shaped toast with his breakfast, and at least two heart shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch every day. He wiggles in his chair, singing, “I love this sooooo much!” You can imagine that going out the night of Valentine’s Day had not been the main focus in my plans for this week. Even Kevin had suggested that it would be okay if we just took the kids out for ice cream.  But in the name of romance, we decided we would fight the crowds and have a date. Let’s hope we can get a table somewhere.

Today, Wednesday the 12th came in with very little plans. Don’t you love those days? When the calendar doesn’t spell out your day and you can just create something simple? That was the kind of day we had today. And now, with the kids in bed, the laundry in, I am able to reflect on three incredible gifts I received today, all in the spirit of love:

(1) When I picked Adeline up from school she ran to me and hugged me. I asked her, “What was the best part of school today?” She smiled and told me, “All of it, but I think right now is best.” There’s nothing better than hearing that!

(2) Kevin had been in New York on business this week, due to arrive tomorrow. But he surprised us and flew back early. More romantic than the corner table of a beautiful restaurant, is having that door open to the biggest smile and hug I’ve had in days.

(3) And when I tucked Keegan and Brennan into bed, Keegan told me, “I love you sooooo much, Mama.” And Brennan said, “I love you sooooo much too, Mama. Even more than heart shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!” And the look on his face told me that he was not even joking.

Up until today, I’ll admit that Valentine’s Day was something I had to get done (it’s a lot of valentine’s to make between the three kids). But today, I feel as though we celebrated love in a special way, and it makes me see what I want Valentine’s Day to really mean for my family. I think it can be a day to just stop and wipe the calendar clean. After the valentine’s have all been prepared, it can be a day to just be together and say, “I love you more than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.” And let me tell you, around here, that’s really saying something!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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