Thursday, April 3, 2014

Love under the cherry trees

Every year about this time I try to take the kids to the park where there is a beautiful grove of cherry trees in full bloom. The grass below the trees is vibrant green and studded with violets and other wildflowers. It's one of my favorite places in the spring. The little orchard sits just a few feet off of the path in a very busy park. There are joggers, moms talking on their phones while pushing little ones in their strollers, families on bikes zooming by, people walking dogs, people everywhere. Even so we almost never see people stop and take in the beauty that is there in that little area, they never leave that paved path. So really, it feels like we are completely alone in that little place.

I often wonder what my kids are going to remember of their childhood. Will they ever know how fiercely their dad and I love each of them? Will they remember the beautiful places and things we tried to show them?  Many years from now will they see a cherry tree blooming in April and remember the fun we had playing together below those trees in the park? I hope so. I hope they all remember it so fondly that they will want to take their own children to play under the cherry trees in April.

You can see pictures I took of the kids two years ago in this same spot here. They've grown so much!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Talking to her Daddy

Violet is such a talkative little thing. She loves carrying on long very expressive conversations with anyone who is willing to talk back. ♥

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Defying Gravity

{He landed on his feet, I just didn't catch that on camera}

{This one made me laugh, "♪♪ Everybody was Kung-Fu fighting. ♪♪ "}

{My wild princess}

{The silly dog looks more worried than she does. We've declared him the most un-photogenic dog on earth. It is pretty much impossible to get a nice picture of him.}

After so much cold, snowy, and wet weather it's kind of hard to keep their feet on the ground now that it's warmer and sunny out.

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Love

When I was 23 he told me he loved me. I didn't believe him. I was scared. No, I said, you are infatuated with me. There's a difference, I said. You might think you love me, but really you'll get over it soon enough and then you wont want to be tied down to me. I'll get old, I said. My belly probably won't always be flat. I'll get wrinkly. I won't always look like this in my jeans. I get hormonal, and can be short tempered. You might end up resenting me and our kids, you'll want out, I said.

 I resisted. And he pursued me. I love you he said. I will always love you. I will love you when your belly is full of my babies, when your skin is stretched so tight it feels like you might burst. I'll love you no matter what size jeans you wear. Ideally, you will get old, he said. If our lives go exactly according to my plan we will both live to see our great great grandchildren. We will be old and I will love you. I will love every wrinkle on you beautiful face. I love you no matter what and I always will. He convinced me. I did not know men could love so much. I really didn't understand the amazing capacity he had for loving me. I might not yet.

He loves me. He loves me and thinks that I am beautiful. He loves my body, even after my once flat belly has curved to cherish and grow 6 children. Stretched and scarred, he thinks I am beautiful, maybe even more so now. I look up to find him watching me, smiling to himself. When I have spit up on my shirt, and my hair hasn't been washed and I am almost in tears from exhaustion or frustration, he loves me. When I was so tired with early pregnancy that I could barely function he came home after a long and very hard day at work, and offered to make dinner. His scrambled eggs have saved us from starvation more than once in those early months. My freckles are now divided by a few more wrinkles, and he kisses each one of them. He comes up behind me while I am cooking dinner and spins me around to dance with him while singing me love songs. He works so hard, so that I can stay home and care for our children.He starts and ends every single day the same, always with a kiss. He provides us with a wonderful life, full of love and laughter. He loves me just the way I am, unconditionally.  He has sacrificed so much for me, all of us, and yet he never complains. He shares his dreams with me, he whispers to me in the darkness, and tells me how he loves me and how he can't wait to be old with me, and how much fun it will be when we are surrounded by all of our children and (hopefully) many grandchildren.

I feel so privileged to be the one he chose. He is my one and only, my heart's own love. It still amazes me that he loves me the way he does.

Happy Valentine's Day my darling love.
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