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If I told you I sent the girls Valentine's gifts yesterday and they exchanged cards with their friends and we spent the night together making nachos for supper and chocolate covered chocolate chip cookie dough hearts for dessert... it would sound like a fantastic, quality-time kind of day.
Except it wasn't. It was mostly awful.
I could have posted any one of the above pictures on Instagram and made you think we had a perfect day. But it would have been a lie, so I didn't. I'm not sure what was wrong other than I was on the last leg of another 48-hour solo parenting stretch, so I was exhausted, lonely, bored and irritable. And the girls have been extra whiny, argumentative and disobedient lately. There was a lot of yelling going all three ways, and my best efforts to make the day special still seemed to fall short.
This is real life, isn't it? It looks pretty in pictures, but behind the scenes it's not. At least not always.
The night ended with all three of us on the couch crying. Together.
Eden looked up at me with tears dripping from her big brown eyes and through them said, "I'm glad it's Valentine's Day." She snuggled into me a little closer. "This is what it's all about."
She brought a needed smile to my face. In her own way, she was telling me in spite of the rough day, snuggling with her mama was just what she needed. It's what I needed too.
I told Selah to go get the new book we'd gotten in the mail, Good Night, Little Love, and we read it together to end the night on a little better note. In the book, Mommy Bunny is sharing with her "little love" all the reasons she loves him as she puts him to bed. Again, Eden looks up at me through tears and chokes out, "You're my BIG love!" She gets so cheesy and emotional when she's tired. :) But it was sweet and needed and prompted me to assure my girls no matter how upset Mommy may get, I love them more than anything and I am so thankful they are my daughters and my two special Valentines.
I finally got everyone to bed and got some quiet time to regroup. Thank goodness the Lord's mercies are new every morning... because yesterday, we all blew it. Here's to hoping we have a better Valentine's Day today. :)
And in case you missed it, be sure to check out my post from earlier this week, Teaching Our Children Not to Awaken Love Until the Time is Right. It's getting a lot of attention!
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