The hubs and I have this inside joke. And of course, every good inside joke has a backstory to go with it.
I’ve probably mentioned it a time or two before but Robert was always the class clown, the funny guy in any group, the total ham, the one who you can’t really ever be mad at because you can’t keep a straight face around him for longer than 5 seconds.
If laughter is good for your health, I think I’m going to live to be 1,000 years old.
And one evening over dinner a few months ago, we were in the middle of one of our laugh-til-we-cried sort of moments and I managed to squeak out mid-giggle, “I love you.” He replied with a chuckly “I love you too.” And I said, “No, but I’m for REAL!”
Maybe it was one of those you-had-to-be-there kind of inside jokes, but it’s now always what we say to each other, “I love you. But seriously, I’m for real.”
I don’t say it nearly enough to you guys but my husband really is my rock. He supports so much of what I do as a mom and now as a full-time blogger.
He’s the one who holds my hand every night, and we pray together about the sometimes scary world we live in.
He is so giving in so many ways, and it’s because of him that I always feel compelled to give to others too.
As I’ve been on this blogging journey for a little over two years now, I’ve met so many inspiring women who share the same faith as I do. It’s not something I write about in every single post, but it makes up so much of who I am.
So a few friends and I felt like sharing a little bit of our hearts for Valentine’s… oh and a little tiny bit of pretty too because that’s how we roll.
One of my absolute favorite spots in our house is this window chalkboard hanging near our front door in our downstairs hallway.
For every change of season, I write a new scripture or quote on it as a reminder of what’s most important before we head out the door or when we need a little pick-me-up when we get home. (You can see how it’s been decorated for other seasons here and here.)
It’s one of those things that reminds me to keep my outlook in check when I’m about to face the world- when I’m driving, when I’m scrolling through Facebook, when I’m at the grocery store.
It’s that prayer I always carry in my heart that I will be the light someone needs that day. And it can be as simple as letting someone merge in front of you on a busy strip of highway or encouraging someone who is sharing about their bad day on social media.
The world can be scary and cruel but only if we let it be.
I think I falter a lot when I start watching the news and the fear creeps in and I feel powerless in this day and age when wars are breaking out, children are dying, and people are hungry. It’s a big fight, and I begin to think nothing I do can make a difference. But then isn’t that why the world is the way it is? Because we all feel that way a little bit?
But then I pray, and I have a moment just to talk with God about the fear and the struggle, and I look at this scripture on our window and realize it’s not a scripture talking only about the love between a husband and a wife.
It’s a love for everyone, for this scary place. It’s about a powerful light that can overcome every corner of darkness if we have the courage to let it spread.
And the amazing thing is the battle can be so easily won in the smallest ways.
Everyone is fighting their own battles, but it’s often the little acts of kindness, that one smile from a complete stranger that says, “I’ve got you. We’re in this thing called life together.”
If you’d like my chalkboard template for yourself, you can find my “Love Bears All Things” printable here. And you can see my chalkboard hand lettering trick here.
Because I love you guys. But seriously, I’m for REAL.
You can see more lovey-dovey Valentine-y goodness over at my “Where the Heart Is” friends’ blogs too:
If you have your own Valentine’s decor, you can share it with us on Instagram with the hashtag #WhereTheHeartIsDecor.