Wednesday, February 5, 2014

{Six Munchkins Later} Love Is….

It can be difficult in the hurry-scurry of family life to recognize love. The romance, at least for us, just doesn’t look the same as it did during our dating days…quiet dinners out, holding hands as we walk through the park, expensive and well-thought-through gifts.

Now, six children and over twenty years later, love doesn’t look like I thought it would.

It’s better.



Love is…

…washing socks … and making sure they’re mated properly.
…giving up the last cookie.
…replacing the brake pads on the family van.
…changing diapers.
…a smile over the heads of children at the supper table.
…whispers of pillow talk, the first quiet all day.
…getting church clothes prepared on Saturday night.
…driving the family to church on Sunday morning.
…setting up the coffee maker to brew in the morning.
…laughter over a joke only the two of us understand.
…revealing deep fears and knowing the heart is safe.
…sharing dreams, even the crazy ones, and discovering new ones.
…a home-grilled steak dinner at ten o’clock at night, because that’s when all the children have finally gone to bed.
…a quiet evening alone at the library while my husband stays home with the children.
…reading God’s Word and then obeying it, no matter what others say.








What does love look like in your relationships?



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18 comments:

  1. You're so correct and as usual I could not have stated it better. God bless you :-)

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  2. I love this post - that is true love for sure. Almost 35 years now for me and my husband! Thanks so much and enjoy the rest of the week.

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    1. Congratulations on the soon-to-be-35 years, Deb! :-)

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  3. Just being with someone, faults and all, for 18 years is love. If I were someone who thought divorce an outlet, I would have been gone long ago.

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    1. What a testament to the power of love, Rachel. Thank you for encouraging us with your transparency. :-)

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  4. This is precious, and I agree!
    For us, love is hubby taking care of very sick-and-almost-bedridden me and daughter with spina bifida for 4 years. ("In heath and in sickness"....I am so grateful for him.)

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    1. That goes to the top of the list, Christa. What an incredible husband! Blessings to you. :-)

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  5. Love this! It's funny, my name is Megan and I have 6 kids too :) Except my oldest is 8 and the youngest is 4 months old and we live in California. I agree that we should obey God's Word no matter what! It's the only way us Mamas survive. Soli deo Gloria. :)

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    1. Cue music, "It's a Small World After All." :-) I put obeying God's Word on the list because neither my husband nor I knew much about that when we were married. Now, though, that's an incredible way he says, "I love you," to me. Blessings!

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  6. This is beautiful, Meghan. I love how love deepens over the years. It's no longer the ooey-gooey, melt-in-your-mouth love of your youth but a love that conveys itself through the everyday and mundane.

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    1. You said that so beautifully, Keri. I always love your comments! Thanks, friend! :-)

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  7. Oh, Meghan, I love it! In our house, it looks like Will making the beds on Saturday morning, starting dinner so I can finish homeschooling even though he just got home from work, and emptying the trash without being asked. Thanks for this sweet post! <3

    ~Lisha

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  8. Love looks like this in my marriage: Rekindling what was lost as we walked through days and months of babies, toddlers, tweens, and teens, and adult children living at home while others were still teens, homeschooling, washing mounds of clothing, etc. and walking through life during some very very difficult years. Sticking it out and finding life together with memories is so precious. Thankful.

    Thanks for linking up with me last week for WholeHearted Wednesdays.

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    1. What beautiful words, Judith, especially that one last one: thankful. So sweet and heartfelt! Thanks for commenting, and thanks for the link-up. :-)

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  9. Beautiful thoughts! I know, and we thought love was simply swooning when we were younger ;)
    Found you on the Modest Mom Blog Link-Up
    Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough (http://www.parentingandhomeschoolinginfaith.com)

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    1. Swooning. Love that word, but it's funny to think of now. If I swooned now, he'd think my knees had given out. :-) So glad you stopped by, Rachael!

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