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It’s the Little Things

I think Mother’s Day is all about the little things.

That little voice that runs into your room in the morning, shouting, “Happy Mudda’s Day!”

The stylishly painted and stamped and play-doughed and scribbled card…WAY better than anything store bought in my opinion!

Proud daddy in the doorway, knowing that he and the kids get to spoil mommy for a day.

A hand-brewed latte.

A surprise – toddler going with daddy to church. Yes, he’s a pastor. Yes, he goes really early. No, nobody has eaten breakfast when it’s time for him to leave. But still a quiet house to make mother’s day phone calls in.

A future surprise – and the cream on top: a sweet love note from my husband along with two months of house cleaning for after baby Emma arrives!

Lunch with friends – and God movements.

No potty accidents to clean up.

A healthy girl moving like a giant stuck in a jacket.

Time to sit up late and read.

Hard work in the yard.

Great news from friends.

Many many answered prayers.

A 1st birthday party for my niece who lives very far away. 20 minutes of uninterrupted time with her was heavenly.

Prayers for my friends who want to be mommas but are not yet. Prayers for my friends who have lost their cherished children.

What little things did you get blessed with this weekend?

Valentine’s Day Gift for Men – Love Talk Journal


What should you get your man for Valentine’s Day? Or for his birthday, Christmas, anniversary, Father’s Day – any holiday where you want to exchange gifts?

Let’s be real: some men are so hard to buy for. Particularly those whose love language is words of affirmation. Yeah. That’s my husband.

He actually enjoys having conversations, talking things through, dreaming for the future, philosophising.

Sometimes we get to do this together, but there are also many weeks where we are hard-pressed to find a day we go to sleep at the same time, let alone sit down and have a conversation.

So for Christmas, I gave Brad a Love Talk Journal.

Sounds mushy, huh?

A Love Talk Journal is simply a place where you keep notes to each other. One person has the journal. When they feel prompted, they write a note to their partner. Then, they pass the journal to their mate – we also like to hide it where we know the other will find it! Once they have the journal, it’s their turn.

The note doesn’t have to be a love note (although that’s fair game!). It can be a note about things you’re thinking about, things that you’re thankful for, things you love about them. It’s just a note.

But this journal is not a place for conflict. I strongly believe that you should deal with conflict in person (even if you have to write to process first -the Love Talk Journal is not the place for that).

When we were college sweethearts, Brad and I had a Love Talk Journal, but it’s been many years since we wrote notes like we were giddy kids.

So I decided to bring it back!

For Christmas, I gave him a journal. It was one we already had on our shelf. In fact, it was this one from Dayspring:

We had not written in this yet, so it was ready to go. It’s so cute: it even has a side for the Mr. to write, and a side for the Mrs. to write. 😉 But of course, any bound notebook will do!

So I wrote my first Love Talk note, and wrapped it up. He loved it. I’m sure it was his favorite gift. (Right, babe?)

Even if you don’t typically exchange gifts for Valentine’s Day, a Love Talk Journal is more about putting your feelings for your husband in black and white. Words he (and you!) can read and even cherish for a lifetime. It’s a tangible reminder for regular romance.

Do you have a great gift idea for men? Add it to the comments below!

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And I know I posted this 2 weeks in advance of V-Day, but I wanted to give you time to find the perfect journal! 🙂

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