One thing I have realized over the years is that life really is short. There's something about becoming a parent that has made that statement a reality for me. Maybe it's how fast those little feet grow from one shoe size to the next...Maybe it's how I've had to do everything for them including dress them and the very next day they are pulling long sleeve shirts from their closet and shorts from their dresser to dress themselves...Maybe it's how he says, "Mommy, I do it. I cook." Whatever it is, there's no denying it. They are growing up so fast. A cliche it may be, but it's true.
So what's a parent to do when she realizes that time stops for no one? She celebrates. She captures those moments....those smiles....the laughter. All of it. Even the messy. Even the things that make her want to pull her hair out in the moment.
And that's why I'm not a Valentine's Day "hater". I kinda use to be....I once had this mentality: "I don't need the world to tell me when or how to show love." But I've had a change of heart. Now I just see it as another opportunity to show my loved ones love....because this life is short. We need to take advantage of all the opportunities. And not just on Valentine's Day...because then you DO fall into most of the world's way of thinking. No, commit to show it everyday. The love of the Father. Love the way He loves. Sacrificially. Even on the other 364 days that aren't Valentine's Day. Even when it's hard.