Valentine’s Day: Love and Family

February 14, 2011 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

This winter has been full of viral influence.  In a family of five, with three kids in three rooms and a spouse bringing home new germs each day as well…it’s a lot of germ warfare.  I think my immunity level gets hit the hardest, taking care of everyone.  I have been sick back to back with different things since the first week of December.  Brochitis, strep, cold, cold.  Blek.  I felt like a human petri dish!  I get to the point this time of year where I just want all of us to crawl into barrels and be fed through a straw!  Don’t touch me and don’t let me touch you!  Today, it is nice.  My kids are back in school after a week out due to snow.  We’ve not had a full week of school since Christmas with exception of one week.  I am enjoying a few moments to sit and collect my thoughts.

Today is the 20th Anniversary of my first date with my husband.  He is such a sweet man with a strong work ethic and a steadfast faith.  He has a strong self confidence and a great sense of humor.  He encourages me to be my best, to stay centered, and to grow in servanthood.  He blesses me continually with his love and commitment to our family.  I love being his wife and a mom to our three kids.  It is a full-time job for me.  My time at home, I get refreshed for them, and plan for them, and try to stay available to them.

At this point in our lives, teaching them the makings of love and family, work and responsibility, character and faith–these are utmost on our minds.  I pray for them constantly.  I pray about when to have teachable moments and how to incorporate scripture.  And, mostly, I pray for  my own character…it’s hard to think that my son will be driving in two years!  Wow.


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I am married to the love of my life, as we raise three children, learning the ways of grace.


Magnanimity (derived from the Latin roots magn- great, and anima, soul) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity. Both terms were coined by Aristotle, who called magnanimity "the crowning virtue."

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:

MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)



"We shall not waste our time in looking for extraordinary experiences in our life, but live by pure faith, ever watchful and ready for His coming by doing our day-to-day duties with extraordinary love and devotion." ~Mother Teresa



"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today. Let us begin." ~Mother Teresa




A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in it's vicinity freshen into smiles. --Washington Irving




When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Harriet Beecher Stowe


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