What Valentine’s looks like after years of marriage, kids and turning 40.

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simple handmade valentines

 

We had great start to the day. Everyone woke up somewhat happy {I have 2 tweens so I’ll take what I can get}, and we had a late night last night {see below}. I gave everyone candy and handmade cards. And my husband and I took the dog for a walk.

 

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A treat to myself on Valentine’s Day

 

My son and I had an argument on the way to school about his valentines {which I don’t even care about}. Lesson learned, it’s ok if he just hands out candy and his name isn’t on it. In years past we have always done handmade valentines and not candy. So that is one expectation I have let go of, because 5th graders don’t really care either. So we apologized and forgave each other. He is more important to me than those ridiculous cheap valentines. Parenting is hard though.

 

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High School Basketball

 

Spent last night at a basketball game and nervously watched, wanting them to win, and they did. {It was the first round of the District Tournament.} They have come so far after the last 4 years. After many years of being married to a coach I still understand very little about the sport. Winning means my husband will be spending time with his players instead of me. I’m so proud of the way he teaches and leads his boys. It took me years to get what it meant, but I’m so happy to find that place. #gotigers

Grocery shopping because there is not enough food in the house to feed my family. Unless you count the leftover pizza from last nights game, or cereal.

Driving my daughter from one event to the next when I hate being in the car. And that means I won’t be able to fix any dinner, so we will probably have sandwiches. Maybe if I’m feeling energetic I will cut heart shapes out of them {not likely}.

Here is the other side of the coin.

Treating myself to Starbucks while attempting to write out this blog post that wasn’t planned.

Grey rainy days.

When it comes to parts of my work I can work anywhere, anytime {i.e. Starbucks, the couch, in bed}. Or I can choose to be creative and make something {i.e. FREEDOM, being your own boss}.

When your husband send you this and it melts your heart {this is the only valentines gift I need}.

 

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“I just called to say I love you” by Stevie Wonder

 

I get to have leftover pizza for lunch.  And I don’t have to cook tonight, which means no dishes.

I still get to spend time with all of my people at various times throughout my day. And I’m greeted with excitement at least from the dog.

My favorite part of the day or any day…Climbing into bed at night with the person I love the most on this planet and falling asleep with a book in my hand {pretty much happens every night as soon as my head hits the pillow}.

I think love really means doing the mundane and ordinary parts of life with LOTS of love, hope, forgiveness, and grace in our hearts. I hope you see glimpses of real love in the most normal parts of your day, today and every day.

Happy Valentine’s Day

 

Ginny

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french terms of endearment

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{my little cabbage?}

 

The french have no shortage of terms of endearment for loved ones. Mon Petit Chou is a popular way of referring to someone as sweetheart or honey. Chou does mean cabbage but it also refers to a cream puff {the french and their double entendres}. So its like when Americans refer to someone as “honey” or “dear”, or when the British call someone “love”.

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{I love you}

I love you. Hang this one in a spot you know they will see everyday and be reminded of your love.

Other french terms of endearment would be mon amour or m’amour {my love}, cherie {darling}, mon cœur {my heart}, ma belle {my beautiful one}. As you can imagine the french have many words expressing love. Have you ever had anyone refer to you as ma puce {my flea}, ma caille {my quail}, or ma crevette {my shrimp}, mon nounours {teddy bear}?

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Valentine embroidered mini hoop

 

Grab one of these embroidered mini hoops for you loved one this Valentine’s Day or for any time of year. Tell them how you feel à la française {in french}.

 

Valentine's Day mini hoops from the gingham studio- www.theginghamstudio.com
Valentine’s Day embroidered mini hoops

 

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