I neither love or hate Valentines day.
I know several people who struggle on this day for many different reasons and I also know several people who LOVE this day and take Valentines to the extreme. I stand right in the middle. Valentines day is just another day in which there are school parties, candy, and a bit of extra reflection about the things that I love.
Makenzie and I...... ok mostly I, made Valentine cards for all of her friends. Her cards involved wet crayons, stinky melted crayons, cutting, pasting, and many thoughts about why a simple princess card with her name on it would not have sufficed. However, once the cards where done I was so glad I took the time to peel paper, melt crayons, design a Valentine, cut out hearts, glue hearts to foam, and hot glue heart shaped crayons to Makenzie's Valentines to create this..................
She loved her special valentines and had a great time today passing them out to all of her friends. While for Makenzie all of this looks a bit different then I had imagined I LOVE having a little girl that I can make fancy Valentines with.
Makenzie has gone to school for almost a full day a couple of times in the last two weeks. She did really well. Today was one of those days. She was scheduled to go in the morning but because her party was at the end of the day we arranged for Makenzie to stay until the end of the day.
After dropping her off and working on setting up the wheelchair mount onto Makenzie's school chair I headed home to make Makenzie's formula and then headed back to the school to feed Makenzie lunch. As I walked through the school on Valentines Day with Makenzie I just couldn't help but think about how much I LOVE her school.
We sat in the cafeteria where one of the aides gives Makenzie knuckles every day. Makenzie puts her hands up for her and then giggles so hard. The sheer joy on both of their faces just makes my heart melt!
Seeing her aide, teacher and friends love on her in the classroom is almost too much! Today two little boys read books to Makenzie. A little girl wrote a note that read.... " I love Makenzie" and when we left, there was a united corus of "Bye Makenzie" that rang a sweet sound in my ears. All of the staff loves her and I had one teacher tell me yesterday how Makenzie can brighten even the hardest of of her days! LOVE!
After the first three hard years of school it is still hard for me to believe that I could like the school let alone LOVE it and be trying to figure out how to get her there more hours every week! A huge Thank You to each and every person that makes Makenzie's school such an AMAZING PLACE! A place that this mommy can LOVE!
I am LOVEing couponing! I am still far from "Extreme" but when you can go to Wal Mart, Target, and Walgreens and get all of this.............................
and pay $2.57 (which was more or less tax) for $105 worth of product...... that I will use......... it is well worth the time!
I LOVE watching my boys play hockey and getting back into a more normal place back on the sidelines! I have always loved sports and have missed seeing my boys be a part of them over the last 5 years.
I LOVE my friends who sent me Valentine wishes and even flowers!
I LOVE my family who support me and my kids every day! Showing up at hockey games, bring me chocolate, and spending hours working on a desk unit in my dining room (pictures coming soon) and taking me out for dinner for Valentines Day. (tomorrow, because I refuse to step foot in a restaurant on Valentines Day!)
I LOVE my insurance company.... yes I said that out loud! I also LOVE the people behind the scenes who bill the insurance for all of the companies that provide Makenzie's supplies and equipment. As I look around my house I see a talker, power chair, Aspen seat, walkers, standers, braces, feeding pumps, diapers, wipes, and many other supplies that keep Makenzie going without breaking my pocket book. AMAZING!
I LOVE Makenzie's therapy team. I could not ask for any better! Makenzie's right abductor has been tight for a while. Last week Makenzie's PT was sick and could not come. By Saturday Makenzie was very uncomfortable. I made a few phone calls and found her massage therapist in my living room trying to rub out some of the spasms in Makenzie legs on Saturday night at 8:30pm.LOVE
I LOVE having teenagers. Yes it is hard and no I am not perfect but watching my boys grow into young men is amazing. Just when I get down and think I am failing them I realize that the best that I can do is enough. Today Mr 14 was not feeling well so he stayed home. I had to go to the middle school to drop of his pre registration for HIGH SCHOOL this afternoon. I handed my son's paper work to the security guard at the front door and asked if she knew where I needed to bring it. She looked at the name on the paperwork and smiled. She then proceeded to tell me what an amazing and respectful young man my son was. Melting heart..... again! I don't know how many kids go to that school but it is in the hundreds and this woman knew just who my kid was and it wasn't because he was noticed for undesirable reasons!!!!! LOVE!
Which leads me to the most important LOVE there is and that is the LOVE of God. I am so thankful that I have a LOVEing heavenly father who covers all of my imperfections and struggles with his LOVE, grace and forgiveness! Even when my human LOVE is not enough, even when I can not humanly be exactly what my kids need me to be God promises to take over and promises to provide the rest.
So yes it is Valentines Day. A day marketed mainly for romantic love. I personally however am lacking in the romantic department even so there is still sure a TON to LOVE on this Valentines Day. Flowers and chocolate just make it all that much sweeter!
Happy Valentines Day!
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