W7 of 52: Personal Projects

Long weekends sure are wonderful! I love being able to get a couple of days with my loved ones all to myself. However in a blink of an eye, it's gone and we are back to life as normal. 
This past week was the week of LOVE. Valentine's Day.  Normally we don't participate in this crazy Hallmark made holiday. Both myself and my husband do very well at showing appreciation and love for each other throughout the year so it's just another day in our world. 
That being said, this year, the lovely man took it upon himself to surprise us all. For it takes a lot of dedication and love to wake up 2 hours before you normally get up for work (that's a wake up of 2:30am!) to decorate the house so that it'd be ready for everyone's wake up a few hours later. Needless to say the 5 of us were very surprised and felt very loved that Wednesday morning. 

{7} of 52: LOVE (a whole lot of it by way of surprise

{7} of 52 Self Reflections: 

4 children + 1 Mother's heart = a beautiful disaster
Being a mother came instantly and easily for me.  I was blessed to be able to enjoy each pregnancy and always looked forward to their births. As each one entered this world my heart beat even harder for the treasures it was given. 
It's been both hard and exciting watching them grow up. Josh and I are confident in our parenting and while we admit we don't have all the answers, it works for us and our family. 
I love learning who each child is within their mind, body and heart.
Some days are hard! Some days I have to crack down and follow through on discipline that I wished I didn't have to do but I refuse to raise entitled little brats who when become adults are self-centered, rude, inconsiderate people. 
However most days are fantastic, most days are filled with happiness, joy and kisses and loves. To the whole world they are just 4 ordinary children (we don't play into them being any better than anyone else) however to us, each one of them offer a dynamic level to our family.
They are respectful. They are kind. They listen and take direction. They are empathetic.
They play hard. They love harder.  
I am happy, proud and blessed beyond words to be their center.   

XXOO.