This is one Valentine's Day that I couldn't wait to get here!!! Not because I have any earth shattering news or new love in my life, but because this holiday just seems to totally embody the whole essence of my little cottage.
As I went about writing my favorite bible verses on the studs of her walls I felt such peace. I wanted this to be a place where when I create I am just wrapped in God's Word. After I got the tin ceiling home, I also learned that it was approximately 100 years old and came out of a friend's great-grandfather's barn. If that tin could talk, oh the stories it could share with me as I write my own.
So in the middle of the entire process of finishing off the inside I took a break one night to watch Eat, Pray, Love for probably the 20th time. Hey, what can I say, I love chick flicks!! However, in the movie they ask Liz what word would she use to represent herself - not what she did for a living, but word embodied her as a person.
For weeks I had been gathering things to go inside my cottage and one of the elements included three little signs that had the saying my kids told me related to love. I have always collected hearts an signs that say love over the years too. After watch that movie though it hit me - my word is LOVE.
This isn't just romantic love, it's the love I feel toward my children & friends; toward my colleagues & my students; toward the things I create & the gifts I give to other people.
No, my life has not been easy, but NO matter what is thrown at me, I ALWAYS have LOVE.
So why some singles despise Valentine's Day, I embrace her, cherish her, and use the day to create things of love that I can share with the world.