I’ve been rassling a post for more than a week, mostly at bedtime. Each night after working it over for a good long while, sure it is on the brink of done, I decide I still haven’t done it justice, and it still isn’t quite ready to be tossed out to the world. And I post something else. This night is no different. So I will leave you with a picture of my darling Eldest, our first-born. And I’ll ask you to finish this sentence for me.

Love is….


  1. … the little things in life, the smiles we don’t expect, the kindness and friendship from those we care about, love is a verb.

  2. I wrote about this on my blog a few years ago. Like you, I am still not satisfied with the post, but it’s the best I’ve got. Here’s a link to it.

  3. …the special bond you have with the one that made you a mom….

  4. Love is….the way your Eldest and her husband look at each other! Makes me heart melt!

    This is a beautiful picture of her Mary. Should be framed! 🙂

  5. …seeing the joy for life through in your child’s face!
    that feeling you get inside as you gaze in admiration at the woman your daughter has become!

  6. a beautiful smile!

  7. the knowing look and undestanding that it will be ok

  8. …all of it. It is what life is all about, the focus, the intention, the intimate moments. Relationships and connections with others, in love.

  9. Kimberlie Meyer says:

    the child who made you a mother for the first time when he was 4 yrs old, who refused to call you “Mama” because you replaced the only mama he knew (his foster mother), and then one day nearly 5 yrs later he says, “Mommy, I want to call you Mama” and your heart falls in love with him all over again for the thousandth time.

  10. Love is… unconditional.

  11. …undescribable with mere words.

  12. Kate in NY says:

    What a beautiful picture of your daughter, Mary. She looks positively . . . radiant . . .


  13. …looking good on her!

  14. Love is…. without an end or a single definition. Trying to describe love is like trying to describe God, in words, to a child who hasn’t heard of him before. Maybe that’s why there is this description…. “God is Love”

  15. well, among other things, it’s you. 🙂

  16. Love…is glowing while caring your first baby?:)

  17. Love is redemption; redemption is love. I must admit I am using the thoughts of a very wise 5 year old I know, and not my own.

  18. Love is something that cannot be explained…it just happens!