Love is Patient. Love is Kind.


This Valentine’s Day wasn’t “typical.”

It wasn’t a romantic holiday for two with the love of my life, filled with candlelight, soft music, and whisperings of sweet nothings,

rather it was a candle-free holiday (yeah, we aren’t crazy!),

with a lot noise, and chaos, and eight extra people to share our Valentine’s Day with. 🙂

It was a hard holiday for the little people in our home. All were struggling with memories and feelings of loss that led to tears and acting out as they struggled to put words to the feelings that were enveloping them.

Tyler spent 2 of the 3 hours at church hiding under a church pew, refusing to come out.

Our three little visitors, that so recently lost their momma, had their share of tears throughout the day.

Ozzie kept escaping to his room to hide, overcome with memories and thoughts that were too big for him.

Not even my big kids were immune to the high emotions of the day.

It was a hard day, but I knew it would be. My goal was to get everyone through the holiday in one piece with as few “fatalities” as possible, all while trying to bring some joy and a lot of LOVE to the people under my roof.

As we worked our way through the day I was reminded time and time again of what true love is. It isn’t the makings of a Hallmark holiday special. It is something so much deeper…so much more significant.

As I watched MY Valentine wrestle with his sons on the floor, lovingly tease his daughters, unclog the toilet for the third time, wash Q’s hair in the tub while I cleaned up dinner, and then play another round of “Disney Scene It” with the kids (when he would have much rather been napping)… I fell more in love with my husband.

He is a living example to me of what LOVE really is…

That love described in 1 Corinthians 13.

Love is Patient. Love is Kind.


How grateful I am to be blessed with such a man,

because that is the sort of love that sticks.

That is the sort of love that lasts through eternity.

Here is a look into our Valentine’s Day celebration:

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The day began in the early morning hours with a visit from the Tooth Fairy. Derek lost a tooth and so our family’s tooth fairy, Florence, paid a visit and left Derek a dollar coin.

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Then it was time to get everyone ready for church. I am proud to report it only took 1 1/2 hours to get the 10 of us ready to go. That has got to be some kind of record!


Our steep driveway is snow covered so we have to park at the bottom and hike in and out. Q asked Rusty to carry him, and Rusty (softy that he is) said “sure.”

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At church I received this adorable Valentine gift from my visiting teachers.

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For lunch we had spaghetti with heart noodles.

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The afternoon was spent trying to keep everyone occupied and happy with family game time. First we played Disney Scene It. Everyone was split into teams of two. Tyler and I were the winners. We know our Disney movies!

Then the kids played twister while I prepared our Valentine dinner and decorated the dining room.

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Roses from my Valentine ❤

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For our Valentine dinner we feasted on ham and cheese sliders, macaroni salad and mixed vegetables. Each diner received a box of Valentine chocolates that they enjoyed for dessert.

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We ended our night with devotional time before bed. After singing, scriptures, prayer and each sharing something we were grateful for that day we read our traditional Valentine’s Day story that we have been reading every Valentine’s Day since Gracie’s 1st grade teacher introduced it to us :

Porcupining:  A Prickly Love Story


Our Valentine’s Day might not have had the makings of  Hollywood romance movie but it was  day filled with much love.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Patchwork Farm!


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