La Cherité – A Midwinter’s Love

Feb 20, 2014 | Full Time Family, Spiritual | 6 comments

Ire Épitre aux Corinthiens 13:4-7
La charité est longanime; la charité est serviable; elle n’est pas enviuse; la charité ne fanfaronne pas, ne se rengorge pas; elle ne fait rien d’inconvenenant, ne cherche pas son interêt, ne s’irrite pas, ne tient pas compte de mal; elle ne se réjouit pas de l’injustice, mais elle met sa joie dan la vérité.  Elle excuse tout, croit tout, espere tout, supporte tout.
If I have a favorite thing about winter it’s the annual two hours we spend as a family making Valentines for each other.   For two hours the chaos comes to a calm and there is some serious L-O-V-E flowing between us.  It is very endearing.  Even Big Daddy get’s into it and customizes each of his Valentines.  It’s his one surge of creativity, we don’t know where it comes from but it won’t appear again until next year.  
This year our love notes were placed on the kitchen Christmas 
garden tree.  We took off the ornaments after New Years and replaced them with miniature galvanized garden tools and dried hydrangea.   After we take down the Valentines Aidan had the idea to clothes-pin last year’s seed packets the tree.  My little buddy.  I can’t bare to take down the tree because of how much I love that blue concrete that it’s in.  The lights are still a cozy touch on these horrid, gray days even though the holidays are thankfully well behind us.

I am humbled by what God’s word says about love.  Though apparently never humbled enough.  Every other minute I fall pathetically short whether it’s my horrid, selfish attitude or failing to love others the way they need to be loved at any given moment.  The description is telling us how we are to love each other but we mustn’t forget that is is more importantly telling us how God in fact loves us.  
I fall short every day in loving the way he tells me to and yet because of his Son Jesus He loves me anyways.
THAT is Love.
C’est la Cherité.
Happy late Valentines Day.

I’d love to know how you and yours are passing the time until the grass begins to show.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


  1. Gail Peterson

    Lovely…I hope your children will carry on this tradition with their family someday. We make cards too. I must say, I have kept them all! Why wouldn’t I, they are gifts of the heart!
    Hope your spring comes surprisingly soon! I hope to visit in the midwest in the Spring, so I will send some warm winds form SoCal…
    A beautiful Thursday to you,

  2. Pam

    What a beautiful tradition!!

  3. shirlgirl

    I like that tradition very much and it seems so fun. I have always set the table on Valentines morning with every red and white dish, tablecloth, napkin, and any other accessory I can think of. It is totally tacky and wacky but festive and fun. I have all the different kinds of valentine candies set around and then heart shaped pancakes and strawberries which are in season in Plant City, Florida this time of year.

  4. The Norwegian

    So dear I can hardly stand it. What a wonderful legacy you are establishing for your children.
    Hubby gets major credit for his effort at creativity!

  5. The Norwegian

    What a wonderful legacy! Your post brought tears to my eyes. Love the effort your husband made! Much to cherish.

  6. Elizabeth Poch

    I adore your sweet family! Thank you for sharing your life with us. 🙂


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