In early morning, hours before sun-up, I sit quiet in the dark. The house is completely still.
Cradling my coffee, an involuntary smile tugs at my lips while tears blur my vision.
In my minds-eye, I replay the chaos from the night before.
The blissful chaos.
It’s Sunday-Supper. And this Sunday, all of our precious children file in to spend a couple of hours together.
We crowd in around the farm table, babies and all, the adults trying to carry on conversations over little girls who are getting louder and louder by the minute.
My son Timothy who has no children, looks at me smiling,
“Once babies learn to talk they never stop…they just love to hear themselves don’t they?”
We pause to listen …
One tiny girl is telling Pop Pop in her loudest voice that he has to make an her ice cream sundae for dessert, two tiny girls are having a banging contest …“more, more, more” they giggle.
Finished with dinner, another tiny person runs in circles around the table, arms flapping like wings… “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy…look!”
I burst out laughing, reach for Timothy’s hand and give it a squeeze, we share joy in the fleeting moment.
Once upon a time I took those moments for granted…sometimes I still do.
Once upon a time I thought that nothing ever changes.
But in a blink my little brother was gone, taken home before we were ready to let him go.
And everything changed.
Then suddenly Mama went home.
And everything changed again.
The lesson I think, is best summed up the way my dad signs every card-every email…
I can’t look at a clock without thinking those two words.
And that’s what I was thinking as I put up this little heart garland …
Valentine’s Day is only a month away, why not use the next four weeks to reach out to those people you love…give them a call, make a lunch date or send them a card and tuck in one of these easy little heart buntings…
(If you have a minute, I’ll show you how easy this is…)
Here’s What You Need:
*Paper…I used gold-leaf (look) paper from Anthropologie but you can find beautiful paper at your local craft store.
*Heart hole punch (mine is 2″)
Punch out your little hearts…
Sew them together or simply tape them together on the wrong side…
Tuck your garland into a love note… or hang it up to remind you …
Sending love my friends ~ xo