Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentines Day

I love this holiday... not for the chocolates, romance (which is nice) or gifts, but because it allows us to take a day out of our busy schedules to recognize those we care deeply for.

Lucas cares deeply for his friends... leaving church talking about Rowan, or Cole or Josh (I haven't the faintest idea why he'd be saying our worship pastor's name...but he does). Before nap time he says: Night friends!

Children have such a nifty way of loving each other, in spite of the age differences, developmental changes and normal disagreements.
Evidently licking is way children show love too.

Lucas is probably closest to Aviana and Alidia... Cole coming in right next to the girls. When left to their own devices I see the many ways love is expressed between all of them; wrestling, make-believe time, snuggling on the couch in front of a movie, snacks shared together, and plain ol' mischievousness.

Aviana is quick to help Lucas when he falls or when he can't maneuver a toy on his own. Alidia is always willing to make Lucas laugh and is the first to pull him into a running frenzy (this is Lucas' idea of Heaven). Both girls are patient with Lucas and yet when necessary, remind him when his behavior is not okay. Essentially, they're willing to both love Lucas through teaching and play.
Cookies and hot cocoa....what a great way to celebrate Valentines!
He sure loves his friends... especially the ones we live with!

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