1. says:

    February 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Cool idea! And I totally agree that love is action.

    I’m going to fb this on the Nobody Told Me! mom’s group that I facilitate locally. I think that it’s inspiring!

    • Martha says:

      February 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

      For sure Megan. If you want to submit ideas based on a different relationship that would be awesome too!

  2. Tareeshia says:

    February 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I don’t have an abundance of time right now so I will just jump right in here and say that one way I love my kids is to make sure I am accountable for my actions. When the pizza sauce falls and splatters all over the kitchen, the baby is crying and the toddler hits his head for the 37th time that day (all at once) I have a tendency to yell something unintelligible at my 3 year old who is asking me “Why can’t I can’t?” for the umpteenth time. I am not perfect. Having 3 kids under 3 isn’t a cakewalk. But when I settle down, I make sure my kids know that it was wrong of me to lose it. That mommy doesn’t need to yell to get her point across. That mommy is sorry and she will try not to yell anymore. I always yell again, later, at some other breaking point. But I apologize again. I want my kids to know that love isn’t perfect. It is the conscious acts we make every day. “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.” Right now I am working on patience. The rest may come some day…

    • Martha says:

      February 3, 2011 at 11:26 am

      This is such a great description of how trying motherhood can be. I totally agree that apologies are necessary on a regular basis. And you’re so very right, love is not perfect.

      If it’s cool with you, I will post this as a blog entry for submissions.

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