Sometimes the ways that our family shows us love is in the smallest of things, the nuances. These little moments are easily lost between the hustle and the bustle.
Amidst the whirlwind of raising young kids, take a moment today. Take the time to stop, breathe, and look for the love that is already surrounding you. You might be surprised by what you’ll see:
The love is in the flower that your daughter picks just for you.
The love is in the cup of coffee your husband fixes for you because he knows just the way you like it.
The love is in how your baby’s arms wrap tightly around your body; belly to belly, close to your warmth.
The love is in the way your daughter wants to be just like you; her favorites are your favorites.
The love is in how your tired toddler lays his head on your shoulder at the end of the night, instinctively finding the perfect nook for resting.
The love is in how your toddler son looks over his shoulder to see if you are watching him.
The love is in your child choosing you to read them a story at the end of the night.
The love is in your husband jumping in to handle the kids when he sees you’re struggling to get dinner ready.
The love is in his voice when he tells you that you're beautiful.
The love is in their cry for you when they’ve scraped their knees, and your magic kiss is enough to take the pain away.
The love is in how hard he works to provide for the family you’ve created together.
The love is in how they call for you in the middle of the night when they are scared of a bad dream.
The love is in the way she needs you.
The love is in the way your daughter doesn’t want to share you with anyone else.
The love is in the way their little bodies give in to the heaviness of sleep, trusting in the comfort of your arms.
The love is in the way your toddler pushes away to show his independence but keeps coming back to show you he still needs you.
The love is in how your partner knows you so well and can tell when there is something bothering you.
The love is in your child wanting to share her food with you.
The love is in the picture he takes of you when it seems to you that you aren’t doing anything special at all.
The love is in how he helps pick up the house without complaint.
The love is in how they seek you out first thing in the morning, excited to see you again.
The love is in how he loves your children.
The love is in the joy that lights up their face when they’ve missed you.
The love is in how he hears your struggles and wants to help you find a solution even if it’s not exactly the one you wanted.
The love is in the way they cry when you lay them down to sleep because being in your arms is pure bliss.
The love is in the way your child says okay and finally does what you’ve told them to do.
The love is in the things they repeat back from lessons you’ve taught them over time.
The love is in how he gives his undivided attention when you have something important you have to say.
The love is in the way a hand slips into yours when you hold your hand out; no words need to be exchanged.
The love is in how you are the most important person to them in the world, and even forever would not be enough time to spend together.
Look beyond the hugs and kisses to find the ways that love is woven into this life you have created.
Do it today as a celebration of love, but it most importantly, look for the love every day.
This piece was originally published on The Sanity Plan.