What is Love?

This video is so worth reposting. I just love it. The Girls With Glasses show made this a couple of years ago for Valentine’s Day (and they kindly invited us to join in!) Enjoy.

And, you know what love feels like to me at this very moment? 

A dear, dear husband who takes care of me from head to toe while we are traveling. This man carries our bags up and down the stairs of tiny inns. He is tech support everyday & gets us internet and plugs up my phone for me each night. And probably the most meaningful to me lately – he is the most kind husband regarding my gluten and dairy free eating (which is tricky while traveling!) He will be careful about where we eat. He will check menus before I do. He will browse mini markets looking for snacks for me if we stop during a road trip. There has never been a day or even a moment that I have had to wonder if this man cares for me or loves me or wants to be with me. It is the most beautiful feeling in the world. I cannot even express how much I love this man.

At this moment, what is love feeling like for you?

XO, Mara

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  1. Kay February 14, 2014 at 2:58 am - Reply

    Right now love feels like a husband who is working so hard to balance a heavy work load while also trying to get home at night early enough to spend time with our baby, who still found time to help his sister out and buy me a small gift after work today just because. I'm thankful.

    • mara February 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      I saw this note after waking up at 4:30 am to leave Iceland. It made me so happy as we drove to the airport in the dark. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  2. Michaela Stephens February 14, 2014 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Right now love feels like a husband who somehow says the right things when I'm having an emotional meltdown and who I can hug and leave cry stains on his shirt.

    • mara February 14, 2014 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Oh man, I think we all can relate. There is nothing better than feeling loved during an emotional breakdown. thank you.

  3. Anna February 14, 2014 at 6:05 am - Reply

    Love feels like my parents helping to support my dreams of going to grad school

    • mara February 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      Wow. this is so lovely. It's such a gift to have good parents. And grad school! Such a huge endeavor and a good one, for sure. Lots of good wishes coming your way.

  4. Alex February 14, 2014 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Love is a cup of tea in the morning. A hug at night. A wink during a busy meeting. Thanks for the video. I am away from home for this Valentine's day and cannot wait to see my husband on Sunday again. I wrote hi this http://lifeandotherweirdtales.blogspot.gr this morning.

    • mara February 14, 2014 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      darling. THANK YOU! And how sweet that you MISS him. I think there is something solo wonderful and romantic about missing & longing for your spouse while on trips. 🙂

  5. Anonymous February 14, 2014 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    It's the little things. Little notes, cups of tea, hugs, listening to me after a hard day at work. We've just been through 12 months of IVF (3 failed attempts) and I'm more in love with him than ever before. I keep telling myself, life will be ok with my wonderful husband no matter what happens. I told my Prep children today (I teach in Australia, same age as kindergarten children) to think about all the people that love them and how lucky they all were, I am certainly lucky! Thanks for sharing the love Mara & Danny xx p.s do you think you may visit Australia one day? 🙂

    • mara February 14, 2014 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Jess – wow – what you guys have been through. I LOOVE that you are focusing on gratitude. It is the one thing that saves me, too. I often remind myself of is that many, many people do not have loving marriages. While we don't have children, we are SO blessed in other ways. And there are probably mothers out there who long for a good marriage. So I guess we have to just be grateful, grateful, grateful for what we have and learn to not compare. Good luck to you at this time. May happiness envelope you and your husband!

      Oh, and we would LOOOVE to come to Australia. I actually went there on my first honeymoon but would love to go again. We want to start doing more and more events, though we need travel/flight to be covered so we might charge a bit of money for some events. If you could help gather enough people in Australia to come together, we'd be there in a heartbeat. Someone is working on this for us now in Chicago. XO

  6. Sally Smith February 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    So sweet–I even shared this on both my Facebook pages and Pinterest!
    LOTS of love to you both!

  7. glennakfisher February 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    This is my first visit to your wonderful blog site.

    I will share my special February 14th experience with you. As I was about to leave our offices at noon yesterday, my sweetheart secretly arranged a surprise visit by 4 lovely ladies dressed in modest red and white valentines day attire. They presented me a medley of love songs in barbershop quartet style and I was able to keep my composure through all of them except that final special number “Let me Call You Sweetheart,” at that point I was overcome with emotion! (The last song was a special one, sung at our wedding reception) What a delight!

    Friday is our special “date day” and has been ever since we have been married. We are still on our honeymoon and have been for over 48 years.
    I take friday afternoons off to spend the rest of the day with my bride on a variety of wonderful “honeymoon” dates. In all this time she has never turned me down yet! If I am out of town on business and can’t be there for her on Friday, then we have two date days the next week! Courtship truly “begins at marriage”!

    For those preparing to get married or for those who are married, I highly recommend this eternal courtship policy which is so wonderful in building your special relationship!

    • Rachael February 20, 2014 at 3:03 am - Reply

      How lovely! A love like that is so inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. Tiffany Doxey February 15, 2014 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Love feels like a husband who listens to me complain (I didn't used to think I was a complainer) about how hard it is to keep up with a houseful of teenagers and still try and feel like newlyweds! We are coming up on our 1 year anniversary next week and to say it's been a roller coaster would be an understatement. However, I would not change a single thing if it meant not being with him. He constantly builds me up with his words and actions. He works hard and never complains. He is easy with a smile and laughs at my jokes. Having a partner who had your back is a wonderful thing!

    • Tobby February 17, 2014 at 7:14 am - Reply

      It's important to love yourself before you love others. Understanding yourself is key to to be able to love you and others

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