Spoken For

 Happy Valentines Day!
I hope your day is filled with all things lovely.  Today is my oldest son's 21st birthday.  Some of you may remember that he had some very serious health issues in the last year. I'm delighted to tell you that he is doing very well!  We will be spending our Valentines together as a family, at his request.  Someday I may share more of that story but I'm still gathering some of the broken pieces of me.  God is healing us in beautiful ways.  He gave me this place to write and to heal, I know that.  But parts of the story aren't mine to tell to the entire world so while He weaves His beautiful threads, I'm recording my thoughts - pen to paper - privately.  

But here's a sweet little story... One day last week, while I was shopping at Sal's Boutique (Salvation Army), my youngest and oldest sons were making a Valentine gift for me.  It's hard to fathom but my 8 year old son didn't want to go junking with me :)  so he asked if he could go to his brother's work (It's our family welding shop so grand kids and siblings often stop in).   Apparently, one found heart shaped copper pieces and the other welded them together.   The younger one ran off to find another fun project or adventure.  The other... The sheepish smile and gentle "adult" hand that gave it to me, melted my heart.  

From the moment he was born I have said that he is my valentine but this last year, when I nearly lost him, I would weep with my husband at night when no one else was around - sobbing words... "This boy is heart of my heart".  I don' t know if I even knew what that meant but the Bible talks about "bone of my bone", "flesh of my flesh" and that's what I felt.
Like any mom can relate to, I love each of my children deeply, immeasurably.  But when one of them hurts, my attention turns to that one.  I ached for him... and because of him.  Deep, can't-figure-it-out, lost-to-it kind of aching.   When I say "heart of my heart" I know some of you moms know what I mean, even if it isn't a definable term.  And that copper heart represents something pretty miraculous that's unfolding.    

Maybe you've been feeling some "unfolding" lately too...  a pull to something you know is God, even if you don't want to admit it.  You are His "heart of my heart".  That one step you are contemplating, that proverbial step of faith, it is a blind step but if you have been waiting for something, some kind of sign... this is it.  Know that change can happen with God!  


  1. What a lovely blog you have. Thank you for sharing such persoanl things with blogland, I want to encourage you with Jeremiah 29:11. blessings and hugs to you.

  2. Happy Birthday to your son.I wish you and your family a very happy Valentine's day.
    xxx, Sarina

  3. Happy Birthday to your son!!!! Have a wonderful day celebrating all things "love" and a wonderful artist. xo

  4. beautiful... as only a mother could write. Have a wonderful day with your family celebrating love and your sons birthday! t.xoxox

  5. What a HUGE Valentines gift God give us all.Life and love.I pray that God will continue to bless you and your family with many,many,many more years and memories with your son.What a beautiful song.

  6. It was nice that you shared something so personal beautiful.

  7. I totally understand what you mean. Although we are often open about many things on the blog, some things are too delicate, too precious to share. That is good.
    so sweet of your boys to make that bracelet....what a precious gift!

  8. Thanks for sharing a little piece of your heart with us. Enjoy this day with all your Valentines!

  9. I am so glad that my heart is spoken for, aren't you. I am so glad that your son is better. I am praying for continued healing for your family. Carla

  10. As a mother of two...both grown...I know exactly what you're saying..loving them equally, yet differently because they are different. Each unique in the way God created them to be and I am thankful for the heart He gave me to hold them in.
    What a blessing you have given me with this post and I say thank you...with a tear stained smile.

  11. Oh Polly,
    What a sweet post! Thank you for sharing your love of family and your love of God. It is very touching.
    Blessings back to you.

  12. What a beautiful beautiful story. I have an almost grown son that overnight changed from a little boy to somewhat of a man and while i'm so very proud of the young man he is becoming, i'm also a little sad that my baby boy is gone. Then he does something so sweet and tender for me and I catch a glimpse of that little toddler that used to run to me with a handful of weeds and say "these are pretty like you mommy"....precious moments indeed. Thanks so much for sharing your story and for stirring up a sweet memory for me. Your blog and your words are breathtaking



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