To My Son On Valentine's Day

To My Son on Valentine's Day

It's Valentine's Day and truth be told, it is one of my favorite days. You see, mama loves a good excuse to shower people with love and receive love. The romance, the chocolates, the delicate moments all tucked into a joyful and loving day, it is right up my alley. 

You're young now so the day doesn't have much meaning to you; but as the years go by, the day will emerge into many different things. From exchanges of homemade cards and flowers to chocolates and superhero cards, the day will be filled with moments shared and gifts treasured. Their may even be a date, just you and I, where we walk hand in hand to grab pizza and talk about the mysteries of fourth grade.

There will be kisses galore, because truth be told, I can't deny your chubby cheeks. There will be endless cuddles because you smell like Heaven. And there will be so many I love you's because I could never, ever say it enough.

And I'll whisper in your ear, "You my dear, you are my forever Valentine." 

The years will go by and the moments that are so delicate and special may change over time. The moments that I'll forever hold deep into my heart may soon start to fade as just memories to treasure, as you trek through life and find your new Valentine. One year it may be a girl from homeroom and then one day it may be the girl of your dreams. 

You'll shower her with love and affection, I hope, and make her feel special. You'll take her on dates and try to create memories with her that may last a lifetime.  You'll occasionally ask for my assistance on gift ideas and you'll even tag me along with you to the jewelry store for my approval. 

And you'll tell her, "You my dear, you are my forever Valentine." 

I'll sit back and beam with pride at the love you show and the love you share. I'll hope that my unconditional love each and every day has shown you just how deep love flows. 

But what I'll always hope, is that you'll hold onto the memories of your first Valentine. I hope that you'll remember the stuffed puppy dogs and the crumpled flowers you picked for me at the school playground. I hope you'll remember the love that I exuded day after day for you, but especially on Valentine's Day.

I hope you'll remember how mama was the first girl you loved and for so long, the girl of your dreams. That mama was everything you needed for every booboo, every broken heart and every time you needed that push to get back up again. That mama wasn't just your mother but your number one supporter, your cheerleader and your defense. That for so long, mama was all you needed. 

One day I'll pass my forever Valentine title over to someone else. But today, today is not that day. Today I will hold you close, snuggle you in the crease of your neck and breathe in every sweet smell and I'll soak in every moment. I'll shower you with love every second of the day. I'll fly you around like Batman and I'll pounce through the pretend jungles with you.

I'll tuck you in at night and hold you close and pray over you so that one day, you will find that Valentine of yours (even if it seems hard to share you). That one day some woman that God made just for you, will be lucky enough to call you her forever Valentine. 

I know I am lucky. Because God sent me you. And You my dear, you are my forever Valentine. 

 

 

 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Our Valentine's Mantle

Valentine's is one of my favorite holidays, even though my husband doesn't think that it is a real holiday. Blah. Blah. Blah...just give me all the chocolate covered strawberries okay? 

If you are like me, you love a good excuse to pull out some extra decor and have some fun. When it comes to holiday decor, I generally like to keep it simple and more to one area. Having a mantle now makes that easy to do and oh so fun! 

What I love about all of this is that it ALL cost me mere pennies really. Each item you see in our Valentine's decor comes from the dollar section at Target. That's right, I paid $3 each for that  wooden heart and cloth heart pictured below and maybe $5 for the banner last year. The cute wooden picture with the heart came from Kohl's and the "Be Mine" was purchased long ago! 

It's so easy to put together a simple but fun look for little money. Thanks to Target (and this isn't a sponsored post), you can get some adorable items! If you keep things simple with simple pieces, your look will be a classic. 

Hopefully this mantle gives you a little inspiration for your holiday looks! 

Hoping you have an amazing HOLLA-DAY of love! 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Our Home Christmas Tour

It's no secret that I love Christmas. It's also no secret that I love vintage and old with a touch of new charm within our home. But the two together and Christmas in our old home, is pretty much the best thing ever for me. 

This is our first Christmas in our new home, so it's been a process to see how things will work and look. One of the things that I wanted to achieve was an understated Christmas look that didn't require too much stuff, too many knick knacks and too much expense. I love adding charms of Christmas here and there, but I didn't want it to look like Christmas threw up in our home if you know what I mean. By the way, I totally LOVE homes like that - but in a smaller home, I just wanted it simple. 

I'm just like any woman really. I see other extravagant trees and kinda start brainstorming if mine is fancy enough. I see homes with beautiful outdoor decor and I kinda wish I had a little more. Why do we do that though? Comparison is evil y'all. It makes things so much harder and less joyful when you compare everything to others, especially within the squares of social media. I truly love our little Christmas Cottage, as I like to call it. While it isn't as fancy as some, it's perfect for me. 

I wanted nothing more than to sit back this holiday season and really live slowly within the moment. It's hard to find the slow pace in motherhood, especially during the holidays but in many ways I think I have achieved that. I wanted to do fun things with my children and I feel as though I have achieved those intentional moments that I wanted to. For some last minute fun ideas to do with your children, check out my Christmas Bucket List for Children

I won't lie though -  I have gotten overwhelmed a few times about all of this present business. I hate that part sometimes; I love giving but the stress that comes with it takes away from what this season is about. Again, comparison and perfection creeps up and starts to mess with you. Is your gift enough? Will they like it? Did you spend about as much as they did on you to make things appear equal? Ugh. Those things can get a bit stressful. That's when I say pop in a Christmas movie, bake some cookies and have a Christmas movie picnic! 

What do you enjoy about making your home Christmasy? What's your favorite thing to decorate or do? I think for me, this year my favorite thing was the mantle. Perhaps it's because I finally have a mantle to hang the stockings and a chimney for good ole' Saint Nick to come down. 

It's those simple joys that make me all giddy. 

Merry Christmas to all of you! Enjoy this season in your beautiful, cozy home.