Pure Valentine Sweetness

After our bizarre experience last week, our family has been set on our feet again.

lollipop 1 girl wrinkle nose smile

My kids are more aware now that “bad” people exist — people who are inexplicably mixed up, selfish, and twisted.

That was just a stranger, though…
The capacity to inflict much deeper hurt lurks inside even the “best” of us, even when our intentions are only to be loving.

lollipop 2 girls close up

Normal people, I think, have at least a vague awareness that others around them carry unseen burdens. When an injury is easily identifiable — visible and straightforward — it can be a doorway to enter someone’s life in a good way and wrap them up in some extra love.

The last several days, people have crawled out of the woodwork to meet this ripple in our security with incredible acts of kindness…
strengthening words…
just remembering to check on us.

It helps with the less visible injuries, too.

Even with the support, I’ve needed to wash this all away somehow — the cigarette the thief left on the van floor, the empty wrapper of my son’s Twix bar that our fugitive took from my purse because he was hungry, and the memory of police dusting my stuff for his fingerprints.

My poor husband and sons have watched our house get washed over in an uncharacteristic abundance of pink, frilly, ruffly, sugary hearts and flowers.

Pure Valentine sweetness. It’s not so bad after all.

lollipop 7 heads together

Gracious words are… sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
(Proverbs 16:24 NIV)

lollipop 3 girls big eyes

“Don’t avoid the things that make you feel afraid…”

lollipop 9 in front of mouth

Where there is no guidance the people fall,
But in abundance of counselors there is victory.

(Proverbs 11:14 NASB)

lollipop 10 smile behind

“Go back to the Ezra study…”

…turn your ear to my words… they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
(Proverbs 4:20-22 NIV)

lollipop 8 sad


lollipops 4 boy

From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled…
(Proverbs 18:20 NIV)

“…and your appetite will come back.”

lollipops 5 boy wishing

Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.
(Proverbs 15:22 NASB)

“It is not clinically diagnosable…”

lollipop 11 wide eyed

“…to think coincidental events might be spiritual.”

lollipop 12 silly

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
(Proverbs 12:25 NIV)

lollipop 13 messy face

“Don’t let opposition stop you…”

lollipops 14 red tongues

“…but get back up and do what you’re called to do.”

lollipops girls looking at each other

Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart… good news gives health to the bones.
(Proverbs 15:30 NIV)

2 Responses to “Pure Valentine Sweetness”
  1. david wolfe says:

    great post debbie sorry for your pain but you seemed to have moved through it sucessfully i understand to a limited degree i too have bee in much pain misery great idea how tomake your children recover quickly praise god for wise parents i am negotiating my troubled waters god bless you all i am steady getting better now it was not an easy road i was thrilled to see my son visit his old man at least now i can say i am getting better keep growing consider all applications of your wisdom wow what a treasure to have

  2. Emily says:

    absolutely precious pictures!!! I still shiver to think of what you have gone through. Glad you are infusing some sweetness into your home….