Week 34 – I Know You Love Me Anyway

Let’s remember this:

People who love us, love us even though . . . (fill in the blank).

If I think about all the precious somebodies in my life who love me, I can say all these things with convicted truth in my heart:

I know you love me even though I start to fall asleep on the couch at approximately 9:15pm at night.

I know you love me even though you cringe when I start to sing.

I know you love me even though I’m not very good at keeping touch long distance and over time changes.

I know you love me even though housekeeping is not my forte.

I know you love me even though you give my kids more carpool rides than I give yours.

I know you love me even though sometimes the only way I can think to pay you back for a favor is with a chocolate cake.

I know you love me even though you’ve been the one listening to me gripe more than I’ve been listening to you – but I guess we know we’ll each get our turn. That’s the way life is.

I know you love me even though I don’t always have the perfect comforting words.

I know you love me even though you’ve had my family over for dinner way more times than I’ve had yours over.

I know you love me even though sometimes I lick the sugar crystals from the bottom of the bag of gummy-candy fruit slices and you tell me I’ve got a problem. I know this. I’m OK with it. And, apparently, so are you – because you do love me anyway.

I know you love me even though I experiment on you with new recipes – some of which turn out great, and some of which turn out really, really bad.

I know you love me even though I wear my hair in a pony-tail bun almost every day.

I know you love me even though my favorite zipper-hoodie sweatshirt is about a decade old and fraying at the edges. I love it, and you love me. It works for all of us.

I know you love me even though all these things and even more things – more awful and less awful. Little things and big things.

And I’m so grateful for you – each and every one of you that loves me anyway – with all my quirks and not-so-niceties, and faults big and small.

And I want you to know something:

I love you too.

The whole package.

Please remember that . I love you anyway and even though, and so does anyone that really, truly loves you.

You are loved and blessed and cherished.

And even if you and I have never met, if you come here to read every now and then, (thank you!), I know it’s true for you. And if you think about it, you know it’s true too.

Let’s all remember it, because that’s one of the most beautiful gifts of life. . .

That we all have somebody that loves us. . . anyway.

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Original heart tattoo drawing found here.

10 thoughts on “Week 34 – I Know You Love Me Anyway

  1. Thanks for another great post, and another beautiful reminder…..

    And I love you anyway… even though you don’t eat your Skittles the “right” way (in matching colored pairs, of course). Thanks for loving me even though I can’t cook my way out of a paper bag.

    🙂

    • Ahh, you may not be able to cook your way out of a paper bag, but you cook a mean chocolate pound cake!! And I do love you no matter what!

  2. Ok how’s this… You love me even though there might just be some loose-flying, balled-up diapers outside shattering windows in this storm with my baby’s name all over them and I love you even though you didn’t respond to my text!

  3. but what if we don’t? your post touched me deeply because i don’t. there have always been “conditions” attached since birth and that deeply wounded a little being that merely wanted to be loved and accepted for who she was. having recently been left after 25+ yrs of marriage by someone i thought was a soulmate i am once again remind of the fact that no one truely loves me. please don’t assum that because you are lucky enough to have people that do that that is the case for all of us. because it is simply not and to imply that it just reminds us of how alone and wounded wer are.

    • Hi Jacquie – Oh, my heart just sank to my toes when I read your comment. I’m so sorry if I have offended you. I really had no intent of that. You are right. I am very lucky, and the thing is, as I was clicking “post” on my draft, I thought about that. I thought, “I bet there are people out there who feel like there is no one out there who loves them unconditionally”. I wondered if I was assuming too much. But here’s the thought that enabled me to click the “post” button:
      I don’t want you to give up. There is someone out there who either does, or who will love you unconditionally. Maybe it’s someone who’s already there, or maybe it’s someone who’s going to show up someday soon. I really believe that. That is what I thought as I clicked “post” – that if there is someone out there that feels that way, that I hope against all hope that they find that person that does, or who will. I don’t know you, and I’m guessing we will never meet. But I will send you some love each night as I think about all the people in my little world who bless me with their love every day. So please know, I’m sending you a warm, best-girlfriend kind of hug, and hoping your path leads you to someone soon, who can hug you that way in real life. I am so sorry for reminding you of your wounds, and I hope that knowing there is a stranger far away who genuinely cares makes you feel a little bit better.
      xoxo –
      Sara

  4. I’ve tried to articulate this before–love is a deep affection for someone because of who they are at their core, not because of what they do or don’t do. You put it into words beautifully!

  5. Hi Sara. It’s your cousin Amy. I saw your Mom last weekend at my brother’s wedding open house and she told me about your blog. I don’t think I’ve seen you in 14 years, but I just wanted to say hello! I really liked this post. I have four kids, love to cook, and also have a blog. And now I live in Oregon. I think our youngest daughters are about the same age. I’ll stop by again.

    • Hi Amy! What a surprise! I’m glad you stopped by – let me know what your blog is and I’ll check it out too. You’re right – it’s been a really, really long time. I do hope all is well with you and your family!

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