Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Not Just Another Blog About Love and Chocolate

Love is _________.

That's the question I've been posting all around for the last few days. The answers have been funny, sad, beautiful, and disturbing. These are the answers I received:
-a choice
-putting the one you love above yourself
-A baby in footie pajamas
-Pat Benatar stole my answer. 
-A warm bathroom on a cold morning.
-higher than a mountain, love it thicker than water. (Andy Gibb)
-Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. 
-It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Chor. 13:4-7
-for fools
-Love is! That says it.
-a mystery
-holding your newborn baby and knowing you are touching a little piece of heaven.
-looking into the eyes of the man you love and knowing that no matter what the circumstances he will always be right there by your side...forever!
-Old County Buffet's breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays.
-A bowl of Spumoni Ice cream
being the second person in bed, so it's already warm!
-what life's worth living for.
-Love is beautiful affections shared by pleasurable, entwined hearts.
-giving of oneself
-waking up in the morning with a husband, three kids, and the cat... all smooshed into our queen sized bed. :)
-the best feeling you could have for someone but when it's reciprocated it's extraordinary!
-terrifying, heart wrenching
-‎'da bomb!
-Work. But worth it.
-Love is what you make of it.
-Love is God, God is Love.
-having grand children.
-A choice...more than emotion.
-a committed relationship between 3 people: you, your significant other, and God!!!
-Jesus' nail-scarred hands.
-God reaching out to you and me through each other
-A deliberate decision to always do what is in the other person's best interest regardless of how you feel about it yourself.
-what makes life worth living.
-found complete only in Him...
-a smile
-baby feet.
-saying, "Let's eat out."
-a loaded topic.:)
-the most over used word in the human language.
-Intriguingly difficult
-the best kind of poison there is
-for romance writers
-the answer.
-what others feel from you.
-my children
-a four-letter word.
-what we make of it.

-about giving, not taking.
-Just that . . . Love IS :D
-caring about another person without wanting anything in return.
-Patient and kind. Well, the real thing is, anyway.
-your soul speaking to you daily...the poignant feeling you have for that very first love, hearing your baby's first cry, sharing a ----lifetime or in your parents' last touch.
-patient, sometimes very patient.
-A battlefield.
-Sacrificing your want/ needs for someone else...
-Unique! Has not boundaries, supports anything and everything, suffered
-Never ending. If it ends, it was never love to begin with.
-the power that moves the heavens, and the stars
-worth it
-alive and well around Valentine's Day!
-L.O.V.E is..... Live Once Value Everything
-growing, learning, changing...
-Beautiful, imperfect, and wonderful!
-harder than it looks on TV.
-when you wouldn't change a single thing however annoying because it's part of them.
-a beautiful thing that seems prefect 90% of the time
-my daughter
-Granting forgiveness even if seemingly undeserving!
-the ride of a lifetime!
-Within reach!
-(and then my favorite answer)..... If God is love, and then we are forced to redefine many of the emotions, affections, and cares we experience. We have to deal with something much larger and more divine than normally perceived. Alas to say that Love is the reason our universe moves and the earth spins. Love is the creating, giving, and refreshing force that only exists so that Love (God) may in fact be just that; that is Loving. We must struggle to find a way to love God’s way and not our way. It is our true calling and without Grace I see no success. However, it must be that in God’s purpose that we slowly in eternity choose Love over ourselves. This is what God intends that we love others as God loves and Love God for what God is. God is Love.

I've been thinking a great deal about love. That one little word is the reason God breathed life into the human race. That one little word is the reason I have four beautiful children. That one little word is how eternity can come at such a high price. That one little word is what so many long to hear yet forget they are surrounded by it. That one little word holds such meaning, and yet it's the most overused word in our language. I won't jump on THAT soap box... I'm guilty of this misuse, but I do love chocolate.

By the way, THIS is what we settled on for our Valentine's Day chocolate. We have named them Daniel Cookies. We used to have wonderful friends that would come have Friday fun nights at our house because my friend's husband worked on Friday nights. Cooking was a highlight.

Well, then we added all of this.
Who doesn't love giant kisses? 
Of course we had fudge, and we each were given a coupon 
for one batch of fudge to be made just for us. 
Neighbors bringing red velvet are always welcome!
Everyone was given their own pack of some favorites. Thanks, Nan!
Just for me. I am so loved!

Love. Let's define that a bit, shall we? I won't reinvent the wheel, so venture to Wikipedia. for a big definition. I'll just add the first few lines:
Love is an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment. Love is also a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection; and "the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another." Love may also be described as actions towards others (or oneself) based on compassion, or as actions towards others based on affection.

I won't go into the various types of love. You can google agape, philia, and eros on your own. You'll do it. It's a googling kind of moment. I won't tell you the details of my story. I'm single, my ex is still my friend, I've loved again and yet I'm still single. The end? Not a chance. Love keeps going. Love endures. Love has given me a blank page. That's a blog for some far off day, and I'll be happy to share it with you all.... whenever. God has a new story to write in my life as well as yours. Isn't it exciting to know our hearts were built to love? 

Love to me is a blank page... new each day. Your blank page is before you. Strive to make your story the best it can be.


  1. Greetings from a fellow Platform-Building Campaigner, and a big congratulations on your Friday Lunch! Good for you! I'm only 9000 words into my first WIP, so am in awe of anyone who has completed a book, and even more so got it out there.

  2. Really enjoyed this post. And the chocolate. Now I need to go find some...

  3. Vanessa,
    I really enjoyed reading this blog. What a wonderful and most creative idea asking what love it and putting it in your blog! Although I only know you through our writers group, I can honestly say that "I love you," made possible because of the love we find in Jesus!
    Thank you, my Christian friend!

  4. I think a baby in footie pajamas says it all. just looking at that has every one of those answers wrapped up in that perfect package. now excuse me while I go make some brownies. Yum!

  5. What a neat list of answer to the question Love Is ____. It just goes to show how multi-dimensioned love is. I think I liked the last one best too.