The Words In Your Heart

February 13, 2013 by  
Filed under current, Mothering Space


The words in your heart are important. What you want to say matters. The world needs you to put your love into words.

I’ve been thinking about this in my own life. Yes, I love my kids. Absolutely, I love my husband. And they know it.

But they can’t hear it often enough.

It feels so good to say it. It feels so good to see their faces light up when they hear it. And it feels oh so very good when I hear them say it to me. I want to surround my family with this tenderness, to raise my kiddos in an environment in which love is freely shared.

And it’s important, I’m finding, to be specific.

You really can’t go wrong with the classic and simple power of, “I love you.” It will always, always make the heart sing.

But sometimes you might be looking to go a bit deeper, to really get to the heart of the matter, as it were. You will find that there are other meaningful words that your heart also longs to share. Compliments you want to pay, observations you want to make. A million different ways to say, “I see you for who you are, and I love you for it.”

For inspiration write out, and then finish these sentences. You can do them for each member of your family, or choose a special prompt for that special someone.

  • My heart lights up when I see you ______________.
  • I notice how much heart and effort you are putting into _____________.
  • You mean the world to me because ____________.
  • One of the stories I always want to remember about you is _______________.

Then try slipping your completed sentences as love notes to your loved ones.

And then, I would so love it if you come back and share your story with us. What did this experience feel like for you? What was the response from your loved one(s)?

I’m going to do this for my family as well, so I’ll report back soon.

Happy note-making!

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Miki DeVivoHi, I’m Miki. I am a photographer, family history chronicler, and creator of The Book of Love. I create and tend spaces in which we can be truly seen and deeply loved. I am passionate about collecting and tending stories, capturing moments of everyday tenderness and beauty, and reflecting back to people the very best parts of themselves. Come share my story (and share yours if you like) at

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