Valentine’s Day always gets me thinking about love and always reminds me of my mom. As a little one my mother used to sing the classic Stevie Wonder song “Isn’t She Lovely” as she tried to rock me to sleep, which was no easy task since I had colic as a baby. Sorry mom! Now every year on my birthday she calls to play it for me and I look forward to it each time. I know not to pick up the phone when she calls so I can hear the words echo over my voice mail. I replay it for weeks after because these lyrics get me every time.
“Isn’t she lovely
Isn’t she wonderful
Isn’t she precious
Less than one minute old
I never thought through love we’d be
Making one as lovely as she
But isn’t she lovely made from love”
This year my heart skipped a beat at the line “made from love”. The loveliness of his baby girl is born out of the love and devotion he has for his wife is so touching. She is a gift born from their relationship. Perhaps this resonates with me more since my husband and I are praying for our own wonderfulness born from our love, or perhaps it is because we are so often looking and searching for love in our society.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which has us inundated with messages about what love is. If we believe the commercials we would think that love is synonymous with expensive gifts. Yet, when we step back we know that love is consistency, it is hard work, it is devotion and service, it is tenderness and kindness, it is forgiveness and grace. So this year I thought I would celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing some of my favorite images that vividly display what love is. These families are far from perfect. They have flaws and frustrations yet they are pictures that remind me of how strong the bond of love is.
So this Valentine’s Day document true love, beyond the gifts and the glitz and the glam of the holiday and look at the beauty of toddler hands, teenage passions and marital devotion. See and celebrate the love around you. Oh and of course, don’t forget to document it!
P.S. a documentary session is a great gift for Valentine’s Day. Show the one you love why you love them with images that will last forever. Contact me today for a gift card or session. And if Stevie is now playing in your head too, you can hear his full recording of Isn’t She Lovely here. It is the perfect song to play for your little Valentine too.