Who doesn’t love an entire month dedicated to love? I know I do. I’ve always been a big fan of Valentines. Even when I was single. It’s always encompassed more than just romantic love for me (although I’m definitely a fan of that angle!). I love celebrating LOVE and all the those that matter…all those that we love.

This morning I’m thinking about my dear cousin who at just 16 years old passed away on Friday. A sudden onset of flu, pneumonia, (and several other sicknesses) piled on top of a lethal staff infection was just too much for his mortal body. This poignant moment for our family definitely gives reason to pause…to reflect and to think about what matters most in life. With an ever busy schedule I can often become overwhelmed and stressed…forgetting to really take time out to enjoy those special moments with those we love the most. I want to try to be better at this. I want to be sure that all those I love and hold dear know it. And feel it.


We could all use a little more love don’t you think? A little more kindness. A little more caring and forgiving. More cherishing. That to me is what February is all about. LOVE.

February 1, 2013



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    February 4, 2013

    I’m sorry to hear about your cousin, that’s so tragic.

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    February 4, 2013

    Oh Merrilee! My heart just breaks for you and your family. I’m am keeping you close in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything at all that I can do to help you out. xo Ez

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    February 4, 2013

    That is so incredibly sad and unfair. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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    February 4, 2013

    I am definitely a believer in love and joy, even through our most difficult times. As someone who has lost family as well, I just want you to know that you are in my thoughts. I am happy that you believe in the power of love and joy still!

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    February 6, 2013

    i’m sixteen. i can’t imagine…
    i’ll try to be as kind and caring as possible this month
    sending lots of love to your family

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    February 11, 2013

    YUMMMMM! Now i need heart moulds!


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    February 11, 2013

    just read your words after seeing the pics and commenting and feel my comment was so inappropriate 🙁 I’m so so very sorry to hear about your cousin 🙁 Big hugs. xxxx

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      February 12, 2013

      Thanks Thea. And yes heart molds are the best! xo Mer


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