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Day 336: lovemore monday :: home

3 Dec

As you know, I entered this year determined to be fearless. But, I don’t want more fear or less in my life.  I want more love.  So I made up a new word, lovemore!   That’s why Lovemore Mondays are here.

Today’s Lovemore Monday is a song about home.

As in, we don’t have one yet. 

Which is probably why this song brought me to a heaving, gasping, mess of tears the first time I heard it months ago while driving in my car.

Hold on, to me as we go
As we roll down this unfamiliar road

I couldn’t figure out who sang it. I caught the song on the radio and the DJ never again announced who the artist was that sang this melody that cut straight to my heart.

And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Once I finally found out the name of the American Idol who sang the song that whispered to me through the radio one night, I could never remember if his name was actually Stephen Stevens or Phillip Phillips.

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear

That’s really only because my step-brother’s name is Phillip Stephens and somehow it got lodged into my brain that they shared the same name — except I can never remember which one.

Is he a double Stephen or a double Phillip?

The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Which is why on our long drive from Florida back to Massachusetts last week, as we battled broken radiators, fuel gauges and a traumatic tire, I squealed with delight when the song found me again on the road.

“I love this song!” I said as I turned up the radio.

“Who sings it?” Justin said.

Steven Stephens,” I said with total confidence. Then the radio DJ came on and scolded me. It was Phillip Phillips — of course.

It didn’t matter who sang it in the moment, I just recognized the song when I heard it.

And I suppose that’s what makes “home” so special. No matter what you call it or where it is, you always know it when you see it, feel it, taste it or smell it.

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Even though we haven’t yet found our “forever home” I know “home” is really something that can’t be placed or seen. It’s already there.

It’s lodged somewhere between the memories we make on Christmas morning, the sleepy silence at breakfast on Monday mornings, the giggles after a fight, the wiping away of tears, the pep talks after a lost game, the phone that rings too late at night or too early in the morning.

It’s found in the space between every day and never before.

A place that resides deep inside our hearts.

And that’s why, on this Lovemore Monday…
I. Love. It.

And …here’s that song I love too (sung by Phillip Phillips in case you didn’t remember!):

Day 329: lovemore monday :: we’ve only just begun

26 Nov

As you know, I entered this year determined to be fearless. But, I don’t want more fear or less in my life.  I want more love.  So I made up a new word, lovemore!   That’s why Lovemore Mondays are here.

Today’s Lovemore Monday is a love story called We’ve Only Just Begun.

As in, moving. 

It has nothing to do with Cyber Monday.
Today has been more like Manic Monday, because:

  • The storage unit is now empty.
  • The car is full.
  • We are packed.

Even though we have yet to pull the car onto the highway and head north, I feel like our journey is already underway.

Most important:
I feel like Justin and I are closer and more connected from this trip than ever before.

And I have known this man since I was seventeen!
But never before have I been more impressed with his ability to:

  • deal with uncertainty
  • pack a car “Tetris Style”
  • deal with my constant stream of questions
  • be unwaveringly flexible in the midst of a small, mini car crisis
  • problem solve through our small, mini crisis
  • choose really great music for this long, long drive
  • make me laugh and giggle all along the way

And we’re only half way there, the driving starts tomorrow.
We’ve only just begun. 

I guess I like thinking about our relationship in those terms too.

Sure, he’s seen me through some of my biggest fears:

  • surviving cancer
  • surviving a divorce
  • too many cross country trips to name
  • swimming with sharks
  • rafting the Grand Canyon
  • moving

But he’s seen me through some of my best times too:

  • surviving cancer
  • surviving a divorce
  • too many cross country trips to name
  • swimming with sharks
  • rafting the Grand Canyon
  • moving

We’ve done it all together.
And it still feels like we’ve only just begun.

And that’s why, on this Lovemore Monday….
I. Love. It.

Day 204: lovemore monday :: for the birds

23 Jul

As you know, I entered this year determined to be fearless. But, I don’t want more fear or less in my life.  I want more love.  So I made up a new word, lovemore!   That’s why Lovemore Mondays are here.

Today’s Lovemore Monday is a love story for the birds.

Today, while walking through the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago, after our Women on Fire Tea, I stopped in my roller-suitcase tracks and looked up at this beautiful fountain.

It seemed so regal, this bird ascending to the skylight above.

Art. Beauty.
Take my breath away breath of fresh air.

It made me wonder — how often do I blindly walk by these installations of art, these public nods to beauty, these aspirational moments to pause?

As I looked closer I noticed it wasn’t just one bird, but multiple birds — each standing on another’s back.

Then, the concierge pointed out the birds were also in the bas relief wrapping all the way around the room high up above.

It occurred to me — maybe the birds weren’t standing on each other’s back…
Maybe they were lifting each another up.

And, isn’t that always the case when it comes to the wind beneath our wings?

We never really fly alone do we?

And, that’s why, on this Lovemore Monday…
I. Love. It. 

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