That isn’t the word I was referring to! Shame on you! Instead it’s a word we all love to hear and say. The Four Letter Word We All Adore.

LOVE

The Four Letter Word We All Adore

I was going to write about something else today, but I changed my mind. Instead I wanted to tell you that ‘I Love You!’

No, it’s true! I love you!

We probably don’t know each other. We have probably never met in person. But, that is okay! I truly love you and I had a feeling you needed to hear that!

There is so much negative going on in the world today on the news and social media. It’s everywhere. So, I thought this was a good time to express how much I love you, for what it is worth.

Anyway if you need to hear it today, I am your gal.

You know what else I love?

I love the sitcom ‘Mama’s Family’. I know, I know! It is the most annoying show on earth, but it reminds me of my grandma. She used to love watching it with me when I was a kid. It personally was not my favorite, but I loved seeing her laugh and smile, so it became my favorite and somewhat of a tradition. Now I annoy my own kids by watching the show!

I love the little old lady walking out of our local Piggly Wiggly. She reminds me of my maternal grandmother. She only has three items in her buggy; a cake mix, frosting and eggs. But, I have a sense she bought those items for someone special. As I watch the little old lady walk by, I wonder if her favorite four letter word is “$hit” too! My grandmother’s was. If you corrected her and told her to stop cussing she would reply with: what, everyone has to do it!

She had a point….

I love Cracker Barrel in the late afternoon. You can catch a lot of travelers and tourists passing through. I love traveling, so I love guessing where everyone is going and where they have been.

I love Sandra. She is a sweet Southern woman that became a widow way too early with two small boys. But, every time you talk to her you would never know it. She gives hope and makes you realize that life can throw curve balls everyday, but it’s how we react to them.

I love Lesley. Lesley is a nurse that loves her job so much that she goes over and beyond for her patients every single day. She holds their hands and prays for them. She reminds us of what care-taking and loving others is all about.

I love Jennifer. Jennifer is a sweet woman that has seen “life happen” over-and-over again in her profession and in her personal life, but she refuses to give into the heartache. Instead, she lets God lead the way and always lets Him use her to help others. I want to be more like Jennifer.

I love Mary. Mary is a mother of two and a wife that almost died from depression. Her fight and zest for life is addictive. She is an inspiration for all, including myself. I am in awe of her and her heart!

I love the person who told me I would never make it in the performing arts profession. It fueled my fire. I made it. And I had a good run at it too. So there’s that!

I love the person who didn’t believe in me enough, so they fired me. I love fresh smelling laundry. I love the Smoky Mountains. I love my Southern Heritage. I love the smell of antique stores. I love making old things new again. I love my Farmhouse and the people in it. I love family get-togethers. I love fig preserves.

I love my friends and family who have believed in me enough to push me to do what I do now as a career. If it wasn’t for them, you wouldn’t be reading this.

I love sarcasm and humor. I love laughing and being silly. I love making people smile. I love telling jokes. I love embarrassing my children! Yep, you read it right! I live for it!

I love my Father and his drive to do better and be better. I love my Mom for always reminding me of my worth. I love my sister for showing me how to not judge another.

I love my maternal grandfather. He showed me how to love unconditionally, with no strings attached. I love my paternal grandfather. He showed me how to love my own children. I love my three nieces and three nephews. They taught me a whole other level of love. I love my in-laws. They remind me that God is always in control and love is unconditional. I love being a sister-in-law. It’s taught me how to be a family.

I love being a great aunt! I admitted it! I LOVE BEING A GREAT AUNT! Even though, technically, I am not old enough to be one, I will take one for the team. 😉

I love Cades Cove. I love the Biltmore Hotel and the Biltmore Estate. I love Disney. I love the smell of Disney. I love the way Disney makes me feel. I love music from the 50s. I love Old America. I love visiting Israel.

I love history. I love the Victorian Era. I love watching period pieces and I am fascinated by English royals. I love learning more about my ancestors and bloodline.

I love learning, learning anything and everything about history. My husband laughs and calls me a nerd quite a bit, but humors it all the same.

I love my church family. I love my Pastor and his wife. They have taught me how to believe in myself and the calling God has on me.

I love people that make me feel “normal”. I love “me too’ people. You know the type. The type of people that when you tell a crazy or weird story about yourself to, they say: Me too! That has happened to ME TOO!

I love non-judgmental people. I love talking to people and getting to know their stories even though I am an introvert. I know! Weird, huh?

I love the fact that my life has sucked at times, but that is okay! It’s made me who I am today!

I love my kids. They taught me to always expect miracles. I love Chris. He was the first encounter of Jesus I saw in my adult life.

I love God with an agape love! Without Him I wouldn’t be here!

The Four Letter Word We All Hold Dear

The world needs more of this four letter word. The world could use a dose or two everyday, at least.

Maybe it’s my heart condition talking, I don’t know. Maybe it’s the many near death experiences I have had the last ten months. But, no matter the reason, I especially wanted to tell you about my favorite four letter word. And as you can see by all the things I love, I truly adore it.

So incase you need to hear it today….

Well. You know the rest.

Until next time…

~xoxo

Mandi

The Four Letter Word We All Adore

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