Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. ~ 1 Peter 4:8
Recently I read “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. If you haven’t read it, or if it’s been a while (it’s an older book) this is the one that talks about the five ways of expressing love and the importance of finding out which is your primary love language and what the primary love language of the person to whom you’re trying to express your love is. The options are: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. I read it primarily as research in preparation for revising my contemporary romantic fiction novel, The Back Porch, but it also made me take a closer look at how I was expressing my love for my husband and my children. My primary love language is Acts of Service, which means that’s what I tend to do to show my affection for someone (whether that’s what they prefer or not!) and that’s what makes me feel most loved. I was reminded of this book yesterday, because Michael and the boys did something so wonderful, and I felt so loved – much more so than if they’d given me an expensive gift or spent all day telling me how wonderful I am!
They built a fence.
Boss, who joined our family at Christmas, is evidently part monkey. This big dog can climb a fence like a human climbing a ladder. So since his last escape a week ago he’s only been allowed out on a leash while we formulated a fence plan. Yesterday the guys went to Home Depot, filled the car with fencing material, and spent the rest of the day putting up a beautiful and sturdy fence. If Boss climbs this we might have to resort to something involving electricity, but I think this will solve the problem. So now I can let the dogs out to run in the backyard, where they chase squirrels, rabbits, and each other until they’re exhausted, and then they come inside and do this:
Happy Valentine’s weekend!! Don’t forget to drop by and visit Dianna for Saints and Scripture Sunday.