show love week

I have a tender heart. This I know. A sensitivity to human stories, stories that bend my compassion in all sorts of ways. I also have a chronic tendency to romanticize. I am a believer in grand gestures; as in action and intention over money spent. That is how I show love.

Love isn’t a performance for others to see. It is sending Derek postcards through snail mail. Love notes. Stacks of them through out our years together. It’s Derek taking the time to learn my favorite Damien Rice and Bright Eyes songs on the guitar to sing to me once the kids are asleep. You learn your value not by what a person says to you or gives you but by how they make you feel.

There is a need for our homes to be more about love instead of this idea of portraying love to those outside our homes. It is easy to gift something; it is much harder to take time to show our families sincere love through service.

Love week is practically here! Is it a tad too commercialized for my taste? Yes. So, I am going to try something new. I am going to have us all draw names (except Wren)  for this week and have us do service for that person. Maybe you could pick a friend in your life to aid this week so that we can do this together…

Love is seeing the ugly parts of each other, to go beyond what’s pretty and perfect. You’ve got to love deep. There are a lot of scary possibilities when it comes to love. For me death is a scary prospect of love and loss but I guess that’s why I am here. To be the mother of truth, the mother of love, the mother of feeling, the mother of overcoming.

Happy love week y’all

16 Comments
  • Sandie Tillotson
    Posted at 18:28h, 11 February Reply

    I love – LOVE – thank you for sharing Kenzie! Love you !!

  • Bernadette
    Posted at 18:31h, 11 February Reply

    This was really sweet, it’s a nice reminder of what love is supposed to be. It’s not just about the big gestures it’s also about the small things!

  • Loralie Shupe Latour
    Posted at 18:33h, 11 February Reply

    What a beautiful post! It really spoke to me on a soul to soul level. I don’t think you and your family realize the positive impact you are having on the world. It has been an absolute joy to witness your journey so far. I can’t wait to see what happens when you actually start to travel the world. Thank you for sharing parts of your story with us. You make the world a better place. Blessings to you and those you love today and always.

    • m'kenzie tillotson
      Posted at 18:36h, 11 February Reply

      Thank you for saying this! Some days I debate with myself on whether I should put my family so publicly on display. Then a message like this makes me feel like it is worth it. XOX

  • Stephanie Leigh Maratea
    Posted at 18:37h, 11 February Reply

    I relate to each word; I LOVE L-O-V-E. In every form. My love language are equally distributed between quality time, gift giving & words of affirmation; it sounds like your would be similar. Those are the purest & most genuine ways to show your love…. Handwritten notes, thoughtful kind gifts, singing songs. No store bought gift (despite what commercials and society tells us) could ever compare. Thanks for this reminder that love needs to be given by touch, words, and quality time instead of through monetary gifts. 100% spot on.

  • Stephanie Leigh Maratea
    Posted at 18:40h, 11 February Reply

    ” Enjoy the little things in life… For one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things” -Robert Brault

    How true.

  • Lourdes
    Posted at 18:43h, 11 February Reply

    Great entry. Lots of compassion that people like to pass on. I love your idea. Love others and do what you can to help. Thanks for sharing. I too hate the commercialism of every holiday. I saw Easter and Valentine consumables out at the same time just as Christmas items where I discount.

  • Kristján Kristjánsson
    Posted at 19:15h, 11 February Reply

    Love is all you need ?

  • Kathleen HERRGOTT
    Posted at 19:23h, 11 February Reply

    You remind people a truth that a lot have the tendency to forget in this world full of selfishness. Being centered on ourselves is easy. But what when it comes to love?
    Love is not being satisfy, oh no. The real love, is sacrificial and means to satisfy others. When members of a family get this, I’d say they gained more than the understanding of Love; they gained wisdom. And wisdom, in the eyes of God, gives life 😉
    Thank you for using your popularity in the best possible way M’Kenzie! Wish I was part of your year trip as your kids’ nanny to get to know you and Derek and the kids more and to enjoy the company of amazing and real people! Who knows, maybe I’ll be part of the qualified ones and you’ll call me 🙂
    Much blessings, Kathleen HERRGOTT.

  • Vanessa Soles
    Posted at 20:15h, 11 February Reply

    Your words reside so deep within me. Thank you for being who you are and speaking words so many need to hear. You ARE making a difference, a huge one at that.

    Sending much love and positivity!!

    <3

  • Bronwen
    Posted at 21:22h, 11 February Reply

    Just beautiful! Thank you for the sharing your heart x

  • Debra clem
    Posted at 22:06h, 11 February Reply

    Super lovely words , I will also do this , thanks ??

  • Rachel
    Posted at 04:37h, 12 February Reply

    <3 <3 <3 <3 Beautiful.

  • Christina Tower
    Posted at 07:47h, 12 February Reply

    It is so refreshing to see you using your platform to promote healthy things that matter. Thank you for being a positive voice of light in the sea of negativity and darkness. My favorite thoughts on love are that “love is an action not just a feeling” (though the feeling part is nice). Also, that “love seeks the highest good for the other person.” It sounds like we have similar definitions.

    I’m not sure if you have read or agree with the 5 Love Languages, but it sounds like your love language is acts of service with possibly words of affirmation as your secondary (just a guess from the love notes).

    If you enjoy studying interpersonal relationships, or even just the topic of love, it was a great read and has definitely impacted how I give love to others. I have become “more fluent” in the other languages so the love I give can be received in a more meaningful way.

    • m'kenzie tillotson
      Posted at 22:29h, 12 February Reply

      I did read that book, it was a few years ago however. I think my top love language was quality time! I wonder if it has changed over the years…maybe I should re-take the test!

  • Rachel Shelton
    Posted at 14:50h, 12 February Reply

    This is so perfect, and so beautifully written.

    (Also, I love that you love Damien Rice and Bright Eyes. That alone fills my heart)

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