In love

I am in love.

In love with this boy.

His smile. Those perfect lips. His long, straight lashes. That vanilla skin. The sparkle in his deep, dark eyes. His sweet giggle. His funny hair-styles that are birthed from days spent sweating in the tropics. The chubby little fingers that can often be found intertwined in miniature guitar strings these days.

I love that he loves music and comes alive when he’s given a guitar or a drum or a little piano. I love that he can’t hear music over the radio or on the stereo or on television without stopping whatever he’s doing and dancing… or just waving his little hand in the air as he gets his groove on.

I love that when he’s dancing–or jamming–he glances at me with a glimmer in his eye to make sure that I’m watching, approving, admiring.

I love that he is not only my boy but he is the son of my husband – my beloved, the man of my dreams, my Gift From Heaven.

I love that he is a part of me, that he is from me, that he represents the best of me.

I love that he is a part of us, that he is from us, that he represents the best of us.

I love that God trusts us enough, believes in us enough, to let us care for and shape such a precious being.

I love that he’s taught me how to be a mom.

I love that he’s teaching me how to love more, believe in myself more, and enjoy the small things in life more.

I love that he’s paved the way for our Newest Joy to enter the world and grow my belly–and our hearts–even more than we’ve already known.

I love that his guitar was a gift from my parents and that he sits in his “big boy chair” – a gift from Ryan’s parents. Four more of the extra special people in my life.

Yes, I love this photo–and all that it contains–for so many reasons.

In love, I am.

Dear friends, there is so much to love… I’ve only skimmed the surface here with this photo and its description. What are you in love with at the moment?

in love,

Linking up with the lovely Jhen:


adriel booker | the mommyhood memos | 2011
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About Author

Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • Kerry McCullough
    10 February 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Well, at this very moment, I'm in love with little Levi, too! He's going to be quite the lady killer– playing guitar shirtless with those deep, dark eyes 😉

  • Cory, Chelsea and Isak Bergman
    10 February 2011 at 3:09 pm

    What's not to love! Adorable picture! We must be on the same plan…our second will be about 20 months apart from Isak, due July 15th. We get to find out the gender next week. I am not patient enough to wait! And yes, I am a bit nervous too, but ever so excited.

  • Jhen.Stark
    10 February 2011 at 4:26 pm

    First of all, I LOVE THAT YOU LINKED UP!

    Second, I love how precious this photo is!

    And your reasons… I got teary-eyed this early morning reading it!

    "I love that he is part of me, that he is from me, that he represents the best of me." Ah- seriously heart piercing with just that depth of words! Goodness! I LOVE THIS OH SO MUCH!

  • Heather M
    10 February 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Such a Beautiful Post I love what Jhen loved" I love that he is part of me, that he is from me, that he represents the best of me." that qoute is just awesome!

    I love that God gave me a son, and he trusted me to raise him in his imagine.

  • Getrealmommy
    11 February 2011 at 4:03 am

    A very beautiful post. I think that I missed that you were expecting, until you invited me to be group on mom bloggers club, or maybe I knew but confused you with another blogger that I follow. When are you due?

  • adriel, from the mommyhood memos
    12 February 2011 at 1:17 pm

    oh rachel, i haven't been on mbc for aaaages. 🙁 and no, you haven't missed anything. i just announced my pregnancy a couple of days ago. (just the post before this one:) i'm due oct 7!

    chelsea, that is awesome. you can share your tips with me since you're a few months further along with two so close together!!

  • Ashley Sisk
    12 February 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I can see why you're in love – he is absolutely adorable in every way!

  • Sarah Halstead
    12 February 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Oh my goodness. So sweet!!

  • Mama Hen
    13 February 2011 at 3:07 am

    Oh this picture is beautiful! You have to frame it! So adorable! Have you tries Blog2print yet? It is fast and it is a great way to have a journal for your family. I did it and it came out so nice. I hope you are well my friend! Have a great weekend!

    Mama Hen

  • Jbenz
    13 February 2011 at 6:12 am

    wonderful photo, and a very moving description of just a smidgen of why you love him 🙂 very sweet.

  • Mayra
    13 February 2011 at 6:34 am

    Gorgeous picture and beautiful words to describe all the love. =)

  • Morgan B.
    15 February 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Oh my! I haven't caught up on you in a while and look at Mr. Levi! He is darling. What a great photo. No doubt you are in love with that boy. How can you help yourself?!


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