“Hey, Sadie,” Logan says suddenly as he and his sister sit at the kitchen island, waiting for me to make them breakfast. For Logan, it’s his favorite Saturday waffles made from ground nuts, and for Sadie, it’s gluten-free Chex. Try as I might, I have not been able to wean her from grain. “Sadie, I have to tell you something,” he says urgently.
“What?” Sadie asks, turning her big blue eyes onto her big brother.
“I love you.”
Sadie grins at Logan.
“Does that fill your bucket?” he asks. I know his class has been reading “How Full is Your Bucket?” at daycare, and as a teacher, to me, nothing is more awesome to me than seeing kids apply their lessons outside of school. And of course, the fact that it’s such a sweet lesson is awesome, too.
“It fills my bucket!” I say.
Sadie picks up on this, even though her toddler room hasn’t read the book. “Logan, I love you,” she laughs. “Mommy, I love you!”
“I love you, too, Mom!” Logan shouts happily.
It’s funny how the heart can ache with happiness just as it can with sadness. I kiss both my kids and thank them for being my best Valentines ever.
Feeling: Like a bucket full of love
Lovely Almond Butter Cookies
We made these this weekend for Jason’s birthday (thanks to my friend Nell for the gift of a few jars of almond butter!), and they were delicious. The kids didn’t even mind not having cake.
- 2 cups almond butter
- 2/3 cups honey
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp coconut flour
The dough is quite sticky; rub coconut oil on your hands as you work with it!