The Summer of Love Series 2016: These are the little ways you say I love you #SummerLove16

Last week, on my ‘A Summer of Love’ poem, I launched a summer-long series of posts called ‘The Summer of Love’ and I now have a number of people who have come forward. If you would like to join them then please email me – – and I would love to have you on board. The love can be about your partner, husband or wife, the love for your children, your pets, your hobbies and, well, anything really! It can be a straight piece of writing or in poetry or photograph form. There is no specific day or time that I will be posting them as I would like to make it easy over the holidays but the series will run from now until the beginning of September. I will include links to your blog and social media channels.

Today, I would like to introduce you to one of the most kind-hearted bloggers I know. Louise from Little Hearts, Big Love has been on my blog read radar for some time now and she writes beautifully about her family. Her posts are always full of love. She is a full-time mum to two and one of her daughters, Jessica, was born with a half a working heart and has done so well despite all the odds. For her guest post, she has written a really beautiful poem. Please welcome Louise.

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This month I’ve been taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo – a writing challenge where you set your own writing target for the month. My aim this month was to write a poem a day – and the theme “Summer of Love” was the prompt to write this one about my husband.

These are the little ways you say I love you

These are the little ways you say I love you
The hot cup of tea when I’m tired and I’m grumpy;
The hand I can hold when life’s road gets too bumpy;
The phone call that cheers me up when I am blue:
These are the little ways you say “I love you.”

Getting up first so that I can lie-in in the morning;
The little compliments you pay me without any warning;
The way that you look at me and clearly admire the view:
These are the little ways you say “I love you.”

The times that you run me a hot bubble bath;
The jokes that you tell; the way that you make me laugh;
The shared history recalled and the memories we knew:
These are the little ways you say “I love you.”

That hug when I’m sad – you know just what I need;
The encouragement that helps spur me on to succeed;
The thoughtfulness you show in the small things you do:
These are the little ways you say “I love you.”

The times that you do the chores without me having to ask;
The way you see the person I really am under the mask;
With you, to myself I can always be true:
These are the little ways you say “I love you.”

The strength that you give me when life seems too tough;
The way you help make me feel better when I’m feeling rough;
When I’m falling apart, you provide me with glue:
These are the little ways you say “I love you.”

You work hard for our family; though you can’t always be there,
You try hard to let all of us know that you care;
Whatever life has in store, somehow we’ll make it through:
We’re a team, you and I – and yes, I love you too!

Where you can find Louise:

Summer of Love Series 2016

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  1. August 18, 2016 / 6:35 am

    What a beautiful poem! It sounds like they have a really special bond, which is wonderful to read. I always love reading Louise’s blog, even though her children are much younger than mine.

  2. August 4, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Beautifully done, Louise and what a tribute to your husband for all that he does for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your words with us and thank you Victoria for providing the venue for it 🙂

  3. July 29, 2016 / 9:59 am

    This poem is beautiful. It’s clear that you meant every word x

  4. Fran
    July 28, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    Louise, This is absolutely out standing and the poem is out of this world. I really enjoyed reading it and specially your poem I want to use it one day as a
    post and yes of course your name and brief introduction. Thank you dear.

  5. July 28, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    Thank you so much for your lovely intro and for featuring me on your series – it is lovely to join in and thank you for also providing me with such a great prompt for a poem too! 🙂

  6. July 28, 2016 / 9:39 am

    That’s really lovely, tender and heartfelt. It tells of a real partnership x

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