Mommy, I love you!


Sarah, my 4-year-old, has this quirky habit of blurting, “Mommy, I love you!” or “Daddy, I love you!” at random moments throughout the day. By our estimates, she does it 20 times or more every day. It’s endearing and pretty darn cute, but sometimes it causes consternation. Is this blurting appropriate? If she were saying something else, would we be worried?

So, I started paying careful attention to when she says it. After about a week of noting the times and locations, I’ve noticed a few things. Some of them still seem random; she just has to get that out there. Some of them are very deliberate. If I am stressed, if we are hurrying to get somewhere, if I’ve just lost my temper with one of her siblings (or with her), if I’m exceptionally cranky, Sarah gets in my face and says, “Mommy, I love you.” Every single time. Please read the rest here.



  1. Lori B says

    Nothing to do with your article, but my husband does the same to me! He calls them ‘love burps’- the love wells up and he just can’t hold it in :)

  2. Moira says

    Elizabeth, that is truly wondrous. She knows (perhaps not on a conscious level) that love can turn a person–and the world–around. Good job, momma.

  3. Carly Winborne says

    Please, never stop writing, sharing your heart, ministering the way you do. This is so lovely. After a springtime filled with sidelines (both baseball, softball and ballet!), I observed many mothers completely oblivious to this truth. And it burdens me! I can only imagine what their homes are like! You surely are a shining example for all those watching and learning from you.

  4. Andrea B says

    I’m so glad you wrote this. My nearly 4- yr old son says, “Mommy, I love you!” whenever he is getting tired (almost naptime or bedtime) or if he cannot see me for a period of time (I’m in another room etc). When my husband is home from work, he’ll give his “I love you” shout out to both of us. So sweet! Oh, and of course, we always say back that we love him too!

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