It was a typo. I was writing an email to my sister and I began it with “Hell, Melanie!”. I didn’t notice it, nor did she. When  she replied, I saw my original message, and my glaring mistake. What a difference one letter makes! Just the other day, something similar happened, only this time I caught the error before clicking “send”. I was trying to close my email to a friend by writing “Love, Valerie”. Instead, I wrote “Loved, Valerie”.  As I quickly backspaced the extra ‘d’, I realized that it was true. I am “loved Valerie”. I am loved by the Savior Who died upon a wooden cross to save my soul. I am loved by the person I was writing – what a joy! I am loved by my mom and dad (even though he’s in Heaven, I know he loves me) and my sister. I am loved deeply by my husband. I have five children who regularly say or do kind things to show their love for me. It thrilled my heart to count the people by whom I am loved. I love them, too.

I go through each day being really hard on myself. I mentally criticize my ability to be a wife and mother. I beat myself up for past sins and mistakes. I despise the way I look, especially my dress size. I analyze conversations after the fact and think how stupid I must have sounded. I even sometimes re-read blog posts and decide, that yes, it’s official: I’m an idiot.

It’s the truth, you know. I mess up a lot. I’m far from perfect in word, action, or appearance. But in spite of all of that, I am loved.

And so are you.

Loved and with love,


12 thoughts on “Loved, Valerie

  1. Mary says:

    This is a Loved post!! It’s so true. It’s also funny the mistakes that our brains and/or autocorrect make. My mom was writing to a friend while all of us kids were playing “funeral” in the living room. Her letter began :”To my dear dead friend ” Dead was underlined to boot!!! She never noticed until her friend called her a week later 😀


    1. Oh my soul! Now THAT is funny! 😀 Thanks the encouraging words.


  2. Debbie Hall says:

    Ad usual, your post was a joy to read. I see your personality shine in everything you write, and it is always a blessing. Thank you for reminding us with love that we are all loved, because I’m always beating myself up, also.


    1. Thank you so much, Debbie. ❤


  3. Carmen Gwin says:

    Your 2nd paragraph fits me to a tee~more than you will ever know. You are loved because you are an awesome person. Your writings give me great enjoyment. ~Carmen~


    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Carmen!


  4. Tori says:

    What a sweet post Valerie. I’m not sure why you beat up on yourself so much, I think you’re lovely inside and out!!


    1. Thank you very much, Tori. 🙂


  5. Carolyn Courtney says:

    You are definitely loved…and missed! I wish we could be together more.


    1. Thank you, Mom! I miss you, too.


  6. Melanie Pledger says:

    WOW! You have such a great memory. I don’t remember that e-mail. You are right, though, you are loved!!!


    1. I guess I remember because I was so embarrassed! 🙂 Love you!


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