The Friday Five: my Valentines


One of the things I took away from our Simple Living Media reader survey last month (and there were many take-aways, thank you for your honest comments and constructive criticism) is that I could be more open and share more about my family and my personal mothering journey here on the blog than I have been. 

That’s not always easy for me, discussing the more personal things in public, as I tend not to talk about myself much and am kind of reserved except to my closest friends.  It is part of my INFP make-up, I suppose.

Still, I realized, a bit to my embarrassment, that while I talk about them often here on the blog, I have never actually introduced my family to Simple Kids readers.

So, for today’s Friday Five I hope you’ll indulge me as I want to do something a bit different and share with you my five Valentines – giving them a public declaration of love and letting you get to know me and my family a little bit better.


My Valentines

1. Christopher is my husband and we’ve been together for a long, long time.  Eighteen years ago this week, as a matter of fact, we began dating.  We will celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary this July.  He works in the finance industry (so when I mention tax season and how hectic things get for our family during the month of April, you’ll understand) and he’s a big sports fan as well as a history buff and an avid reader.  We grew up fifteen minutes away from each other, but we didn’t meet until we were in college.  Sometimes I write him poetry.

2. Jillian is our oldest daughter and she is eleven years old and in the fifth grade.  She’s outgoing and creative and, unlike her mother, is a social butterfly.  Right now she’s very into paint by number kits, making stop motion animation movies, Lego, and baking.  She also loves to read and is currently on a Greek mythology kick.  She’s also a big fan of superheros and comic books, with DC Comics being her favorite.


3. Max is our son and he is six years old.  He recently lost both of his top front teeth and asked me if I thought the Tooth Fairy might bring him his drivers license.  Max is quieter, the most thoughtful of my children.  He’s always been more of an old soul, even as a baby.  Max is very interested in animals.  His favorite TV show is Wild Kratts.  He loves building toys like Lego and Erector sets. He also loves superheros and comic books, but is partial to Marvel (we are a house divided, it seems).

4. Lucy is four years old and is excited to turn five and start kindergarten.  She wants to do everything her older brother and sister are doing.  She’s the Little Mama of our family, always at my side and enjoys being included in household tasks, cooking, and taking care of her baby sister.  She loves baby dolls, horses, and the color purple.


5. Amelia is 18 months old.  My pregnancy with her was my most difficult and she is my only baby to have been colicky.  When she was nine weeks old, I got pretty sick for almost six weeks and that experience left me feeling fragile and fearful and in a depressed state for many months afterward.  We’ve been through a lot together, she and I.  I feel like I’m just starting to get my mojo back and it helps that her sunny, vibrant personality has been emerging, too.  My earliest walker, my earliest talker, yet still nursing like a newborn at times and most happy when she’s in my arms, observing the world.

So, there they are:  my Valentines.  The five people who matter the most to me in this world, and without whom all the rest of it really wouldn’t matter all that much.

I hope you and your Valentines have a wonderful weekend!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. Awww. I love this, Kara! Thanks for sharing a little peek into your family life :)
    Also, raising my hand as a fellow INFP :) And mom of 4 :)
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  2. What a great post! And such a beautiful family, thank you for sharing them with us all. I have a 3yr, 2yr, and 9month old and just started following you on IG. Many times I giggle that your crew/craziness is so similar to my own!!

  3. Yes, lovely – each and every one of them!!
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  4. Love seeing the intro to your valentines. <3
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  5. What a lovely family you have, Kara! Your children have so many of the same interests as mine. I too had a colicky baby, and then injured my back and couldn’t carry him for weeks, in the middle of his screaming phase. It left me drained, too. I look back at the time and still wonder how we survived. But, we did, and he’s grown to be calm and cheerful. Whew.
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    • “drained” is a very good way to describe it – here’s to survival and making it through to the easier, gentler days! :-)

  6. Thanks for sharing your beautiful Valentines Kara, I feel like I know you better for it-
    Happy belated Valentine’s Day
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  7. You are great at sharing! Keep it up. I loved learning about your family.

  8. Oh what a beautiful post!!! Valentines indeed – your love shines through!!!
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  9. Thank you for sharing. My first just turned six months and I am really looking forward to knowing him better as he develops into a young boy. It’s fun to see the personality differences among siblings, and I get more excited about adding to our family the more I hear about other big families.

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