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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Eva Amurri Martino, Kyle Martino, and children Marlowe and Major Martino, cuddle together in bed wearing red pajamas for Valentine's Day

“Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby.  Ain’t nothing like the real thing…” One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite love songs (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell) that rings true for us Martinos this year more than ever! Love is something we all want, something we all celebrate, but something that I think we don’t always view for all its nuanced glory as accurately as we could.  I think sometimes we want the Love in its perfection– but not in its struggle, in its bad days, or in its raw truth.  The beautiful thing about Love is how powerful it is– Love really can push us to grow, learn, and change more than any other driving force. In reality, it’s the other side of the warm and gushy aspect of Love that actually serves us just as much.

Eva Amurri martino, Kyle Martino, and children Marlowe and Major Martino cuddle in bed wearing red pajamas for Valentine's Day in the master bedroom of their Connecticut home

Eva Amurri martino, Kyle Martino, and children Marlowe and Major Martino cuddle in bed wearing red pajamas for Valentine's Day in the master bedroom of their Connecticut home

At the beginning of the year, in my blog post about setting my intentions for 2018, I revealed that Kyle and I are doing couples therapy to better our relationship.  I said it then, and I’ll say it again now, that we haven’t been ashamed to admit that our marriage is at a phase right now where it needs to grow and change to accommodate the people we have grown in to.  Therapy has been such an interesting journey so far and we’ve been learning so much– especially how to communicate much better.  When I’ve been thinking about “Love” recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about that famous quote from Love Story: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” And I think that Love is really the opposite of that quote.  LOL.  Love DOES mean saying you’re sorry.  A lot.  It’s humbling, and grounding, and equalizing.  It pushes us and lifts us up– because it holds us accountable.  I love the song “Aint Nothing Like The Real Thing” right now because it echoes how I’m feeling.  It’s about being real, loving in a real way, and acknowledging that you’re choosing your partner because life is just better with the person that they really are.

Marlowe Martino snuggles up with brother Major Martino wearing matching red pajamas

Major Martino wears red pajamas in bed with his parents on Valentine's Day

Marlowe Martino laughs and wrestles with little brother Major in the master bedroom of their Connecticut home

Marlowe Martino laughs and wrestles with little brother Major in the master bedroom of their Connecticut home

It won’t come as a surprise to any reader of this blog, but I’m starting to really believe that the key to happiness is total, raw, unabashed Authenticity.  With ourselves and with everyone else.  Isn’t less exhausting (and more joyful) to just allow ourselves…to be ourselves? In the journey of Life, I choose “the real thing” every dang time.  So here we are, a real, imperfect family that is filled with a lot of love, a lot of commitment and respect, and a desire to grow together in the best possible way.  We are a work in progress– but, Baby, ain’t it beautiful.

Marlowe Martino laughs and wrestles with little brother Major in the master bedroom of their Connecticut home

Marlowe and Major Martino kneel at the foot of their parents' bed wearing matching red pajamas for Valentine's Day

Major Martino laughs in bed at home in Connecticut wearing red flannel pajamas for Valentine's day

I hope you have the most wonderful Valentine’s Day celebrating the loveliness of your most authentic self!

xoxo

The Martino Family

Marlowe and Major fall back in to the Master bed at home in Connecticut wearing matching red pajamas for Valentine's Day

 

Photographs by Courtney Ann Photography

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11 Comments

  1. Julie Hopkins says:

    Love is when you see @thehappilyeva has posted a new insta story!! I live for these stories. You are the cutest family ever, no exaggeration! You give your viewers the best of both worlds, Mommy hood, and a peek at your most beautiful side whether it’s a date night with Kyle or with friends. Please don’t stop posting, my routine now is a cup of coffee and a dose of your instagram. Have a great Valentines day!!
    Much Love
    Julie

    02.14.18Reply
    • Haha, thanks Julie! Those instastories have definitely become a big part of our routine as well 🙂

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  2. Stephanie says:

    Hi Eva! The reason that I love reading your blog is your authenticity and I think its such an important value that you share with your readers. Keep up all of the wonderful work you are doing on this blog, your business, and most importantly your family! Happy Valentine’s Day to the entire Martino fam 🙂

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  3. Lisa says:

    “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”💜

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  4. Christine says:

    I Love this. Such a beautiful family. Your instastories make my day too! New to your page and love going on it as a fun pastime. You go girl! Keeping being your awesome self! Love watching!

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  5. Mel G says:

    Aww, Major has teeth! Happy Valentine’s Day, Martino Family xx

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  6. Jess says:

    Just wanted to say “yes!” to this post. You go!

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  7. Olivia says:

    Truly love your blog. You have the best tips and tricks for mommies and i love your authenticity! Definitely one of the very best on instagram. Thank you! 😘

    02.20.18Reply