Without pain I would not be here today in this house. I wouldn’t be surrounded by people that love me everyday in spite of myself. Love comes from life’s fire. When we are in that fire we have no idea that the ashes coming from it will build the love we want. The love we need. New growth comes from that devastation. Paths that were hidden are revealed. When I was younger… A lot younger all I wanted was someone to love me. I have a wife that loves me more than I could ever imagine. I have kids that love me. I never thought a hug could touch my soul until I had kids. They have taught me so much about love. Every day I want to be a better father. I want to be a better husband. I want to be a more loving person. Love is the ultimate Phoenix. It rises from the worst that life can throw at us. I draw these hearts every day to remind myself that I am loved and that I can be more loving.