In all of the fear that my wife and I have confronted over the past week, I want to share with you the word that has helped me. I have felt a need to describe the feeling in our home. The word that works for me is "cherish." We cherish our children, and we cherish each other.
I know that the children feel it too. In turn, I can see that, already at their young ages, they cherish one another, and us, as well. This verb feels right.
Of course we love one another. But "cherish" captures for me some of the care that we have for one another too.
Think of the people in your life whom you cherish... Isn't it somehow satisfying to say it?