Family, Love

Almost Wordless Wednesday

The Famous Garnet Ring
What once was lost, now is found.
“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’” 
Luke 15:8-9
Tomorrow, I’ll tell you their Hallmark-worthy story.
Love, Remembrances, Valentine's Day

Be My Valentine

Remember these? 

I have lots of good memories of making Valentine boxes, then choosing and signing cards for school parties. (I crafted a box during the snow this year!) I wonder if my mother emphasized that process to keep me from thinking only of myself on Valentine’s Day. You see, it’s also my birthday.  

Don’t get me wrong, Mother was a master at making me feel like a sweetheart on my birthday. For as long I can remember, she baked a heart-shaped cake and sometimes cupcakes in pans bought especially for the occasion. I always awakened to presents in fancy wrapping paper. My childhood was sweet. I felt cherished.


My earliest birthday memory involves family and neighbors gathering under crepe paper streamers in our basement—maybe my 4thbirthday. (It had to be an early celebration because shortly after we moved there, a ground water problem turned that basement into a soggy last-stop-before-the-dump-place for castoffs.)

As an adult, I came to understand that some people hate Valentine’s Day. Men dread not “getting it right,” and some women feel left out and forgotten. One of the sweetest expressions of friendship I experienced was when one of those anti-Valentine’s Day people sent me a Valentines. She knew I loved the day. I haven’t lived in her state for over 30 years, but I always think of Nancy this time of year. I mailed her a card Wednesday.

I have a story or two I could file under Worst Valentine’s Day Experiences. But overall, I’ve come to associate the occasion with loving and being loved. I find joy in picking out cards to send to family and friends. Please accept my heart-felt wishes for a day filled with love, joy and friendship!
I picked out this card out just for you!

… that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love,  … may know the mystery of God,

namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Col. 2:2-3

Anniversary, Love, Love Notes, Marriage

Love Notes

Have you written a love note lately? Or received one? I don’t mean one of those beautiful cards you pick up at Hallmark or Walgreens—although they are nice. I’m talking about an honest-to-goodness love note, scratched out in your own hand – a missive declaring your heartfelt affection for someone in your life.

Kinda sweet, even with the misspellings, huh?


Love Notes are on my mind because on July 7, I celebrated 39 years of marriage to the love of my life , and I received one. Short, but definitely a love note! It touched my heart.

Our anniversary is always an important day, but some years we celebrate bigger than others. This time we agreed to keep it to cards and dinner out. No big gifts. We’re going to the beach soon. That will be enough.

We exchanged cards at breakfast and later looked through some old pictures. Terry posted one of us from 40 years ago on Facebook, which I also shared. Over dinner that evening, we related to one of our sons and his sweetheart how we met, got serious too fast, took a break and became best friends before realizing we loved each other enough to want to spend the rest of our lives together. They were appropriately attentive and impressed. Our day was sweet.

But back to that love note. This man, who will tell you he finds conventional romantic gestures a bit uncomfortable – although he always observes them – shines brightest  when it comes to more unconventional expressions of love. (Someday I’ll tell you about the love note he wrote me on the lawn.)

Here’s this year’s anniversary card in all its hand-lettered glory.


It was perfect!    Or as we say in our family, “Just Right!”

Did it put a lump in your throat? It does in mine, every time I read it. Definitely deserves a mat and frame.

You might ask me, as the aspiring writer, if I composed a love sonnet or poured out my heart to him in beautiful prose.

Short answer: No.

I depended on one of those greeting cards I mentioned earlier to do it for me – mostly because I get stuck on the overall effect of the card instead of the essential message. The sentiments are very important — I  spend a lot of time finding just the right one. But I want it to be completed with the perfect illustration.

And I am not an artist. Stick figures are hard for me.

I found a card this year that said exactly what was in my heart.

Here it is: 


I love it because it’s still true after all these years!

But now I’m thinking it might have been the lazy way out for this lover of well-turned phrases. Next time, I shall pen my own love message.

But why wait?  Who says there has to be a special occasion to tell the important people in our lives that we love them? 

Gotta go now!

I have a note to write.
How about you? Is there someone you could delight today? It doesn’t have to be limited to a sweetheart. There are many important people in our worlds.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach …  Elizabeth Barrett Browning