In our house we always called in Valentiney's day ~ the nickname my daughter Abby gave it! She was tiny and it made more sense to her that way. We were all each other's Valentines back then, of course Daddy was the epicenter of our greatest attention. He, the sweetest, the handsomest, the charming prince of the house hold was the desired Valentine of both of our affections! :)
We decorated the house with heart shaped candle holders with red candles inside and got flowers and cards and chocolates and gave family hugs. It was mostly like many other days. Our home was always filled with love and family hugs, if not flowers and candles, certainly the chocolates!
Now our daughter is grown and on a path of love all her own. She still loves us, and in a very special way her daddy, who she tries to run and jump into his arms though she is nearly his size! They are adorable together and jealousy had never tugged at my heart only smiles at the corner of my mouth for the joy they bring me in the pure delight they share in each other's company.
For there is pleny of love to go around in our household and now that Abby is grown and on her own, the nest does not feel empty, though we miss her, but fuller somehow with a rich type of love that is just my hansome guy and I. A love that has weathered many storms, financial, health challenges, illness, sorrow and great joys. The ups and downs of almost 34 years of a marriage filled with laughter, friendship and intimacy that comes from letting your souls touch and your spirits soar to God in prayer.
This Valentine's Day we are moving to a new place. Starting a new chapter in our lives. One with more properity we hope, gentler trials and even more togetherness. Friendship in love is a wonderful thing, so is faith and we treasure them both. We are thankful this Valentiney's day for our many memories, for the love-filled present and the hope-filled future becuase of the mercy and love of our God.
So mark the day and remember this quote:
“Happy Valentines Day to those who have found love, in whatever shape or form, and to those who are still hunting, don’t give up. If you feel bad, send yourself a card. You must be worth it...”
Jeanette Winterson ~ and I'm very sure you are! Much love, Libby and Mike