Valentines Day has always been one of my favorites. It’s a day to remember and to be remembered. It is an opportunity to remind someone how special they are to you. Keepsakes of love letters/cards from dear husband, special cards from thoughtful mother, family or friends, handwritten notes and drawings from our children and grandchildren are carefully tucked away in boxes and drawers. These meaningful expressions of love, affection, or encouragement are tangible professions of endearment.
When our kids were growing up, Valentines Day was an opportunity to give a special gift, make heart-shaped foods and celebrate our love for one another. It was a traditional time to decorate heart-shaped sugar cookies and enjoy chocolate together. Currently, I send a few handmade valentines or make heart-shaped treats. A few completed projects fall short of my volumes of good intentions! Visit my hearts and valentines pinterest board for ideas for dearhearts in your life.
We celebrated Valentines Day early this year by going to a nearby city’s theatrical production of Sense and Sensibility. Our neighbor is the costume designer and seamstress, while her sister plays a humorous role, which made the play extra enjoyable. Enroute to the show, I asked husband if we could travel a certain route so I could photograph a train bridge at twilight. This bridge is architecturally beautiful and intriguing to me. After snapping a few unsatisfactory photos while driving across the heavily trafficked bridge, I was surprised to note there was a train on the bridge! I was thrilled when hubbie asked if I would like him to find a way to get a closer look. The first attempt led to a locked gate, but the next entrance led to a sandy beach so I could walk right up along the shore. I was thankful the train “waited for me” to get some photographs and after noting several clues, we surmised it was a dinner train, (confirmed later by an internet search).
Soft pretzels are an easy treat to make. This is the first time I shaped them into hearts. They were a treat this year for husband, grandkids, and February 14 piano students. It’s been a favorite recipe for over three decades!
Valentine’s Day is only one of the 365 days out of each year to let someone know you care. I am blessed to be on the receiving end It’s never too late to take a few minutes to write sentiments to those you care about. An encouraging word is always timely and appreciated.
The greatest love story written to everyone carefully woven in their mother’s womb is a story of amazing love. It’s a story about falling short, the need for a savior, and the hope we have in redeeming grace. It’s a story about unconditional, unselfish love and a perfect sacrifice. It’s a story that defies man’s attempts to disprove or discredit it. It’s a love story that becomes personal and meaningful by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s a love story that will not be completely understood until we see face to face.
Thank you Lord, for loving us with an everlasting love. It is a joy to see Your many attributes revealed in the living Word. Thank you for faith, hope and love eloquently described in I Corinthians 13. Thank you for Your amazing love demonstrated in Romans 5:8 and John 3:16.