Happy Valentine's Day! I hope each of you have a wonderful day today, celebrating the love in your life. Love of the special people in your life. Love of family. Love of friends. Most of all the love to God for you.
You are very dear to my heart and I wish I could deliver a valentine to you. In person. Since I can't I will share these vintage valentines from the collection my dear little mother saved from my childhood.
We are dining in tonight. As I teach piano lessons this afternoon my crockpot will be simmering away. Working on a special Valentine's Day dinner. We decided to invite my dear little mother to join us this evening. To include her in a special time together. She protested when we gave her this invitation. But we 'won' and convinced her that we want to celebrate love - not just ours. Hers. The love she and my father shared. Most of all the love of Jesus in our lives.
Valentine's Day is particularly difficult for widows. Especially the first year. It is a good time to remind them that love encompasses so much more than just the love of one person. A good time to shower them with our love as friends and family. To make them feel special and to let them reminisce and recall the love of their lives. To remember the blessings and joys of that love. To share it with us. Next year I plan to have a Valentine's luncheon or tea at my home. Just for widow friends. Something special. A nice table. Wonderful menu. Laughter and fun. A time to share their love stories. A special little gift. Most of all the gift of loving them enough to allow them to have a new Valentine's Day memory. And to share their memories with dear ones who will listen and understand.
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!