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I’m Grateful!

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Since we’ve just celebrated Valentine’s Day this month and focused more on the many loving relationships that help us define our lives, I can’t help but realize that love needs to be expressed with equal parts of gratitude!  As I’ve mentioned before in a previous post, Inspirational Pay Dirt and A Leap of FaithI hope we can be genuinely grateful for the “life stories” of all those who have affected us in any way, and the tremendous influence for good and growth that is provided by our association with these wonderful people!

Spring is soon approaching!  Can’t wait!  May we look forward to cultivating the many amazing aspects of our lives, as well as being “charming gardeners” for those we love!

vintage-flowerAs we look forward to our “winter hibernation” soon ending…what is it you can’t wait to do most come spring? 

–Mary

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Love Letters Can Create A Love Story!

Be Inspired To Love Better!

I’m not sure why, but sometimes it’s hard to view our parents in any sort of romantic, “lovey-dovey” context.  When we were young, it seemed like any sort of loving gesture exhibited by our parents often elicited silly giggles and exaggerated gag reflexes!  Deep down though, I think we can’t help but realize that having loving parents is what gives us that sense of security that ultimately helps us build better relationships and good foundations for stronger marriages of our own!

A Most “Delicious” Time Of Life!

I always feel a little wistful when I read in my father’s journal the description he gives of my mother during the time period of their engagement; it reads like a love novel!  My mom was a lucky gal to have her future husband describe her in such a way…

“Merle and I became engaged in February (1946) and made plans to marry in June…I was so proud of Merle; she was very beautiful, meeting all of my expectations for a wife, and more!  Our friendship ripened and the next months became the most “delicious” time of my life!”

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An Appropriate Time For A Husband To Write His Wife A Letter!

After my father passed away, this letter that he wrote to my mom celebrating their third anniversary was found.  It has proved to further solidify in my mind that my parents truly shared a genuine love story!  (I assume my dad had a secretary at his school type the letter, since my mom kindly teased him that his handwriting sometimes resembled chicken scratchings!  I can certainly attest to the fact that my dad did not excel in penmanship!)

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Through the years I observed many thoughtful gestures that my parents shared with each other.  This does not mean that they didn’t have tough times, they absolutely did!  But throughout their marriage of more than 50 years together, my father always took advantage of the opportunities he had to share the things he found most endearing about my mom.  He wrote this sentence in one of the last chapters of his personal history…

“My wife has always been most special.  In spite of some challenges, our years together have been happy and productive of the many satisfying growth experiences I had hoped for in our marriage.  Merle has truly been the right companion for me and I love her most dearly!”

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Write A Special Valentine’s Day Letter

I hope this journal entry will help you be inspired to write a Valentine’s Day love letter of your own.   Yep, a good old-fashioned hand-written letter!  My friend, Maggie Rees from Pintura Fine Art Gallery, has created some special vintage stationary for you to use.  Simply click on the image or the download button to download a PDF file to print.  This should be a great opportunity to write a letter to someone you love; someone special who has shown you love and how to be loved!  I bet it will be a memorable Valentine’s Day for both of you!

What I’m Learning Now is…

When we’re young and in love, there seems to be no limit to our romantic ways!  Then “real life” has a way of taking over and sometimes showing genuine love and appreciation becomes less of a priority.  What I’m learning now is that with some mindful consideration and creative planning, we can all enjoy our own “love story” all over again!       

I hope you’ll either share who you chose to write your letter to and why, or share an excerpt from your letter!  Let’s inspire each other!

Here’s the stationary for your letters!  Good Luck!   –Mary

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Valentine’s Day became even more special for our family when my youngest daughter, Mandi, was born on February 14, 1986!  Mandi was a Valentine’s Day dream come true when she arrived a month early, with beautiful blue eyes and jet black hair.  Her desire to live life to the fullest never ceases to amaze me!

pic48_edit Happy Birthday, Mandi!