When I was really young I thought it was clever...when I got older I thought it would make me die of embarrassment...and now I wish she was still with us to inscribe it on the rare notes she would write in her increasingly shaky handwriting.
When I was a little girl my Dad would bring each of us four girls a little box of Valentines candy that I remember looking very much like this... The candy was never very good but my Dad would write in his also shaky handwriting a little tag on each of them... mine always said "To Jenny, Love, Dad" and that was as sentimental and personal as my Dad would be in those days. I actually saved those little notes for a long-time but somehow they have disappeared over time, chaos and moves.
But I remember those notes very clearly still. From both of them.
And one year after hearing yet another re-telling of both tales my wonderful husband took it upon himself to start making memories for the girls in our family. And I love him for that.
I have always made heart-shaped sugar cookies as a gift for people I love, but about six years ago Steve started getting involved. And gifting the women in the family with flowers.
This year he actually helped me make the cookies...his attempts at frosting hearts and sprinkling pink, sparkling sugar clumsy and wonderful. A memory for my heart for certain.
Valentines Day was complicated this year with Granddaughters being unavailable today and soccer and basketball games! So we improvised and attended the basketball game and then hurried to the soccer game.
My husband made the girls close their eyes and then made their eyes light up. He is sweet that way.
This morning we started our day sharing coffee and opening Valentines that had come in the mail. That has become one of our favorite yearly customs. We take turn opening cards and admiring them.
This morning we will meet one of our sons and his sweet girlfriends to share brunch with the couple and for my husband to give sweet Lindsey some flowers and cookies.
After that we will drop cookies and flowers to my Mom and one of our visiting Aunts.
And later tonight we are taking another daughter and her boyfriend out to dinner...
So it will be a sweet day...filled with laughter and stories and hugs and love!
And I hope your day is the same!
I've been doing a week of giveaways in honor of Valentines Day and to thank you all for being such sweet followers!
So to make someones day sweeter on this last giveaway of the week, I am giving away another $10.00 gift card today...to either Michaels or Joanne Fabrics. The winner of this drawing will be announced Monday morning.
The winner will be chosen from todays comments and the only stipulation is you must be a follower of my blog.
And the winner from Saturdays drawing was selected by Mr. Random Org. Mr. Random Org told me the winner is post #25 which is this post!
Cute Valentines! I can see how you would be tired of making them after 80,000 of them though! What a great giveaway, I would be thrilled with either one, although Michaels is more convenient. Happy Valentine's Day Jenny and have a terrific weekend!
Congratulations Sares! E-mail me with your address when you have a moment and let me know if you want Michaels for sure! Your prize won't go out until Tuesday because of the holiday tomorrow, though. Congratulations!
I'm just warning you now that tomorrow is a kind of sad post. I will also be giving away another ZippyStrippyQuilt tied to the post...
But for today we will be happy and remember sweet things...and eat chocolate...and hug our loved ones...
And I want to take just one more moment to wish each of you a wonderful, Happy VD!