It isn't the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it. ~Eileen Elias Freeman
I loved my Grandma Cessna. I loved the smell of her VO2 hairspray. I loved the way she rolled her snow white hair at the bottom of her neck and pinned her hat on with a long hat pin. I loved her bread and butter pickles she always served when she knew I was coming. I loved all the crafts we made together -- like crochet hanger covers and orange clove pomanders. I loved eating her stewed elderberries from pink-handled fiesta wear bowls.
So today as we think of love, let us also remember the Love of God. Let our hearts sing, "Oh love of God, how rich and pure, how measureless and strong. It shall forevermore endure, the saints' and angels' song."
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Since this is Valentine's Day, I wanted to show you a neat valentine my husband received at work.
Becky, their creator, is an amazing woman. A single mom of two boys, she has worked hard to receive her education as well as give them the best care possible. She told me the best gift she ever received was from her father. He kept her boys every Thursday night so she could attend classes for her Associate's, Bachelor's, and Masters Degree. RB keeps tabs on Becky's son, Tim (now graduated and pursuing his own career); they have a neat friendship.
Becky made these cake slices for those who work in her department at the University. They were filled with chocolate hearts. I wish I had a picture of the whole cake but no one thought to take one. I think these would be beautiful made in white for a bridal shower, too.
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This a simple Valentine to a few friends Melanie and I have. We did these together and it was such fun. I bought the cups last year after Valentine's Day at 80% off. We just put a hot chocolate packet and a couple pieces of chocolate (to make it extra decadent) in the mug. Then I pulled cellophane around it and tied a bow. We cut hearts out of scrapbook paper and Melanie printed "You warm our hearts" on them for tags.