Only one more day to prepare for Valentines! I've got my 'something' all sewn up (in a manner of speaking) other than a few little odds and ends I have to pick up downtown today. I would love to share with you but sometimes Miles sneaks into my blog and we just couldn't blow his big surprise! It took some brain-racking and creativity and loads of time and a liddle liddle bit of money – but worth every speck of it all!
All of today's pictures are from stock exchange!
Today I was listening to Dr Gary Chapman as he was featured on Midday Connection on KMBI (Moody Radio) Dr Chapman was speaking on the 5 Love Languages – a subject I never get tired of – and it occurred to me in some statement he made, just how much I appreciate how Miles appreciates me – verbally. My husband lifts me up in front of his friends and colleagues almost to the point of embarrassment at times. See – I think about ME – not about how it might feel if he never did this, and I am so glad my eyes have been opened. Dr Chapman's interview really encouraged me to find new ways to let my husband know how much I value him. Did you know that you can listen to this interview on a podcast? That you can subscribe to all Midday Connection Podcasts? There are always Spiritually enriching programs daily and its not often I miss one. The nice thing is, even if you don't get this particular station, or want to listen “on demand” (when you have the time) you can do this by simply clicking HERE
Even better, if you have Internet Explorer 7 you can subscribe via RSS! You are what you eat – and listen to, fill up on something good today!
Do you know that USA will spend 17 billion dollars this year for Valentines? I am sure we can't be too far behind. I try to make many days Valentines for my sweetie. I mean – its EXPECTED on Valentines... its so much more rewarding when I can ambush my sweetie unexpectedly – for no reason at all other than to say I LOVE YOU. God created us all to desire to be special in the eyes of the one we love! Keeping this in mind - thats how your spouse desires to feel, they need to verbally hear you uplift them daily. 1 compliment has more power than all times you point out their shortfalls. Do you ensure you dispense more encouragement than critisism?
KEEP YOUR FACE TO THE SUNSHINE OF HIS LOVE
AND THE SHADOWS WILL FALL BEHIND YOU.
"Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of thy wings."
I would love to hear your romantic ideas! Why not share them here?
I want to say THANK YOU, AMY for the little giftie you sent me ... your entirely too sweet! Amy made a beautiful paper pack using my doodles yesterday! If you don't already stop in at Amy's blog daily - your missing out on a ton of freebies! Amy takes time each day to compile a complete list - and includes sweet pics of her dd too!
LAYOUT BY MISTY CATO
My son turned two on Thursday and while I'm alittle weepy that he had outgrown 'baby' so fast, I just adore hanging out with my little guy.
Credits: Duck illustration by Barb Derksen (aka lalalime), Papers and stitched swirl from Admiration by SaraAmarie, metal swirl from Wonderful Life by Manuela Zimmerman, 'Two' tag from Numbered by Misty Cato
I saw the sweetest idea in a back issue of a Martha Stewart magazine yesterday.. if you need a neat idea for a valentines card, buy a package of forget me not seeds and some glassine envelopes ... then make a little simple greeting card and put some seeds inside!
Another cool idea she had, though its a little too late at this point, is to buy an OLD piece of silver from a thrift store, and have a sweet sentiment engraved on it....
And this one is cool too – get some kitchen napkins and embroider your family initials on them!
I'm going to keep this sort of short today as I have to put the finishing touches on Miles gift and I have a lunch date with Judy (our Pastor's wife) today, which I am very much looking forward too. It's been just a few short weeks since Judy's daugther Rebecca and children moved away, after having lived with Judy for a year while her husband was training to be an RCMP officer... so I KNEW there would be an empty spot in Judy's heart right about now...
A red, red rose
My luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June;
My luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I,
And I will luve thee still, my Dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry
Till a' the seas gang dry, my Dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun:
I will luve thee still, my Dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile!
Robbie Burns 1759-1796
BARB'S TIP #200
When Did Who Eat What?
Ever wonder what foods the Vikings ate when they set off to explore the new world? How Thomas Jefferson made his ice cream? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? Who invented the potato chip...and why?
Food history is full of fascinating lore and contradictory facts. Historians will tell you it is not possible to express this topic in exact timeline format. They are quite right. Everything we eat is the product of culinary evolution. On the other hand? It is possible to place both foods and recipes on a timeline based on print evidence and historic context.