A second day of sunshine! How little we appreciate such an event in the summer but by the time mid-February rolls around, the sunshine has been so rare that seeing it again is like a Valentine's gift. More clouds, rain, and snow are in the forecast which will make me treasure this day even more. The picture above is a scene from my kitchen window in late summer... flowers to enjoy today by the magic of technology (have you ever stopped to think what generations past would say about color photography?).
We will celebrate Valentine's day spending one more day at home. I did receive a "gift". My husband encouraged me to purchase a beautiful bouquet of flowers at the grocery store over the weekend. I have enjoyed them so much... a combination of mums, carnations, and lilies in shades of lavender and rose. They make a beautiful display on my dining table. They remind me that one can be frugal and still enjoy a wonderful gift of flowers... $9.95 flowers from the grocery store rather than a $70.00 gift of roses delivered by a florist. (Someday I'll have to tell you how my daughter created an absolutely gorgeous wedding on a small budget.)
Thursdays are one of the weekdays I have to get out of bed quite early to pack Christopher's lunch and make certain he gets started on time. He picks up another student and they both need to be at the college by 7:50 am. After he left, I enjoyed a second cup of coffee and watched a Fine Living repeat of Real Life In the Tuscan Sun, about Frances Mayes and her husband's life in Tuscany. I'd forgotten it was going to be on so I missed half of it but I still enjoyed the second half... such a beautiful home and surrounding countryside! I want to live with such romantic surroundings (yes, it is possible... even within the realm of farms and forest... the American Midwest... not old beauty... but charming in its' own way).
So... in appreciation of Valentine's Day... I'm going to spend part of my day enjoying beauty. I'm going to work on my scrapbook journal. I'm going to peruse some of my favorite decorating books. I may start a list of beautification projects to work on come spring. I will read some beautiful sections of scripture and thank God for His gifts. He alone is the one perfect Bridegroom.
As for my gifts to the guys... I'm going to declutter Christopher's room and make his bed for him (after washing sheets!). He'll like that gift. Fresh sheets, a decluttered bedroom, and afternoon tea for my husband. I'm thinking a quiche and fruit would make a great dinner. Hmmm... it's a good thing I'm feeling better today.
May each of you know the best Valentine of all... the Saviour. Just ask Him... if you don't know His love in your life... ask Him. God, are you real? If you are then make Yourself known to me. Show me you love me. He will.
As the Good Book says... this is true love that a man give up his life for a friend. God became man... gave Himself up as a sacrifice for all that is not beautiful or pure in this world... so that YOU may know Peace, Beauty, Goodness... Life.