Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Dear Friends,

We are enjoying a beautiful, sunny Valentine's Day today here in Missouri. Yesterday we had two inches of snow (our first real snowfall this winter), and everyone stayed out as long as they could, sledding and making leaf-encrusted snowmen. :)

Every year our children spoil Mr. Graham and me with an at-home restaurant experience, complete with entertainment; I'm excited to see how it turns out!

The starlings are enjoying their own buffet of crusty sourdough~

We took the opportunity to clean some of our rugs in the snow, laying them out and then stomping on them (Hickety Pickety thought that this particular rug set off her comb and wattles most becomingly.)~

Even the comfrey has been decorated for the big show tonight~

Audrey might be able to sneak in a few minutes to work on her quilt, which is being quilted the old-fashioned way!

Each year on Valentine's, the holiday becomes more meaningful to us as a day to reflect on how we can be more loving and caring, instead of just a day to celebrate romantic love (which of course is nice, too!).

Our prayer for all of us to make each day a "Valentine's Day," giving love to all those around us, especially when they seem the most unlovable, for that is when it is so important.

May you be blessed today,



  1. Happy Valentine's Day!


  2. It certainly is a wonderful day to reflect upon how we all can be more loving towards everyone. Enjoy your specially catered dinner. Sounds like fun! Happy Valentine's Day!

  3. Haha! about the decorated comfrey!-(so sweet of them). And I did not know about snow - stomping to clean rugs..
    ..too late to try that here, all our snow has melted.
    Amen to your more inclusive Valentine's approach, Marqueta. I wish that had been the prevailing idea when I was a teenager...then I would not have been so upset not to get one from from a boy!!!
    Enjoy your evening,
    Love H. xx

  4. Oh how wonderful...the quilt is coming out very nicely mi amiga :)


  5. I love Valentine's Day because it gives us the 'command' to love out loud and with props! It's a great day. :)

    Blessings, Debbie

  6. This is definitely one of those endearing young charms. Thank you

  7. Oh look at clever Audrey! How wonderful to see children indulging in handmade crafts. Blissful.

    My heat goes out to Hickety Pickety. She is very fetching indeed.

    I like your feelings about Valentine's Day. My son turned eight yesterday and I love the fact he is a slightly late for Valentine's Day boy. It makes it all so meaningful.

    Happy Thursday to you and your family.


  8. Happy belated Valentine's day. What a talented and creative family you have. I know your "restaurant" was wonderful xox Clarice

  9. Wow! I just "caught up" (i.e. read this blog and one before it). Lovely as usual. And I love Ken and "thee" (and "you"!)


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