create. love post. seven.

With the prelude of posts on love, I certainly hope you will not be disappointed in this post, assorted and disjointed (and late) as it is.

My Crafty Valentines
I experimented a bit with some ideas for homemade valentines this year. Each item was made to hold a handwritten note.


Scrap fabric
Scissors and Pinking Shears
Polyester Fiberfill


Different Kinds of Love
To celebrate some different kinds of love today, check some of these off your list.

Listen. “Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin – Written for Patty’s beloved dog, suggested by one who loves her own Cavalier King Charles Spaniel very much.
Read. Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore – I can’t believe I haven’t personally read this yet, but I’m told it is one of the greatest stories of friendship recently told.
Watch. Saving Private Ryan. – A  story of sacrificial love. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
Eat. Flourless chocolate cake. This Real Simple recipe has been staring at me for days, but since I don’t have a spring form pan, I think I’ll go with something a little less involved. A grilled Nutella sandwich… could that work?
Read. I Love You, Good Night by Jon Buller – A favorite of a friend who loves her family and blueberry pancakes.
Listen. “Awake My Soul” by Mumford & Sons – “…where you invest your love, you invest your life.”

Money Can’t Buy Me Love
My money can’t buy much of anything these days. I’m working to stretch a dollar as usual. So, last night when I came home to my apartment, I was as appreciative as ever to find a Valentine’s Day gift from my parents – the supporting schools coupon book. It has become a bit of a tradition and truly pays for itself in a few uses. Savings, a card that mentioned pirouettes, and potted tulips add up to a very nice welcome home.

Those 3 Little Words
More powerful than “I love you,” is this statement: “God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
Love was not created; it was given. (John 3:16-17)
Love is many things as God is all these things. (1 Cor 13:1-8)
And when faith and hope are no longer needed, love will remain.  (1 Cor 13:13)


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