Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day and some favorites

Oh, I do love Valentine's Day! It's about so much more than romance (although I never tire of watching Sleepless in Seattle). I love that in the cold, gray month of February there is a day that brings flowers, red and pink hearts, and even chocolate to cheer us up. (And if your Valentine hasn't caught on to this, then pick up a box of chocolate for yourself, or better yet, surprise someone else with some flowers or a heart-shaped box. There are lots of ways to spread the love.)

I digress.

Here are some favorite parts from my week.

Ivy on Valentine's Day . . . I sent her this outfit and Miranda sent me these photos first thing this morning. She is so good about sending me pictures of the kids. This just made my day.

Miranda . . . is an amazing mother. She has such a heart for God. I admire and appreciate how she cares for my son and their three children, in her gentle, ever-patient manner. Family comes first and foremost for her, and she has passed that on to the children. They are so loving and protective of one another. I'm counting the weeks until I can sneak up to Wisconsin and see them all again!

Good news on the job front . . . for my son-in-law Sam. Soon he and Joe will be reunited up in Seattle. Joe's been up there since November. This means that George will be leaving us:(  We haven't told him yet.

Snow . . . and great neighbors who work together . . . we've had four fairly substantial snowfalls in the past week, that have required shoveling and snowblowers. On any given morning, our neighborhood has been out in force to remove all the white stuff. There are no borders when it comes to sidewalks. Whoever is out there first will take care of the next door neighbor or beyond.

Too  many favorites. . . On Mondays, I start making a list on the Friday square of my calendar for Friday Fave Five.  I'm not even halfway through my list! That is a good week. Going to mass with my friend Kathy, breakfast afterward, and then a quiet, uninterrupted stroll through a favorite crafting store. I bought very little, just enjoyed all the spring decor and the possibilities of ideas. Watching the snowfall one day, was also on my list, along with watching movies on Netflix with Dan two nights in a row. It has been such a busy week. I worked lots of extra hours this week, in addition to lots of catching up around the house. I feel like I'm still underwater, catching up from the past couple of months. But that's what I love about FFF, it is a reminder to me that there is so much grace in the midst of every part of life, the good and the messy and the hard parts. 

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Dewena said...

It is time for watching Sleepless again, thanks for reminding me! What a sweetheart little Ivy is! That smile! But you'll be letting George go? Oh no, you will miss him so much. It just reminds me of the time I babysat my parents' new basset hound puppy while they went on vacation. I was pregnant with our first child at the time and fell in love with Betsy while she stayed with me. In an effort to keep their daughter happy they decided to let me keep her. And she was the best babysitter for our new baby!

Patti said...

Ivy is adorable! What a sweet little face, and such a cute outfit. How wonderful that your daughter-in-law keeps you current in pics. And I think it's equally wonderful that you, the mother-in-law, are praising her in public. My mom-in-law was the same way, but, sadly, I know many women whose mother-in-law never says anything nice about them.

I am going to make a heart-shaped pizza for dinner tonight, and then we are going to watch An Affair to Remember. That film is referenced in Sleepless in Seattle. Have you ever seen it? It's my favorite romantic drama of all time! It stars an astoundingly gorgeous Cary Grant.

Our 34th anniversary is tomorrow, so we've got lots of celebrating going on.

Yay, for Joe and Sam being back in the same city. I'm sure it's been very difficult on them living separately these past several months.

Love and hugs,

Faith said...

What a great list of faves! Your granddaughter is adorable!! That headband!!!!

Dave and i watch Casablanca the best movie of all time according to imdb a few years ago! We first watched it together in 1991 on 2/14 our first valentines as a married couple. We've kept the tradition going most of the years. Too cold to go back out once we are home from work! Hahaha! We're ordering ourmfave quesadillas from the new hip Muddaddy Flats restaurant via Grub Hub so dinner will be delivered right to our door. And I'm baking brownies. đź’•

Happy Valentine's Day!

Jen said...

I m so jealous you have had so much snow. I wish we could have just one BIG snow to rock it out.
I too love there is a fun holiday in the middle of February. I love everything about it. Our anniversary is in 2 weeks, then Madison's birthday so I have some things to look forward too. I'm ready for spring. Your sweet grandbaby looks so cute in her pinks and red attire. Have a great weekend.

Barbara Harper said...

I love Sleepless in Seattle. What a cute Valentine's outfit. I agree, Valentine's Day is not just about romance. It's so nice your neighbors work together to clear snow. I try most weeks to keep a running list for FFF on the notes app on my phone, and I love those weeks when there are more than five before the week is even over.

Anonymous said...

Precious little granddaughter!! And it sounds like you have a precious daughter-in-law also!! --Ann

Willow said...

I think I'm going to have to start writing down my faves all week because I get to Thursday night and can't remember everything--and there is so much to be thankful for.
Your Ivy is adorable!! It is truly a blessing to have a wonderful daughter-in-law too.

Wendy said...

Ivy is adorable! Glad you had a good week.

Susanne said...

Too many favorites is a good thing!! Love that you start listing them early in the week so that you remember them! Ivy is adorable in her valentines outfit. And what a blessing that you get pics of the kids. I try to send at least a few a week to my dayhome parents so that they can have a peek into their kid's days away from them.

Melinda said...

Sounds like your Valentine's day was great. Love the
pics of Lily, she looks so cute.

Hope this week has been good to you, my friend.

M : )

Melanie said...

Your little granddaughter is so adorable, especially in her Valentine's Day outfit! Isn't it wonderful to know your sons are happy and have wonderful partners that they share their lives with? This is what I pray for my son. He's 29 and still so immature and "lost".

You are blessed with wonderful neighbors, too. We have a few nice neighbors, though they're all pretty much to themselves when it comes to shoveling. A couple of weeks ago when Brian was working, I was out shoveling the driveway and the guy across the street asked me if I needed help, but I could see he was getting ready to leave (his car was running in his driveway), so I declined. It was nice of him to offer though.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Dianna said...

It is so hard to believe how much Ivy Rose has grown! She is adorable and I love her little outfit. Isn't it wonderful to have a great daughter-in-law? I have one of those, too, and I just love her for the way she cares for our granddaughters and our son. I'm so happy about the job for Sam! That is great news...and please, break the news to George gently. You have had some amazing blessings and thank you for sharing them. I continue to pray for you, my sweet friend. xo