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Love Stories


Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and it is an opportunity for us to truly reconnect with the real meaning of this day. It is about LOVE, sharing and giving.

Love is amazing. It is what makes us human, what makes life worth living. The size of our homes, bank accounts, the speed of our car – all those things pale into true insignificance when we face the splendor of what it is that makes us tick.

Love inspires us, gives us hope, strength, and of course joy.
Love is much greater than what we feel romantically. It's what makes us sing, dance and laugh.
When you're around someone you love, you can't help but feel joyous. Love isn't all sunshine and roses, but, for the most part, there's a lot of joy. When you love someone, that person makes you truly happy and spending time with him or her uplifts you in ways you may not have felt possible.

Often, when you are with the one you love, even the worst situation can seem like fun. True love brings happiness and fills your life with peace. 
I try to practice gratitude on a regular basis. I am cognitively thankful for those around me and the amazing things they do for me. We should all be extremely grateful for the love we have in our lives and we should do whatever we can not to take it for granted. It's easy to take things for granted, but a great love makes anything grateful. 

One of greatest feelings of love is pride. Have you ever seen a loved one do something amazing and felt such a swell of pride that it shocked you? I know I have -- and it's pretty awesome. It's great to feel proud of yourself, but it's extra exciting when you can feel proud of someone else. The pride I feel for Carley's journey through life is so powerful, I sometimes can feel my heart cracking with overwhelming joy- good cracking, you know? Pride is usually thought in a negative context, but I know it really is deep love -- to feel really good that someone else is going through something that's important to him or her and relishing in their joy.

Always remember that there is enough love in each of our hearts to heal tiny spaces of our world, and not just our own personal relationships. For those of us who have lost their one  great love, or a very special person, there  are no words. There is only time, time to heal, time to remember, and time to go on without them, as hard as that may seem. I have often said , when thinking about my own losses and the quote "time heals all wounds", that time does heal , it  just blurs the wounds. For me, as time goes on, I just find I miss then more. But, somehow, we do go on. It is up to us to try to find the balance between the hurt we fell, and the need to live. For the last thing your loved ones would want, is to see you not continuing on and finding some peace and happiness. Easier said than done- of course. But when I think about my loved ones in heaven, I know they are pushing me and giving me their strength. I can feel their pride and love all the way down here! You just have to let it in.

I asked Tamra to tell me her love story. She laughed at first, as we all do upon hearing those words- “love story”. Many of us think of the movies, or a famous couple. But isn’t that what we each have, had, or are striving for? I always considered my relationship with Jimmy a love story, I think I get that from my love of Disney maybe- but I know he is my Prince Charming.


Think about your love stories today. It does not have to be the love of your partner, it could be the love of a sibling, parent, child, or pet. I urge to write the beautiful story down on paper- one day it will mean the world to someone- trust me.

                                          Tamra and Ric’s Love Story….


“How do you know when that person is your one and only? Not attraction or the cute little butterflies that you feel.  But the one after a long awful day, walks thru that door and you can’t stop the smile from coming on your face. You feel instantly safe, and that long awful day melts away. That is how I knew who that person was.
From the day I met him on a horseback group event, that curly hair, farm boy stature, I felt that attraction feeling. But more than that, when I got down off my horse and he helped me out of the mud as I went face first, that was it, I felt safe!
Covered in mud from head to toe, we just sat there looking at each. Well, fast forward.  Months later I couldn’t stop thinking about this boy I had meet on this group outing. I found out thru some of his friends, he was active duty, so it wasn’t hard to find the group he worked with. Well, that was it, I was going to decorate his car and make sure he remembered me. 35+ years later. I still can’t stop that smile as I hear his truck pull into the garage, even Wilbur our Beagle gets excited. I know that the person I feel safer with than anyone else in this world, is now home.
It’s not a great romance love story, but it is our love story. Thru 20+ years of military service, 4 kids, numerous dogs, cats and horses. It is nice to have a special someone to come home to.”
Simple, pure. Truth……. Happy Valentine’s Day Everybody. I love you all to the moon and back! 
Oh... remember, love isn't perfect.. ! 



Next blog... SPRING!!!!! Papers, embellishments and new pretties !!! I CANT WAIT FOR THE BUNNIES AND FLOWERS!!!!!!

 Love Stores

February 15, 2020 — Sallie Phelan


Pamela Romano-Strickland

Pamela Romano-Strickland said:

Love it…great blog…

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