Showing posts with label LOVE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label LOVE. Show all posts

Monday, February 13, 2012

My Wonderful Valentine!!!

This post today is three-fold.  First,  I want to thank George Adams for being my Valentine for the past eleven plus years.  When I met George in 2001,  I found out ---for the first time in my 59 years--- what real love is.  I guess I'd been searching for love all of my life ---and never realized how truly awesome it is to love someone so much, and have them love me for who I am,  even with all of my flaws and craziness!!!  George is truly the nicest, most honest,  smartest,  most loving man I have ever known.  AND to think that he loves me is just amazing!  Thanks, Honey,  for being my lover, my friend,  my companion, my husband, and my VALENTINE.  I am truly blessed.

The picture above was taken on April 21, 2001.  We were at one of our favorite places,  Fall Creek Falls State Park.  This was our  fourth date in three weeks.  BUT--we knew by this day that we loved each other and wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.  Fall Creek Falls is very special to us and we have returned many times since 2001.  That is also where our love of waterfalls began. If you haven't read 'my story' about how George and I met,  click HERE  and then HERE.    It is a wonderful story if you haven't read it yet.




This was at our wedding on June 23, 2001.   We got married outside beside the river in Knoxville, Tennessee with only family in attendance.   We had a gorgeous wedding and if you want to see more pictures from our wedding,  click HERE




Secondly,  I am thinking today about my youngest son.  He  and his lady-love will soon be  engaged, and hope to be married sometime this Fall.   SO---Jeff is on my mind as I discuss Valentine's Day today.   I'm not an expert when it comes to love and marriage ---but I certainly have gotten it right this time and just want to share a few things that may help Jeff and Dawn as they start their lives together.

Here are some things which every marriage should consist of:
-Make personal and date time for each other, no matter how busy you are;
-Communicate with each other CONSTANTLY;  Communication also consists of LISTENING to each other;
-Be aware of each other's feelings;
-Be yourself ---and accept each other as you are;
-Celebrate the good things about each other;
-Be understanding;
-Show affection to each other ALOT;
-Have fun together --with lots of laughing!!  Enjoy life;  it's too short not to!!!!
-Never go to bed mad... Work it out!!!
-Problems will occur;  Work them out;  Do NOT ignore them!
-Show your love in little ways,  as well as the big ways;
-Keep that 'spark' alive ---even years after you have been married;
-Marriage takes work ----so work at it all of the time;
-Other than God,  put your spouse FIRST in your life;
-Work out touchy issues (like religion, finances,  politics, etc.)  BEFORE marriage;
- Marriage is not 50-50;  It's 100-100... Help each other as much as possible.
-Find things which you enjoy doing together, and do more of them.
-Keep God at the center of your lives together.

Speaking of showing love in special ways,  above is a picture of my Valentine present from my sweet hubby. He knows how much I love both my backyard birds and windchimes... SO--he got me a new  bamboo windchime which includes a precious little birds nest on top.  Can't you just see the little Carolina Wrens enjoying this new birds nest this spring?????  Isn't this just awesome?  I love it!!!! Thanks, George.


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Following are more pictures of George and/or me ---enjoying our lives together.
Did you know that people in love can 'walk on water'?????



See these love-bird 'tree-huggers'?  Note that waterfall across the gorge?


There's LOVE in the Hot Tub!!!


Even if she is being scolded,  she's still laughing!!!!


And he still loves her,  even though she LOVES snow --and he doesn't!!!



AND--even when she pouts  (she broke her hiking stick),  he STILL loves her!!!


Two lovers in LOVE
The third part of this post is to wish  each of you a very Happy Valentine's Day.  We will be out 'waterfalling' ----so I'm sure we'll have a wonderful day!!!!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to YOU...  Show love to those around you!  LOVE does make the world go 'round!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentines Weekend


My Sweetheart is taking me on a 'surprise' trip in order to celebrate Valentine's Day. I have no idea where we are going but a little birdie told me that there would be some waterfalls involved. Now--we are both hoping for good weather (which looks very 'iffy' for us this weekend).

SO---since I don't know if we will have internet service, this will be my last post until Tuesday (the 16th). I wanted to share a couple of things for you today since this is a special weekend. First, here is a RECIPE just for you!!


LIFE'S RECIPE

1 cup of kind deeds
1 cup of forgiveness
1 cup of good thoughts
2 cups of sacrifice for others
2 cups of consideration for others

Mix above ingredients thoroughly and add tears of joy and sorrows and sympathy for others. Flavor with little shifts of love. Fold in four cups of HUGS and LOVE to lighten the ingredients, pouring all of this into your daily life. Bake well with human kindness. Serve with a SMILE.

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WHAT IS A HUG?
by Yvonne Lowther

A hug is something special
A hug can give such joy
A hug can bring a little smile
To every girl and boy

A hug can say a thousand words
Without a single spoken one
A hug can put things right again
When everything seems wrong

A hug can be a lovely thing
It doesn't have to contain a touch
A hug can be on paper
The word 'hug' just means so much

So I'm sending YOU a special hug
Not physical, it's true
But this hug is sent to let you know
I think the world of you

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I hope all of you have a wonderful Valentine's Weekend...

Be sure to watch the OLYMPICS. The Opening Ceremony was fabulous!!!

Loads and Loads of Love and Hugs,


(ALL PHOTOS/GRAPHICS IN THIS POST CAME FROM THE INTERNET.)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Getting Through the "Storms" of Life


After going through a couple of days of sadness (due to the tragedies at Fort Hood and Orlando), I found the neatest story to share today---a story about unconditional love. I hope this story will have meaning for you in your life today.




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HOW TO DANCE IN THE RAIN


It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.


I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.


While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.! The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.


He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.


I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'


He smiled as he patted my hand and said,
'She doesn't know me, but I STILL KNOW WHO SHE IS.'


I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, 'That is the kind of love I want in my life.'


True love is neither physical, nor romantic.
True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.




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All of my adult life, I have tried to live by the statement which is printed at the top of my blog. Here it is for you to read again: "Life is all about choices and attitude. Make the right choices, keep a positive attitude-- and you will find joy through all of your ups and downs. "


How do you get through the 'storms' of life? Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.


Hugs,

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Truth about Hugs


A good friend sent me this-- so I thought I would share it with all of YOU.


THE TRUTH ABOUT HUGS
There's no such thing as a bad hug, only good ones and GREAT ones!!!

Hugs are non-fattening and they don't cause cancer or cavities!
Hugs are all natural with no preservatives, artificial ingredients or pesticide residue!
Hugs are cholesterol-free, naturally sweet, 100% wholesome---and they are a completely renewable resource!
Hugs are easy to care for, they don't require batteries, tune-ups or X-rays!

Hugs are non-taxable, fully returnable and energy efficient!
Hugs are safe in all kinds of weather.
In fact, Hugs are especially good for cold and rainy days.
AND--Hugs are exceptionally effective in treating problems, like bad dreams or Monday blues!!!


Never wait until tomorrow to hug someone you could hug today, because when you give one, you get one right back your way!!!!





Send someone special a HUG. I JUST DID---to YOU!!!!! Can you feel it??? I truly cannot thank each of you enough for your kinds words after the death of my brother. Besides all of the comments, I received cards, emails and even a poem. I feel so blessed to consider each of you as a very special friend. Thanks again!

Hugs to ALL,

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Happiness Is...


I don't usually struggle with my blog posts. But yesterday was a sad day for me. One of my very best friends found out that her cancer has returned. This made me very, very sad. I know that Susan is a strong woman with a strong faith, and she will handle this with the help of God, her family and friends. As her friend, I feel so helpless. I want to take this away from her--but I cannot. I will pray hard --and I am asking you to do so also please. Because of my sadness, I decided to do a blog post that would make me (and hopefully Susan) smile. I hope you smile also! Pictured above is one of my favorite roses, Veterans Honor. Happiness is seeing a gorgeous rose in our yard (as well as having it AND smelling it on our dining room table).







Happiness is seeing this little Chickadee (and all of my birds) come to my feeders.







Happiness is my GRANDCHILDREN..... (Yes-Yes-Yes!!!)







Happiness is being taken to a romantic cabin in the mountains for a surprise birthday trip--and allowing me to take a snooze!!!







Happiness is going to our favorite place (Mt. Nebo, Arkansas) and seeing a gorgeous sunset. (We're going back there next week to celebrate George's birthday! Yeah!)







Happiness is getting out in nature to do some hiking --and search for more waterfalls.







Happiness is seeing a new waterfall.. (This one is DeSota Falls near Fort Payne, Alabama.)







And my very BEST Happiness is my wonderful husband, George. "You are my life, Sweetheart. Thanks for letting me cry on your shoulder yesterday."


There are so many things in this life that make us happy. Today I just needed to share some of mine with you. Love you, Susan.
Hugs,