14 February, 2021

Valentine's Day

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day. 💗I finished this cute little cross-stitch just in time for the occasion. It's been a very long time since I've done any of this, Quiltkeemosabe made me up a little kit with this pattern, the linen and the thread. She introduced me to stitching over two and I just love it. 
This sweet little applique piece was a birthday gift from a dear friend twenty two years ago. She sent it to me when we were living overseas, at a time when I missed all of my friends and family so very much. It meant the world to me then, as it still does today. I get it out in time for Valentine's Day every year. 
Another treasured Valentine memento, an antique Valentine from Quiltkeemosabe many years ago. Today, during the children's sermon at church, our pastor explained about St. Valentine and how, as a Roman priest under the rule of Emperor Claudius, he defied a decree that all soldiers remain unmarried; Valentine continued to marry Christian couples in the church, albeit secretly. He believed that the government had no say in love and matters of the heart, and if couples came to him to be joined in marriage he did just that. Ultimately he was killed for his beliefs and acts contrary to those laws set down by Claudius. I never fully understood the story behind St. Valentine's martyrdom until today. Now I better comprehend the covertness associated with slipping a Valentine to a secret love. Who says that children's sermons are only for children? After all, aren't we all children of God?
My Valentine surprised me at the breakfast table this morning with this beautiful orchid.
He's been my one-and-only bestest Valentine for a very long time now, and that's no secret at all!
Love never fails!


NanaNor's said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you and your hubby! Loved your cross stitch, the sweet appliqué made by your friend, the vintage Valentine and of course I love orchids. Since we moved here I've had eight total in one spot, but then they started to get old and now I'm down to three. While I love them, I always worry if we travel and have to have someone feed them for me. Yours is beautiful.
Hope you are staying warm.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you, too -- and what a beautiful table quilt!

Teresa said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely Valentine memories.

cityquilter grace said...

i made that cross-stitch for my mum just after i moved to MD....lovely orchid!

Janet O. said...

A lovely post full of Valentine goodness. :)
Love that orchid!

jude's page said...

Lovely story about Valentine's Day, never too old to learn something new, thankyou

Tanya said...

I didn't know the story of St. Valentine either. Thank you!