I love my dear sweet husband, Lloyd. He is the most loving man I’ve ever known and treats me better than I ever imagined anyone would treat me. He’s kind and honest and sensitive, and has amazing patience with me. He has so many wonderful qualities, but good penmanship is not one of them. Though he’s smarter than most people, he just never seemed to get the point of taking time to write properly. But, I love this little quirk about him. I love getting greeting cards from him on all those special occasions: Christmas, Birthday, Valentine’s Day, Anniversary, etc. He always seems to pick out the most beautiful cards with verse that seems to be perfectly written about our relationship. As much as I love these chosen words, however, what I love MORE is the personal message he always includes. He writes little things about how much he loves me and wants to be with me forever (and sappy stuff like that, which makes my heart melt and my eyes water.) These special occasions are the rare times I get to see his clunky and ill-formed lettering, and it just endears him to me more. So, when Alisa mentioned the conversation journal, I KNEW this was something that I HAD to implement into Lloyd’s and my life.
One of the gifts Lloyd had given me last Christmas was this miniature book kit about Love Fortunes. (He’s one of those “shop-on-Christmas-Eve” kind of guys and I never know what crazy thing he’s going to bring home!) When I first opened the gift, I tried not to show my disappointment. “What a waste of eight bucks!” I thought. But, being the semi-decent wife I strive to be, I graciously accepted and thanked him.
How wrong I was! That little silver fortune cookie and book of perforated tear-out love fortunes has been one of the best $8 we’ve spent in our marriage! I took it in the bathroom one day to flip through while doing my business. I saw such cute fortunes, I quickly picked one out and folded it inside the silver fortune cookie. I left it by Lloyd’s sink for him to find. The next morning when I got up, I was thrilled to see a new fortune waiting in the silver cookie on MY side of the vanity.
Although we’ve run out of most of the “good” fortunes, we’ve begun adding our own little comments in addition to the generic ones printed (and no, they don’t all end in “in bed”—though I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that! :) I’ve so enjoyed Lloyd’s little hand-written notes and have saved all these little fortune slips for future scrapbooking layouts.
Now, with a Love Notes journal, Lloyd and I can continue our little notes to each other, but I won’t have to try to keep track of 100 little slips of paper! I will, however, have a book full of precious love notes written in my sweetheart’s horrible handwriting to cherish forever.
A BLOGAVERSARY VALENTINE GIVEAWAY!With all that said, I decided that since I missed my 1 year blogaversary (during which most bloggers offer a giveaway as a celebration), it was time to offer a giveaway to anyone kind enough to follow me here. I’m going to giveaway this lovingly-crafted (notice I used my paper toasting technique) “Love Notes” journal so you and your loved one can share in the fun! (Or, if you’re not currently involved with someone—take this opportunity to use it as a journal for yourself, and write about YOU and the things you LOVE about yourself!)
The rules: You don’t have to comment unless you feel like it. If you’d like to be included in the giveaway drawing, however, I will need you to email me or otherwise leave your name and some way I can contact you (email address, blog address, facebook ID, whatever.)
If you DO choose to leave a comment, what I’d like to know is this: what’s your favorite quirky thing about your significant other? And if you don’t have a significant other (which I TOTALLY get because I was single a LONG time!), tell me about a favorite quirk about a family member or friend, or even your pet!
Finally, it is not requisite that you click on the “Follow Me” tab to the right to follow my future postings on this blog. However, I’d be thrilled to add new readers/friends. I’ve so enjoyed the friendships and connections I’ve been developing over this last year in blogland and hope to continue to do so.
Drawing will occur on Valentine’s Day 02-14-10 (Sunday). I’ll announce the winner on Monday 02-15-10. Good luck!
Inside Front Cover to Write Your Names and the Year