February 14, 2013

Whole Lotta Love ~ Day 14 ~ Valentine's Past

Well, here it is, the last day of the "Whole Lotta Love" chain and I can tell you it was another wonderful experience. 
If you have never joined in one of these chains, I encourage you to.  I always end up learning so much and gaining more than expected.  It's always a time for me to connect with others, stretch creativity, and in this case, reflecting on why life is so awesome:)  Thanks Cindi for hosting the chain. 

There are certain family pictures that capture a thousand words and trap wonderful feelings within it's four sides.  
It seems like another lifetime ago that we were all growing up.  But, here it is, proof that it happened:) Proof that we celebrated Valentine's Day in our house......and in a very special way.

There are actually 7 of us kids.  Baby boy hadn't been born yet.  We had just moved to this new house a couple of months before Valentine's Day.  I was eight and am the one in front with the striped shirt.  My oldest looked at this picture this morning and dramatically asked "what was wrong with your hair Mom"?
Anyway, the night before, my Daddy would bake these big heart cookies for each of us and personalize them. It looks like this year we got to help frost them as well. What a special Valentine for each of his children.  
Then, later in the evenings on Valentine's Day and after our evening Family Prayers, a knock on the door would reveal a special treat left there on the step for each of us.  Left by "someone" (Daddy).
I am so happy I stumbled upon this picture yesterday.  What a fun time to reflect on a beautiful childhood and a wonderful family who has a "whole lotta love" and who is still close to this day.
Wishing you each a very happy Valentine's Day.
~ Holy Cow!!!! I just realized this is my 200 post!!!!~
200 posts full of life, love, primitive fun, tears, and friendship.  Thanks to all for making my blog possible and for encouraging me to never give up.  That's what friends are for;)


Primitive Stars said...

HaPPY Love Day Steph......wonderful family picture with loving memories.....Blessings Francine.

BumbleBeeLane said...

That is such a special memory.Steph you truely are so blessed.Congrats on the 200 milestone! Much Love sent your way today!~Amy

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Happy Valentines Day Steph!

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Hi Steph! Wow! What a special memory and a special Daddy! It triggered lots of Daddy memories for me to...thank you for that! Happy Valentine's Day! <3 --Jan

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Happy Valentines Day Steph!
Such a special memory.
Prim Blessings

Trace4J said...

Oh how sweet.
You were blessed with such a wonderful dad.
Love your hair too, but especially your friendship.
Woolie Hugs

Raymond Homestead said...

Great special memories! Enjoy your evening!

Christine said...

Now that is a very special family memory! I knew you in the picture right away - your hair was sitting perfectly too!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Cindi said...

Happy Valentine's Day Steph! What a special past valentine memory, brought a smile to my heart. Thanks for joining in on my chain, it meant so much to me. Have a great weekend...happy 200th post!!
A whole lotta love to you!

Firecracker Kid said...

Aww, that was an awesome and sweet thing to do for the children. I never had that kind of love in my family. I do remember exchanging valentines during school. It was always embarassing... lol.
I've enjoyed reading your love chains and am happy to be a part of your life.


Old Red Barn said...

What a special way to celebrate Valentine's Day! And oh yes, the hair, haha :-). We always call this way of hairdressing 'the mushroom'. Doesn't it look a bit like a mushroom? Enjoy your weekend Steph!

Hugs from Belgium

Angie Berry said...

How cute are you! I was wrong... I guessed you to be in the back in the white shirt. "What was wrong with your hair"... how funny! My kids are always making fun of our old pictures but it does crack me up too.

That was very sweet of your dad to make Valentine's Day so special for you all, definitely wonderful childhood memories to treasure~

Oh, and happy 200th post! =] I'm glad you stuck around sister.

A Primitive Homestead said...

A wonderful childhood memories. I'm glad you continued to blog. Funny how our kids look at old photos of us and notice things. Thanks for your visit. The thing I liked most about painting my fan blades was it helps hide damage since it all has uneven areas. Blessings! Lara