Before Disaster Comes Show Your Love

Australia is reeling. A staggering number of lives have been lost as a result of the bushfires that have been rampaging for days. Whole towns have been wiped out. Many people have lost their homes and possessions in the worst disaster to hit Australia as bush fires rage through parts of Victoria. Fires have also hit New South Wales but to date no lives have been lost there. Other than the lives of loved ones, what would you try and save in case of a fire? It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it? As I started to think about what I’d … Continue reading

Symbols of Love

The other day I wrote how a perfect red camellia was, for me, a symbol of love. One other time it was a vase of sweet peas. For many people flowers, in particular roses, are a symbol of love. For my father roses were anything but symbols of love. He hated roses. When Mum and Dad bought a house with beds of roses in it, every one of those roses were dug out by Mum since Dad had a bad heart and couldn’t do the digging. Their removal and absence was, in a way, a symbol of love. Of course … Continue reading

Love Letters – Glimpses of the Heart

Love letters reveal a great deal about how you feel or how someone else feels. The love letter is a romantic device in films, books and reality. Love letters are an enduring part of our history and our culture. So I thought we’d take a moment today and enjoy some glimpses of love letters from the past. Sullivan Ballou Sullivan Ballou served in the Union Army and he wrote this letter to his wife Sarah shortly before he died at the First Battle of Manassas during the Civil War. The letter was never mailed, but it was recovered and later … Continue reading

Online Cupid Help for the Romantically Challenged

Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan with the likes of Osama Bin Laden, you’re well aware Valentine’s Day is less than two days away. Some of you might be painfully aware of this date because you suffer from a condition known as RC (Romantically Challenged). Symptoms of RC include one or all of the following lacks: time, imagination, or money. Acute fear of disappointing is another indicator. Based on year’s past, you know you have a tendency to fail in the romantic gestures arena. You’re painfully aware that if you show up with yet another abysmal … Continue reading

Love & Marriage: Quotes & Romance

There’s nothing that says I love you like a romantic card, gesture or the most old-fashioned of love gifts – the love letter. Some of the greatest writers in the history of western literature have offered their thoughts and comments on love, relationships and more. So to give you some hints, tips and more – here are some great writers you can quote in writing a love letter to your spouse, fiancé or more: Friedrich Nietzsche There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. D. H. Lawrence I am in love – … Continue reading

The Best of the February Marriage Blog – Letters of Love

Typically I write about my Best of Moments at the end of the month, but I was a little tied up at the end of February this month. But I wanted to take a few moments here, while we are still at the beginning of March to talk about what I think was our best of February Marriage Blogs. The Letters of Love series was very near and dear to my heart. When I initially conceived the idea, I thought I would get a small handful of letters to publish from one reader to someone in their life they loved. … Continue reading

LOVE Letters

These may not be your typical love letters that you would expect to find from your grandparents form years ago, but I hope that you will be inspired to create a few love letters like these sometime in the near future. I just put these letters together yesterday and I had so much fun with this project, so I thought that I would share them with you. Supplies: Chipboard Letters: from JoAnn ($2.99 each) Patterned Paper: Basic Grey and Daisy D’s Stickers: 7 Gypsies and Heidi Swapp Rub-on flourishes: Basic Grey Love Themed Stamp: 7 Gypsies Ribbon and Heart Gems: … Continue reading

Love Letters: Tracy & Hepburn

Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, need I say anymore? For those of you who are not fans (and shame on you if you are not) – Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn were Hollywood classics who felt an instant attraction for each other and despite her reputation as the outspoken, trailblazer that she was – what Tracy wanted to do, where he wanted to live, even what films he wanted to make – that was what Hepburn wanted to do too. Friends & Lovers Despite her outspoken nature, Hepburn was an intensely private woman and her infamous relationships with Hugh Hefner … Continue reading

Writing Great Love Letters

With the “Letters of Love” section that Heather began, I decided it would be fun to ask people what they think is the basis of a great love letter. I asked people I know what they believe are great features of letters they have received, as well as the best features of love letters they’ve written. I’ve combined the answers with my own thoughts, below: Be Yourself and Don’t Try Too Hard I received this response (or similar variations thereof) the most and I happen to agree. Don’t try too hard to make love letters sound like Hallmark cards, just … Continue reading

How Do I Love Thee? Start Counting the Ways!

I wish I had thought of this sooner, but we still have time until Valentine’s Day. You can start now or wait until Wednesday, to make it one week of counting the ways you love your spouse. We have mentioned before that it’s important to tell your mate that you love him or her often, but it’s also important to tell the one you love why you feel that way. Doing so is a great way to show appreciation, and it’s also very romantic. You can simply start writing reasons on the calendar, speaking them aloud, or finding other creative … Continue reading