Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Valentine Special - Part 1

My Dad made sure his daughters were not short on pendants. The last one he gave me is a Gaelic silver and garnet cross. I’m not a crucifix aficionado, so this only gets worn on special occasions, but I love knowing it’s in my jewelry box, for three reasons.

1) Daddy gave it to me. Garnet is the gem of commitment and friendship.
2) The garnet has special biblical significance. Called a carbuncle, meaning little spark or glowing coal (similar to the meaning of my name, Light or Torch), the colour symbolizes the supreme sacrifice of Christ upon the Cross, His divine love and majesty.
3) The Celtic knotwork design is inscribed with the phrase ‘Mo gra thu’, which is Gaelic for ‘My love to you’.

Sometimes the media spotlight on Valentines Day can get a bit much for those of us without a special fella. This post offers some ideas for how you can make the day special, not for a Valentine, but for the people you care about most. Remember, click on an image to enlarge it.

Make an extra special effort with your appearance. Let your modest, feminine beauty show your family, friends, and community that you love and respect them. Wear a red dress, place a ribbon or flowers in your hair, use that jewelry you save for special occasions.

Do your sister’s hair for her. Check out these ideas (below) from www.shedoeshair.blogspot.com. Don't Sue's daughters look adorable?

Sue’s posts include step-by-step instructions, and advice of a site on how to make hair bows and other girly things: http://bowdesigns.50webs.com. With these patterns, you could make hairbow gifts for your little sister’s friends.

Invite your family to dress up for a candlelight dinner, and while you allow the meal to digest sing each person’s favourite love song together. (Hey, it doesn’t have to be “Love Me Tender” or “My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose”. Try “Bind Us Together”, “He’s More Than Wonderful”, “I Love You, Lord”…there’s lots to choose from!)

Read Psalm 127, 128, and 133 together with your family.

Jig about the lounge or lawn with your family to some lively country music.

If you don’t have a CD to help you jig, try these tunes found at http://www.contemplator.com/tunebook/ireland.htm :

The Irish Washerwoman

The Merry Blacksmith

Tell your father and brothers that they look terrific and enjoy the effect it has on them. ; )

Get together with your closest friends. In honour of your friendship, light a candle for each one, hold hands, and watch the flames flicker. Pray a blessing on each other. If you can’t be together with the friend you love, post a candle to her with a message about how you appreciate her friendship.

Read Psalm 122 and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Make an “I Love You” pudding such as this Bavarian Cream. Share it with your family, or give it to a neighbour to enjoy. (Recipe below.)

1 packet red jelly crystals
2 cups water
Half pint cream

Dissolve jelly crystals in hot water. While it’s cooling, whip the cream. When the jelly is beginning to set, beat until fluffy. Gently fold in half of the whipped cream, saving the rest for piping. Spoon the dessert into a pretty bowl or individual dessert glasses and place in fridge until ready to serve.

Topping: Place remainder of whipped cream in a small ziplock bag (alternately, make a piping funnel out of greaseproof paper). Cut a very small piece off the corner of the ziplock bag and squeeze whipped cream onto the Bavarian Cream in a heart shape (ha! this isn’t as easy as it looks!). Add chocolate shavings or other garnish if desired. (Note: the bowl shown in the illustration contains only half the quantity.)

Help your married friends enjoy a memorable night. Many married couples have stress over this holiday because of the many demands on their time and money due to children. They may feel dread as the day approaches because it's another item on the "to do" list. Help them out! Volunteer to watch their kids that night, give them a gift certificate to a nice restaurant, or be a part of a struggling friend's planning process to surprise his or her spouse. You'll have a lot more fun knowing you were a part of making someone else's night. (This tip came from http://www.positivelyfeminine.org/single/valentines.htm, an article titled “Another Valentines’ Day Alone?” by Jennifer Loftin)

Make a greeting card or e-card for someone in your community who is alone. Use these stencils...

animated gifs...(click on the images to see animation...)

or these graphics...

or search Google Images for something you can copy.

Use one of the following inscriptions, or search for a love or friendship quote at a site like http://www.famous-quotes-and-quotations.com:

It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.
Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. Franklin P. Jones
If you have it [Love], you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have. Sir James M. Barrie
Love is a friendship set to music. E. Joseph Cossman
Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. Voltaire
You don't love a woman because she is beautiful, but she is beautiful because you love her. Anonymous
He loves but little who can say and count in words, how much he loves. Dante Alighieri
Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense. Mark Overby
It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.
Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky and I thought to myself, where on earth is the ceiling.
May the joy of knowing Jesus be born afresh in your heart on this and every day.
Celebrating You Today – With the sunshine you bring and the warmth that you show, you brighten the world…that’s why you’re wished a day as special as you are.
May you awake in the morning with a sense of renewal. May you live your day with quiet strength. May your evening bring you a peaceful heart and a rest of contentment and joy.

A bonnie, bonnie lassie,
She's as pure as the lily in the dell,
She's as sweet as the heather,
The bonnie bloomin' heather,
Mary, my Scotch Bluebell.

Last but not least, give your teddy bear a special hug. It's very therapeutic. = )

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