Yes, we have a crafty love fest going on in our multigenerational nest.
Without even saying it, we all decided to make our own love trinkets for each other. My 4-year-old was the only one requiring assistance, and everyone else pretty much worked on their lovely gifts alone.
This morning we stashed each family member’s gift in various areas of the house. This seemed to set the tone for a serene, easy-moving, and happy morning routine.
Love is in the air for us – and we hope you enjoy the quotes and songs we’ve selected to share with you.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
“Like music on the waters is thy sweet voice to me.” -Lord Byron
“All Love is sweet. Given or returned. Common as light is love, And its familiar voice wearies not ever.” -Percy Bysshe Shelley
“In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person.” -Margaret Anderson
“In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities” -Janos Arnay
“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end. -Benjamin Disraeli
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“Paradise is always where love dwells.” -Jean Paul Richter
“Love distills desire upon the eyes, love brings bewitching grace into the heart.” -Euripides
“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” -Plato
“The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable.” -Victor Hugo
“Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.” -J. Isham
“To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.” -Karen Sunde
“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.” -St. Aurelius Augustine
“One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.” -Sophocles
[For my] father-in-law, [the song] would definitely be the AF song “Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder” (even though he was a Navy man in his younger years). He was a private pilot, flying in the old time open cockpit planes, loving every minute. He even built an airplane above their family bakery, which became the talk of their small rural town when they had to get it down from the second floor.
The reason these songs are fitting [for my mother-in-law and father-in-law] is because they’ve been married for 47 years and have been through a lot of financial and health storms….YET STILL complete love birds! They’re filled with cuddles & kisses…of course between little pokey remarks.
I have been trying to come up with the perfect songs about my MIL and FIL (divorced), but it is a hard project. And I don’t know any country songs, because I’m sure that would fit the father part – drunk, idiot, removed, and boring.
Leslie LaPlante / Hot Rod Lincoln (Johnny Cash)
I can’t come up with a good one for my MIL, but “Hot Rod Lincoln” always makes me think of Les, my FIL. A million people have recorded it, but I know the Johnny Cash version. Les died 5 or 6 years ago, and I really miss him. He was kind of a wild man, and I have always thought this line from the song probably captures what he was like as a young man: “Son, you’re going to drive me to drinkin’, If you don’t stop driving that Hot Rod Lincoln”.
As for songs of FIL/Step MIL, I use the saying, if you don’t have anything nice to say…
“Pretty Little Angel Eyes”, an oldie but a goodie, music my dad loved, and thinking about him as he passed away 5 years ago.
…or “Conga” by Gloria Estefan because we are celebrating a full week of B.H. using the potty and we do a Conga line after she uses the bathroom, yep, a lot of dancing in my house this week! It’s a hard day for me, but lots of joy in the house, too.
Karen Xavier Dunbar
I would have to say “Twist and Shout” for my in-laws who love to dance!
D.L.D. / Tears In Heaven (Eric Clapton)
Both my mother & father-in-law beat me to heaven. They both died from cancer just before I met my husband. Shirley & Will both died within two years of each other and it may sound bad but I feel cheated…to love their son & raise their grandchildren without them being physically here is heartbreaking.
We have had numerous “angel watching over me” moments where something odd happens and we wonder if it’s Shirley & Will watching over us. Our first son was born four weeks prematurely and miraculously went home two days later. Did I mention I had lost Shirley’s diamond out of my wedding ring two days earlier but [hubby] found it hours after our son was born? It was in the basement (where I would never go!) in a corner lying in a pile of shag rug remnants! It flashed like a flashlight at my husband while he was down there. Keep in mind that I didn’t go into the basement and I was still in the hospital. We took it as a sign that the new Grandma & Grandpa up in heaven were watching over that little preemie in the hospital! Our son is now a healthy, college graduate and a Geologist.
My in-laws’ love is strong and I teach my children everything I can find out about their grandparents in heaven…someday we’ll all meet.
Since I’ve been married (almost 13 years), I have not gone to many big and glamorous New Year’s Eve parties. No, I’m not anti-social (far from it). We just enjoy small and intimate celebrations to ring in the New Year.
Sometimes we celebrate with friends and other times it’s just us. Also, it’s tough to find a sitter at a non-bank breaking rate and it’s typically cold and snowy – so a cozy party at home works well.
This year it will only be four us celebrating at home as the 11-year-old is attending her own New Year’s soiree and sleepover.
I put together an easy and simple, yet festive, party menu to help us ring in 2011.
It’s not too late to throw your own party together. Keep it simple and make it about those who you love and who bring out the best in you.
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