Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Be My Hodgepodge Valentine

Welcome to this week's edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post then leave a comment for the blogger before you. Everyone LOVES comments. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. What does love mean to you? 

Wow, jumping in to the deep end right off the bat. 

For me love is an action word. It's not just talking the talk which is mostly easy, but it's also walking the walk which is sometimes easy and sometimes not. If you love someone you need to be all in. Love is a commitment and it really is all the things we pledged at the altar... for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.  

It's an easy thing to say 'I love you' but those words have to be given life, otherwise they're just words. Real love demonstrates on a daily, sometimes hourly basis, patience, kindness, and humility. It's slow to anger and requires putting the needs and welfare of another before your own.  

2. Is love blind? 

Maybe initially, but love that lasts a lifetime is not blind. I read a quote attributed to a Rabbi Julius Gordon that said, " Love is not blind. It sees more and not less, but because it sees more, it is willing to see less." 

I like that. 

3. How do you remember Valentine's Day as a kid? Do you have any special plans for the day this year?

I loved Valentine's Day as a child. We always had a party at school and everyone made and decorated their own 'mailbox' usually out of a shoebox. It was fun to choose Valentine's and then decide which friend would get which Valentine. Always one for the teacher too. It was simple and generally they were just small cards in tiny envelopes, and our parents were not involved in their creation lol. 

Hubs and I typically make a special dinner at home, which we plan and cook together. This year he and I will be in two different places, but we do have a fun evening planned next week and will call that our 'Valentine's Day'. 

4 Are you a fan of the movie genre known as 'rom-com'? What's your favorite (or one of your favorites)? 

Am I a fan? I guess so. It would be hard to choose just one favorite rom-com but Sweet Home Alabama, 27 Dresses, and When Harry Met Sally are three I can watch again and again. 

5 What's something you recently put your heart into? 

I'm drawing a blank. I mean I don't do things halfway so if I'm working on a project, cooking a special meal, hosting guests, selecting a gift, etc I'm going to put my heart into it. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

Spending the day with my newest little Valentine...

Wishing you a day filled with sweetness too! 

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  1. I love that you drew a blank on your own question!!! :D
    What a sweet little Valentine. Enjoy your time with him!

  2. We answered some questions about the same this week. I miss those days of decorating your own mailbox. As a teacher, it is difficult to incorporate the fun activities into our schedule because the STATE demands too much instruction! Enjoy your day celebrating with that precious Valentine!

  3. We both mentioned When Harry Met Sally! My husband is away today too, good thing we don't celebrate!

  4. Oh what sweetness to hold your newest little gift from God and cuddle and listen to her cooing/breathing. Congratulations! She is adorable. Wonderful expressions in your answer to #1. Those Valentine boxes were the best! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  5. Aww she's gorgeous. look forward to hearing more about her.

  6. Your new Valentine is just perfect!! I love that quote by Rabbi Julius Gordon - thank you for sharing!!

  7. You are right about walking the walk where love is concerned. That is a great quote you shared. Hope your day next week is fun. Yes those are great movies. I watch them often. She is beautiful. I'm so happy for you. Happy Valentine's Day!

  8. That is a great picture of you with your new granddaughter! Hubby and I got things to make Valentine's goodie bags. Oh yes, Sweet Home Alabama was good. Enjoy your special day with your hubby.

  9. Your newest little Valentine is perfect!

  10. Your newest little Valentine is adorable! I enjoyed your answers and think the Rabbi got it right! Thanks for another fun Hodgepodge. xo

  11. What a beautiful little granddaughter!

  12. Love comes from deep inside or maybe from my soul and it has a lot to do with patience, understand and acceptance.

    Yes love can be blind and it is that blindness that allows the denial of how someone really is to be seen.

    Never heard of Valentine's Day when I was a child.

    Rom-com movies can be hit and miss often for me a miss

    I take each day as it comes, some are really hard others not co much.

  13. Congratulations... what a sweet Valentine.
    My husband and I usually cook a fun meal together for Valentine's, we did just that last night. Then we played one of our favorite card games, and he beat me. ;-)

  14. I was reminded of the simplicity of our childhood Valentines yesterday when children at our church's school presented our ladies attending the widow's banquet homemade valentines. My husband, who sang was given one that read, "You are dearly loved by me Even though I don't know you but you are grate. I hope you have the best Valentines day." You just can't buy one that means any more than this. Loved your precious picture.

  15. I love the quote from Rabbi Julius Gordon - very insightful! Sweet photo of you and your new Valentine - Congratulations!!