My First Valentine

Originally published Tuesday, 12 February 2013.

It is not a dozen red roses, heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates, nor balloons and pink and red cards that I remember as my first Valentine. Rather, a simple heart shaped stamp with an adorable dalmatian puppy affixed on top.

My daddy gave me this precious Valentine many years ago. Perhaps my mother should be credited with this purchase instead, but somehow I remember this being one of the gifts that my daddy purchased for his girls himself.

In the fall, Ron and I were reading Charolette's Web to Emily and what do I find in the back of the book? My early elementary school signature alongside my very favorite stamp from my first memorable valentine.

Phases and stages in the home come and go, but memories are forever stamped on our hearts.

Such a simple and sweet treasure.

For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. ~1 John 3:11

This Valentine's Day as we seek to mark the day with love and memories, remember it is often the simple treasures of time well-spent and thoughtful deeds shared that stamp a memory on the hearts of those we love.

Happy Valentines Day to you and yours! What is your favorite Valentine memory?