Friday, February 12, 2016

From Your Valentine - Postcard Friendship Friday #300


This will be the second Valentine's Day without my Beloved.  It is a difficult day for many of us who have lost the love of our lives.  Yet, in performing drama for two different groups this weekend, I pray my team and I will be a blessing to those we serve in spite of my broken heart.

I have always loved Valentines Day.  I adore this Valentine's Day postcard--the little girl's dress is so pretty.  I thought it perfect for the holiday!

Here is a fascinating Valentine's Day legend from long ago.  When the Roman empire became too large, more and more men were recruited as solders and officers--pressed into service to protect Rome's vast lands.  When Claudius became emperor he brought some interesting ideas to the throne.

Emperor Claudius II believed married men were too emotionally attached to their families.  He thought a man with a wife and family, would not make a good soldier.  He believed marriage, with it's strong emotional ties, made men weak. So he issued an edict forbidding soldiers to marry. 

The ban on marriage was a great shock for the Romans, who's tradition of marriage was a huge part of their society.  But the Roman people dared not voice their protest against the mighty emperor.

At that time, there lived a kindly clergyman by the name of Valentine who was known for his powers of healing.  This brave man realized the injustice of the decree. He saw first-hand the grief of young lovers who had given up all hopes of being united in marriage.  So, Valentine countered the unpopular edict by meeting young lovers to perform marriage ceremonies in secret.

But such things cannot remain hidden for long. It was only a matter of time before the Emperor heard about Saint Valentine, the "friend of lovers."   The Emperor promptly had him arrested for his crimes.

When Emperor Claudius II visited Valentine, it is said the great ruler was impressed by Valentine's dignity and conviction.  However, when the Emperor asked Valentine to reverse his feelings about the ban on marriage--Valentine refused to change his views, even attempting to share his own Faith with with the Roman leader.  As a result the now thoroughly furious Emperor gave the order to execute Valentine.

During his imprisonment, Valentin's guard, Asterius asked Valentine to heal his daughter of her blindness.  Valentine prayed over the girl and she regained her sight.  According to this charming, yet sad legend, Valentine fell deeply in love with Asterius' daughter.  It is said just before his execution, Valentine asked for a pen and paper to sign a farewell message to the young girl.  He signed his letter with, From Your Valentine, a phrase which lovers use to this very day.

Martyred for love and for his Faith, Valentine is believed to have been executed on February 14, 270 AD. 

This brave man left behind a beautiful legacy.  Treasure the ones you love this Valentine's Day.  It is a wonderful day to share how much you love those who are close to your heart. 

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Friday, February 5, 2016

To My Love -Postcard Friendship Friday #299


I adore this beautiful postcard...such sweet faces in the mist of flowers--they are like something I would draw.

This Valentine's Day I will be taking a team of dramatists to perform "The Decision," the story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz--a beautiful romance found in the Old Testament of The Bible.

I have always identified with Ruth and Boaz--they seemed to shadow the romance between my husband and myself.  So performing this on what would have been our 32nd Valentine's Day will be a bittersweet weekend for me.  However, God is good and He is full of love. 

Treasure your loved ones--hold them close this Valentine's Day.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

With Love - Postcard Friendship Friday #298


I am a bit late this week.  Thank you for your patience.

I found this beautiful Valentine's Day postcard online many years ago. I love the sweet look of the puppy in the little girl's arms. She has the fondest look in her eyes and I adore that pretty red cape. 

I hope you all had a wonderful week, dear Friends.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Beautiful -Postcard Friendship Friday #297

I posted this unusual postcard back in 2009--enough time has passed by, I thought I'd put it up again.  The girl is beautiful and the dress is just stunning.  I would LOVE to have a dress with sleeves like that!   The embroidered flowers are lovely, too.  The size of her waist, though, bothers me. She's so tiny I think she might break.

I hope you all had a wonderful week, dear Friends.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Prayer Partners - Postcard Friendship Friday #296


Isn't this just the cutest postcard you've ever seen?  I posted this back in 2010--I hope you don't mind when I re-post various postcards.  I have a lot to do today, so I am taking this little shortcut.

I once shared my life with a furry friend who looked exactly like this cat.  He loved me when I was a single girl.  Then after I married, he went out of his way to win my husband (who said he disliked cats).  When my children were born, he was their adoring protector.

His soul flew away to kitty heaven over 20 years ago. I still miss him. His full name was Sir Brat T. Bone, but we called him Bratty Bones.  I imagine him walking with Alan in heaven.  I have a vivid picture of them in my mind's eye.  It is a sweet picture.

Have a lovely day, dear Friends and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Where Hearts Come From -Postcard Friendship Friday #295



If you've ever wondered where Valentine's Day Hearts come from, now you know!  This charming postcard captured my imagination.  What lovely colors and what a wonderful imaginative idea!  I am inspired.

Treasure those you love with all your heart, dear Friends.  Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! -Postcard Friendship Friday #294


Happy New Year Friends.  Isn't this a beautiful postcard?  I love this lady.  She stands in beauty upon the snow with a dove in her hand.  So perfect for the New Year.  Peace on Earth--it is my prayer for the world this new year.

These past months have been slow.  Without the precious company of my sweet husband, the Love of my life, it was the hardest year of my life.

This coming year will be filled with additional changes and challenges.  But with help and strength from the Lord, I will make it through.  My husband always said our life was an adventure--and it continues to be.

Happy New Year and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!  May God give you the desires of your heart and fill the coming year with His joy and peace.

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Friday, December 25, 2015

A Glad Yule -Postcard Friendship Friday #293

I love this old picture from Christmas past. I posted this back in 2009, so it has been awhile.  Can you imagine the fire danger there would have been with those candles on the Christmas tree!  But it is charming all the same.

The angel reminds me of a grown version of the little girl who's face has won so many accolades. As for the two little girls, they're awfully cute--I love their dresses. I'm not sure what expression adorns the elder girl's face, but it seems the little one is either shy, or doesn't want the doll!

Merry Christmas dear Friends!  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday, too.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Grammie's Raindeer -Postcard Friendship Friday #292


I posted this postcard way back in 2009.  I was perusing through my collection, when I found it again.  I remember the day I was scanning some of Grammie's treasured card and postcard collection into the computer.  That's when I found this precious postcard. 

At first I thought it was for Christmas, because of Santa and his Sleigh arching their way over the house. But then I noticed the trees were covered with pink blooms--and that Santa and his Reindeer were drawn onto the card.

Looking closer, I immediately recognized our Grammie's artistic styling. She had doodled over a stain on the card! If you notice, the little red Santa is dangling a bag of toys from his sleigh. What a wonderful, whimsical imagination she had. She would doodle faces and various scenes on cards, scrap paper, envelopes, old letters. I'm so glad I found this precious treasure and recognized it for what it was.
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I adore the simplicity of line she used to create those sweet little Reindeer. I like to think I inherited some of my artistic talent from our dear little Grammie.  And so, this morning I have chosen to share her sweet artwork with you--with a merry Christmas to one and all.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Angel Hugs


This is a wonderful old postcard featuring a beautiful girl and small cherub. These old photographs are so precious.  So much work was put into them. 

I often wonder about the lives of the people one sees in these pictures.  Life is so different now-a-days.  These folks knew how to celebrate Christmas beautifully!

Merry Christmas, dear Friends!