an old fashioned love story
plus a giveawaysemi-sweet morsels

My grandma writes the best letters! Whether it’s a birthday, holiday, or just because, you know that when a card arrives from Grandma, there is going to be a letter included. The other day, Kelly was going through a drawer of odds and ends – you know, that inevitable “junk drawer” where things that don’t have a home get shoved – when he came across one such letter. The one from my birthday back in 2009. Of course, we didn’t remember what it said, so re-reading it was like getting it all over again. And it turns out, we had kept it all these years for a very good reason.

I never knew my grandpa (he passed away long before I was born), so as a child I would sometimes imagine what he must have been like. It warms my heart to hear stories like this. Stories that reveal he was a loving husband who found small ways to show his wife he cared. Here’s the story in Grandma’s words…

“You can never forget those you love, and who loved you. One time I was so busy I didn’t get my house dusted and I felt bad and Allen said “Did you see your cedar chest?”. I said, “Yah, I know. I didn’t get time to dust it.” He said, “Yah, but did you look at it?”

“Yah, sorry!”

“Well just look at it again.”

I thought maybe he had dusted it so I went and looked. Lo and behold it wasn’t dusted, but something that will go with me till I die…
In the dust he had written “I LOVE YOU.”

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From generation to generation, people have been falling in love and finding little ways to show it. Although we don’t believe it should take a holiday to do so, Valentine’s Day is the perfect reminder that even the smallest of gestures goes a long way. We recently shared one such way that Kelly and I attempt to remind ourselves of that on a daily basis. We love these Anthropologie “For The One I Love” notepads so much that we are giving one away to a lucky blog visitor for Valentine’s Day! Just leave a comment sharing something you love about the one in your life. (And while you’re thinking about it, don’t forget to tell them too!)

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

(We’ll be back on Friday to announce the winner.)


………………………………………. UPDATE (winner announcement) ……………………………………….

Thanks everyone for the sweet comments about your love! Congratulations to the 4th comment, Molly Z! Your notepad will be sent out next week. Happy Friday!

  • Molly Zimmerman said:

    Just checked to see who won and Woohoo!! Thanks Melonie + Kelly!! I'm so excited :)

  • Erin Martin said:

    I love Cain's heart. He is the sweetest man in the whole world (I may be just a tad bias). From attempting to make the person checking us out at Walgreens smile, to coming home with some of my favorites from the store, he is always focused on making everyone around him happy. He often leaves me speechless with the amount of love in his heart and his warmth never fails to warm my heart as well. You can't ask for much more in a life partner. I end each day feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. :)

  • Shelly said:

    The thing I love the most about my husband is that as much as he loves me (and he loves me a lot) and as much as he loves our children (he loves them a lot, too) is that above all he loves Christ. It was the first thing I noticed about him as a young teenage girl and what an amazing thing to continue to see so clearly still as we're nearing 12 years of marriage. I am so blessed!

  • Nicole said:

    I love that my husband always finds a way to spoil me! We may not always have the money but he will use what we do have, so unselfishly, on me! He truly loves to make me smile!

  • Jen S said:

    The number one thing I love most about my husband is that not only does he take the time to spend quality time with Carter each day but he takes on the Mr Mom role when I am working, not only caring for our son but cleaning the house, doing laundry, etc. We have a marriage where we both give the same and he never complains. Honestly he probably does more laundry than me. He has a kind, nurturing heart and instilled that in our son. He truly is my best friend and the best husband and father I could dream of.

  • Judy said:

    I love how he'll voluntarily take me to see a Broadway show or musical even though that is the last place he wants to be, because he knows how much I'll enjoy it.

  • Molly Z. said:

    This brought both a grin to my face and tears in my eyes, how sweet!...I love my husband because he is my hero!! From putting air into my car tires to making me laugh to working long hours as a farmer, he cares for me and our family, even if right now it is just us and the fur babies ;), and that speaks volumes to me!

  • Luella Alswager said:

    An old fashioned love, We. Have been married 62 years Feb.20 and our love is greater, and more precious each and every day. Lyle and Luella. Alswager.

  • Bre Ecklun said:

    Matt and I really decided to test our vows this Valentines day... For better or for worse, in sickness and in health...he came home with a nasty sprained ankle and I got microplasma ur walking pneumonia. We laugh when we look at each other laying on the couch looking like a train wreck. But between the madness it has really shown us that we love eachother even in our worst moments. Needless to say, we won't forget this Valentines Day haha!

  • Nicole Burns said:

    I love that even though I haven't had the time lately to get things done around the house, I come home and find that he has managed to find the time to get them done!