Sunday, February 13, 2005

Happy Valentine's Day

Tomorrow is Valentines Day. Spread some love.
Love Drops

Do you know the history behind Valentine's Day? Let me share. This is from a trusted website.
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The History of Valentine's Day:

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men -- his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.
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Our weekend has been busy. Paige and Sarah spent the night with sisters last night. They always have such a great time over there. The mom is a vet and she has all sorts of cool animals on the property (they have a cabin on 4 acres and mom re-habilitates wild birds, etc). The family goes to our church, so we picked the girls up there this morning. They are so tired now....seems they were up to 2 in the morning! Those were the days.....

Jeff had to work yesterday. That left Emily, Grace, the boys and I to our own device. We went to Hobby Lobby and Target for Valentines goodies. We are having a party tomorrow afternoon with another family. We will make heart cookies, make crafts, watch Charlie Brown's Valentine and listen to music. This has become an annual tradition for us.

I hope everyone is doing well? We miss you! Stay in touch.

Off to watch Sleepless in Seattle....ahhh...smooch, smooch, hug, hug.

Hugs,
Kim


P.S. Thank you for the warm birthday wishes. I didn't have the smoothest Feb 10 this year. I turned 35 (ack...35...me no likey that number) -- but I feel blessed to have another year with family and friends. I've decided that birthdays that end with a 0 or a 5 are going to be banned from my calendar. Join me?

Winky 2


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