Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My favorite Valentine's Day Memory ~ Win a box of Valentine's Day Candy!


Similar to people who were born on Christmas Day, my birthday is two days before Valentine’s Day. In addition, I used to work for the largest candy manufacturer in the country, with unlimited access to chocolate. So who would ever buy me a heart-shaped box of confections? I realized early in life that this romantic holiday would never generate more than a greeting card, whether from my parents or my sweetheart. Imagine my shock when I walked into the house after a long day at work and found candles lit, supper made and a stack of wrapped gifts in the center of the table. Okay, maybe just a stack of two….but I was thrilled. Not just for new pink nightgown and peach-scented candles, but for the fact my husband accomplished my least favorite chore of the day—cooking dinner. I am here to testify take-out rotisserie chicken, bagged salad, and Stove-Top stuffing has never tasted so good. That Valentine’s Day, I fell asleep knowing I was still cherished by my college sweetheart. Ever since that day, a greeting card now works magic for me…even if he uses the same card year after year.

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Happy Valentine's Day ~ Mary Ellis of the Suspense Sisters

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  2. Matt Redman (A great Christian song writer.singer has a birthday today! I know what you mean about Christmas birthdays. My birthday is Christmas Eve! A Christmas Eve birthday was gets lost in all the Christmas activities.(My daughter's is July 4th!)
    duellonlysis(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Christmas Eve. Oh, my, yes. you know what I mean. Thanks for posting.

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  3. This is so sweet. I have two memories. The first: I was in school full time, and working part time. We had only one child, at that time, but I was STRETCHED! My husband and 10 yr old son, greeted me with dinner, candles, an beautifully set table, and they were my waiters for the evening, including white napkins draped over their arms. He died 6 yrs later on Feb. 5th, but that memory makes me smile and warms my heart to this day. :)

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    1. Oh, my, thanks for sharing such a sweet story. Your husband and son sound wonderful. Truly, my sympathy for your loss! thanks for posting.

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  5. Your story is so sweet. I have two memories. I was married, in school full time, and working part time. We had only one child, at that time, but I was STRETCHED! My then husband and 10 yr old son, greeted me with dinner, candles, a beautifully set table. They were my waiters for the evening, including white napkins draped over their arms. My husband died 6 yrs later on Feb. 5th, but that memory makes me smile and warms my heart to this day. :)

    My now husband surprises me with special gifts on every holiday, and each birthday. His cards are so bad, though, they make me smile. :)

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  6. I have a granddtr. born on Valentine's so her breakfast pancakes today may have been heart-shaped. Well put, and the plot details of your newest book sound great. Delores Topliff, 1203 Pinecrest Rd., Corinth, MS 38834

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    1. Happy Birthday to your granddaughter! I love pancakes. And thanks so much for the kind words about my next book.

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  7. My favorite memory of Valentine's day is going to Vegas and getting married to husband #2. He has since passed away, but of course that week was amazing.

    Nancydarby2007@yahoo.com

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    1. What fun to get married in Las Vegas.! I am so sorry to hear that he has passed. Deepest sympathy and thanks for leaving me a comment.

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  8. I loved the homemade cards actually love them better then store bought. This is a special time of year for us. We was going to get married that day but since it fell in middle week we did it on 18th. This will be our 40th. Wedding anniversary. Love him more each day.

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    1. Happy Anniversary, Diana Montgomery! great story! He loves YOU more each day too!!

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  9. My husband and I rarely did anything for Valentine's day. We were always short of cash, but needless, I always tried to make a nice dinner. I didn't need a reminder of how much my husband loves me...I know he does!! ��r

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  10. When we were dating, hubby and I gave eachother our favorite fragrance. And we decorated the boxes. Today he made me a steak dinner! It’s been 48 years! Oh I remember one Valentines Day we saw Gone With The Wind, recreleased in theaters in 1968.

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    1. Gone with the Wind is one of my all-time favorite movies!! thanks for sharing your memory!

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  11. My favorite Valentine's memory was my first Valentine's after I was married. My husband sent me flowers at work. Then he took me to a nice restaurant for dinner. rose blackard (at) Gmail (dot) com

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  12. My favorite Valentine's memory was my first Valentine's after I was married. My husband sent me flowers at work. Then he took me to a nice restaurant for dinner. rose blackard (at) Gmail (dot) com

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  13. For many years my husband and I couldn't afford gifts to give each other for Valentine's Day but we always have each other a card. Sometimes purchased, sometimes handmade. Today we have a little more money but we don't feel the need to spend money. We treasure our life together and that is the best gift of all!
    Happy Valentine's Day!!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. My bd is Dec 30. Close enough to be combined with Christmas! For Valentine's I've always preferred chocolate over flowers. Yum.
    lhanberry1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. What a precious story! Thank you for sharing. I must say I always enjoy rotisserie chicken. Yum!
    dawn dot nicol (at) gmail dot com

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  16. Thank you for sharing your story. Was it Hershey’s where you worked? That’s my favorite chocolate! My husband does not like Italian food but one Valentines he took me to Olive Garden because he knows I love it. We even waited a long time for a table!
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes, it was Hershey's Chocolate where I worked. Thanks for sharing your memory.And you're my randomly picked winner of the chocolate! I will send you an email!!!

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  17. Oh what a treat to come home and have dinner and presents waiting for you Mary!! My husband does not cook, so I certainly can understand what a thrill it would be to find it all done...even if it is store bought 😊 What a sweet & loving gesture!

    Having access to chocolate would be dangerous thing in this house...lol!! But I wonder, being around it all day everyday,if you wouldn't get tired of looking at it?

    I also had to laugh at your "even if he uses the same card every year" comment. Maybe he found the perfect one and no other can say what he wants πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š It's the thought that counts, right?

    Thanks for sharing your Valentine story and the giveaway chance!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. What a sweetheart of a husband. We rarely dio anything special for Valentine's Day, although we do exchange cards. Regardless, I know he loves me as much as I love him. We have 40 years of Valentine's Day together, and hopefully many more to come. Linlee822 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  19. Neat! So sweet to be surprised like that. Happy birthday and Happy Valentine’s Day!
    My oldest son was born on Christmas Eve and is now 19. Fun post.
    jennydtipton At gmail Dot com

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  20. Aww, how sweet is that?! It would shock my socks off if my hubby even attempted that. :) We don't really celebrate it much. lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  21. I'm still waiting for my Valentine that God has for me! :)

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  22. What a sweet husband!
    Martha T.
    CRPrairie1(@) imonmail((dot) com

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  23. Well that's about the cutest thing I ever heard. You have a good man! Keep him! Thanks for the chance. Happy valentines/birthday!

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  24. What a great memory. My third daughter was born on February 11th.

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  25. Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave me a comment. I truly loved all your memories too!! Gail H., you are my randomly picked winner of a box of candy. I will contact you via email. God bless you all.

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