February 13, 2012

El Dia Del Amor

I love sending cards and writing letters!  I contribute this love to my Grandma Margaret who passed away a few years back.  When I was young (around 6 years old), she wrote me my first letter.  In this letter she asked if I would like to be her “pen pal.”  For approximately fifteen years we wrote letters back and forth.  She would tell me about her day, ask me how I was doing and would always let me know that she was praying for me.  She was a faithful pray-er!  At times, she would even include a couple of dollars, but the one thing that she would ALWAYS include was stamps.  We had to keep these letters going! 

Keep in mind that we wrote back and forth even though she only lived on the other side of the city.  When she passed away, I took the opportunity to read through many of the letters that were saved my my rubber maid container.  I took various excerpts from her letters and put together something meaningful that I could read at her funeral. 

So, because of this history I couldn’t pass up a Valentines Day without cards.  I know that this contributes negatively to commercialism and that a lot of really bad companies make way too much money, but I wanted those around me to know that they are loved!

I ordered a few cards for family back home, thanks to Shutterfly!

I then put together a few cards here in Nicaragua for our friends and loved ones here.  Adria, my five year old host sister helped me out with this project.  I picked up a few paint swatches at the local hardware store and we went to work.

Here is the end result.  I apologize for the poor picture quality.  We are looking into purchasing a different camera, but they are oh-so-spendy!


And these are my two Valentines here in Nicaragua (besides Kevin of course):


Thank-you Grandma Margaret for your faithful friendship through the years.  Thank-you for your kindness and prayers, I wouldn’t be who I am today with out them.  And thank-you for passing on the love of letters.  I hope to do the same with my children and grandchildren.

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