It’s 8 days until Valentine’s Day and I have another FREE printable for your love. Who doesn’t love Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “How Do I Love Thee?” from “Sonnets from the Portuguese”? I think this part, the 3rd sentence – I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach – makes a perfect Valentine for your love.
After 26 years of marriage, Charlie and I are truly an “old, married couple.” But, Valentine’s Day has a special place in Charlie’s heart, more than my birthday, more than Christmas. Over these many years, he continues to surprise me – sometimes quite lavishly. I don’t attempt to outdo his generosity. But, I attempt to show him, daily, that I love him, that he is important to me and I wouldn’t, couldn’t choose another.
Charlie’s been very ill this past year. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that. Diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension in late March, which is a result of post-polio syndrome. He spent more than 2 months in the hospital, some of that in ICU. It was a scary time and I’ll never forget the loneliness I felt when I would have to leave the hospital and come home. I had to feed our cat, a boy named Coco (who is yelling – caterwauling – at me this very instant, telling me to get off this computer and join him and Charlie in our living room).
Anyway, this printable is my FREE gift to you and here’s a link: Depth Breadth Height Soul FREE Printable.
I rarely share photos or stories about Charlie on this blog, not because he’s asked me not too. But, because this blog isn’t about our relationship – it’s mainly a food blog! But, I’m taking this opportunity to share photos of Charlie from our Christmas holiday with family.
Charlie opening a gift at Christmas and wrapping the ribbon around his neck – he loves it when Princess P and Princess Sweetie Pie thinks he’s silly.
Charlie displaying his Grinch coffee mug – a gift from me. There’s a story behind this – Princess Sweetie Pie calls Charlie the “pancake Grinch”; you can read about this in the link below.
Peppermint Peeps – includes the story about the “pancake Grinch.”
More stories about Charlie and his illness: