Wednesday, February 13, 2013

UPDATE…Things I love!


For those of you who have already ready this
post, scroll down to the picture of my Mother
and loot at the shadow between the calf’s legs
and the right side of its leg…it’s a HEART!
If you click on the picture it comes in larger.
This was just now brought to my attention by a
blog friend.
Do you think my moms is saying “I love you’….I do!

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow…it’s one of those ‘occasions’
I don’t do much about – I send out cards and money to
the younger grandchildren but that’s about it…
I don’t decorate with HEARTS because they aren’t my
favorite ‘decor item’, they were huge in the 80’s
and I had them then – but looking around my house today
I did find just a couple…they have been here for ages
and I just don’t even consider them but did today.

I have a cupboard on the wall in the family room
and in it I have Copper Cookie Cutters…a HEART is one.
Copper heart cutter

And this past October when I was in Pennsylvania I bought this wool HEART

wool heart

And last is a Salt Glaze HEART plate I bought years
ago in Pennsylvania at Eldreth Pottery
Heart plate

There are a few things in my life though that have ‘REAL HEARTS’
and that is my family…they are the Valentine’s in my life.

My husband who has given his love for the last 50 years…
and for the last month and a half he has done more
for me than I ever expected…
But…I do know he’d do it all over again in a ‘HEART BEAT’.
Aidan and Miranda (7 m0. & 4-1/2)
Miranda Aidan 2 

Alexandra and Jesse (20 & 23)
alex and jesse

Joe (13)
Joe christmas

Emily (15)
Emily christmas

My entire family
Family Halloween 2011 2

But there are also many things that touch my HEART…
some are ‘material’ items and some are long ago friends.
One being my dearest and closest friend ever…
Phyllis who passed away 2 years ago…
I never had a death of a person hit me as hard as this one.
I cried for several days when I would think of her.
She was a friend I truly loved – and she had a ‘HEART of gold’.

My mother….bless her, she passed away at age 49. 
Here she is at age 4 on their farm with her pet calf
Mom with calf

My Father
Dad 2

My grandparents…my mothers parents.  This is their wedding picture
Gram Gramp

And then there are our fur babies who had HEARTS just like us humans…
two of them have passed…we just have BABY now.

Lola at Christmas a year ago – she went deep into my HEART!
Lola on hutch

Baby 1 

And Spot who passed away about 8 years ago…
she was our very first kitty
Spot 06 5
And I love(d) them all.

There are many ‘loves’ I have that make me feel ‘comfortable’…

Home is the first of course – with the scent of fresh
baked cookies – Chocolate Chip being the favorite
Cookies 2

And of course my ‘love’ for Pewter – I can’t get
enough – this is just a small portion
Syrup pitcher

And Wool…oh my goodness I ‘LOVE’ Wool
All wools

And the soft glow of candle light…perfect
and serene – I ‘Love Candle Glow’
basket candle

I have a very large collection of Salt Glaze pottery – been collecting for
35 years…one of my ‘first loves’ for home decor

And ‘family heirlooms’ – a gift to me from my recently departed aunt. It was
my uncle’s grandmother’s bowl and pitcher for washing up
Bowl Pitcher 3

And I can’t forget my ‘love’ of reading ‘Amish books’ –
I have a huge collection along with many on my Kindle
Amish Books

And lastly visiting Amish Country PA…
I will never tire of visiting this area..
Amish Buggy

I also have lots and lots of friends out there in blogland who have
huge HEARTS…I’m happy to call them my friends.


I thank you so much Jean for having a giveaway on your blog and gave these adorable
Blackened Angels to the first 12 people who left a comment.
I was one of the lucky ones…look at this adorable Angel.  I received it yesterday.
THANK YOU JEAN…it’s just too sweet.
You can find Jean at her blog called Prim Crafts:

Blackened Angel  

So there you have my Valentine post…all the ‘LOVES of my HEART’ in my life.
There are many more but these are the most special to my HEART.
As you can see you don’t need to have decorative HEARTS
to have HEARTS in your home

I hope you have a sweet and memorable Valentine’s Day with your loved ones.



  1. Such a sweet post ..I love your sweet love xx

  2. Heart felt post, so touching Karen......Hope you are feeling fine......Enjoy Love Day, Hugs Francine.

  3. What a wonderful post Karen.....yes family is the best Valentine !

  4. Karen ~ such sweet Hearts & Loves!
    Really enjoyed this post.
    Happy Valentines Day!
    Prim Blessings

  5. Hi Karen! You are blessed indeed with such a wonderful family!
    We share all love of many of the same things!

  6. I share some of that same of love. I love reading about the Amish too,and dream of visiting Lancaster Co. Pennsylvania,or one of the other locations where they live. I read my books and pass them on though,except the ones I can't part with :)

    Happy Valentines day friend....blessings

  7. Really nice post. Lovely family:)

  8. Hi Karen, what a lovely post. I love all of your pictures. Valentine's Day is one holiday that I don't decorate much for either. I am not a real big heart person. Love seeing the pictures of your family and your parents and grandparents. what a wonderful family. And congratulations on winning one of Jean's angels, Jean is such a sweetie and does awesome work. Happy Valentine's Day! hugs, Lecia

  9. A beautiful post! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.Hugs,Jen

  10. Karen, you have a wonderful family - I enjoyed all the pictures. Thanks for sharing your "loves" - we have many things in common.

  11. Such lovely thoughts...hope you are feeling better with every passing day! Have a wonderful St.Valentine's Day with your "sweetheart"!

  12. Just lovely Karen! You are blessed with many wonderful things, people and animals...Love surrounds you..that is apparent...Blessings my friend!

  13. Lovely heartfelt words..
    Hope you are doing well.
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  14. Nice Post - we "love" many of the same things. Blessings from Ringle, WI.

  15. Aw, what a "sweet" posting on the ~love~ of your family, friends & pets! Now, that is what Valentine's is really about! It about love and what is in our hearts! I was married on Valentine's day 32 years ago and we had hearts everywhere for our wedding decor but hearts really aren't my thing either! I hope that your feeling better each day, Karen!

  16. What a great way to celebrate Valentines day! Love your pictures and your gift is so sweet! Dianntha

  17. Another wonderful post Karen. There are so many Heart Loves in our lives that we often don't even think of and consider. Beautiful family and I've enjoyed viewing and reading the many of things that are dear to you heart. TFS

    Happy Valentine's Day. :D


    p.s. I don't know if you've noticed or not, but in the picture of your mother and her calf....there appears to be a fabric (wool)heart in this picture, right under and behind the calf's leg. Rather interesting.

  18. Such a wonderful "heart" felt post, very touching and so special. Thank you for sharing all of it with the rest of us.

  19. Hi your post and pictures.
    80's were the days!

  20. Great post. And I HEART YOU, Karen!

  21. Heart decoout run its stay with me way back.Our famlies hearts are the closest to our own hearts. Wonderful Valentine post. Blessings! Lara

  22. Oh Karen what a beautiful post from a beautiful lady! Lots of love to you and continued prayers.
    Be blessed,

  23. Hello Karen.
    Loved your Post. So much Love.
    Enjoyed all your pictures.
    Hope your feeling better and on the mend!
    Still praying for you.
    Happy Valentines to you! Take Care!

  24. Hi Karen...looks like you live in a house full of love...momentos as well as loved family members. You are truly blessed. I hope you are bouncing back quickly in your hubby's good care! ---Jan

  25. This is ai beautiful post, Karen. Thank you for reminding me of all the people and places that can give you love.
    Take care and heal fast.

  26. Such a dear post Karen full of love and blessings..
    I wanted to comment on the fact that your grandson looks so much like you and I loved the one of your Dad for some reason.. Reminded me of mine perhaps.. Gone for many years but still remembered just like yours..
    There is nothing more sweeter nor more appreciated then our families.. You are so right..
    God bless my friend..

  27. Karen, I loved this post. Thanks for sharing what is truly important in life. You are so blessed. The angel is wonderful. Jean is very talented. -Steph-

  28. Enjoyed your post so much, very touching. Hope you are continuing to feel good.

  29. Wow..beautiful post Karen.

    Have a very Happy Valentines Day!!


  30. Great post and I loved all the pictures and the trip down memory lane with you. I have a lot of Love for some special things in my home too and they were the first things I packed for our move. Hope you are feeling better soon. Love your blog. Maybe someday I can change mine and make it half as nice as yours

  31. What a beautiful family!
    Hope that you are feeling
    better day by day.
    Happy Valentines Day!
    Blessings ~Sara

  32. Hi, Karen ~ I love your "heart filled" post. I hope and pray you are on the mend.

  33. Karen, amazing that your mother sent you a heart within that picture...It is so very clear!
    You shame us all who do not post about special days, but I 'LOVE' reading your blog and get such a special feeling for how much those days mean to you. Thank you for sharing the things you LOVE! Blessings!

  34. Beautiful post Karen. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Glad you are enjoying the angel.
    Prim Blessings,

  35. Hello dear Karen, I am late with my Valentine wishes. My computer was in for repair. I do love this wonderful post. It was nice to see what is in your heart and what really matters. They are much the same as mine. Family being #1. Great picture of Doug! You both look so young.

    I have thought about you and have wondered how you are doing after the surgery. May God be with you, dear, and may each day find you feeling more and more like yourself.

    All blessings sent your way,

  36. What a sweet post, Karen. YOU have a heart of gold too, I can tell.
    I enjoyed viewing/hearing about all the 'hearts' in your life.
    Thanks for sharing~what a joyful visit! I hope you are doing/feeling much better!


  37. What a great post! Makes me think of all the "loves" I have and have had in my life also!


  38. Wow, I haven't been to your blog in awhile... love the new look AND you have 999 followers, hehe.

    I've never been a heart kinda gal, always stars, but I do have a few Valentine things. I enjoyed seeing the hearts around your home.

    You have a beautiful family Karen! You're right, that is a heart in your mother's picture... that is so neat. Yes, she is sending you some love!

    I enjoyed reading about the loves of your life. You are truly blessed my dear friend... but you already know that. =]

  39. I'm so glad you commented on my blog Karen, it led me to this beautiful post of yours. The wool heart is darling, the picture of your Mama defiantly has a heart there where the calf is and your father looked like a movie star. You have several wonderful collections and the angel is so sweet.

  40. Hey Karen, I saw the heart! How precious! Love this post.

  41. Love this post! Those are the true valentines. Hope you are feeling good.

  42. Loved reading this Karen….and like you I don’t have many hearts as decorations in my home either, although there are a few here and there that are always hanging around. And also like you, my true Valentine’s are my family, who have hearts of gold and I couldn’t be more blessed if I tried. Happy Valentines Day to you and Doug!!! ♥️♥️


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