My Little Book of Valentines — Closing Page

(IChild in gardenmagine you are holding a tiny gift book in your hands and turning the pages as you read this next special series of  Valentine posts here this week… 💖  )

Valentines is a time to celebrate everyone we love…

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At times, when you are feeling lonely —

it might be easy to start thinking valentines have passed you by.

But that’s when you need to find a corner of quiet

in a hub bub world.

Take time to notice reflections of color in rainwater pools

where a heart-shaped leaf has come to rest right at your feet.

Listen for an unexpected song

trilling a serenade just for you from an overhead branch,

or wonder at a once-wilting plant

that has quite suddenly bounced back to life from your nurturing hands!

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For the One who loves us most

has hidden and planned brightly-shaped valentines all round

for us to find…

like an Easter egg hunt

directed by His Hand.

Yours may be an exquisite butterfly sent your way,

or maybe a stone or a seashell with a heart design

discovered on a walk.

It could be a breeze that lifts its fingers gently through your hair

pushes you playfully from behind,

or whispers I love you’s through the treetops.

Or the joy of seeing ripples streaming patterns of peace across a still lake…

There are valentines waiting for each of us…all the time…

Have you looked and listened for yours today?

 

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© Pam Depoyan

Have you found any unexpected valentines lately?

 

If you missed the earlier story pages of this series, here are the previous links:

“In the Garden with Blue Enchantment” * shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery — All Things Childhood

(Please do NOT copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.  :)

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My Little Book of Valentines – Page 4

Little Girl leaning into Brother

 

 

(Imagine you are holding a tiny gift book in your hands and turning the pages as you read this next special series of  Valentine posts here this week… 💖  )

Valentines is a time to celebrate everyone we love…

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Sometimes, someone —

perhaps an admired older brother–

may lend us a shoulder to lean upon

when maybe we are feeling a bit insecure

or shy.

They may not even realize

how much their kindness means.

 

But even more than paper lace and flowers,

theirs is the type of valentine

that lasts

long upon the heart.

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Thank you again, Debbie, for sharing the darling vintage photo of your mom (leaning into her big brother’s shoulder) that inspired this drawing.  I thought it seemed perfect to showcase here today as a valentine… Her so-expressive eyes hold so much story!

 

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© Pam Depoyan

Have you a snapshot in time (paper or memory) that captured a “living valentine” sort of story moment for you?

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If you missed the beginning pages of this series, here are the links:

 

“Virginia…”  * shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery — All Things Childhood

(Please do NOT copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar.  :)

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My Little Book of Valentines – Page 3

Mom and Daughter Picking Flowers

(Imagine you are holding a tiny gift book in your hands and turning the pages as you read this next special series of  Valentine posts here this week… 💖  )

Valentines is a time to celebrate everyone we love…

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Some of those share their hearts with us as living valentines

throughout our lives…

They take our hands and teach us to find and explore and take joy

in  the new and the old.

They sing soft songs upon our days.

They lead us to care about others with thoughtfulness

by showing us how much they care for us.

So that no matter where we go,

or how far apart we may be,

we can “take them out to hold and read” …whenever we want…

as forever valentines.

 

If you missed the introduction to this series, here are  the first two links:

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© Pam Depoyan

Who has been a living valentine in your life?

Or, in what ways have you been blessed to be one to another?

I’d love to hear your stories…

 

“Out on the Meadow Together”  * shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery —  People and Landscapes After the English Heart

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My Little Book of Valentines for You… Page 2

(Imagine you are holding a tiny gift book in your hands and turning the pages as you read this next special series of  Valentine posts here this week… 💖  )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

💖  Valentines is a time to celebrate everyone we love…. 

 

  It is a time to remember and hold close the love stories of those who people our lives… whether far or near in time and place…

To find the valentines revealed in photos tenderly saved between the pages of an old family album… and bring them alive again in our thoughts…

To be thankful for the silver and gold friendships

that sing laughter through our years

and help form the space in our hearts for  understanding the word “cherish.”

 

 

If you missed the introduction to this series, here is the first link: My Little Book of valentines for you… Page One

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© Pam Depoyan

Do you have a special valentine story

retold through the years within your family?

Grandparents… Great Grandparents… Aunts or Uncles?

 

 

“Malcolm,”  “Julia” and “Sea Sisters Forever,”  * shown above, are now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery —  People and Landscapes After the English Heart and Beach Themes

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My Little Book of valentines for you… Page One

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(Imagine you are holding a tiny gift book in your hands and turning the pages as you read this next special series of  Valentine posts here this week… 💖  )

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Valentines is a time to celebrate everyone we love.    

 

It is a time of writing and sending special messages from the heart

and tucking them into tiny envelopes;

of  winging heart notes off to those far and away;

 of hiding them inside secret baskets for friends nearby

or slipping them unseen upon a classmate’s desk…

It may be a day of hand-delivering smiles to someone with a simple, “I like you!”

just to tell them they are your friend…

Most of all…

It is a time for others to take out and hold your love in their hands

…once and again…

and to know how much you care.

 

 

For…A valentine is a part of yourself you give away.

 

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© Pam Depoyan

 

Though romance has always been keynote of the day,

somehow in our selfie conscious world,

we seem to have lost the valentine 

tradition I have always loved —

of spreading heart notes to

friends, family, the babysitter, the clerk who always has a smile for you …

Do you have a fun or special memory of receiving such a valentine

over the years?

 

“Love finds a way…Special Delivery” * shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery —  Valentines for Anytime

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Fine-Feathered Valentines

“Airs Above the Ground”

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As if to the music cue of snowy batons raised, a symphony in white falls lightly and lithely outside my windows today, sending bits of gossamer lace cutouts to shimmer and chase one upon the other…like ballerinas performing their airs above ground.

They gather and billow out as one gown to slip up and over the branches of trees and lay clean, bright cover upon the ground…

They catch and reflect bits of blue and rose and silver to glisten as stars…

And whisper mysteries of Heaven that fall gently on a thirsting world… of promises to come and manna gift reminders that we are loved as the most cherished of pearl…

And as I pause to enjoy their dance

I suddenly spy a hidden in plain sight Valentine…

 

…there, perched upon a branch from my dogwood tree,

an ice sculpture has wondrously formed in the crystal lace cutout of

a Holy Spirit Dove, tail pluming beneath…

(Can you see it?)

With His everlasting message of love written all over it…

No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life.

As I was with Moses, so I will be with you;

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

~ Joshua 1:5 (NIV)

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© Pam Depoyan

I’d love to hear about the Heavenly Valentines

you’ve discovered in plain sight!

“Airs Above the Ground” * shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery —  Ballerinas

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When the new year ahead makes you wistful…

Girl with Bookby Window-Darker

Standing here at the beginning of the new year, I feel wistful.

A tad, spent.

Maybe even a bit… jaded.

Partial light has come to uncover a touch of a longtime mystery, revealing NEVER-suspected secrets and making me question with sad heart– Is anyone trustworthy in this life, besides our God?

One poor decision on someone’s part, most likely out of immaturity at the time, but then gripped onto for a quarter century of all our adulthoods, robs everyone who cares of so much!  Missed chapters in lives that may never truly be revisited…  And all over petty grievances and misread words that now seem like so much wasted and vaporous smoke.

Why, Lord? 

Beyond my window, days upon days, the sky is an overturned pewter bowl, sifting powdery specks of snow like fine-spun fairy sugar.  It makes me want to hunker down within a peaceful snow globe, tuck into the arms of an inviting chair…take up a dream…feel that old sense of girl adventure within the pages of a cleverly written story.

So much so, that every time I pondered writing here,  I’ve found myself turning instead to an old friend… the joy of a new-to-me book.  My favorite this season has been stumbling upon a few historical fiction series each centering on a lady detective at that turn of 1900s and weaving truth I never knew of with imagination.   Last jaunt to the library I had so many tomes toppling and tumbling about in my arms that the kindred spirit librarian offered me a bag to carry them!

What is it about mystery that hooks us all?  Hallmark Movies and Mystery channel can attest to this curious bait as they spin one delicious woman detective tale after another in series upon popular series.

Sometimes it is the fun of trying to guess the who behind the whodunit ahead of the reveal… but most of the time I do seem to figure that out even in the most cleverly written pieces.  No, more than the answer to the riddle, for me anyway, seems to be the enjoyment of the characters and their ways.  Especially in the written form where I also delight in the lyrical or the humorous or witty juxtaposition of words that just make me smile or hope or dream…

As I ruminate on all this, it hits me that maybe we are attracted to mystery because life itself is one.  We step into a new year with empty pages spread out before us… and wanting clues, maybe even seek the Holy Spirit for “A One-Word” message for the year.  I’m not against that, but for some reason, have not fully embraced it the way so many here in the blogosphere have.   This season I sense a calling of the Spirit not to try and choose just one word, but rather… to lean into HIS HOLY WORD for the living promise (or promises) He makes to leap within our spirits as we read them.  If you have already chosen a ONE-Word, why not use that as a springboard to do a word study on that specific?  For example… If your word is JOY, a concordance could lead you to wondrous revelation upon revelation of that fruit, and deeper Truth and Mystery He wants to sing over you this year.

Yes, as I stand here at the beginning of the year, I feel wistful.  And I am beginning to feel a bit of the wistfulness of HIS Heart over us as He reverberates this promise within my spirit…

Your light shall break forth as the morning and

your health shall spring forth speedily. 

~  Isaiah 58:8

Yea, Lord.  After all this time… Speedily!

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What Scripture Promise do you sense Him

dropping into your heart for your new year?

 

© Pam Depoyan

“Caroler at the Window,” * shown above, is now on display and available for purchase in my “Picture It in Pen and Ink” blog gallery —  People and Landscapes After the English Heart

*This drawing is one of my favorites I’ve worked on,

so I hope it touches your heart too!

Please contact me at pam.depoyan@gmail.com

if you are interested in this print or if it sparks an idea

for a piece that tells your story!

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