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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I "Wood" Love To

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Love, love, love.  This month of February is synonymous with love.  Tis the season for red and pink, chocolate-covered strawberries, hearts, roses, jewelry, stuffed animals, balloons, and more chocolate-covered chocolate.  Happy Valentine’s Day, Sunshines!

February also marks 5 years since I’ve been doing something that I absolutely LOVE!  That love is writing and this month is my 5-year Sips of Sunshine anniversary!  So, it’s my blogiversary!  My Sipsiversary!  My Sunshine-i-versary!  We can call it all kinds of things, but I’m excited about it and I just want to thank you for celebrating with me!

Thank you for encouraging me, for supporting me, for reading and sharing my blog posts, and for paying it forward by inspiring others in your life.  You’ve also been amazing cheerleaders for my new children’s book, Gabriel’s Golden Key, and I can’t thank you enough for that!

Since it’s my anniversary, I found some scoop that I thought I’d share.  The traditional anniversary gift for 5 years is wood.  The modern gift is silverware.  The gemstone is sapphire and daisy is the flower.  So, wait, before you go out and get me a wooden clock, some silver flatware, a sapphire necklace, or a huge bouquet of daisies, I want to express my love…to a couple who taught me what love is.  Yes, that couple is my precious mom and dad!

My sweet parents are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary this year!  Woo-hoo!  Happy Anniversary to you both!  Thank you for being a beautiful example to me and all those around you.  I pray that God blesses you with 45 more years!  I so love you!

Guess what the traditional anniversary gift for 45 years is?  Yep!  It’s sapphire, just like the 5_year gift.  Cool, huh?  I don’t own any sapphire and I don’t think Mom does either, but I did a bit of research on the lovely gem. 

Here is some of what I found:  “Sapphire is a very hard stone and its history dates back to biblical times.  It is thought that the tablets containing the Ten Commandments were made from sapphire.  It was also thought that the earth rested on a huge piece of sapphire which in turn reflected the sun and gave the sky its bluish color.  Royalty has worn sapphire to symbolize wisdom, holiness, virtue, and good fortune.  Suggested sapphire gifts include rings, pendants, earrings, and bracelets.”

So, Dad…looks like Mom needs some jewelry!  Or, maybe dinner, a foot massage, cleaning the house, dishes, and a bit of laundry will do!  And, Mom…Dad mentioned a trip to the Coushatta Casino?  However you choose to celebrate, know that you mean the world to me and I’m so blessed that God chose you to be my parents!  I’m a lucky, lucky lady to call you Mom and Dad!

Since love is in the air, I wanted to also share a fantastic reminder from Mikey:

A group of professionals posed a question to a group of 4 to 8 year olds.  They asked, "What does love mean?"  The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.  See what you think:

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore.  So, my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too.  That's love."  Rebecca - age 8

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.  You know that your name is safe in their mouth."  Billy - age 4

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your french fries without making them give you any of theirs."  Chrissy - age 6

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."  Terri - age 4

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is okay."  Danny - age 7

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."  Bobby - age 7

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate."  Nikka - age 6

"There are two kinds of love, our love and God's love.  But, God makes both kinds of them."  Jenny - age 8

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well."  Tommy - age 6

"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."  Elaine - age 5

 "When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you."  Karen - age 7

"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it.  But, if you mean it, you should say it a lot.  People forget."  Jessica - age 8

Wow, huh?  We can learn a great deal from children! 

On this 5th Sipsiversary of mine, you might ask me to be your Valentine.  And, I will gladly respond with a little pun to celebrate my 5th year of blogging.  I “WOOD” love to!  Hee hee!

Thank you for continuing this journey with me!  Here’s to writing many, many more Sips…and books!  It’s a fun ride with you by my side!  For an anniversary gift, please don’t worry about getting me that set of wooden spoons, but I’d love for you to hop on over to Amazon and do a review of Gabriel’s Golden Key.  You rock!  Thanks again!

Have a wonderful week, Sunshines!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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