A Winner…Plus A Valentine’s Treat for All

Just call me Cupid. What fun to make a date night possible for one of you — and to read your comments about your first movie dates with your current significant others. But without further ado, let me announce our Date-Night Giveaway winner. Lyndsey (lyndseyasu), a Valentine’s treat is coming your way! As soon as possible, I’ll be sending you a gift card to one of your favorite movie theaters. And yes, I feel like Cupid must, fluttering around shooting his little arrows of love :) Hope you and Adam have a wonderful time together!

Of course, I’d love to treat you all to a fun night out with your sweetie, but alas, my budget for love arrows is rather limited :) I will, however, give each of you a little Valentine’s treat right here on the blog.

With all of my “ado” and “alas” talk, I think a little something from a great poet of the past is in order. Please enjoy Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous Sonnet XLIII written in 1850:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints — I love thee with the breadth,
Smiles, tears, all of my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Ah, what love! One of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s lines reminds me of another great love written about by Paul in Romans 8:38-39: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Ah, the greatest love all. Why not count the ways you love Him today?

*Family update: Don’s mom was released from the hospital yesterday and is back at her home in assisted living. How we thank God for this great blessing! She will now be going for out-patient fluid infusions five days a week, in an effort to keep her failing kidney functioning. Once again, thank you so much for your prayers!

*Flickr photo by Glamlife-studentportal


  1. Thanks for the update on your mother in law…Happy Valentine’s Day to you…may we all remember our real Valentine…our Prince…Jesus Christ…


  2. cheryl thank you for your post. that is one of my favorite verses. my other one is do not worry about tomorrow for today has enough worries of it’s own. i seem to live by that verse/

  3. I’ll be spending my love night at the church fellowship hall, line dancing with the ancients. Can you imagine? I’ll try with pictures.


  4. Happy Valentine’s Day, Cheryl. It’s so good to hear that Don’s Mom has improved. PTL!


  5. Cheryl,
    Happy Valentine’s weekend. I hope you had some time with your hubby. There are sooo many good movies in the theaters right now. Did you see Slumdog Millionaire? Wonderful.

    Wonderful news about your MIL. I pray that she continues to heal and gain strength.


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