Some would say that Valentine's Day is a silly holiday. There was a time I totally agreed. And while it still might not rank up there with Christmas and Thanksgiving, I think it's pretty special to have a day to remind people of how much they are loved, don't you? Yes, of course we need to do that every day. But we need to be thankful every day that special people in our lives were born, too. Yet we have no problem honoring them in a special way on their birthdays.
I have so many people in my life who are special, and who I love so much. Today, I wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day. But especially, I want to wish one to my girls.
To my daughter, Jenny: You have brought joy to my heart through your sincerity and innocence. I marvel at your faith. HVD (that's Happy Valentine's Day).
To my granddaughter, Malaya: You light up my life, girl! You are such a joy! I love being with you, and have thought back so many times on our "date night" of a couple of weeks ago. That will always be one of grampy's treasures. HVD.
To my daughter-in-law, Kayci: You are like a steady rock, and your passion for those things that are important to you is contagious. HVD
To my daughter-in-law, Jennifer: Your compassion for others is so obvious. I especially love watching you interact with children. HVD
And finally, to the one who defines Valentine, Beverly: Each day with you brings me closer to God. I feel like a man who won the lottery -- LUCKY! And so blessed. HVD