I remember the first time I heard the phrase "LOVE is a verb".
It changed the frequency with which I spoke the l-o-v-e word because I realised there's a lot of responsibility and weight behind those four little letters when you put them together and offer the LOVE verb to another person.
To say "I love you" requires an action on my part, a doing, a being - it requires a follow through, because it can't ever be a
throw-away statement or an off-hand response or an automatic 'by rote' reply.
Telling a person you love them carries a great deal of responsibility to show that love.
For example that can be how you treat them privately and publicly, how you speak to them or how you speak of them to others.
Love, true love will be evident in our day to day behaviour towards those we have given these words as a promise.
This reminder is one I personally need quite often in a world where that dear LOVE word is too often thrown around like confetti and the other week when Dianne and Wendy visited I thought about it all over again.
In fact, a few more words made a place in my thoughts that day and they came from a beautiful kitchen towel Dianne had made for me.
I'd never seen this fabric before and she told me it was a piece she had kept for something special, so imagine how very humbled I feel being the recipient of such a lovely gift of such significance.
The words meant a lot and I shall be pondering them for a while.
I kept thinking, "I'd like to be remembered this way".
As one who loved rightly...
...and lived a beautiful life.
Who cultivated a beautiful soul, humble (still working on that) and helped by her gracious Lord.
One who knew she was loved.
Already though, and above all, I can say with my whole heart that I believe in my God and I know He loves me.
I daresay this kitchen towel will never touch a dirty plate or handle a hot oven tray, but it shall hang in my kitchen, a reminder of who I'd like to be remembered as.
There's been quite a bit of excitement about the pincushion I made Heather (this blog post) and questions as to 'where' is the stitchery pattern featured on the front...
The pattern is here in my shop, though it does not contain the wording 'you are my dear & treasured friend' so I'm popping it right below for you.
Just alternate click on the photo below and choose 'save image as' and you can save it to your computer and print it up in a word document. You can also alter the size to suit that way. I stitched "you are my dear" above the Prim Spin Posey stitchery, then "& treasured friend" under the Posey.
Some lovely gifts have arrived in the mail this past week. I am definitely feeling rather spoiled and cherished.
From my sweet friend Agueda in Spain, this exquisite hand crocheted lace which I shall only use on a very special project next year, and my very first ceramic thimble...
From dear Sherry in the USA, the most delicate tatted snowflake, which shall be hung on my Christmas tree...
...and from my dear, dear friend Fee, an assortment of special goodies she knew I'd love!
If you'd like to make Fee's Zipper Pouch or 2017 Fridge Magnet Calendar she has tutorials
on her blog - isn't that wonderful? These are simply lovely and useful gifts.
I hope your week does not overwhelm you but offers pockets of peace and calm, moments of sheer delight and laughter.
I'll be winding down my blogging for the rest of the year, perhaps sharing a few sporadic posts here and there as the mood strikes, but I do intend relaxing more each day and relishing in these final moments of 2016 which will see Mr E and I celebrate 25 years of marriage on December 28th.
Breathe deep, give thanks, and enjoy your day,