In our home February 14th is known as St. Valenta's Day. Yup, it's our holiday. Not many can claim their own holiday, although we do know a wonderful family in Canada with the last name of Christmas! Now that's a great last name if I ever heard one! But our's runs a close second! :D
Last year on Valenta's Day, Mr. Valenta was under the weather. We were laying low as he was on week 3 of his 7 weeks of radiation. As he began to feel worse and worse it made it impossible for us to attend our annual stake Valentine's, uh, I mean, Valenta's Dinner.
What a difference a year makes.
This year we were able to attend, just like normal, just like always.
Eating is quite a different experience for Tim than it used to be and we now practice B.Y.O.B. -- bring your own bottle... of milk and of water. It took a full quart of milk to wash down what food he could eat but at least he is eating, and being a part of social activities again. That is the part that feels so good -- to have him attend, simply being there. Just like normal, just like always.
So this Valenta's Day is particularly a sweet one.
Mr. Valenta gave be beautiful tulips, wonderful chocolate covered strawberries and pink haired pony for my farm on Farmville and a tribute made out of hay bales that reads "Tim + Loretta". :)
And I gave him macadamia nuts (still his favorite), made him homemade strawberry mousse with hand piped meringue hearts and all of my love with a promise of forever. :) I love you Mr. Valenta...just like normal, just like always.
P.S. *I made the Love You picture frame with scrabble letters and Annah made the envelope for her class valentines. :)