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A Handmade Treasure
by Joyce E Bowling
Saturday, February 10, 2007
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Of all the roses, candy, perfume and other trinkets I have been given for Valentine's Day..the Valentine described within this write will forever be the most memorable Valentine ever!

 A Handmade Treasure

Valentine’s Day came as many before…

My husband working third shift,

Seven days a week…

The romantic holiday arrived on Sunday,

With Dennis working the night before…

Stopping to buy me chocolate,

A valentine…a token of love…as usual…

Only…to his surprise…

Closed the sign hung boldly in the window of the store!


I was not forgotten,

For I received a special Valentine that day…

One like no other…

Tears filled my eyes as I held this precious gift,

Created from writing paper, crayons,

and discarded valentines from our children’s forgotten menagerie…

One of pink, one red, the other soft and yellow.

Cut and pasted were the hearts of three,


The inscription lovingly written with a crayon of red,

This is what it said…

To my darling wife,

I didn’t get to buy you a gift,

But I hope you will accept my love,

And this handmade card from my heart instead…

I love you more today than yesterday,

You are my everything.

You are my life!


This handmade treasure now yellowed with time,

I keep safely tucked away in my family bible,

Both close to my heart

And from neither will I ever depart…


Written By: Joyce Bowling

©Copyright February 2007

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Reviewed by Debra Baker 7/15/2007
Joyce, I agree with Loretta. A beautiful memoir. Often the simplest thing mean the most. A treasure in ones heart. Beautiful work my friend.
Reviewed by Bennett 5/18/2007
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 2/14/2007
Aren't they just the best ever? What a treasure!

love, Myrna
Reviewed by Daring Sunshine 2/14/2007
Wow! Happy Valentine's Day! Whata treasure memory for sure!
Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 2/14/2007
Just beautiful
Happy Valentines day!
Reviewed by Approximately Naive 2/13/2007
Nothing beats the gift of our own thoughts wrapped in love for our beloved.

Reviewed by Loretta Scott 2/13/2007
Joyce, what a beautiful-heart wrenching memoir, isn't it beautiful to hold onto the simplest things that mean enormous glitter etched in our hearts. Have a Happy Bless Valentine's Day...and yes keep writing.

Loretta Scott
Reviewed by Fannie Hudson 2/12/2007
That is a wonderful Valentine Story, and a Beautiful Valentines Gift, here is wishing you and your husband many, many, happy returns on Valentines Day.

Your friend,

Fannie Minson Hudson
Reviewed by Linda Wells 2/12/2007
Cards written from the heart tell more of a personal note than one that is already written, I think. My husband has wrote me several cards, valentines day, anniversary, even birthday. The ones for no reason were the most special. he didn't try to ryme, or make it any certain way, he just pours his heart and soul into it and I love and appreciate that he can do that! It is a gift! beautiful poem Joyce, you should take it to the drugstore and have it laminated. I have 4 laminated and they have a special place in my bedroom. Truly touchs me, and I can see it does you too!

Be thankful for your husband, as I am sure he is for you!

Linda Wells
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 2/12/2007
and they are the best gifts aren't they
wonderfully beautiful share!!!
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 2/12/2007
These gifts are my favorite ones too! Made in love~
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/12/2007
Heart touching and romantic write; you are so blessed to have a man like your hubby! God bless you both, and Happy V Day to you both! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 2/12/2007
a very touching write/read. thanks for sharing it. so many times it isn't the value of a gift but we fail to see that.
Reviewed by Sandi Schraut 2/11/2007
A treasure that will always be!! What a special thing that is! Sandi
Reviewed by Paul Berube 2/11/2007

Love should always be cherished with the heart and not weighed in monetary value. This write is so special my friend as both of you are.
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 2/11/2007
I agree with Nordette. The best gifts are from the heart...

Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 2/11/2007
A love like this is a blessing..
thanks for sharing and stopping by
me friend..
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 2/11/2007
AH, how lovely. Good read.
Reviewed by Jo Pelletier 2/11/2007
How sweet a gift that is never forgotten. Thank you for sharing the poem with AD. It is powerful to see love like this.
Blessings, Jo
Reviewed by Bill Grimes Jr. 2/11/2007
Hi Joyce,
Such tender and basal connection between you and your beloved........moving and rich. I miss that safe monogamy so......Drank it all away about 6 years ago. As always, God took a negative and made it good. Today I counsel others who still suffer. Thank you so much for your words of peace and hope.


Reviewed by William Bonilla 2/11/2007
Beautiful poetry You write Joyce
I truly enjoy all your written thoughts

Peace & love
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 2/11/2007
Your words are most powerful Joyce! God Bless you, Holly
Reviewed by Art Sun 2/11/2007
There is no deeper love than the one from the is this that you received and your poem expresses this wonderfull gift. I am sure you and your husband live life and love to the fullest...

nice poem.....Art Sun...
Reviewed by Ann Marquette 2/11/2007
Oh so beautiful. I can see why it is the BEST you ever received, because it came straight from his heart, from his INSPIRATION.

Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 2/11/2007
i use to make my wifes cards also, of course it's been a few years since I made her one because i started buying them,nice reflective poem
Reviewed by Richard Orey 2/10/2007
And now you know, dear Joyce,
A loving gift of yourself, a loving gift from the heart, is the most precious gift of all!

Keep that up front, fellas. The big V day is nearly here.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 2/10/2007
Oh my!...I wish my hubby would be sentimental like yours!!!!! No doubt this is the best gift, because the words in the card are from his heart. Wonderful treasure!!!!! You are one lucky lady!!!!!!

Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/10/2007
I can see why this gift would of been your favorite! What a romatic man your husband can be. Thank you for sharing this joy with us.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 2/10/2007
this is special, as he obviously is..he seems to be a keeper
Reviewed by CJ Heck 2/10/2007
Oh Joyce I agree! It was made by his hands and heart -- nothing could ever be better. No wonder you kept it all these years, I would, too. You've made my Valentine's Day better just by letting me share this with you. Thank you.
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 2/10/2007
That is the most romantic thing a man could do for his beloved--a hand-made card with words from the heart. That's better than flowers or even chocolates. You can keep that card forever...and look at it whenever. Wow! I really like that, Joyce. You tell Dennis that in my book, he is one terrific guy. Yes siree!

God Bless
Much love
Reviewed by J M 2/10/2007
OH darn {{{tears}}}} This was so beautiful and precious a love for a lifetime is rare and wonderful a gift from God above.

Bless you Both always,
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 2/10/2007
What a great love story! If only we were all treated with so much love!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/10/2007
Perfection...On VD I can never get in, for all the mail...
Reviewed by Denise Contreras 2/10/2007
Hosw sweet love is from the heart sounds like he has love in his heart.
Hugs Angela
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 2/10/2007
precious memory!!
Reviewed by Laura Mayer 2/10/2007 sweet is he, and how sweet you are to give him inspiration to write such a valentine!! Beautiful memory.
Hugs, Laura
Reviewed by Rusty Daily 2/10/2007
A very wise message for the men Joyce. Little bits and pieces bound together as a token of love.
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 2/10/2007
What a nice sharing . Love's gifts come in many different forms, and those from the heart are amoung the best. ......M
Reviewed by Sharon Jordan 2/10/2007
Dear Joyce,

I share your sentiments. I have saved handmade gifts from my husband and our two daughters. Some I have gramed and put on the wall. These are among my most precious possessions. You've touched this precious topic so well.

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 2/10/2007
This is so sweet, Joyce. I'm a keeper also of all those wonderful little treasures people have given me. What a wonderful husband to take the time to create such a lovely card after working such long days and hours. Bless you both, my friend.
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 2/10/2007
Hold on to him, Lady. He's precious. As your are, of course. Victor
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/10/2007
God Bless those Who care!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/10/2007
You know what's important and how blessed you are to have the kind of love your husband gives you! Beautifully written, uplifting story/poem! Great for valentines day!

Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 2/10/2007

Oh this is so touching and so heartwarming Dear Friend.
Just simply grand~Yes shall be a treasure throughout eternity.
How utterly beautiful!
What a Godly given gift from such a dear heart of a man...even I would like to thank him.

Surely your tears did flow. I love to give the handmade things myself that is how I was raised nothing any finer than that, Ever!!
You and your Sweetheart have a most lovely Valentine's Day.
Here is something for you words~"Nothing finer thn a girl from Kentuckiana"!~Uknow that's true...Smile

Lots of love to you and the sweetie, take care friend always,
~From the Heart of an Artist...
Reviewed by Michael Mathieu 2/10/2007
Such a beautiful and romantic thought from him,Hold on tight my friend,Loved it,thanks for sharing,

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/10/2007
Your hubby sounds like one terrific guy, Joyce, and that sounds like one terrific Valentine keepsake.
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