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Friday, 14 February 2014

A Love Story for Valentine's Day

Love is when you look into someone's eyes and see everything you need. 

Happy Valentine's Day dear friends!

Are you a soppy girl? You know, one of those girls who cries at weddings and love stories?
Well, I am, and I wanted to post something romantic today. So I decided to share a love story ~ Our Love Story.

So, pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and make yourself at home. I know many of you have already heard my story but for those of you who haven't; here it is.


Let's take a little trip back in time to a Saturday afternoon record hop. It was a cold afternoon in January but that was the place to be in those days!

Now picture if you will, a shy young man, sporting a cute Beatle haircut and an even shyer young lady with long hair and bangs, dressed in a mini dress and high boots. Yes, I liked to dress in the latest fashion!

I was just sitting there, enjoying the music with my friends, when this young man approached me and asked me to dance.  

As we headed out on to the dance floor, there was a little attraction there and we both felt it. If you were to ask us, yes, we do believe in love at first sight. Of course we know God had something to do with it too.

Later, after we had been seeing one another for a few weeks,  he told me he had noticed me a few months before that but it took him all that time to get up the nerve to ask me to dance. Isn't he adorable!

We were both seventeen.

He asked me to dance three weeks in a row and then one day after the Hop, he followed my friends and me into a restaurant where we always went to grab a snack before heading home.
Not much wonder we were all so fit in those days! We danced all afternoon and then walked the three miles home afterwards.

He sat on the other side of the restaurant all by himself and then he got up and put some money into the juke box. He played three of my favourite songs. Coincidence? I don't think so! One of those songs was my absolute favourite. He didn't know it was my favourite, it just happened to be his too!

Words by The BeeGees is still our song today.

My friends talked me into joining him at his table where we sat and chatted before he walked me the three miles home. About halfway home, he took me by the hand, and 'it was magic!'

We arranged to meet the following Friday night at a department store. He had had his picture taken in one of those little cubicles before meeting me and afterwards, he asked me to get mine taken.  So I did. These are the photos from our first date.

That was our first date and that night we had our  first kiss. That date led to many more which eventually led to our marriage.

My mother was not happy that I married this young fellow and she felt that way for many years. Unfortunately, it put a wall between us for a very long time.
This past year however she told us she had been wrong and that I couldn't have married a better man.
Funny it took her so long to know what I knew all along. Today she loves my hubby like her own son and this makes us both very happy!

He was and still is my sweetheart, my hero, and my best friend! I always said when we met, he rescued me and I still feel that way.

Almost from the beginning of our marriage, God was at the center of it and we spent many years in the ministry. Today Hubby is still very active in the church and our door is always open.

We raised three sons together and now we are delighted to have five grandchildren.

Now that we have been married for a few decades and are in the Autumn of our lives, we often talk about Heaven. Just the other day, he paid me the nicest compliment ever. He said when we get there, he hopes he will be living right next door to me.

I feel very blessed to have him as my mate and if I could do it all over again, I would marry him all over again.

Life is a journey, and love is what makes that journey worthwhile.~ Author unknown

Happy Valentine's Day to you all and I pray you get to spend this special day with someone you love and treasure. God bless you! 

Words ~ Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and Robin  Gibb

"Smile an everlasting smile,
A smile can bring you near to me.
Don't ever let me find you gone,
'Cause that would bring a tear to me.
This world has lost its glory,
Let's start a brand new story, now my love.
Right now, there'll be no other time and I can show you how, my love.

Talk in everlasting words,
and dedicate them all to me.
And I will give you all my life,
I'm here if you should call to me.
You think that I don't even mean,
A single word I say.
It's only words, and words are all I have, to take
Your heart away."

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Your love story is beautiful, Sandi. I am glad that you found true, lasting love. Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. A sweet story of true love Sandi.
    Happy Valentine's Day to both of you.

  3. Happy S. Valentine' s Day! Your story is so sweet...

  4. Sandi, a beautiful story and thank you for sharing!
    Happy Valentine's Day (and tell hubby I pray his wish comes true!)

  5. Hi Sandi,
    I've really enjoyed reading your sweet love story. Your story also reminds me of the Beatles song..."She was just know what I mean...but before too long I fell in love with her"....
    Happy Valentines Day to you and your Sweetheart.


  6. A very sweet post, Sandi. Thank you for sharing how you met and how God has been the center of your marriage. Those photos are priceless!

  7. Sandi, this is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your sweet story. Not too many happy beginnings have happy endings. Although ours was not love at first sight, we have had an enduring love that has lasted 4o years!!

  8. Oh my Sandi,
    You have brought tears to my eyes. How sad that it took your mother so very long to accept him. I am so sorry for the pain that must have caused you! My hubby and I are also high school sweethearts and I would never have chosen anyone else either! Thank you for sharing that beautiful love story! Have a wonderful weekend! Oh yes, you were both very attractive youngsters and I bet you haven't changed a bit! Karen

  9. What a beautiful tribute to him and the fact that your mom came around.

  10. Lovely story! and lovely pictures as always..

    Have a great weekend!!

  11. What a beautiful love story, my friend. I'm so glad that your mom's eyes were finally opened to the goodness of your true love. My beloved and I met at fourteen and this Valentine's Day was the first in 50 years that he wasn't here. "Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted". If I hadn't been blessed with a wonderful marriage and great love, there would not be a reason to grieve, right?
    Cherish your sweetheart, Sandi, and enjoy your time together until you reach eternity. xo

  12. That was lovely to read. I sat with my coffee and read it twice! True love, indeed.

  13. What a sweet story Sandi. You too were adorable at 17! What a blessing your mom has finally come around. Blessings, Deborah

  14. I love love stories! I truly believe that True Love can only happen when God is at the center and is the Head of the relationship. Alpha Hubby and I ministered together for several years, too. And Words! I'd forgotten that song but it is a wonderful one!

  15. Such a sweet love story! You are blessed! So happy you and your Mom are close again.

  16. Oh Sandi yours is a wonderful Love story! You look so pretty on your first date... take care.


  17. Oh Sandi yours is a wonderful Love story! You look so pretty on your first date... take care.


  18. What a sweet love story, Sandi. It's wonderful to hear such loving and positive thoughts of marriage and of your husband.

  19. What a sweet history you and your husband have, Sandi. It's truly amazing that you share such a strong bond after all these years. I'd say you are lucky, which you are, but I'm sure you are quite devoted to each other and your family.

    Happy belated Valentine's day, to you!


  20. Sandi, this is one of the most joyful Valentine's stories I've read. Your photos are so precious and your happiness shows in your faces. It's inspiring how your love has endured – thank you for sharing this and congratulations to you both!


I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi