Thursday, February 14, 2013

Remembering a most Romantic Valentines Day

Long before this Valentines Day  2013 there were some unhappy times.
I had a failed marriage of 20 years and I was recreating my world
as a single mother of three sons, trying to make a new home for us
and working very hard to pay the bills and all that goes along with that.
So when Valentines Day rolled around today I was reflecting on 
what it means to be loved and to share this day with someone in the truest sense.
I feel so happy and fulfilled having my husband for my partner~
and I won't forget about how it was Valentines Day in 2003.
My little story setting is this:  I purchased a duplex and the boys and I 
lived in one side while I had a tenant living on the other.
It was a small but cute house that I had fixed up and we got 
comfortable and cozy in our new space.  However I was sad as that 
Valentines day approached to be alone without a love in my life.
Valentines Day is the day that is a relentless reminder of how 
great it is to be in love and part of a couple.
Little did I know my youngest son Colin was well aware
that on this day of romance and flowers his mom was going to 
be shut out....I just wish I had a photo to share, but since I don't I will try to describe it 
so you can be there with me in my mind as I go back that morning.
My little bedroom was painted a light apple green with white lace panels hanging from 
the two corner windows so it would be as bright and cheerful as it could be. I had a silver iron 
bed that I found at Bombay company and I dressed it in white matelasse spread.  
~china cabinet I used to use as a clothing closet~
The closet was so tiny I bought a tall skinny french china cabinet to store
all my sweaters which I folded and sorted by colors.  This china closet is now
in our dining room, as is the bombe chest I used for my dresser.  The small rooms was tight 
quarters with these three pieces but it was pretty and romantic.  There was a bathroom inside the bedroom which was pretty neat, as this house was built in 1889~and originally it was the only bathroom 
in the house.  So it felt very English to have this vintage bath right off my bedroom. 
So anyway, this Valentines Day I was just determined to get through it.  I would
solider on with the belief that my Mr. Right was out there somewhere....
I started my day with a lovely hot shower but I couldn't dismiss the melancholy.
After showering and toweling dry, I wrapped my towel about me and one for 
my hair, turban style and exited the tiny bathroom...and as I opened the door
I saw the sweetest thing EVER!  
My littlest son Colin was on bended knee with a small black velvet box.
He was 12 years old.  He said to me, "Will you be my Valentine?"
Awww, my heart just melted~it was the sweetest thing I think any of my kids have
ever done for me.  My heart melted and I felt so lucky to have such
a thoughtful and caring son.  I think of him sharing this special
holiday someday when he marries a lucky girl.  Yes she will be lucky indeed.
Inside the box?  

A pair of cubic zirconia diamond earrings!
He wanted to buy real diamonds for me he told me, but 
I told him that these were more special than real diamonds would ever be.
In just two months time I would meet my forever man, David.
I call him Mr. Maison Decor on these pages~but Dave is 
one in a million and I am so lucky to have found him.  That Christmas in 2003 I snapped 
a photo of him at our duplex kitchen table (we only had two rooms on the first floor,
an eat in kitchen and a tidy living room). I was falling madly in love
with him and hoped he was falling for me too.
Look how young Colin is next to Dave.  Brandon stands next to Colin~
they are wearing their neckties that was always our Christmas Eve tradition.
Dave would become their beloved step-dad in two years time. 
My days of bouncing around from house to house with my sons as 
a single mom trying my best to make a life for us all,
would soon be coming to an end.  
We would be a real family with a happy ending!
So believe in love~
because it really can come true!
Happy Valentines Dave~I love you!



  1. LOVE that story!! That is the cutest thing that your son did- Your right he will make some girl very happy one day!!!
    Happy Valentines Day!!
    ~ Cheryl

  2. loved your story, and you look lovely in your wedding gown. I too endured a 20-year marriage and then was a single mom of 3 girls for 5 long years until marrying my Mr. Finally Right in 1997.

  3. Oh, what a beautiful story, Amy. I have two sons, so I know how they can just fill your heart. Your love story is a wonderful one too.

  4. What an awesome story! Your son is so sweet and gave you a great memory. I love seeing pics of your old home decor. It was pretty! I love how cute your duplex was.

  5. Beautiful story, gorgeous bride, handsome groom and an awesome family!
    May God's blessings be upon you and yours and may your day be a wonderful and happy one!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  6. Prettiest wedding dress ever! Thanks for sharing your story. Awesome shop, too.

  7. every regard...
    I recall being 35 years old and single when my BFF's daughter, who was 7 years old at the time, sat on Santa's lap and asked him to find "a good man for Andie". I met my husband a month later!

    Hug your family for me. I am so sorry you had to endure such heartbreak but your blessings are so abundant now!



  8. Your story is very similar to mine...a 23 year marriage that went up in smoke and 7 years of being single...but God had a plan and He sent me MY David in 2001! We will celebrate 10 wonderful years this coming October.

    Happy Valentine's Day Amy!

    P.S. Your sons sound like wonderful young men. What a sweet story.

  9. What a nice story to share with us. So happy for you. Blessings

  10. Hi Amy,

    Your sweet love story brought tears of joy to my eyes. How special your sons are and how wonderful that you and Dave found each other.
    Happy Valentines Day!


  11. What a beautiful love can just see the love oozing from your home! Wishing you a happy and sweet Valentines day!!

  12. That's a precious story. I'm celebrating with the weenies today. I would be depressed about being alone on Valentine's but I've had so many...there is no reason to. I'm used to it. I just celebrate all the pink and red and sweet treats and move on with it. I know other single girls that try to ignore the day...I never have...I always celebrate it whether with someone or alone. So glad you found your prince charming. You are a lucky girl.

  13. Such a sweet Valentines story--thanks so much for sharing it! Happy Valentines day to you two :)

  14. This is such a beautiful story. Very touching. Shows that our kids are capable of much more than we know at times, and that there is always someone out there for us! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I love this story. My heart just melted reading it. I'm so glad you shared it. You look absolutely stunning and so very happy on your wedding day. Happy Valentine's Day! x

  16. Now that's a nice story! What a beautiful family. Dreams can come true.
    Happy Valentine's Day.

  17. Amy, that's such a beautiful story and what a precious thing for your son to do. I too had a failed marriage of almost 13 years. I am so lucky to have Wade now and we've been married for 14 years next month. I had to skip the country and come to the U.S., but it was worth it! LOL! xo

  18. this made me tear up, amy. i feel you. what blessings have come your way. what love has changed everything.

    wishing you and your valentine decades of happiness!


  19. Beautiful post! Thanks for making me smile.

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  21. Happy Valentines Day Amy x
    Just when you think you can't find Colin anymore adorable you tell a story which makes every Mother out there fill up,What a sweetheart! So happy you are surrounded by love Amy every girl should be xxx

  22. What a love story! What son would think of doing such a memorable act for their mom! You did right, Amy raising your sons. You set the example and they watched, listened and followed..Pat yourself on the back and give Colin a kiss and hug! He's one charming young man!

  23. This is just the sweetest love story! With such a happy ending. Your twelve year old son was such a little angel for you on that valentine's day. I love your story, thanks for sharing

    The French Hutch

  24. Mushy...mushy...mushy...mushy!!!!
    I want to talk about stuff!!!
    Lots of old stuff!!!
    But then, I guess you and Dave ARE old.......
    I haven't known you long enough to love you......
    But I do like you an aweful lot......

  25. That is an absolutely heartfelt story. You must be some wonderful mother to elicit that kind of response from your son. And what a lovely young man! He will make someone very happy one day.

    I can relate, I was a single mom with two children for many years.

  26. Such a lovely heartfelt story. I too had the same experience and have now found the best guy for me ever. We have been married for almost 20 years, he adopted my daughter and life is grand. I spent 10 years single with my son from my 8 year marriage to his dad. Age 17-25! Too young and I learned a lot. Now I know what a great man can really be.

  27. Wow! What a wonderful story and as I read this, it brought tears to my eyes. Your story is very similar to mine, with three small children and a failed marriage of 17 years. I thought I would never find a prince to love me and love my children as his own. But God provided and I'm so lucky. I'm so happy you found your Mr. Right (or Mr. Maison Decor) also.

  28. OMG! I love your story and you are so blessed to have such a wonderful family- you must be a very deserving person- best wishes to you and yours!

  29. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww... oh my god, that almost made me cry. What a GREAT valentines story. Wow...



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