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Love tucked in!

I love Valentines Day but mom was great at expressing love everyday and that's where I learned about love tucked in…..Everyday some where some place mom would plant a love note….In and on the bed, lunches, new party dresses, under pillows, in our suitcase whenever we traveled without her, taped to mirrors and doorways…and most often with something little..a piece of candy…a charm or something we saw that we wanted!  At 51 when she left the house after staying with us for a month last summer I checked my pillow as soon as she left.  There it was a ceramic angel tending to a lamb that I saw at the fleamarket that I had loved.   Can you believe I actually checked??? I will always be her little girl.  She left her token of love  as I do my daughter and I may not be good at the notes but not a day goes by I don't tell my son and daughter how beautiful the world is with them in it..  Mom still does that but we rely on snail mail to carry these love messages over the Atalantic to the Carribean sea…something circled in a magazine and tossed in an envelope or a Psalm from the bible circled and mailed off to me or some wisdom from a new age guru!  The woman had 6  children and she is always thinking of ways to tuck love in……so to all of you this day of love letters find ways to say something special to someone you love and tuck it in!!
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44 Responses to “Love tucked in!”

  1. Nancy Yoakum says:

    Love the picture on the bottom with the glass bulbs. What did you use for the backing? It’s FABULOUS! Love your Valentine’s Day memories. I feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas, I can’t wait until Saturday.
    Cupid is coming to town!

  2. Sherri says:

    Oh how beautiful – such a loving way to show that you value someone, that you care. Such a nice story of how your mom left the ceramic angel and you checked!! So sweet. I am going to remember to do this with my own children. Gorgeous photos my friend! xoxo

  3. Terriaw says:

    I think it’s wonderful that you checked under your pillow after your mom left!
    Once a kid, always a kid! What a nice surprise too that she left you that treasure, which I’m sure you will treasure.
    Such a sweet idea.

  4. Love the pretty heart shaped flowers. Have a great week.

  5. Elaine says:

    That is such a heart-warming story about your past (and present) Jennifer. …full of sweetness and encouragement to not let the moments pass by w/o sharing little snippets of LOVE!

  6. Aunt Spicy says:

    Oh, that was the sweetest post/tribute to your Mom!
    And it is so great that you carry on the tradition! Did you make the adorable hearts?

  7. What pretty hearts and I love the one made from vintage ornaments! I’m going to have to make one for myself, thanks for the idea. xo, suzy

  8. Marsha says:

    Love this post, and it’s funny, because earlier today I went to the post office and mailed out a Valentine to you with a little love note tucked inside it.
    Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day,
    S.W.A.K.

  9. Thanks to all of you!!!! Yes these are all mine and all done on wooden hearts . I just hotglued the forget me knots and the ornaments…Have fun girlie girls!!! Happy Valentines day.

  10. Timi says:

    I’m filled with inspiration. Thanks for sharing the wonderful stories & beautiful art. Happy Valentine’s Day to you :)

  11. nice story about your Mom…my Mom did the same thing for us and still does…she even put notes in my sandwiches that I took to school sometimes, more as a surprise than a love note I think.
    I do the same thing for my girls even now… those nice touches that we learn from our Mothers stay with us no matter how old we become. Aren’t we lucky to have such loving and caring and wonderful Mothers?
    Happy Valentines…love the vintage glass heart!
    best,
    carol

  12. That was a great inspiration for today! I try to do those little love things for my children. Notes will be so nice when they can read, but I can draw little pictures now and give little treats. You’ve really put me in the love giving spirit this morning!

  13. What a lovely reminder to us moms how such little touches can make big impact on our children’s life. Clarice

  14. KelleyAnne says:

    I loved that little story. Totally warmed my heart.
    I’m such a big fan of your “stuff”!

  15. sheri howard says:

    You are fortunate to have a mother like that. Thanks for sharing your story, it warmed my heart! I used to put notes in my children’s lunch, I hope it means as much to them now as your memories.

  16. Flossy says:

    That’s probably the nicest Valentine’s story I’ve heard! I thought the heart with the baubles was made out of brightly wrapped chocolates! Shows where my mind is at :)

  17. That is so cool how she left you a gift on your pillow, what a great Mom! And I just love how you put your touch on every single holiday, that heart shaped bauble just makes me grin! Sonya

  18. maigirlz says:

    That’s such a beautiful gesture! Such tenderness your mom has instilled in you!
    My mom has been dead for 17 months and I miss her like crazy! But I have a daddy’s girl story- when I was 42, I got my first tattoo (on my ankle). For the next year, every time my dad came over to my house, I put a band aid over it so he wouldn’t see it! That just cracked my mom and boys up!

  19. So wonderful!~~~XXOO, Beth

  20. CJ says:

    Sweet memories :D Thanks for sharing that.

  21. Bobbie Lynn says:

    Oh that is such a beautiful story about your Mom. Made me cry. But good tears. I enjoy hearing about simple happy memories like these.

  22. fantastic story! What a great mom you have, I am sure you are great as well!

  23. What a wonderful anecdote – terrific memories!
    missy

  24. LuAnn Smith says:

    Ah, so sweet. I have my little valentine candy bags ready for my kids but maybe a little something under their pillow would be nice. Thanks for the inspiration…

  25. Aimee' says:

    oohhh, such a sweet tradition. now let me borrow your tradition if you don’t mind and go tuck some love in (or tape some to their bathroom mirror!! The older boys will definitely be sweetly surprised :) Happy Valentine’s Day sweet Jennnifer :)
    In Christ, Aimee’

  26. amy says:

    It’s obvious that the apple does not fall far from the tree!
    Happy Valentine’s Day

  27. Simone says:

    Oh I love this post Jennifer. So sweet and inspiring. Thanks for taking the time to share. Happy Valentines Day!!
    Big Hugs! Simone

  28. What a beautiful tradition your mother started. I love the hearts in the pictures!
    ~ Jennifer

  29. Thank you so much for sharing this. What a tangible way to express the constant love of motherhood…

  30. Laurie says:

    What a sweet, sweet, post! SO glad you shared, Jennifer! Sweet momma!
    That’s where you learned from! :)
    My momma is the same, sending sweet snail mail notes and little treats now and again! LOVE IT! My girlie’s are now doing the same! Must have learned it from their granny!
    Laurie

  31. mo says:

    what a sweet and wonderful thing to share. We all need to be reminded to do little things that let the ones we know how much we love them. I do that for my kids too and they love it. Not every day but I may have to think about starting that. No wonder you are such a sweet lady- the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

  32. Eva says:

    Jennifer,
    Knowing how sweet of a person you are, it does not surprise me in the least that your mother tucked love in for you in the way you describe. You glow my dear and it is evident that you are loved. Thanks for sharing and I love everything you do–just gorgeous!
    Hugs,
    Eva

  33. jessica enig says:

    What beautiful creations! And how wonderful to have a mother who “gets you” like that! Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Jessica

  34. What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing. I love the pillow idea so much. :)

  35. My mom used to do that to me and my brother all the time when we were growing up. It was mostly on the mirrors or in our lunches. She kept crazy lipstick colors just for that purpose. We never left the house feeling unloved. That was for certain.

  36. lilyhaven says:

    This is too sweet. A gift under your pillow! What could be cuter than that? :)
    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Shannon

  37. Di says:

    I would love it if you would join in on my swap!
    xoxo
    Diane

  38. Emily Moss says:

    What sweet loving traditions you have been passing down in your family. Thank you for sharing. It was lovely to read about!

  39. charlotte says:

    Moms rock! Love that story, Jennifer! xoC

  40. Andrea says:

    That is so sweet! You are so lucky to have a mom like that! xoxo Andrea

  41. cathy nash says:

    I still do this for my kids too, even though they are teenagers now–and when they were little, I always drew a cartoon on their plain brown lunch bags before sending them out the door.
    Cathy
    P.S. I am soooooo loving your fabric!!

  42. pat byrne says:

    Thank you for sharing with others what you and your sisters and brother mean to me…I love you….Mom

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