Yes, I Will Be Your Valentine 2/14/17

small-valentine-2017-jpg-sigValentine’s morning is frosty and clear
So clear I  see my breath,
Hear frozen cracklings underfoot,
While watching you scrape the icy veil,
Clearing the windows for a clean view,
Allowing you to make it safely to work.

I return to warmth and furry friends
Already missing you.
I see the handmade gift you made me,
A cardboard heart with a question and words of love.

The sun shines on deep red roses
In an elegant vase bought years ago.
I imagine the vase rejoicing
As it has long sat empty and now
It is serving beauty once again.
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With your gifts and question
You spoke of loving feelings, tender intentions,
And a wish that we might put our feet on a spiritual path
That deepens loving connection.

This evening we will celebrate
With other couples dedicated
To each other and their coupleships.

We will share with each other,
Working on healthy communication, true intimacy,
And ways to deepen our bonds together,
A wonder filled opportunity.

I spoke my answer to your question
And will now write it here, Beloved Husband.
Yes, I will be your valentine.

With gratitude in my heart
I can say I have loved you from the beginning
And continue to love you in the present.

My prayers are that we take
A spiritual journey together,
Deepening our compassion, kindness, love,
And feelings of gratitude for all we have,
Including each other.

Happy Valentine’s Day
From your beloved wife, Raven!

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May your Valentine’s Day be filled with gratitude, compassion, love, and kindness.

Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!

To You With Love 2/14/15

2:14:15 bonsai pink a sig“But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise on your lips.”   ~ Kahlil Gibran
Flashback – Tuesday, February 14, 2012 – The green orchid is still hanging in there with the magenta/pink orchids. The lovely white and fushia orchids have wilted to a lovely paper like look. I call this arrangement “The Orchid Arch”.
February 14, 2012 sigFlashback – Thursday, February 14, 2013 – Today we had lovely blue skies and a little less air pollution just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone 🙂
February 14, 2013 sigFlashback – Friday, February 14, 2014 – A pair of mallards in love 🙂
February 14, 2014Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Today I visited a beloved plant store, Cactus and Tropicals, to take photos to share lovingly with you.
2:14:15 lav sig 2:14:15 succulent blossom sig 2:14:15 white blossom sig“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things, does the heart find its morning and is refreshed.”
~ Kahlil Gibran
2:14:15 succulent blossom 1 sig 2:14:15 blue sig 2:14:15 lady's slipper sig“beautiful flower
are you waiting for a bee
to help you make love”
~ Raven Ariana Simons
2:14:15 pretty pink sigOur hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven

Happy Valentine’s Day 2/14/14

Flashback Tuesday, February 14, 2012 – Happy Valentine’s Day one and all! This is my pick photo of the day and I call it Our Hearts Burn with Love At Sunset. I love this picture because it looks like the sun is igniting this heart shaped leaf of ivy.

February 14, 2012 sigFlashback Thursday, February 14, 2013 – This is my pick photo for today and it stars a Valentine for my sweetheart, hubby.

February 14, 2013 sigFriday, February 14, 2014 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Only Breath

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim,
not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system.

I am not from the East or the West,
not out of the ocean
or up from the ground,
not natural or etheral,
not composed of elements at all.

I do not exist,
am not an entity in this world
or the next,
did not decend from Adam or Eve
or any origin story.

My place is placeless,
a trace of the traceless.

Neither body or soul.

I belong to the beloved,
have seen the two worlds as one
and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner,
only that breath breathing human being.
~ Rumi (From The Essential Rumi – translated by Coleman Barks)

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When I am with you, we stay up all night,
When you’re not here, I cant get to sleep.
Praise God for these two insomnias!
And the difference between them.
~ Rumi (From The Essential Rumi – translated by Coleman Barks)

Our hearts give thanks for the Grace in the Universe!
Namaste ~ Raven