Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Saint Valentine's Day!

Happy Saint Valentine's Day!

My husband surprised me with 35 red roses, one for each years we've been married.

A rose blooms and then fades, but the memory and fragrance last forever"
~David Eddings

"There are many beautiful things, but the silent beauty of a flower surpasses them all"
~ Tishigahara

Tonight I'll make a special celebration dinner and we'll enjoy the special Daring Baker Challenge dessert I made, but you'll have to come back on February 28th to see what that is, as that is the date when all the Daring Bakers reveal their creations.

We celebrate Valentine's Day as a day of love and affection, but do you know the origins of the holiday and the Saint it was named after? I found a church in Dublin, Ireland that had some of the relics of Saint Valentine in an altar ( photo above) and I did a blog post about it with a synopsis of why this Saint's holy day became a day to celebrate love that you can read at this link




I'm participating in Beverly @ How Sweet The Sound "Pink Saturday Posts" and I'd like to wish a special day of happiness to her, and all the sweet ladies who join in each and every week with the vintage pink rose Valentine post card above!
Be sure to visit Beverly's blog today to see a list of all the blogs who are a part of Pink Saturday --there will be many pretty treats to enjoy!

"Love flies, runs and rejoices;
It is free and nothing can hold it back"
~Thomas A Kempis


40 comments:

Southern Lady said...

Those are truly beautiful roses, Pat ... I hope your weekend is as beautiful.

ARLENE said...

Wow! your hubby's a keeper. I got a bouquet of roses, too, but the sentiment of 35, one for each year, well, that's special. We're eating in tonight as well. I have a small standing rib roast. Didn't do the DB challenge yet, so don't know what Larry will have for dessert.

Kathy said...

LOVEly post! We aren't doing anything too exciting today. Might spend some time together by taking a nice drive up the lakeshore and head to the outlet mall!

Have a wonderful day today. The roses are beautiful!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Oh what a beautiful bouquet Pat! Your hubby knows how to say "I love YOU" in flowers for sure!!
Hope you enjoy your day!

Happy Valentines Day to Both of you!

Hugs,Sherry

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful post, Pat.

Happy Valentines Day!

dana said...

Happy Anniversary, Pat. What wonderful flowers!
I DO remember that great post about St. Valentine! You had such a grand trip with so many wonderful posts about your experiences.
Have a great dinner with your hubby and a wonderful Valentine's Day AND Pink Sat!! l, dana

Tracy said...

Such splendid roses, Pat...one for each year, how lovely! Thanks for the lovely greeting here...Wishing you & yours the Happiest Valentine's weekend! May it be rosy with love & fun. Hubby & I tend to celebrate quietly too. And as it is soooo cold here, we're not venturing out--LOL! We'll make a special dinner, a little wine, a film...After a busy week time together is a great gift. :o) ((HUGS))

Vee said...

Your Beloved is such a sweetheart. What beautiful roses!

I'm going to follow that link when I find a moment...

steviewren said...

Pat, your husband is a keeper...but I'm sure you know that by now!

Happy Valentine's Day to you both!

Nola @ the Alamo said...

We dine in on V day, too. I don't like crowds and there's nothing romantic about an overflowing restaurant and a long wait for a table. Hooray for hubby and the roses! Have a wonderful V Day with your loved ones.

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Valentine's Day, dear Pat. And, a Happy First Valentine's Day to your sweet little Leo.

Your roses are exquisite, and that was so sweet of him to do for you. I know you both are a treasure to each other.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Pat,
The roses are so pretty...your husband is a very thoughtful man!

I'm sorry we missed each other on our trip. I hope to catch up with you next time!

I thought about you lots while there....it is an incredible place!

Diane

Susan said...

Gorgeous red roses

Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Valentine's Day Pat!

Susan

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful Valentine's Day!

I love your roses. And you deserve every one of them!

XO,

Sheila :-)

JudyBug said...

What a sweet romantic husband!

Judy said...

Roses...special desert...special one to share the date with...how much better can it get? Have a wonderful day!

aliceinparis said...

Happy Valentine's Day. How sweet and thoughtful your husband is. xx0x0x0x

Helen said...

So many roses ... so many wonderful years ... so many more to come....

Barb said...

beautiful roses,I love the photo of St.Valentine, I have never seen that before. Have A wonderful day....Barb

Cynthia said...

Happy V day to you and the family.

Lavinia said...

Happy Valentines Day Pat. Your husband is a true romantic. 35 roses, wow, making both you and your local florist very happy...tee hee. A very sweet gesture and they are truly lovely. I also want to say thanks for sharing with us the Irish connection to St. Valentines day---wow, what an honour to find the actual Saint of this very romantic and special day, in Dublin of all places, but then, Ireland is a land full of magical surprises and history, as you've shown us in your blog posts on that enchanted isle--- and lastly a Happy First Valentines Day to Leo and sweet sugary hugs and kisses to your precious little grandson.

imjacobsmom said...

Congrats on your 35 years! That is an accomplishment in this day and age. I bet that made for a very beautiful and fragrant bouquet! Hope the rest of your Valentine's Day is just as sweet. I'll be back to check out that dessert! ~ Robyn

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

Congrats on 35 years of marriage! Rare these days, your sweetheart certainly gave you a beautiful bouquet of roses. My honey took me out to dinner at the Whistle Stop in Glendale KY--very charming.

Happy Valentine's Day
Rhonda

Sue said...

Hi Pat, thanks for posting the link to the origin of V Day...I had lunch with a friend yesterday and she claimed it was nothing more then a Hallmark created holiday....I thought to myself, that's dumb ofcourse it wasn't created by hallmark....So I sent her the link so she can get a bit educated....Your flowers are beautiful....as I have told everyone so far that got real Valetines Day goodies....I got from the Boss four tires for the Bug and a new battery...so much for romance...

Paris said...

OMG! Beautiful! Hold on to that hubby of yours! ;)

Happy Valentines Day! *hugs*

g said...

Lovely! I am reading your Brooklyn posts. My son, who's a junior in college, lives in Fort Greene.

Have a great Pink Saturday!

Jemjoop said...

Hello new friend,
Beautiful roses, what a treat to get 35. Leo grandbaby is divine.
Jen

Snooky doodle said...

How nice! Surely it is a nice surprise :) Seems you had a nice Valentine's day and I m happy for you :)

Mama said...

WOW, Pat those are gorgeous, what a sweet hubby you have. hope you had a wonderful dinner. The Manicotti Vanni made was delicious, Thank you, hugs, Kathy.

EnglishCottageRose said...

Your roses are gorgeous, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Cori G. said...

Hi Pat,

Happy belated Valentine's Day. What a wonderful hubby to give you one rose for each year. I'll bet you were tickled pink.
I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

xoxo Cori

Melissa Miller said...

~Gorgeous Pat! :)

Deanna said...

Hi Pat...what beautiful roses you got from your sweetie! Congrats on your 35 years of bliss and happiness!

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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ Happy Pink Saturday and Valentine's Day!
Deanna :D

Marg said...

I can sense that you celebrate Valentines many times and that you really value each other.
What a beautiful gift.

CC said...

Ooo, what beautiful roses. Happy belated Pink Saturday..have a great week.

Gina said...

Gorgeous roses Pat..what a sweet husband! :D Looking forward to see your big DB reveal! :D Gx

Loretta said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Your roses are gorgeous!

Paz said...

What a wonderful husband you have. What a wonderful wife he has. What a wonderful couple you make. Your roses are beautiful.

Paz

Lisa B. said...

Happy belated Valentine's Day! Beautiful roses!!

Worknprogress said...

Happy Anniversary!! I stumbled upon your blog and noticed this post with the picture of St. Valentine's alter with his relics from Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin.

On our honeymoon in Ireland in 2001(our annv. is in Feb too), my hub and i happened upon this church and this alter. We were shocked to find something so holy, especially in such a tormented culture as the Irish have, what with the Catholics in great competition with the Protestants. We had visited this church on Feb 15th, and you should have seen the roses upon roses upon roses placed around this alter. They say a special Mass here each Valentine's Day and the young lovers flock, leaving the rosy evidence of their presence. It was quite moving, and very special!

Recently, someone mentioned to me that St. Valentine was "striped"of his sainthood with that last batch of saints, (like St. Christopher, et al.) siting there wasn't "sufficient proof" of their "saintliness". Have you heard of such a thing?