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Love Thursday: February 14th, 2008


Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!  

An admission:  historically, I've always rather disliked Valentine's Day, ever since I was a gawky tween, all knees and teeth, and the only person in class who didn't receive a Valentine.  Even now, as someone who is in a happy and loving marriage, Valentine's Day still makes me uneasy:  what's with all the jewelry ads on television?  The pressure to come up with the perfect gift?  The sheer commercialization of love?  I mean, granted, Valentine's Day is sort of a Hallmark Holiday, and it's certainly nice to be the recipient of such things, but is that really the only way to express love?

I say no.  Absolutely not.  As a matter of fact, I think I'm going to celebrate Valentine's Day a little differently this year:   

Today, Valentine's Day, in addition to making sure my husband and daughter know how much they're loved, I'm going to challenge myself commit a random act of love today.  It may not be overwhelming or grandiose; in fact, often the best acts of love aren't.  Perhaps I'll send a note or an e-mail to someone with whom I haven't  spoken in a while, telling them I'm thinking of them.  Or maybe I'll buy a small grocery-store bouquet of flowers and leave them anonymously on someone's doorstep.  Or maybe I'll leave a Love Note to my city in some random location. Who knows?  But I think I want to do something love-ly.  Take Valentine's Day back to what it's all supposed to mean.

 Of course, you can feel free to join me. :)

Anyway, Valentine's Day aside, Happy Love Thursday!   Please leave your links to your images of love in the comments below (and be sure to check out the beautiful work of camera shy momma, iyoyome, and nicky thomas and their depictions of love). 

And most sincerely, may your hearts be FILLED with love today, on this special, Valentine's Love Thursday Day! 

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Reader Comments (112)

It's just so perfect that Valentine's Day landed on a Thursday! The perfect way to take back the holiday! : )
My heart is filled with love to say the least.
February 14, 2008 | Registered CommenterTracey Clark
I think you have a perfect plan for Valentine's Day. Tomorrow the kids and I are going to deliver some Valentine's to some of the people in the local retirement community. Valentine's Day really is a Hallmark holiday, but I don't mind because it usually involves candy. Any holiday with chocolate works for me.

Here is my Love Thursday contribution....
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermel from freak parade
happy love thursday day!

p.s. that's a great little rock
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCriri
Valentines day is a Halmark holiday, but I figure any day that is an excuse to say I Love You and to eat chocolate is a day I'd like to have!
I've been baking... cupcakes, cookies... I love sprinkles and toppings...
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstacelet

I wrote about the history of the heart as a symbol of love:

Has a surprising story to say the least!

Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Love Thursday all :)
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbleeding espresso
...and love to your heart as well.

Mine is up
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermelody
I am joining in for the first time. Here's my contribution! Happy Valentine's Day, I hope you all find some love in the day.
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBipolarlawyercook
i love the concept of a valentine's day to love others.

February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLois Lane
here's another tasty love post - i hope you like it

and thanks for posting my pic of Cedar and her dad. I'm thrilled that you like it.

February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternicky thomas
Ahhh, I love the little random act of love. Good luck! I'm glad LT is back.
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCherrye
Mine's a bit of a musing one this week...

Happy Valentines to all!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbirchsprite
Here's my contribution. My battery died today before I had a chance to take the picture I planned, but I'm better with words than with a camera anyhow.
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarrien
i must say, valentine's day with a 3-year-old daughter is pretty darn fun. last week, we made valentine cards together. what a beautifully spent morning. it made me happy and full of love. I couldn't stop snapping pictures of the process...especially those chubby little hands writing love notes to her different family members.

THIS was my favorite shot of the morning...cate (the 3-year-old) directed the composition and it is perfect.

I LOVE THIS GIRL. that's my love thursday contribution...these pictures do my heart good.
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjaneymay
I've never been one for Valentine's Day either. But I like where you are going with it this year.

Here's my contribution:
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJeanine
Happy Love Thursday, and Valentine's Day, to everyone!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Eaves
I love this one of my baby girl and her baby doll.

Happy Valentine's Day!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAngella
We really should take back Valentine's Day.Show our children what the day is really about.
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelody A.
I posted 13 valentines and 4 little heart pics here:

happy valentine's day :)
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa
Hi! My name is Mishelle, and I just found Shutter Sisters last night. I was so happy when I did, my heart almost burst. I look forward to being a part of this mix.

My submission for this "love thursday":
<a href="">love is...</a>
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSecret Agent Mama

That link didn't work. Sorry. Hope that one does!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSecret Agent Mama
I think Valentine's day is fun--a fun excuse to celebrate each other.
What a happy coincidence to have Valentine's day and Love Thursday fall on the same day!

Here's my contribution. I love my little son, he's so cute.
But I need some feedback. I cropped this two different ways and I can't tell which is better. Can youguys look at them and tell me which you like?
Thanks in advance
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGinna

Our Valentine's Day plans include lunch with Daddy downtown. Should be fun!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralli
I definitely agree with the conflicted feelings about Valentine's Day. I've always felt slightly uncomfortable with it, and so Rob and I try to celebrate it just by spending time together, rather than going out of our way to one-up each other. I think it's a good compromise. :-)

Happy Love Thursday!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSam D.
Beautiful photo. So glad to be jumping back into the Love Thursday Community! Happy Love Thursday everyone!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCakes
Karen, thanks for the V-day inspiration! I think I'll leave some Love Notes for unsuspecting folks.

Here's my post for today. Happy Love Day, y'all!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah-Ji
I have 2 for Love Thursday...

<a href="" title="LoveThursday_MyValentine2 by lysrian, on Flickr"><img src="" width="375" height="500" alt="LoveThursday_MyValentine2" /></a>

<a href="" title="LoveThursday_MyValentine by lysrian, on Flickr"><img src="" width="395" height="500" alt="LoveThursday_MyValentine" /></a>
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLys
Happy Love Thursday everyone. I have my pic up at
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJessie
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermonsoonaz2
wonderful rock! i was wondering what was to become of them (you had a photo of three of them lined up) i love your ideas of valentines, i often try to push this holiday away, but with the arrival of my son's curiosity, i'm learning to put a new twist on the holiday.

thank you for the link to my photo. i'm humbled to be in such good company.
happy valentine's day!
here's a kiss
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercamerashymomma
happy valentine's day. in this season of love i wish blessings of joy and peace to all.

here is my love thursday:

February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermaggie ann.
Love is friends who sit with you under twinkle lights.

Happy Vday/Love Thursday to the Shutter Sisters - your weekly tribute to love is a powerful gift!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrené Brown
Happy Love Thursday Valentines.

Roses and Red
Violets are Blue
Because it's Valentines
I made an iMix for you!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGirl con Queso
I'll stick to wishing everyone a Happy Love Thursday because we're all about everyday, routine kinda love.
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFireMom
We're not big on Valentine's Day at our house either. We don't do gifts, but we enjoy a special dinner at home, spending time together.

Here's some baby love for this love Thursday/Valentine's Day
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercorey (giggletwig)

It also has a bonus video. :)
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeah
The love between a mother and daughter......aaaaaahhhhhhhh........
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTonya Dreher
ooooops. forgot to make my link HOT!!! Here it is:
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTonya Dreher

Happy Valentine's Day to all!

here are my two main squeezes...
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercherryfizzy
here is my contribution to Love Thursday, thank you for such a wonderful idea and the opportunity to think about love and love alone at least once a week!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte
ah love thursday.
Love......of all kinds.
Love one another.
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramy souza
Happy Love Thursday and Valentine's Day!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFrancine
I took this last Valentine's Day. Here you go!
February 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPaige
this is my first time joining in on love thursday and i think it very fitting that it be on valentine's day. happy love day to everyone!

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