Happy 18th Anniversary!

mitzvahs

February 14, 1993

Eighteen years ago, I married my sweetie on a snowy, Sunday morning in Boston, Massachusetts. Soon after we married, we traveled across the country to begin a new life in Portland, Oregon. We’ve since raised two dogs and two children, who keep us laughing and busy. We have definitely enjoyed our life on the west coast.

Today, my mom and I will be delivering Valentine-o-grams for Loaves & Fishes Centers. It’s a fundraiser for the organization and  something I love volunteering to do. When the kids were little, they used to join me too but now that they are in school that’s no longer an option.

Doing a volunteer job that requires time and effort can be enjoyable. Especially when you invite a friend or family member to join you. The Valentine-o-gram program always makes me happy, too, since I’m delivering a sweet message on a day when people are expressing their love for others.

Since today is a day about love, be sure to give lots of it out and not just to your sweetie, smiles and hugs go a long way. Give out as many out as you can. Smiles and hugs are definite mood changers!

Do you know someone who has lost a spouse this year? Be sure to call or send them a note today to let them know you are thinking about them. Maybe you could even do something special for them this week.

Check in on an elderly or homebound neighbor today.

You have the power to make it a great day and an awesome week! Enjoy.

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