Wednesday, October 6, 2010


What a Sim    ple Pleasure
to find last Thursday morning.
I was preparing the coffee pot
and looked out the window,
and right before my eyes
was a simple reminder
that He is mine
and I am

Please excuse the space in the word but, how could I not resist.
The thought come to me to create a heart with the words,
but, I hope you believe me when I say it happened
right before my eyes with hardly no effort at all.
I only had to add the space between simple.
Is that not precious are what?
Most of the time I think
 someone else is typing
 the words and giving
them to me.


After, almost 24 years with my sweetheart the spark is still there!
I still get butterflies sometimes and he still blushes!
The spark may have dimmed at times and we had to blow
 the ember to make it light up again, but we never let it sit
and smolder long. There is where the danger lies.

I've been waiting to share this and I believe this is the perfect time.

A true older southern lady shared with me some ageless advice
from her Home Economics teacher (remember Home Ec.?)

It went something like this-
girls when he comes in from work
have his pipe ready, his coffee cup out, and his slippers waiting
and you have yourself fixed, because he has been at work
all day with pretty girls! 

I know things have changed since those days,
but men have not, they still desire the
same attention and respect.

It's not hard doing (that word most women don't like) submitting
when he loves me like Jesus Christ loves His children.
Ephesians 5:25

It just saddens me that wonderful
 girls and ladies
 have not had the opportunity
 and are not experiencing the way
 God intended a marriage to work.
  Hearts have been broken and lives have
been re-routed.  Not what you expected and
 not what God intended.

 But, HE is your hope!

O Lord, you alone are my hope.
  I've trusted you,
O Lord, from childhood. 
Psalm 71:5 NLT

I'm sharing with the others over at
 A Collection of This and That
for Simple Pleasure Day.


Susan said...

Karen...So happy you and your husband still have a special bond that no one can take away. Susan

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful, tender post Karen. Thank you for sharing. Many blessings, Mildred

It's Just Dottie said...

Oh ! So sweet and wonderful. God's hand is on both of your hearts.

Sonya said...

Muito bonito este gesto do seu marido. Depois, de 24 anos de casada ele ainda esta enamorado. Que o Senhor Jesus continue renovando o seu amor e casamento. Parabéns .Beijinho

A Hopeful Heart said...

What a beautiful and wise post, Karen. I love the heart you created with your words, and I love the "elementary style" love letter on the board.

I cringe when I hear of gals who greet their husbands when they come home each day in the same sweat pants and T-shirt they've been wearing all day. I'm quite sure, they dressed up a bit more than that when they were dating...and hubby STILL has the same desire to see his gal looking nice. I try to remember (don't always do it) to renew my lipstick and body mist before hubs gets home.

Thanks for the reminder to go the extra mile to keep love alive in our marriages.


Heather T. said...

I absolutely agree with your thoughts...from beginning to ending, in this post, Karen. Not that I have the ideal marriage...we're a modern make. My guy is a hard working hard labor man, rough around the edges and not always easy to live with but we are one. Jesus is our glue ♥

I love your heart!! How awesome was that?!!

Ms.Daisy said...

I just love the LOVE that I feel coming through your post today. You and your husband are so fortunate to have that relationship for such a long time. A wonderful Simple Pleasure for sure!


Dayle said...

What a special post, Karen. I'm glad you shared this today.

Debbie said...

Karen, I love this. It literally gave me little goosey bumps as I read it for some reason. Maybe it's because you were able to create that heart with so little effort. Or maybe it's the little heart you discovered. I actually think it's because you wrote words that it's so un PC to say today, but they are words that are so very true!!!

Great post today. I stand by every word.

Lori said...

My hubby and I will celebrate 30 years in February. I still get butterflies too!

sarah said...

wow. this is really a testiment to lasting love. Great post to go the extra mile. I think doing this with people in general always goes a long way.

Christine said...

Not only is this post cute but I totally agree with you about submission. We need to put others first, especially out husbands.

Jennie said...

This is so sweet. What a wonderful man you have! I agree - and it is so hard to be someone who believes in wifely duties and submission in today's postmodern era. Thank you for the simple, and oh-so-Biblical reminder.

I wondered about the space at first, not noticing the heart. That made me grin from ear to ear!

Betty Jo said...

Karen what a beautiful and loving post! I lost my precious husband two years ago this month and the pain is still almost unbearable at times. We would have been married forty years the following month after his passing. It was an incredible, Godly marriage, and I'm soooooo grateful to have had that.

dee dee said...

How beautiful... !
Dee dee

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said... sweet and special.

Marriage...truly is an amazing GIFT to be treasured!!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

It's such a great feeling knowing we're with the ones we're suppose to be with, the spark is still there for us as well, it's been almost 32 years . hugs ~lynne~

AshTreeCottage said...

What beautiful thoughts you have. I agree with you and this is a wonderful simple pleasure to be reminded of and to carry in our hearts each day.

Susan and Bentley

Dianne said...

Dear, dear Karen, this is a wonderful post. You spoke truth.

I am so glad that you and your hubby still have that spark. It sounds as if you are blessed to have each other.

I love the little reminder he left you. How sweet!

Loving you,

Debbie said...

This is the first time reading your blog. How I enjoyed this and I say AMEN to it all. I have been married 35 years and your soo right...keep those embers going. Blessings, Debbie

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Karen...

I was coming over to say thank you for your visit today! I'm sooo glad that I came by...this is such a wonderful post, dear lady! I loved your little heart words and the lovely photo to go with it!!! You know, I love my husband truly and always thank the Lord for giving him to me...I am such a blessed woman!!! I really enjoyed reading what you wrote today and I totally agree! When the Word of God talks about wives submitting themselves to their's a joyful journey...when the husband in turn is loving his Christ loved His Church! I take joy in submitting myself to my husband...but I have total confidence that I am his heart!!! Well...I just had to put in my two cents worth today! I feel so strongly about this message and I think it's so misunderstood today! Thank you so much for sharing it with us...and the scriptures!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Delchick41 said...

Thanks so much for your kind words Karen:) I am starting to feel more human. Take care.


Anonymous said...


Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

how dear.

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

by the way... thanks for your visit and kind words today. I love your music ;)

Joan said...

Karen this is a lovely post. My husband and I celebrated 26 years this past June.

Audra said...

What a wonderful reminder. Sadly, a few years back we lingered awhile where the embers were cooling. It was a time of intense hurt. Praise God that He brought us through and the fire is burning strong after 10 years of marriage!

Farm Girl said...

Lovely Post, thanks for sharing it.

Melissa Miller said...

Ah, Karen I love reading this. So sweet.

Happy Fall! ~Melissa :)

Sharon said...

I just happened on your blog by way of Rebecca @ My Bright Corner. This is a beautiful post and great advice. I pray that I will have a warm relationship like yours when I get married, and when I have been married for 24+ years. Thanks for the advice and example for our younger generation.

Edie said...

I love the way you made that heart.
I just added your button to my Friends Page. ♥
Have a great weekend!

Kay K said...

Loved how you did the heart in typing ...sweet ...loved your advice has I have been marrriage almost the same amount of time and yes you do have to stir the embers ....keep the fire going ladies .........

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Karen,
I love your sweet message AND I love your blog--it's so gorgeous!!! I live in New Orleans...what part of Mississippi are you in? I'm right outside of New Orleans in St. Bernard Parish....oh, and I just became a follower!
have a blessed Sunday!

Trish said...

I enjoyed your wise counsel very much and I think your typed heart is beautifully done. Thank you for sharing this precious admonition to simply love and cherish our husbands! blessings..Trish

elizabeth said...

I love this so much. And I love the peacefulness of this little place on the web. Thank you for your kindness to me over at my place.
Much love,

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Great true...we have now been married 30 years, and he still makes my palms sweat!