my valentine for {cv}.

Happy Valentine's Day! I'm a hopeless romantic at heart, so I enjoy this holiday. In light of Operation Spending Freeze, {cv} and I set a limit on our gift giving of fifteen dollars! Cards excluded, we decided that we should only create {or purchase} something special. {cv} admitted he was a little nervous about this one, but I have full faith he'll knock it out of the park. I opted to make {cv}'s gift: a series of five prints  with song lyrics we love! They may not all make sense to you, but they will to {cv}...


SONG: Look After You by The Fray
STORY: Right at the beginning of our long distance years, I studied in France. Our schedules were crazy--{cv} was starting a new job and I was batty with school. My soundtrack that summer was The Fray's How to Save a Life album--and I shared the love of this album with {cv}. Whenever I hear Look After You, I go right back to those early days, when he was beginning to feel like my home. Corny, I know.


SONG: For Once In My Life by Michael Bublé
STORY: Back in 2007, I gave {cv} an iPod for Valentine's Day--and engraved it with "for once in my life". This song has always been one of our favorites--and the lyrics ring true for us :) We even picked this as the first dance song for our wedding! Though we loved the Stevie Wonder version, Michael Bublé slowed it down a bit for us. It was the perfect song for that memory.


SONG: Golden Slumbers by The Beatles
STORY: At the end of the summer of 2006, I nannied for a few weeks before heading back to Georgetown. After that first distance summer {and a six-hour time difference}, it was such a relief to just be in the same time zone as {cv}. Those weeks were long, but he made them better with little songs to help me through the rough nights. This song from The Beatles is one of those he shared--and it will always bring me smiles. {Paul McCartney even played it at the Grammys on Sunday...I almost died!}


SONG: Be Mine by David Gray
STORY: The week before our wedding {in 2010}, we had the privilege of seeing David Gray live in Providence. These first few lyrics in the song almost prompted us to make a last-minute change to our first dance song. However, the rest of the song wasn't so happy, so we kept our original plan ;) {cv} just loved these lyrics, so I hope he'll like this print too...


SONG: Scenes From An Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel
STORY: Flashback to that first distance summer in France {yet again!}...{cv} used to brighten my day by sending iTunes gifts my way. One week, he sent along the Greatest Hits from Billy Joel. This song was on that album--and made me think of the precious, little Italian restaurant across the street from my French host mother's house. I dreamed of going there one day with {cv}, but I thought it was a pipe dream. Just shy of four years later, we finally made it to that little Italian restaurant in Tours...on our honeymoon :)

Was that a sappy post or what? I don't care though--{cv} deserves the love. I truly count my blessings every day that God placed him in my life six and a half years ago. I love him with every ounce of my heart...and always will. I can't wait to see what other songs inspire us down the line :)

Do you have any songs which bring you back to a special place? Do share!


49 comments:

  1. This is such a lovely post, hun! Hope you both have a great day celebrating your forever love!:)

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  2. These are really sweet and I think he'll totally love them--especially since it means something to BOTH of you. It will be fun to find a place to put them in your new abode, too! :) Happy valentine's day!

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  3. these are SOOO sweet! and creative! chris is going to love them. happy valentines day chickadee! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  4. That's a really cute idea! I'm excited to see what he did for you. Maybe you will share tomorrow??

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  5. Such an awesome idea!!!!!!!! I would love to do this, frame them, and put them all over the house!!!!

    Happy Valentine's Day, love!!!!

    xoxoxo

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  6. Such a great idea! Happy Valentine's Day!

    Stop by sometime, I'd love to hear what you think about my Valentine post!

    xoxo
    http://eloquentenglish1.blogspot.com/

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  7. cutest. idea. ever. i'm so certain he will love them! and i adore how you set up the text to go a long with the songs too! very clever missy. :)

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  8. I just teared up a bit I'm not going to lie, I'm such a romantic too and this idea is so sweet!

    Happy Valentines Day!

    xoxo
    eileen

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  9. aww this is so cute! what a sweet idea. Happy vday!

    xo
    http://shanelesheek.blogspot.com/

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  10. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! {cv}'s going to love that!! I absolutely love all of those prints! You're such a talent! Happy Valentine's Day to both of you!

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  11. I am SUCH a fan of creative and thoughtful gifts, and these are. Precious! Happy valentines day to you and cv! Xo

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  12. Awww what a thoughtful gift! I love going down memory lane via songs!

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  13. you just made me cry. why? why you gotta be so sweet?

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  14. i love love love this idea!! definitely one that i'm going to try to remember for future presents :)
    edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros - 'home' is one of the songs that definitely takes me back to a really nice place.
    have a great valentines :) xx

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  15. What a beautiful idea! I am sure cv will love it! Happy valentines day!

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  16. This is such a cute idea going through the songs of your relationship! Happy Valentine's Day Love! xx

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  17. awww! That last story gave me chills! Cute idea! :)

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  18. These prints are amazing! You're going to become the most re-pinned person EVER after this post ;) Your stories are so sweet, it's nice to get a little glimpse into your relationship. He's lucky to have you and all this love coming his way today! xoxo, eliza

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  19. That wasn't a sappy post at all! Have a lovely Valentine's day!

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  20. This is such a cute idea! Happy Valentine's day to you both!

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  21. These are beautiful and so creative! I'd expect nothing less from you :) Happy Valentine's Day love!!

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  22. Very sweet! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  23. I personally love the sweet sappy post! Love songs are my favorites!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  24. Oh my gosh, I love that! Such a great idea!

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  25. So sappy and so perfect! :) Happy Valentine's Day Alison!

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  26. This makes me want to cry!! Such a sweet gift and a thoughtful and creative idea!! I hope you have a fabulous Valentine's Day!!! xoxo elizabeth
    oh and who doesn't love a David Gray love song!??!

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  27. What a beautiful and THOUGHTFUL gift! I love these prints! You really should make more and put them up on etsy. I'd totally buy them ;) Happy Valentine's Day to you and your love!

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  28. So cute! I love Stevie Wonder and Michael Buble! I had a chance to see Michel Buble in concert and he was the best! I would totally go again if I had the chance. Have a great Valentine's Day! :)

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  29. What fabulous prints!! CV is going to love them!

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  30. How lovely! This is such a sweet and thoughtful gift. I love that you shared the stories behind the songs! It's funny how music can bring you right back to a moment.

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  31. These prints are really great! Such a creative gift idea! Happy Valentine's Day!!

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  32. Such a great idea! They turned out wonderful!

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  33. Wonderful idea! I might use this next year. Glad you found my blog and commented...I am now a follower! Yay. Happy Lovers day!

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  34. Love these sweet images! Hope you two had a wonderful holiday filled with love!

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  35. Love these {av}. Super creative and thoughtful! I'm sure he adores them. xo

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  36. Sweetest post ever. I love meaningful lyrics. <3 Hope you had a great day.

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  37. love this so much!! i love the gooey mushiness of vday :) i know chris will LOVE these prints -- what a GREAT idea! xoxo i just said love 4237 times. oh well -- it's february!

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  38. So beautiful, love the first one!

    http://styleservings.blogspot.com/

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  39. These are incredible! You did such an amazing job, and this is just the kind of gift I would love-very thoughtful and meaningful to just the two of you. Loved the stories! Hope you had an amazing night! xo

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  40. I'm sure he loved them! Such a sweet and thoughtful gift. Oh and I can't wait to see the next Friday's Fancies this week!
    -Val

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  41. AW! I bet he loved them - such a great gift!! You did a fantastic job. Happy (belated) Valentine's Day! xo

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  42. That is awesome. I love it! Ray LaMontagne, You are the best thing, is one of those songs that always takes me to a happy place. It was that song that would come on and we'd dance around to in the kitchen -- so it became our first dance song in our wedding. I hope you guys had a great vday!

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  43. These are so cute! I love these! Hope you guys had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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  44. What a fabulous idea! {cv} is a very lucky man, and I adore the songs you chose, especially Be Mine and Golden Slumbers. ;)

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  45. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww I love it!!!!!! I actually today just made 2 prints for my lover to put in our bedroom with a quote of how I always tell him I love him. He loved it! Basically, great minds think alike! I totally am loving all these that you made! :)

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  46. these are so sweet and romantic and i love, love, love them! thanks for sharing!

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  47. omg av, i LOVE THESE!!! you did such an amazing job and i have to admit, a couple of these songs are special for j and i. especially the stevie song. love us some stevie! you should open an etsy shop with these! or have you already and i'm crazy behind? xoxo

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Many thanks for visiting {long distance loving}! I'd love to hear what you think :) xoxo {av}