Heartfelt #5

Made by a student when I was teaching . . . there’s something deeply compelling about a heart.

You, Beloved,
Who are all the gardens
I have ever gazed at, longing.

—Rainer Maria Rilke

Heartfelt #4

I found hearts everywhere in art . . . this one in San Antonio while traveling….  bought it for my husband.

If ever two were one, then surely we.

—Anne Bradstreet

Heartfelt #3

I find hearts constantly in nature . . .

If thou must love me, let it be for naught
Except for love’s sake only.

—Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Heartfelt #2

I kept finding hearts in unlikely places… on a tree in a forest while hiking.

“I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.”

—Roy Croft

Heartfelt #1

I never meant to start collecting hearts …. they just seemed to find me.

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it

–e.e. cummings

Wedding Reading Wednesday: The Purpose of Marriage

Campanaro Wedding 18Mark Twain,

A marriage –
makes of two fractional lives a whole,
gives two purposeless lives a work,
and doubles the strength of each to perform it;
It gives two questioning natures
a reason for living and something to live for;
It will give a new gladness to the sunshine,
a new fragrance to the flowers,
a new beauty to the earth,
and a new mystery to life.

Wedding Reading Wednesday: Love is the River of Life

Austin Wedding

Passages that speak from the heart!

“Love is the river of life in this world. Think not that ye know it who stand at the little tinkling rill—the first small fountain. Not until you have gone through the rocky gorges, and not lost the stream; not until you have gone through the meadow, and the stream has widened and deepened until fleets could ride on its bosom; not until beyond the meadow you have come to the unfathomable ocean, and poured your treasures into its depths—not until then can you know what love is.”

—-Henry Ward Beecher.—Sermons, “Plymouth Pulpit,” Second Series: The Right and the Wrong Way of Giving Pleasure