|Cam's Valentine Vault|
|I love..."Friends" "Parents" "Peace" "Broccoli"|
|Michelle & Cam|
|Ms. Kathy, one of Cam's teachers|
|Auntie Karen & Cam|
Chris and Cam surprised Jane & Karen with some gorgeous bouquets of roses and flowers for Valentine's so the girls returned the favor by cooking a special dinner. The feast included some handmade place mats (compliments of the crafty one!) and a special over-sized Hershey kiss for Cam!
To round out V-Day festivities, Anna came over to see Cam while on break from Hope College. Ever since Anna left for higher education, Cam asks what she is doing, how she is, when she is coming home, how to get to Hope College, among other important questions. He was very excited to see her and give her a V-Day treat!
|Crafting by Cam & Karen|
|Cam & Anna|
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.
With Cam's mild sickness this week, he and Jane talked about him waiting to eat all of his Valentine's treats until sometime over the weekend to be certain his stomach was ready. Jane also emailed Cam's teachers to let them know of this plan...just in case.
Turns out she really didn't have to.
Teacher's Email to Jane: "Cam has taken your treat talk very seriously. For lunchtime he told me he cannot have chocolate milk because his stomach may not be ready. And he was very concerned what he ate for his snack. He passed on a special Valentine cookie and settled on popcorn!"