Where Bloggers Live – Valentines/Love

Welcome to the latest edition of Where Bloggers Live. It’s kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…Bloggers! Who doesn’t like to peek behind the scenes and see inside people’s homes and lives? Over the next few months, a group of seven bloggers will be sharing their workspaces, their homes, towns and more!

This month is Valentines – people/things we love/valentine’s decorations… I didn’t think I had any valentine’s decorations, but I do have valentines that stay out all year long ❤

I’ve been so blessed with Love – and valentines over the years.  Sweet husband who never forgot…. kids and grandkids – all have made me feel special.  I still have a balloon (flat now) on my office bulletin board from Chuck – who knows how long ago.

Then there are elephants – sure can’t count how many elephants I’ve received over the years – both from Chuck/kids/grandkids/even friends.  Have I mentioned I love elephants? 😍 🐘  You know, one can never have too many!  These little guys stay out all year – sweet reminders.

And there’s this one from #5 grandson (who is now a young man in grad school with a fiancé).  He was always a good ‘elephant picker’.

And, they weren’t always soft and fuzzy.  This sweet one from Chuck still hangs in my office.


This Valentine’s Day is also the 38th anniversary of when my beautiful daughter came back to me.   If you’re interested you can read a ‘condensed version’ here.





I miss having family close, but fortunately I have a sweet church family/a supportive work family/friends and my sweet ‘fur famly’.  When I’m working they’re keeping me company – sleeping close by.

My family has always been my best cheerleaders and support and always showed me love.   My children are THE BEST!  They all came for Thanksgiving last year (with spouses).  And 6 of my 8 grown up grandchildren made it – with 3 spouses and one fiance.  I’m supposed to have more pictures (including all the in-laws –  who are also the best).  Hopefully the pictures will come soon!!

Aren’t they a good looking bunch? 😄  (That is a rhetorical question – of course they’re good looking.)  So many sweet reminders that I have been loved!

Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Iris at Iris Originals Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Em at Dust and Doghair
Julia at When the Girls Rule
Leslie Roberts Clingan

Be sure and visit the other ladies to see what happens with them.

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Daenel T.

These pictures are so sweet. I love reading about the memories attached to each and every item. It’s funny how it’s the little things that bring us joy/love/comfort. Thank you for sharing with us.

jodie filogomo
jodie filogomo

Oh…they are a fabulous bunch. I think one of the reasons you have such wonderful children is because you are wonderful. I always say it comes down to that love thing. And you had it in droves. And you show your gratitude, Iris. That’s huge!!
The elephants are so cute!! You would love my recent skirt from Fashom…it has elephants on it. (http://bit.ly/2SrRWug)

Bettye L Rainwater

Phone calls from the kids are The Best! Neither my daughter and I are much for talking on the phone, so calls are rare, but always a wonderful surprise. I thought of you the other day as I was buying a little gift for my great-niece. She had accidentally broken her lamb piggy bank while I was there and she was devastated. They had some little leather banks (#unbreakable) at a handmade shop in San Diego’s Old Town – all different animals. But I went for the elephant and thought of you. Love all the loving sentiments on your bulletin… Read more »


I so enjoy your posts, Iris. For some reason, I’d have guessed you would keep your Valentines at hand. First, they don’t do any good in a drawer! But mostly, because you seem like the kind of person who would keep the ties of loved ones close so it can lessen the distance. How thoughtful your Chuck was… I had to enlarge the pictures of your board so I could enjoy all the things you have displayed…especially the pictures!!!

Have a lovely day!