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  • Happy Valentine’s Day

    February 14, 2014


                       Roses are red, violets are blue . . .

    Rose On Wood BW

    we’ve all heard and most likely written one or two of these poems for a past valentine. Since most of you may be busy celebrating with your friends and loved ones today, I’d like to keep this post simple, sickly sweet, and utterly romantic!

    For those of you who love romance, I thought we could refresh our minds to that special night when Ren asked Kelsey out for their first Valentines date ever (from Tiger’s Quest).

    Leading up to this romantically unparalleled Valentines date, Ren and Kelsey were officially and properly courting. Naturally with courting, there was quite a bit of flirting. Both left quotes about love and kisses for the other to find, desperate to get the other one to give in to the temptation and kiss the other first. The intensity was almost too much for either one to resist. Here are some of those short quotes from Houck’s book, Tiger’s Quest,

    From Ren for Kelsey, “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true  happiness.” ~ Betrand Russell

    From Ren for Kelsey, “You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.” ~Barbara DeAngelis

    From Kelsey for Ren, “The soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with a gaze.” ~Gustavo Aldolfo Becquer

    From Kelsey for Ren, “Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips.” ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

    From Kelsey for Ren, “Once he drew, with one long kiss my whole soul thro’, My lips, as sunlight drinketh dew.” ~Alfred Lord Tennyson

    From Kelsey for Ren, “Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score; then to that twenty, add a hundred more; A thousand to that hundred: so kiss on, to make that thousand up a million. Treble that million, and when that is done, let’s kiss afresh, as when we first begun.” ~Robert Herrick

    From Ren for Kelsey, “You know you are in love when you see the world in her eyes, and her eyes everywhere in the world.” ~David Levesque

    From Ren for Kelsey, “If a king owned a pearl without price, a gem he cherished above all, would he hide it away, bury it from sight, afraid others would take it? Or would he display it proudly, set it in a ring or crown, so that all the world could behold its beauty, and see what richness it brings to his life? You are my pearl without price,” ~Ren

    Now on to Ren and Kelsey’s Valentine’s Day Date

    rose petals and candle

    The book describes Kelsey as, “wearing a claret-red chiffon dress with a trumpet skirt . . . strappy red shoes, red lipstick, and hair curled in ringlets with one side swept back with a jeweled comb”.  Ren is described wearing, “a brilliant white shirt with a grey vest and a red satin tie that matched my dress. His black tuxedo jacket was thrown casually over his shoulder, and his hair fell appealingly over one eye.”

    (I put together some ideas to give you a visual)

    Kelsey’s physical description,

    Kelsey's valentines dress

    Kelsey’s Valentine’s dress

    Red strappy shoes. *I like the ribbon to go with Kelsey

    Red strappy shoes. *I like the ribbon to go with Kelsey

    hair perfectly curled to side

    hair perfectly curled to side

    Diamond hair pin to sweet hair back on one side

    Diamond hair pin to sweet hair back on one side

    More fun ideas for trumpet skirt

    More fun ideas for trumpet skirt

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    Ren’s physical description,

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    Pravesh, Rana a possible Ren candidate . . . mmmm…

    tyson b. as Ren

    Red satin tie

    Red satin tie

    Grey vest

    Grey vest

    love the dark grey pants with the grey vest

    love the dark grey pants with the grey vest

    When Ren arrived at Kelsey’s door he dazzled her with 2 dozen red roses and offered Kelsey a beautifully wrapped box from his pocket. It was a pair of “diamond and ruby drop earrings set in gold starbursts.”

    man giving flowers

    Gorgeous ruby earrings

    Gorgeous ruby earrings

    Kelsey presented Ren with his Valentine’s gift and inside the wrapping paper was a hardbound copy of The Count of Monte Cristo.

    Ren also shared a poem during their romantic dinner for two.

    “What’s this?” I opened it and recognized his handwriting. “You wrote me a poem?”

    He grinned. “I did.”

    “Will you read it to me?”

    He nodded and took the page. He began speaking, and the timbre of his voice warmed me. He read,

    I lit a candle and watched the flame.

    It danced and twisted

    Wild and unfettered.

    It captured me and flickered in my eyes.

    When I passed my hand over it

    It stirred.

    The flame rose higher, burned hotter.

    When I pulled my hand away the heat diminished,

    Grew fainter, and extinguished.

    I stretched out my hand again to savor the burn.

    Would it singe and scald? Blister and blaze?

    No! It tingled and warmed,

    Smoldered and glowed,

    Setting me ablaze, body and soul.

    It was glimmering, luminous, radiant,

    The fiery blush of her cheek.

    -Ren

    Their evening started with a private dinner for two and ended with hours of dancing at a formal Valentines Dance. They couldn’t kiss enough and I just loved Houck’s expression when she described Kelsey’s reaction to Ren that night, “Ren smiled, and my heart dropped down into my shoes where it flopped like a fish out of water.”

    better romantic dinner pic

    Candle-lit-dinner-on-Deck2

    couple dancing

    silluette kiss

    The air was thick with sweet love in this chapter and it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the romance of it all. Houck definitely spoils us in the romance department with perfect, and I mean purrrffect male love interests. I mean, what guy takes us dancing, buys us a dress, jewelry, flowers, and dines us with a secluded dinner for two? Oh, and let’s not forget that he puts the flowers in a vase, writes her a poem, showers her with adoration and compliments, and loves to get books just so he can sit and read with her? No wonder Kelsey doesn’t feel adequate at his side, who would??? Well, I for one am thankful when my sweet valentine actually remembers that it’s Valentine’s Day and makes some effort to do something nice, even if it’s just a note or some flowers. Something is all I hope for. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore and love my guy, he’s just not, well, he’s not Ren (or Kishan for that matter). But… he’s mine and I’m his and that’s perfect to me.

    kissing on valentines

    So, to leave you with a favorite love poem of mine, I give you, Love’s Language, written by the famous Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

    Love’s Language

    How does Love speak?
    In the faint flush upon the telltale cheek,
    And in the pallor that succeeds it; by
    The quivering lid of an averted eye–
    The smile that proves the parent to a sigh
    Thus doth Love speak.

    How does Love speak?
    By the uneven heart-throbs, and the freak
    Of bounding pulses that stand still and ache,
    While new emotions, like strange barges, make
    Along vein-channels their disturbing course;
    Still as the dawn, and with the dawn’s swift force–
    Thus doth Love speak.

    How does Love speak?
    In the avoidance of that which we seek–
    The sudden silence and reserve when near–
    The eye that glistens with an unshed tear–
    The joy that seems the counterpart of fear,
    As the alarmèd heart leaps in the breast,
    And knows, and names, and greets its godlike guest–
    Thus doth Love speak.

    How does Love speak?
    In the proud spirit suddenly grown meek–
    The haughty heart grown humble; in the tender
    And unnamed light that floods the world with splendor;
    In the resemblance which the fond eyes trace
    In all fair things to one belovèd face;
    In the shy touch of hands that thrill and tremble;
    In looks and lips that can no more dissemble–
    Thus doth Love speak.

    How does Love speak?
    In the wild words that uttered seem so weak
    They shrink ashamed in silence; in the fire
    Glance strikes with glance, swift flashing high and higher,
    Like lightnings that precede the mighty storm;
    In the deep, soulful stillness; in the warm,
    Impassioned tide that sweeps through throbbing veins,
    Between the shores of keen delights and pains;
    In the embrace where madness melts in bliss,
    And in the convulsive rapture of a kiss–
    Thus doth Love speak.

    A very Happy Valentine’s from us to you!

    ~ ‘Till next time, Linda Louise

    This entry was posted in Articles, Tiger's Quest.

    3 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day


    1. Alicia Tierney says:

      Thank you so much for this!
      These pcitures are really neat
      and words from Ren are always sweet!
      ^See what I did there?
      Nice poem aswell!
      Now my heart is all a swell!
      ^hehe, okay; I’m done =-)
      Happy valentines day!

    2. MissSilverlane says:

      Where I live, Valentine’s is waaaay over. (Actually, its only 12:30 but technically Feb 14 is over) and anyways I wasn’t expecting to get SO MUCH FEELS at this late an hour!! *currently rolling on the floor because of fangirly feels* Thanks for posting this, and I love the new website!! It’s my first time to view it and im not lying when i say that i love it. Happy Hearts Day! <3

      (p.s. would you please give kishan a really big kiss for me?)

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    I’m Linda Louise, one of the bloggers on this website and Colleen’s little sister. I’m just a girl in her mid-thirties who feels thirteen when I play outside with my boys, fifteen when I sing my heart out listening to tunes while driving by myself, and sixty five when I go out past ten at night. I have a thing for junior mints, Mt. Dew, shrimp and kale (though not all at once) and I have a crush on Superman. I still get girlish butterflies when I read Twilight, cry when I read These is My Words, and smile from ear to ear when I read Anne of Green Gables. I have nightmares about aliens on a regular basis and I have a bad habit of midnight snacking. I love everything sports, except golf (although can that honestly be considered a sport??), and I hate anything that slithers, hisses, or stings. I have a problem with giggling at inappropriate moments and I sometimes wish life was a musical. I love science, hate math, love Dr. Seuss, and hate olives. My family is my world and my joys come from their happiness. I’ve learned I don’t know much about anything and I live for a good adventure, naps, cuddles, stories, exceptional food and The Shire.