• Thank you, Susan, for allowing me to share these loving memories with your readers. It’s my love letter to Charles on Valentine’s Day.

    • Aw, and I loved having you post this Jeannette. Love never get old, and having tangible memories such as your makes that even better. 🙂

  • What an incredible stash! Reminded me of the letters my Dad and Mom sent to each other in the 50’s when he was in the army. Dad told me she kept those letters, but he’s thinking to toss them. I just wish he wouldn’t. I probably won’t be able to read them (I get too emotional), but still, that’s a culture that just disappears. (PS. I’m not expecting my Hub to write me love letters. Even if he did, his handwriting is so messy that even he can’t interpret it himself… but he’s given me a tattoo which says it all and won’t get lost)

    • Eve — I love the idea of the tattoo! That’s an indelible sign of his love for you.

  • Oh, so sweet! My husband isn’t the mushy gushy type, but for a birthday or for Mother’s Day he carefully picks out a card. Some are really funny (the last one I’m just laughing at right now). You’ve convinced me I should take good care of them.

    Must be hard to look at all these precious memories. I have a hard time looking at items from my parents, who are both deceased. But I suppose there’s warmth and love as well.

    • Leora — Charles has been gone over 5 years. Of course, I still miss him. He’ll always be part of my life. His handwritten notes and cards are a reminder of our wonderful years together. But life goes on and I’m in a good place now, too.

  • What a wonderful set of memories of your husband. Talk about romantic!

  • Great post Jeanette. I too have a collection of billet-douch from my partner that include birthday cards etc but are also simple handwritten notes as you describe bi love getting anything handwritten in the mail These days. So much more powerful than a hastily written text or email.

    • I agree, A.K. A hand-written note is so personal. You’re holding a page that was touched by your loved one. No text or email can compare.

  • Oh Jeannette how lovely. For sure a romantic. I have one love letter from my husband. He’s more of the comic in my life which I am eternally grateful for. Your post made me go pull out the letter and read it – and how many heartwarming memories it flooded me with. I can only imagine how much so many that you have made you smile. Happy Valentine’s Day for sure!

    • Pat — even one love letter is so precious. I’m glad that my post served as reminder to you to re-read yours. Re-reading my letters opened up a flood of memories, too.

  • Jacqueline Gum

    What a wonderful post Jeanette! A what treasures! I also had a huge box of letters and cards and even post-it notes left on the fridge. The catch was…they comprised 18 years of a marriage that dissolved….and not so amicably. I kept them for the longest time, but then I realized that disposing of them was key to my moving on. So I appreciate what you have..and love that you have something so dear to cherish. Happy Valentines Day to you:)

    • Jacque — Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too. I’m sorry that you had a sad ending. But there will be someone special in your life again. I’m feeling the karma for you.

  • Pat Ruppel

    So endearing, Jeannette, to have these hand-written love letters from your husband. They’re tokens of your love for one another that will last forever. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    • Thanks, Pat. They will last forever and I feel so blessed to have had someone in my life for 34 years who loved me and I loved him. I’m happy to say it publicly!

      • Pat Ruppel

        It’s special to have had a love like that, Jeannette. His love will be with you forever in your heart and in his love letters. God bless you this Valentine’s Day.

  • Do you know what I was only thinking yesterday I might write a love letter to Tim for Valentine’s Day, haven’t done so in years and years

    • Jo-Anne — you still have time. Do it. He will so love receiving it.

  • That is sooooo sweet 🙂 I have a big box of letters and cards I’ve kept over the years. Every now and again it’s fun to pour over them.

    • Jeri — Thank you. Don’t you find it wonderful to have these reminders of your love for each other? I do.

  • Cheryl Therrien

    I can’t say that I have hand written cards or notes. We exchange cards where we add our little scribbles to what is already written. We have just never been that way. I guess you don’t miss what you never had. I am glad that yours bring you pleasure.

    • I’m a bit like you Cheryl, mostly cards but not so much written letters. It does warm my heart that Jeannette has those tangible memories. 🙂

  • Jon Jefferson

    My wife and I used to write letters quite a bit before we were married and for a bit during our first year. Much of that time I was still in the Marines so we spent quite a bit of time apart.

    • I can see that Jon. I’m sure they carry many memories for you. Do you still have them?

  • Rose M Griffith

    While my husband is a man of few words–verbal and written–I am a writer. When he travels, notes and cards are tucked into his suitcase. I created The Knight in Shining Armor notes for him and leave them around the house or hidden as surprises. You are so right–notes, love notes, are wonderful ways to keep a relationship going.

    • I love your ideas, Rose. I have, on occasions, done the same thing. I need to do more of it. It really does keep the spark alive, that’s for sure. 🙂