A Valentine’s Day Feature…Marty’s Musings



I love Valentine’s Day.

No, let me change that. I adore Valentine’s Day.

I was married almost 26 years ago on that date. Last year for our 25th, my family gave me the ultimate gift of a surprise wedding anniversary vow renewal service.

25th Wedding Anniversary from Marty's Musings

Wow. That was a mouthful.

It was amazing and sentimental and sweet and a total miracle of a surprise.

25th Wedding Anniversary from Marty's Musings

After being blindfolded for 45 minutes, I opened my eyes in a church filled with mason jar candles. A white dress and bouquet were waiting for me, along with special friends and family. My hubby had written vows, my children sang and we all committed to loving our quirky, unique and chosen family by pouring all our different colors of unity sand together.

25th Wedding Anniversary from Marty's Musings

And we all lived happily ever after.

25th Wedding Anniversary from Marty's Musings

Well, maybe not, but that Valentine’s memory will be forever etched in my mind and heart.


If you want to read all about our decorations

25th Wedding Anniversary by Marty's Musings

and our fabulously fun photo booth I’d be honored to share our special day with you.

Photo Booth from Marty's Musings

This year I started planning my Valentine projects as soon as I took down the Christmas decorations.

Yes, I was a little excited.

First project completed: the centerpiece for our kitchen table. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, all thrifted, of course.


My love of repurposing can be seen in the old cold cream jars I turned into candle holders.

Valentines-Candles from Marty's Musings

Not only do I love to decorate I also enjoy making special treats for the day. My Valentine marshmallow pops are fun, easy and delicious.


My kids are getting a Valentine’s treat cup filled with chocolates and goodies.


Shhhhh. Don’t tell them.

Thank you so much to Heather and Vanessa for allowing me to share our love story. 25 years of blessings (and counting).

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

Thank you Marty for joining us today At The Picket Fence! We invite you to follow Marty on her blog, Marty’s Musings, and catch more of her musings on her Facebook Page,  Twitter Page and over at Pinterest

See you back here soon…At The Picket Fence!

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  1. That is so sweet. I love the picture frame shot! Happy Anniversary!~

  2. What a cute post and a beautiful table display!
    Have a blessed weekend.

  3. What a sweet post, and what a wonderful way to reaffirm your vows. You have a wonderful husband and family to think of it.

    I love Valentine’s Day, too. I’m just a realllly pathetic hopeless romantic.
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  4. What a lovely post! Warmed my heart!
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  5. Your story totally gave me chills!!! How amazing. You have a wonderful family!!
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  6. What a sweet and special surprise for you! The love in your family is heart warming. Congratulations and happy anniversary (in a couple weeks).
    Debbie :)
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  7. What a great post and what a wonderful and loving family you have for putting this special day together!!

  8. Gotta love Marty!!! What a sweet and special marker for their family! Precious! Thanks for sharing Vanessa and Heather! XO, Aimee
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  9. That is the most wonderful and beautiful surprise anniversary gift I’ve ever seen. What a kind and generous family you have!
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  10. What a great story! Congratulations, and happy Valentine’s day!
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  11. What a romantic anniversary! I love the valentine’s gift so cute and sweet.

  12. Awww, so sweet and romantic! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary.

  13. Happy Anniversary!! what a family to surprise you like that I enjoyed the pics and now I know why you go way out for Valentine’s Day.

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