Thursday, February 9, 2012

Love Letters to the Underloved and Magazine Hearts



I finally hung my make-shift Valentine's Day banner over the weekend. It consists of white sewing thread strung between the woebegotten hardware from ruffly curtains gone by and last year's punched magazine hearts.

It took me two weeks to get the gumption to stop staring at the pile of hearts on my desk and do something about 'em.

Can we all just agree that when taping paper scraps to thread becomes too daunting, the mojo has officially left the building?

I don't even know if that last sentence makes sense and I'm too tired to look twice.

Dang you, runaway mojo.

Aren't they pretty, though?

They'll be up for a while. Mark my words.

Siley helped me hang them. He calls them my "pretty lightswitch".


Love that baby boy, but don't tell him I said that or he'll scream, "I not a baby! I a good boy!"


You know what else I love? Top Gun. The movie. You know you love it, too. We're watching it right now on one of those sorry, "so, it's come to this" tv channels. All the bad words are bleeped out.

"Son,  your ego's writing checks that your body can't cash."

Oh, if you only knew how many times I've seen this movie. And I don't even like re-seeing movies.

I hope to high heaven that every last one of you takes the time to slap some magazine hearts across your kitchen window. I promise, it will cure what ills you. Or at least part of it.

It can help you forget that you just wiped poop off of three surfaces, one of which was the bottoms of tiny feet. 7 doctor's appointments in one week? But a distant memory. The worst dinner you've ever made in the history of your culinary life? Fuggetaboutit.

String 'em up. Tell me I'm wrong.

I have one more thing and it's the very best thing, which is why I saved it for last. My friend Amy put together The. Coolest. Thing ever in honor of this, the Month de Amor (just made that up, betcha couldn't tell).

It's called Love Letters to the Underloved. I was honored to contribute a letter to adoptive mamas. The e-zine is so gorgeous and the truth inside will split your heart at the seams.

39 comments:

  1. Recently found your blog and I look forward to reading all of your lovely posts. You have such a wonderful spirit.

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  2. i have a banner full of paper heart doilies and clothespins and pictures. and even with all that, somehow your magazine hearts are way cooler. like what was i thinking going for paper doilies? i've learned a good lesson.

    word! i'm so checking out Love Letters to the Underloved.

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  3. can't wait to check out the love letters...looks amazing indeed!

    i also love top gun. even saw it in a theater a few years ago.
    and reseeing movies is my fave.

    oh, and you are my fave.

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  4. read pages 8 and 9 to start with. i don't know how you lace everything together so well in the prettiest of packages. dang girl. you're so good. p

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  5. oops, got too excited. that p stands for passing. as in passing this on to my sister-in-law who has three girls from all over.

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  6. What a pretty banner.
    I love the love up in your house.
    love. love. LOVE!

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  7. Beautiful ~ the banner and the ezine :) Hugs!

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  8. Aww, what a pretty little banner. That'd be a good one to do with my girl, just might have to do that this weekend.

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  9. Hmm..I'm suprised. I love re-seeing movies. infact, I only see movies so I can re-see them.

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  10. Darn it. I recycled all my magazines in a fit of tidiness. That'll teach me. Love the hearts Shannan! ~Sally

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  11. Love your letter and your garland, but your letter more. So glad you get it. Amen.

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  12. Your heart banner makes my inner kiddo feel all smiley and free! I say leave them there 'til the move.

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  13. Yep never take them down. Very happy spot. Btw I'm embarrassed to admit I loved Top Gun so much that I would replay that love scene over and over again as a teenager. Shame on me. That was a hot kiss...Geesh!!

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    1. I watched that movie at least 10 tens with my middle school friends. :)

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  14. I need you to come and take pics of my garland! My little camera just sucks! I love this idea too! I'm saving it for next year! ;)

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  15. Still love the magazine heart garland. Still haven't made my own.

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  16. I just love V day! We are having some friends over and can't wait to bust out all my pretties for dinner.
    PS I watched Top Gun on TV last night too...I flipped through channels and soon as I heard the music of the opening scene I hunkered down and fell back into a swoony place. Hubs walked in soon after and let out a chuckle. I said don't laugh, I watched this on VHS so many times I wore the tape out back in the day. Do tell me you wanted a leather bomber jacket like me.

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  17. Top Gun is timeless.....except for her glasses. Those glasses are painful.
    But, your uber awesome garland makes up for the glasses.
    And that magazine is absolutely the best thing to cross my computer screen in ages.

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  18. I love the simplicity of magazine punch hearts, thread and scotch tape. It surely deserves to hang in your home for many days. Maddie just saw Top Gun for the first time. She is now hooked. I have loved it for many years.

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  19. I just might make a heart banner. It's pretty cute and I think I would feel like I had accomplished *something* after finishing. Maybe the kids would even help.

    Top Gun. I have not watched that movie in a long time but I but I've watched it hundreds of times. Now I think I'll have the love song rolling around in my head all day. :) Can't wait to check out Love Letters. I'm gonna save it for when I'm having hot tea later on.

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  20. I am going to make a heart banner, too. But I have so many old book pages I will probably use those. As for whether or not I love Top Gun...It's classified. I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

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  21. I adore your heart banner <3 so cute!!!! I absolutely love the e-zine!!! What a beautiful heart creation!!! Thanks so much for sharing that!!!!

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  22. I just sat and read Loveletters to the Underloved. I cried.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece.
    -hpatterson

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  23. You make me laugh. I lost my mojo this week too, and now I feel my heart garland is just dang boring next to yours. Ah, well. Maybe next year.

    Well, now that you've made me laugh, I'm not sure I want to go read the love letters. But you know I will. And you know I'll cry. And you know I'll be temped to go eat the rest of the brownies in the kitchen. And I don't really even like brownies.

    Mojo, you have got to come back very soon.

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  24. Yes I think I will slap some magazine hearts across my window. Sounds like the perfect thing to do on a Friday, and for Saturday night I think I will read a paperback novel about blue eyed Ben who falls for average red head Jen:) You inspired Me.

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  25. confirmation we're kindred spirits. top gun...one of the best movies eva!

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  26. You've got me crying Shannan. I don't have my baby yet...still going through the homestudy. There have already been road blocksand frustrations. And I know this is only the beginning. Thank you for your encouraging words. And for thinking of "me".

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  27. my uncle is in the movie top gun! He is one of the flight dudes at the very end in the orange jump suit and afro/ mexstache....yes!

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  28. That was Sooooooo good! I Loved it!! thank you so much for sharing and for your gorgeous contribution!! you always allow us to feel exactly what I think you feel. Thank you so much. I had linked you on my blog a while back and my mom (who really doesn't read my blog) was like "I love Shannan!!" hahahhha!! you bless all ages!

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  29. 1. Thanks for reminding me I NEED a heart punch
    2. I was saddened this year to find the girl from Top Gun nolonger likes guys. Tom what did you do to her?
    3. Woo hoo to my 1 year anniversary of knowing about this sweet little thang called FPFG. What did I ever do without it/her??? I'm addicted!

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  30. Wishing you much rest and rejuvenation...those hears are just so sweet and perfect.

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  31. this year i will buy a heart punch!!!! i did make a fleece/felt heart garland that i love!
    top gun....still have it on video and refuse to part with our vcr for that video alone
    worst dinner.....do tell please:)

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  32. I'm making them if it's the last thing I do this weekend.
    I'll post pics when I'm finished!!!

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  33. You know what? I just have to let you know that I read you because you do get it. I am a mostly silent follower of your blog (is that creepy?) Thanks for letting me feel the big connection that is so vast and multi-layered. The connection that links me to China, the birth Country of my daughters; the connection that links me to you, and other adoptive moms. It is a wonderfully, tough gig. It is nice to be reminded that this insane, bursting love I feel for my kids is packed with unanswered questions, paperwork-madness, and intensely strong willed, super-resilient children with screaming, survivor instincts. My children are a few years older than yours but man, I remember the toddler years. The toddler intensity has not left my youngest, although she is 8, and this is the thing that keeps the wonder in our days and it is the the thing that strengthens my love for her.

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  34. I don't decorate for Valentine's Day, but I love that others do! I also watched Top Gun for the upteen-millionth time the other night. I have no desire to watch the newer Tom Cruise movies, but there is just something about Top Gun that makes me want to watch it over and over. Have a happy Valentine's Day!

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  35. I made your hearts...I hope to grow up to be just like you!!

    http://happychippyjunk.blogspot.com/2012/02/i-heart.html

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  36. Your letter is EXACTLY what my sister needs at the end of this discouraging week. She adopted two precious little ones several years ago and every single day continues to be a challenge. We were just talking yesterday about how isolated and alone she feels in her struggles. Thank you, Sweetie for sharing so beautifully. Hope your weekend is a happy one!

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  37. SM,
    Thanks so much for lending your voice to this project. You write in such a way that people just automatically connect with your words because they feel like the know you. I've already received emails about how much YOUR letter was "exactly what I needed to hear" (and no, I totally did not steal that from Renee!). People say it because it's the truth.

    Keep sharing your heart with the world.

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  38. ps My heart garland does not look like this! Very cute.

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