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In Memory Our First Valentine’s Day

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To My Loving Bride Of 45 Years.

In Memory Our First Valentine’s Day

The year was 1965. We were almost engaged. I was already head-over-heals in love with you. I just couldn’t let the most romantic day of the year go by without making an all out effort to see you.

The Youth Revival in Lansing, Michigan I’d preached at your Grandfather Hebert Starr’s church had just closed. I was back home in South Bend, Indiana for a few days with my parents. My car was in the shop getting some repairs done, and I was desperate for transportation. I’d asked my old friend Bobby Edgin if he would take me to see you so I could give you my Valentine’s Day gifts. He and his wife drove me the 100 miles to Albion, Michigan after he got off work. We got to your church a little bit late.

The song service was already in progress. We surprised you by coming. You looked so beautiful sitting up there in the orchestra playing your saxophone. You were dressed in a fashionable A-line “Poodle” skirt and beautiful blouse. Your white bobby socks completed your outfit. I couldn’t take my eyes off of you.

You were a Senior in High School. I found out later you were still in your school clothes. Your hair was beautifully curled as usual, and hung down over your shoulders and back. I had never watched you from out in the audience before.

When I’d preached the Youth Revival for your Dad three months earlier, I’d sat with him on the platform behind you and the orchestra. You looked beautiful to me from every angle.

As soon as the orchestra was dismissed that night, you disappeared for a while. In a few minutes you returned to the service having changed out of your school clothes into something more dressy, with nylons and heels as well. Then you came and sat by me. I’d never sat by a girl in church before. I have absolutely no memory of the sermon. You were the only thing on my mind!

I couldn’t stay long after service because it was a 2-hour drive back home and my ride disliked staying up late.

Not long after the service was over, I gave you my card and candy. I remember giving you something else but I have forgotten. Whatever it was, it was just part of the excuse to see you, tell you I loved you, and hope there might be an opportunity for another hug and a few kisses. There certainly was!

After all these years, my love, I’m still coming back for more of those wonderful kisses. They seem to get sweeter with time.

I love you Marcia June Starr Ballestero.

I Really Love You, And I Always Will!

Happy Valentine’s Day My Love, for the 46th time, from the man who’s still thrilled to be your husband.


Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 14, 2011 at 3:11 am

Posted in Love, Marriage

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  1. I Love you with All My Heart!! I remember that so vividly it was a reminder to me why I was loving you more and more what a surprize. You always have such wonderful words of affirmation of Love and that was the first Valentine that made my mind strongly in love with you for the rest of my life.

    Marcia Ballestero

    February 14, 2011 at 6:05 am

  2. Okay, you made me cry today. I love the way you and Marcia keep your romance young. It’s beautiful.

    Nila Marxer

    February 14, 2011 at 11:48 am

  3. Beautiful! As always you leave me speechless. Your sweet Sis. Marcy has been an awesome match for you. Your a great example of how life is supposed to be. Hope our youth take notice. I also have the same testimony. I married the love of my life, and he has stood by me through the best and worst times of our lives for 42 years. It pays to pray for the right one! God Bless and keep you.

    Brenda Lawrence

    February 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

  4. I loved that, Marty. What a romantic you are……love that you use words! You are the best!!


    February 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm

  5. Aww!! This was so sweet!! That is the kind of love I want…the love that is still alive 46 years later!


    February 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

  6. Wow!! How sweet!


    February 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

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