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“Girl of my dreams—I love you.”

In one letter Ron wrote, “Feb. 14 may be the date they observe and call Valentine’s Day, but that is for people of only ordinary luck. I happen to have a Valentine’s life, which started on March 4, 1952, and will continue as long as I have you.”

In a telegram sent from a train stop he jotted, “Only til tomorrow morning, but if it were only a minute it would be too long. I love you.”

On a Mother’s Day letter he wrote, “M is for the million ways I love you,” signed “An admirer” with a thoughtful P.S., “I’m on the next pillow over.”

He sent flowers to his mother in-law with a note thanking her for making him the happiest man on earth.

One anniversary he wrote that for twenty nine years he’d had more happiness than any man could rightly deserve.

Beyond the Call of Duty

When he took the oath of office, President Ronald Reagan addressed his wife, “Dear First Lady, As President of the U. S., it is my honor and privilege to cite you for service above and beyond the call of duty in that you have made one man the most happy man in the world for 29 years.”

While on a trip he wrote, “Dear First Mommie, I’m in Wyoming, Montana, or Nevada, depending on what time you read this. But I’ll be at Camp David at 9:15 p.m. Friday night. I’ll be glad to see you. I miss you—even when I’m asleep. This is a very lonesome place when you are some place else.”

On White House stationary President Reagan wrote, “I love you” nine times over, ending with “And besides that—I love you.”

Abraham Lincoln said of his wife, Mary, “My wife is as handsome as when she was a girl, and I…fell in love with her; and what is more, I have never fallen out.”

Rutherford had just set up his law practice when he began paying calls on a well educated young lady, Lucy Webb. Rud, short for Rutherford, continued his practice until he entered the Civil War as a commissioned officer. Against the backdrop of the Civil War Lucy found time in her busy schedule to mother eight children, visit the troops under her husband’s command where she ministered to the wounded, cheered the homesick, and comforted the dying. Her husband’s distinguished combat record earned him election to Congress and three postwar terms as governor of Ohio. Together they visited state reform schools, prisons, and asylums.  

In 1877 this couple celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in the White House. President Rutherford B. Hayes wrote in his diary of his wife, Lucy,  “Her low sweet voice is very winning…a heart as true as steel…intellect she has, too…By George! I am in love with her!”

Deep within the heart of every woman is the desire to be loved like that.

Dear one, you are. We are loved just like that, each and every one of us. “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3)."Keep me as the apple of Your eye" (Psalms 17:8). “...He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

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