Sunday, February 13, 2011


Elizabeth Barrette Browning's Famous
Poem "How Do I Love Thee"
Is a true testimony of  love between two people.
When Elizabeth was 15 she was stricken ill.
Her father was overly protective and forbade her to marry.
 He did have her poems published.
She lived in seclusion in her sickroom as an invalid
untill Robert Browning, also a poet, wrote her a letter
and then they began a correspondence. He visited her and they fell in love.
Soon they secretly married and moved to Italy to help her health.
They had a son Pen, and lived deeply in love for many years
Elisabeth suffered many spells and during one she died
some what unexpectedly in Robert's  arms.
Just moments before she had been kissing him.
He never again married.She was only 55 

                                          How  Do I Love Thee Sonet 43
                                                                                    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
                                                                                I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
                                                                                  My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
                                                                                      For the ends of being and ideal grace.
                                                                                       I love thee to the level of every day's
                                                                                      Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
                                                                                       I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
                                                                                  I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
                                                                                      I love thee with the passion put to use
                                                                                 In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
                                                                                       I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
                                                                                  With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
                                                                                   Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
                                                                                        I shall but love thee better after death.







Love in life

Robert Browning

Room after room,
I hunt the house through
We inhabit together.
Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her—
Next time, herself!—not the trouble behind her
Left in the curtain, the couch’s perfume!
As she brushed it, the cornice-wreath blossomed anew:
Yon looking-glass gleaned at the wave of her feather.

Yet the day wears,
And door succeeds door;
I try the fresh fortune—
Range the wide house from the wing to the centre.
Still the same chance! She goes out as I enter.
Spend my whole day in the quest,—who cares?
But ’tis twilight, you see,—with such suites to explore,
Such closets to search, such alcoves to importune!

                                               Read more:
Elizabeth Barrett Browning poems: Sonnets from the Portuguese

The Mousiekin Family love to make
 Valentine crafts together from
 the Tasha Tudor's "OLD FASHIONED GIFTS"
book that is falling a part from so much use!


Pappa Mousiekin never forgets to let
Mama Mousiekin know that he loves her 
Learn more about the art of Scherenschnitte
at The Hopalong Gazette with Jeri Landers

Missy Mousiekin recommends
 The Unsigned Valentine.
And Other Events in the Life of Emma Meade
by Johanna Hurwitz
A book that takes place in Vermont in 1911,
about adventures of an young lady
and her journal entries about 
 her family life on a farm in Vermont
Johanna Hurwitz (once a Librarian) dose
 a great job intertwining historical situations
including real figures such as Wilson Snowflake Bently,
and Grace Coolidge before she became first lady

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Let him kiss me with the kisses of  his mouth
for thy love is better then wine
 Song of Solomon 1:2
My beloved is mine,
and I am his...
Song of Solomon  2:16

In this was manifested the love of God 
toward us, because that God sent His
only begotten Son into the world,
that we might live through Him .

 Here in is love...
1 John 4 :9 10

Enjoy a Beautiful Tasha Tudor inspired
Valentine Calendar
"The Days of Valentines: Amelia's Favorite Things"
at the Corgyncomb Courant

by  Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson.

The Mousiekin Family says:
"take time for love and togetherness"


Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
3 John 1:2
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  1. Wonderful post~ So many interesting facts and pictures I love it~ And how adorable the mousey family! ~Have a Very Happy Valentines ~Thank you for sharing Love Heather

  2. It is such a beautiful story of a love that was all consuming...all giving!

    E.Browning's poem is so lovely!

    Thank you for sharing such a delightful post with us :-)


  3. Thank you for sharing this story of love. I enjoy your blog very much.
    I also love the mousey family. I have one mouse in my house...Mr. Mouse that is the overseer of my pins.

  4. What a romantic, yet somewhat sad, story. I really enjoy your interesting bits and pieces about historical figures.
    And what have those little mousies been up to? Why, paper cutting Valentines of course! How precious they are.

  5. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog! And for following it too. I will be following yours as it is such a lovely site. The Mousey family is such a delight! I too work towards being a Proverbs 31 woman. What could be better? nothing! Have a blessed day!!