I wrote about her here, but today I want to talk about Hettie and Harley as a couple – a couple who loved each other long and well.
When we moved here almost 29 years ago we attended a church right up the road from our house – we knew it would be the best way to meet our neighbors and be connected to the neighborhood. We were the family from Florida and some of the natives didn’t look kindly on us. As though we were here to take their jobs, which couldn’t have been further from the truth!
The church was extremely good to us and sure enough, we connected, made friends, and got spiritually fed! There was an older couple in the church, Hettie and Harley Farmer – and they took us under their wing. We loved them and we learned their’s was a love story with some sorrow mingled in.
I wanted to serve and bless them and for several years on Valentine’s Day, late in the afternoon, my hubs and I would fix up a tray of treats and drive to their brick rancher and fellowship with them. One year, it was cherry cheesecake. One year, chocolates and ice cream. One year, these simple sugar cookies. We wrote out Valentine’s to them, put some red confetti on the tray, a candle, and made their Valentine dessert special. Hettie would put on a pot of coffee and we’d sit with them and visit – it was special for all of us. They are both in heaven now but there isn’t a Valentine’s Day that doesn’t bring me sweet memories of those visits with Hettie and Harley.
Maybe there is someone you would like to bless today and these extremely simple cookies may be just the motivation you need to do a random act of kindness for a homebound widow, widower, or elderly couple. It will bring great joy to them and you!
Here’s a printable for your binder: