2015 (2-17-2015) Love Letter in red


“I only wish that it were you that I was bringing back. I can hardly wait for the hour to come when I can pull out of this town headed toward you.”

2015 (2-17-2015) Angier HomeThese are the heartfelt words written in a LOVE LETTER “74” years ago to my mother on March 24, 1942 by my father. Daddy’s “Love Letter” was recently discovered in a wall of the home where I grew up as a child and young adult in North Carolina. This house is over a hundred years old and is now being renovated because a fire partially destroyed it over three and a half years ago. The inside of the house was ruined by fire and smoke. However; most of the outside structure of the house remained.  The letter was discovered in excellent condition and the priceless sentimental treasure and joy this letter has brought me is the best gift ever! It brought tears to my eyes as I read it a few days ago… tears like an over flowing fountain.

2015 (2-17-2015) LOVE LETTERReceiving and reading this letter brought back a flood of emotions since both my parents are now with the Lord. Emotions of love, missing, sadness, longing to see them again and remembering what life was like in a home where I knew I was so loved, assured and valued.  Seeing daddy’s familiar handwriting and realizing his genuine and sincere felt love for mother was almost over whelming as I read his two page letter. The letter was written when mother was in her first year teaching public school in Mt. Airy N.C. (Andy Griffith’s Home Town) and my father was coaching ball and a first year teacher in Jacksonville, N.C. They were sharing about their upcoming wedding and the letter reflects their plans, desires and excitement of seeing one another again really soon.

I’ve discovered as every year passes and seasons of life change that things that used to be very important to me are no longer as important anymore. The most valuable ingredient to my happiness in life is my relationship with the Lord and my relationship with family. The values that were (and still are) instilled in me as a child set the course of my life as an adult. I will forever be indebted to my parents for the gift of a good and loving home environment, memorable times with my brother and sister as well as a deep conviction in my heart that I was always loved and would always be loved no matter what.

2013 (10-2-2013) me as a little child sitting between my parents2013 (10-1-2013) Me as a child - biting my lip in the picture2013 (10-1-2013) Me as a little child with mother and daddy

Daddy’s LOVE LETTER written “74” yrs ago showed me that Love cannot keep quiet. It has to tell of its love! And, after “74” yrs of being hidden away in an attic someplace and finally discovered in the wall of a burned out house…this love continues to be told. It has now been discovered all over again and this time by myself, my sister and my brother. It was a memory lost forever until it was discovered in my daddy’s LOVE LETTER to my mother.

In Proverbs 31, King Lemuel’s mother gave wise counsel to her son as to the kind of wife he should find. Apparently, my daddy found that kind of wife in my mother…and his love confirmed it. When you are loved like the love I discovered in this letter a few days ago, you understand that you don’t have to earn anything for that kind of love and favor. You don’t have to charm or pretend you’re something that you’re not.

2015 (2-17-2015 ) love letter from daddy

Some unexpected and extraordinary blessings in life are like rainbows after rain OR a “74” year old LOVE LETTER found in the wall of a burned out house – all are Gifts waiting to be discovered on an ordinary day!

Sheila Rhodes

About Sheila Rhodes

The greatest destiny and purpose for me is serving God with ALL my heart, soul and being! My personal relationship with the Lord brings such LIFE as He speaks to me, opens doors of ministry opportunities, and gives me insight into the hearts of others who need a word of encouragement spoken just at the right time.
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  1. Ginger Dean says:

    OH SHEILA…..what a gift! I know you’ll treasure this and pass it on to your girls. Not only the keepsake from your Dad, but the treasured love it conveys. When my dad passed away, I spent 2 months in Texas with my mom and found the box of love letters from both of them…in much the same situation. What a treasure to read your parent’s love for each other.
    You’ve truly been blessed here my friend!

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      My Dear Friend Ginger!

      You are so right – the discovery of this 74 yr old LOVE LETTER is a Treasure worth keeping for a life time. I have already made copies of it and given it to Jenny and Anna. They were so amazed as to how this all came about and to read about their Grandpa’s love for their Grandmother. My parents were married for I believe 64 yrs…incredible isn’t it? I come from “Good Stock” as we say here in the South. 🙂 Thank you for taking time to comment so beautifully. I know how special the time was with your mother after the passing of your father. You had a similar experience when you found the box of LOVE LETTERS from both of them…such a beautiful blessings in your life and in mine too. I love you dear friend. You are one in a trillion!

  2. Jane Hyder says:

    How absolutely beautiful that you and your brother and sister were so blessed to have found this love letter from your dad. I know you will always treasure this insight into your father’s love for your mother-just absolutely wonderful. It brought tears to my eyes as I read your entry, and I rejoice with you, dear friend.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Hello Jane!
      Thank you for taking a moment to stop by to read the LOVE LETTER from daddy to my mother. Yes, the surprise of finding this letter just recently came out of no where and I am so excited about it. Having this letter in my hand is truly a beautiful treasure that I will always keep and always keep close to my heart because of the loving words he shared with mother. Talk about a “sweet blessing” …this was for me. 🙂

  3. Teresa Langdon Ennis says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Your parents were my teachers and I remember your beauty and grace as you would sing in the Coats school auditorium. Your family is so special to so many. As realtor I have been by your house many times and wondered what happened. Is it being renovated by your family or is someone else that bought it doing it? I’m so glad you got the letter. It’s priceless.

    • Sheila Rhodes says:

      Good Morning Dear Teresa! What a joyful surprise to read the beautiful words you wrote about this posting, my parents, me and where I lived in Angier growing up. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! My parents really made a difference in so many lives as teachers. I wonder I they are truly new the difference they made. So many loved the two of them. The house that you pass by on Broad Street was bought by a Christian realtor back last August. He is doing a brilliant and excellent job of restoring it and plans on selling it once it is completed. We went in to take a peek when we were up during Christmas and were so amazed at how many wonderful modern changes this man is making. We are thrilled the house will someday be someone’s home and where I had so many beautiful and fun memories growing up. Thank you for taking time to write me. I loved it and I love you! (hugs)

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