Love and family are week's focus

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By The Staff

"I wish you shelter from the storm

And a cozy fire to keep you warm

And most of all

When snowflakes fall

I wish you love."

-Albert A. Beach

English lyrics

Love is in the air ... and in our newspaper pages.

Between Valentine's Day this Saturday, the winning love letters on today's front page, a story about the Happiness and Opportunity through Marriage Education program, or H.O.M.E., and the Bridal Feature on page 8A, we're celebrating love.

Of course, this week has been proclaimed as Marriage Week by Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers, so what better time to focus on love?

On an interesting note, all of this year's winning love letter entries focused on love of family. Murphy Lamb, the children's winner, wrote of his love and appreciation for his mother. Stacy Blair, the teen winner, wrote about her love for her parents. And the adult winner, Patty Martin, wrote of her love for her newfound family.

We also hope that all who are eligible consider taking advantage of the H.O.M.E. program.

Today's rough economic times can cause a financial strain on families. And financial strain all too often can lead to other troubles as well. When people are under pressure, and they don't know how to deal with it properly, families will be the first to suffer.

Indeed, one of the workshops reminds couples how to make time for each other and have fun together as well as how individual personalities affect relationships, commitment and why all of it matters to children.

Whether it's the romantic love of sweethearts, the cherishing love of parents, or the loyal love of friends, we all have special people in our lives.

As Valentine's Day approaches, we hope you take the time to tell your loved ones how special they are.