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Heart-Shaped Memories

 It's time to play Six Word Saturday!  My thoughts at the moment...

Happiness is...  photos that spark memories!

I bit the bullet and updated my Facebook page to the new Timeline format this morning.  No, I'm not crazy about it, but change is inevitable, so I might as well embrace it.  Looking thru my photo files for a header photo, I came across this one. It's a bouquet of wild flowers that the Papa Bear picked for me as we were walking thru the woods in the mountains at Ruidoso, New Mexico.  So beautiful... such an incredible variety! Far more precious than any florist shop bouquet I've ever received! And a picture, taken by him - the perfect way to keep them fresh and beautiful forever! 


That started me thinking about what a true romantic the Papa Bear is, full of sweet gestures and little surprises, like a fudgesicle bought from the corner store on a hot day, hands hidden behind his back, waiting for me to guess what the treat is!

When we went home to my Father's funeral at the beginning of January in 2010, the bitter cold (19 below zero at the airport in Fargo when we got off the plane), and the incredible amount of snow (they were trucking it out of the city to clear streets and parking lots) were a totally new experience for the Papa Bear.  We went out to the frozen lake one morning, another first for him - walking on a lake - and he drew this heart in the snow for me...


This next one is his beach masterpiece, done when we were on an autumn vacation at Port Aransas in the Gulf, beautifully decorated with seashells!  It was my first time at the beach in many, many years, and the most peaceful place I've ever encountered.  I want to return so badly, when we have the time and money. 


This one he found - nature's handiwork with a bit assistance by someone with a chainsaw.  We were staying at a little cabin on the Paluxy River in Central Texas, my surprise gift for his birthday. He went walking in the trees near the river, returning with this amazing photo of a stump remaining where a tree had been cut down.  A perfect heart... a perfect remembrance of his love for me!  How very blessed I am!



Take time now and then to do something special for the people in your life that you love. It's the little things that count, the sweet gestures like the ones above that will be most treasured! 

14 comments:

  1. How beautiful Josie. Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs

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  2. You really do have a romantic sweet-heart. It is so refreshing to hear good things that spouses do.

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  3. AWWW I LOVE THIS!!! WE ALWAYS LOOK FOR EACHOTHER HEART ROCKS THERE IS A WHOLE BOOK ON ROCKS SHAPED LIKE HEARTS. ENJOY THE WEEKEND

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  4. What a lovely love post! Your husband sounds so very sweet - and it's wonderful to see the little gifts he's given you through the years. Thank you for sharing them!

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  5. What a big sweetheart! Romantic doesn't have to be fancy or cost a lot to be so meaningful. What a great reminder to do something lovely for the love in our lives!

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  6. This was so beautiful, Josie! I love that you captured all these moments and then shared them us. Thank you!

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  7. I love the bouquet. There's a "hands" photo challenge going around this weekend and that photo would have made a fine entry as well as a happy memory.

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  8. So very sweet with the hearts!! Fun to go back and look at old pictures, isn't it?

    betty

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  9. I love this, naturally...*lol*
    You are awesome...talk to you later!!

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  10. That's so lovely. Truly heartwarming. You are both very blessed. It makes me so happy to read this!!!

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  11. lovely post. that heart shaped tree stump is really something.

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  12. You are blessed with a kind and loving husband ... and he with you, who appreciates the all of little things he does for you. That is the kind of thoughtfulness that breeds longevity in a marriage. It takes two and you two have it :)

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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  13. How sweet and precious every one of these photos are. The wonderful, thoughtful memories. How lucky you are and you know it and appreciate it!

    I am so happy for you that you found this happiness in your life!

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  14. This is a beautiful story. It is a pleasure to learn more about you and the man you love.

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