Old Fashioned Romance
I finally took down the big Nativity set from the buffet in the entry
(no hurry, right?)
just in time for Valentine's Day.
I really like doing Valentine's decorations
in a vintage way,
and trying to find ways to display more of the special things
from my family's past,
instead of keeping them packed away in boxes all of the time.
I'm sure this group of things will evolve
in the weeks ahead as I drag out more little treasures
but for today
I thought I would showcase some of the lovebirds
from days gone by.
Kellie, all those sweet doilies and hankies
are tucked in here amongst the pictures and books...
see the garland hanging up on the mirror?
I used the yardage of beautiful lace you found me
to hang the tags on....I love using it that way!
These are the printing blocks used to put pictures in the newspaper
back in the day...
This is my great grandfather and great grandmother
Mr. and Mrs. George Bateman.
These pictures were taken for their wedding announcement.
There's my mom and daddy,
in their wedding picture.
I also dug out some little special things that were found
in my Mom's secretary, like the keys and little notebooks...
I found my Dad's fourth grade report card and keep it in the secretary now,
along with some little notebooks where his mom and dad kept
records of the money they spent to raise chicks
and my Grandpa's preaching dates and notes.
Here are Jim's folks looking like
two little love birds!
I love using the old books that I have collected.
One of my favorites is the one
Guiding Boys Up Fools Hill.
It is kind of a guidebook about teaching boys
how to avoid the wiles of the world.
I may need to post on that one of these days.
I feel so blessed to have had loving parents and grandparents
who loved each other and us the way they did.
They were not perfect,
but they did it well,
in their own way.
They loved each other for a lifetime and beyond.
They loved each other through very hard times.
Through tragedies, poverty, and disease.
Through thick and thin.
I'm thanking God for
such a legacy of love in my life!
Happy Day today everybody.
Wherever you are in your journey,
will you leave a legacy of love?
That's what I want to do!