Monday, July 26, 2010

Sometimes Miracles Do Happen

     It is funny how things work out sometimes. Something happens that you just can't explain and truthfully, I'm not sure I even want an explanation. I sort of like letting my imagination run wild with this one. As most of you know, I spent a few weeks recently in Florida, going through my mother's belongings. Actually, I didn't just go through her things, I went through almost everything in their home, organizing in ways that would be easier for my dad.

     Late one evening I was going through a drawer full of paperwork, envelopes and various "stuff". In the midst of saved banking information, medical paperwork and bookwork...I found my parent's wedding pictures. I have a copy of one of their wedding pictures at my house, but I'd never seen the rest of the pictures. I grabbed my camera and took "pictures of the pictures" so I would have a set of them safely stored somewhere. I sat them aside and finished the drawer. About an hour later, when I was working on a different drawer, from a different place in the house...I found an envelope of old pictures and clippings. In that envelope was the newspaper announcement from my parent's wedding. Coincidence? I don't know.

     The best part of this story is that when I called my dad into the room to see what I'd found the look on his face was priceless. He thought the wedding pictures had been lost when a prior home had flooded. He didn't think he still had any of his wedding pictures and he had them all. What a blessing for all of us. Thankfully, I looked in every envelope at every item before throwing anything away.

Today, I'll share a few of the pictures and take you back to 1947...

They are all named Bob

Look at those outfits my grandmothers were wearing!

Weren't they cute and so very young!


FrugalMom said...

Oh my Sue, what a fantastic surprise that must have been for both you and your dad. The photos are really telling the story of your parents wedding, and I almost feel like I am there.

What a beautiful young bride your mother was, and your dad looks so handsome and youthful.

DUTA said...

Old family pictures are priceless. We live in a
constantly changing world and pictures like these give us a sense of stability, of belonging, of historical perspective.

We could also learn a lot from these photographs about fashion, hairstyles, and make comparisons of then and now. Wedding pictures are the cherry of the cake. Thanks for sharing.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a priceless find. I know these wonderful picture brought back precious memories for your dad and what a blessing for you to have them all too. Such a fabulous treasure. Hugs, Marty

Shellbelle said...

What a treasure you found and indeed, a miracle. I'm so glad you went through every single thing and these were not lost forever. Your parents look so happy in the photos and your mother's dress is gorgeous!

Ms M said...

I'm obsessed with old photos. Esp wedding pics. So inspiring! xxx

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh, I am so happy that you have these! I know what a difficult time you have had. These must be the most lovely treasures!
Thank you for sharing this darling young couple!

Mimi said...

I am so happy that the pictures were found. Your parents were such a cute couple...and so young. Your mother's wedding dress was beautiful.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Those are so cool Sue! Your Mom looked so pretty. Time goes by and in a blink of an eye it's gone. So nice to have the pics for you and your Dad.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is so wonderful that you found these, Sue, and look how in love they are. Great pictures, and they are a lovely couple. What wonderful memories for your sweet father and for you girls.


Sheila :-)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I know you and your Father are so glad you found them - what a treasure. Great looking couple!

dee dee said...

What a true treasure!
Beautiful bride and groom!
Dee Dee

Angie said...

How sweet and what a beautiful, happy couple!

Maria said...

Hi Sue! I love these photos... in fact your story about finding them is awesome!
When things like this happen, I call them divine appointments!
Amazing when you are in that "moment" when everything comes together... It's like to momentum of the universe brought you right there!
It takes me so long to go through things before "chucking" it in the garbage for this very reason... You never know what's in that bag or in those envelopes!
Wow... Sue ... fabulous find!
I'm going to post a few pics of my mother... Her wedding dress seems very similar to you mother's...
My brother just received a shirt box from his Godmother, who is in her 80's... photos of our mother no one has ever seen... they were hers, and she's passing them along to us! We were soooo excited. I took pics of about 80 of them ...just to have until we figure out what to do.
so wonderful, these precious memories~
Good luck with your modem ... maybe someone has an "older model" you can borrow?

Maria said...

ps. Your parents are beautiful people!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh what a treasure to have found! I'm so glad that your Dad was able to see these again and remember such a special day in their life. What a beautiful couple they were. I hope your modem arrives quickly -- thanks for your visit to my Greek post and your very sweet comments.

Gypsy Heart said...

There are no "coincidences" ~ :-) Such a precious treasure to find. I can only imagine your happiness as well as your dad's. LOVE the photos ~ the attire is reminiscent of photos of my parents, aunts & uncles, etc. I'm so happy for you!


Jenny said...

This almost made me cry. What a lovely young full of hopes and dreams. She is beautiful.