Apr 7, 2011

Through it all was love

Last night I was thinking about wanting to go retro and vintage with my style and decided I might as well start with what's in my apartment. While looking for inspiration, I came across a few picture frames that I don't know how I'd overlooked.

These are my (maternal) grandparents, not too long after they got married in 1944. I think Grandma is gorgeous and Grandpa is dashing!
 (Click on the picture to view larger image).

These are my grandparents many years later, in the kitchen of their house - and I love how happy they look!
(Yes, I took pictures of pictures - I couldn't really scan them).

So an evening of vintage inspiration searching turned into memories of the amazing love I witnessed through my grandparents' 50+ years of marriage. They raised six girls (in a house with one bathroom), and managed to create a home that anyway felt comfortable in as soon as they walked through the door.

I remember love, laughter, lots of family dinners, and time around the piano. Once when we visited, Grandpa met us at our car and told us Grandma had just gotten her hair done, and it would make her feel extra special if we said something to her when we went into the house. I remember they were always having coffee together when we'd come down in the morning - sometimes talking, sometimes not, just enjoying time with each other.

That love? The best kind of vintage I could ever hope for.

Is there a "vintage" love story you're inspired by?

(And a huge shout out to my Aunt Susie who slogged through a super slow internet connection to tell me where these pictures were taken!)


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I am most definitely inspired by my grandparents' love. They were married for 63 years and I never once saw them say a cross word to each other! They were so in love. My grandfather could not bear to be apart from my grandma. I remember when my brother got married, the guys went out for lunch and the girls when out for lunch and my grandpa told my dad/brothers that he couldn't wait to get back to my grandma. Um, that was after like 60 years of marriage! Amazing right?

My grandparents made it their life's mission to make the other person happy. They have a one-of-a-kind love. As i write this, I wonder how my grandma carries on without him... It's been 2 years since he passed, I don't how she does it...

Katie said...

LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a shining example of marriage they were to us all. Thanks for sharing.

Annie said...

I love this post! What amazing photos & memories. XOXO

HC said...

What amazing history you have in those photos! Such great memories. Just think, some day your grandkids will be remembering stories about you and the mister and thinking of you as an inspiration!

Gracie said...

I'm so charmed! This post just put me in a good mood! Adorable.

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

My grandparents. It's hard to see my grandpa without his Junebug. And I honestly am impressed he is still with us.

Amber said...

This post is adorable. ADORABLE. I love that your grandpa met you at the car once to say that your grandma had just got her hair done and you guys should comment on it. That is so f-ing cute.

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I love this post and I'm also inspired by both sets of grandparents. One side I believe has been married for like close to 70 years and they are 90 now. It's amazing. The other were not married as long because my grandfather passed away at age 66. However, they did raise 8 kids together and they were still so cute together :)

Emily Jane said...

I loved this post! What an adorable photograph... I remember when my dad came back from England a year or two ago with boxes of stuff that my nan (his mum) had kept stored for about forty years... seeing photos, letters, cards from my grandad... it was amazing. I think it's so important to leave stories for future generations - can you imagine how different it'll be now we're in the digital age?

Nora said...

How sweet is this? I love it (the frames, the stories, the pictures).

Anonymous said...

Dear B, these pictures got me kinda misty-eyed. Pictures are such a wonderful piece of life and form of art. Bravo on stumbling across them and I love your vintage idea.

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I should be writing. I believe this comment should count!
Hello and hugs to your house!

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