Thursday, February 16, 2012

History of Love {Simple Moments, Bigger Picture}

There is something to be said for the lessons of history and lineage. 

There have brought us to today, made us who we are. 

These images at one time lined the table at my wedding. Greeting guests and reminding everyone of those that walked that aisle before us. Now they line the stairs in our home. Watching over us and showing our children the love that extends back through the generations. 

Their stories are varied, the lives and loves different. Love doesn’t have just one face, one right way to be. It’s small and quite, simple and plain, rich an opulent, grand and large. It’s all these things and more. 

Love is,  

Foreigners in a foreign land. 

Neighbors and classmates. 

A blind date.

Love is tales of gypsies and carnivals, traveling the back dusty roads in old cars, of church weddings and making your own wedding cake. 

The stories are different, the images changes but the love was the same. 

These are not the epic tomes of love and romance that sell novels. There may not be grand sweeping gestures and movie like endings. But the lessons that are taught in the smiling faces lining the walls are much more important then flowery stories.

We love. 

We have been loved. 

We are loved. 

Love built this family. 


Simple,historic love, that’s my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week. What’s yours?

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May said...

With tears in my eyes I say amen!

Adrienne said...

Just love this. I scrapbook. And one of the many reasons for this is to connect the past to the future. Each precious life that is invested in the building of a family has its place, its influence. Even the "dysfunctional" love is love! This is a great piece!

Emily said...

I think it's wonderful that you have these pictures lining your hallway. It's so important to recognize the way the past informs the present -- and it's beautiful to see you honoring the history of your sweet family!

Hyacynth said...

Such a beautiful post about the way generations of love shape us and linger as love letters in our hearts.

This Heavenly Life said...

Such sweet sentiments and reminders!

But I think this kind of love IS written about and acted out in stories and movies. We are just so used to it that we sometimes forget how magical it all was :)

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Oh that's lovely. It really is beautiful to have the stories of your ancestors surrounding you. My parents were both immigrants and somehow the stories beyond a generation or two have gotten lost to time. I feel sorry for that loss. It sounds like your family has some great ones! I love that you cherish them enough to include them in your own wedding.

Kimberly said...

Oh I love this.
When you really think of all the marriages and love it took to create a's really mind blowing.
We are actually collecting old vintage pictures of our families and planning on covering a wall with them.
It's important to know where you've come from

Unknown said...

I love that you have this history of love displayed in your home as visual guide of what real love is. So often we have glossy-eyed ideas of what love should be based upon movie stars or fictional characters, but real-life role models are so much better. Because love isn't perfect and what works for some may not work for others.