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Monday, February 22, 2010

LOVE LETTERS....


I am linking with: MARY for RUBY TUESDAY
COLE for TUESDAY AT THE TABLE ....(snack table, that is..:O)
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LOVE LETTERS......
While going through an olden trunk not too long ago...
I came across some beautiful love letters
between my GREAT AUNT BETTIE and GREAT UNCLE BRYSON...
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It seems my little mama had saved these letters for all those years...
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They didn't have a ribbon around them...
just an old rubber band someone had used to keep the letters together; maybe my mama...
I am so so glad she did...
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I found this RED RIBBON....
I have a feeling AUNT BETTIE liked red...
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Let's untie that ribbon and take a little peek...
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The writing is so beautiful...
I could NEVER write that pretty...
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1911...1912....1924...

Some of these precious letters.....almost a HUNDRED YEARS OLD....
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In the precious bundle, I found vintage post cards...

1910....that IS ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD....ok..WILL BE in JUNE..
and a 2 cent stamp...in red..
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There's several more post cards......
all so so pretty....
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....this is my tall, thin GREAT- UNCLE BRYSON
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...and my Great-Aunt BETTIE
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and did I say that she is the one I was named after ?
Just a different spelling ....she was BETTIE..
I am BETTY....
and I am thrilled to find this photo of her when she was young.
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I remember her as always OLD....and always a sweet lady.
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Do you think she would be mad at me if she knew I planned to read her LOVE letters ?
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I think not.....
.she saved so many wonderful things...
black SILK hose..
complete 1900's magazines
beautiful glass bottle stoppers from HER daddy's saloon..
photos by the truck load....
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This beloved couple were never blessed with children...
so most of their things were left to my mother and her sisters.
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After thinking about how she must have saved these things FOR FAMILY TO ENJOY SOMEDAY,
I fixed myself a nice, afternoon snack tray, lit a candle, got out my glasses....
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and enjoyed part of the day....
with my GREAT AUNT BETTIE and my GREAT UNCLE BRYSON....
and just day dreamed about their precious and long enduring LOVE.... *heavy sigh



39 comments:

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

BJ, Now this is the kind of stuff I call PRICELESS...How special to have these and to see the stamps from them days and how much they cost blew me away now a days you need a co-signer to send a letter ha ha!! wonderful post today as always my friend...and I thought your name was Barbara Jean...Fooled me...Hugs and smiles Dear friend...Gl♥ria

Ralph said...

The postcards and letters are from the past, but their being here for us to see is that true love never grows old, never dies. The look of the past, of a wonderful couple is almost like they are still here.

You have descended from wonderful ancestors, their values and commitment have continued for generations. Nice post!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh, what a treasure you have in these letters. You are so lucky!

Rhondi said...

Hi Bj
What a precious treasure to have. I love that you put the red ribbon around them and know you'll continue ot cherish them.
Hugs, Rhondi

Mimi said...

It is like a time machine, going into the past you could only dream about, otherwise. I enjoyed the beautiful penmanship and old postmarks. Thanks for sharing, BJ.

© Jennifer Raley said...

That was absolutely wonderful. You betcha .... huge sigh. Thanks for sharing those. Love, Jenn <><

© Jennifer Raley said...

PS - I got my 'winnings' from Liz (Brambleberry) today and posted about it. Mentioned you, cuz you won too and I'm anxious to see what you got (loved that wire basket w/terra cotta pots) and how you post about them.) My post will be up around midnight. :) Jenn <><

Gucci Mama said...

What a fabulous thing to have! Such a treasure. ;)

vintage frenchhen said...

WHAT TREASURES! YOU ARE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE THOSE IN YOUR POSSESSION. PRICELESS!! Marcia

Julie Harward said...

Ohhh, so sweet! I hope you got lost in enjoying them. I have my mom and dad's love letters and they are beyond precious to me. Your Bettie was so beautiful too..I am named after my great grandmother...it's all so wonderful isn't it, I can't wait to see them all again some day! :D

Hootin' Anni said...

How nice for you to find these after so long. And to have a photo of your namesake even tops finding the letters!!

My Ruby Tuesday - Kachina Doll

Hope you're having a super day.

Susan L (lily40au) said...

everything looks better with a red ribbon ... what a beautiful collection.

Theresa said...

Love old letters, heck I love everything old:) Sweet letters and postcards! Have a blessed day dear BJ!

Maria said...

A really fascianting story behind these letters and so nice photos. Thanks for sharing:)
Happy tuesday

Debbie said...

I love those letters so neat to have those! We have lots of old stuff, but no old letters! I bet my husbands Gram has some from years ago when her and her husband where dating and he was in the military....I may have to ask her about those!!~ I love how you tied the ribbon around them, so sweet!

Justine said...

Oh BJ, this is so fabulous!!!! I would love to have treasures like those letters from relatives long gone. How beautiful! And speaking of beautiful, Bettie was just that! Wow.

So, what were the letters like? Were they romantic?

Justine :o )

Becky said...

Beautiful memories!!!!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

You are so lucky your family saved those. I am sure she would be happy that you are reading them and passing on some sweet family history. This is a wonderful post BJ!
xoxo
Penny

Vista Gal said...

How romantic! And how wonderful that you posess the love letters from your relatives.
I just love the flourish of the penmanship that our elders wrote with pen in hand!
Your music is so beautiful also. I felt I could sit along with you and reminice of days of ole when Bettie received the first post.
Ahhh... Love Is A Many Splendored Thing!
The stream and birds chirpping, lovely!
Can you tell me what the name of the cd yoou used for this?

Denise Marie said...

very sweet!! Nothing like love letters.

Beverly said...

Ah, BJ. What a wonderful love story. Thank you for sharing this with us.

I am just back to work this week. It had been so long since I felt like visiting anyone, and I missed everyone so much.

Tara said...

I loved this entry and especially the picture of Bettie...her face had so much character. Beautiful woman. :)

Sage said...

What a wonderful story; brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat. Those were the good old day; nowadays this generation hae email to replace these treasures.
Poor them; thank you for sharing.
Rita

Betty said...

How very precious! I belong to our local historical society and some times read letters from that past and imagine the people but so precious that yours are family, people you knew.

The Muse said...

romance lives!
ah, and i am not surprised it dwells here :)

Cozy Little House said...

What a wonderful thing to inherit, BJ! I would be so thrilled to find something like that. She would want you to enjoy them. She was a very beautiful young woman.
Brenda

Julie said...

WOW! What a treasure BJ. I did a post about how post cards came to be on my ridingaside blog not too long ago. Did you know that Kodak used to sell a camera made just for post card photos?

Julie said...

BTW - last night my DH asked me "Do your blog friends still ask how I am doing?" ha ha ..

He completed his treatments in December ...but we have to wait until the end of March before we get the blood tests back to know for sure!

Tara said...

BJ

Oh, how nice that you have these! Taking a peek at the past--precious!

Cole said...

BJ, I got tingles thinking of the value of those written treasures. What a gift!

Bunny Jeans Decor... and More! said...

Oh.. how precious. You are a lucky lady to have all those wonderful momentos of your loving family.

So glad I dropped by today.

Also... I'm just letting all my followers (and you are one) know about my giveaway... nothing to do to enter.

You are already entered!

Just my way to say thanks!

Talk to you soon ;)
Bunny Jean

Jennifer said...

What a BEAUTIFUL legacy! And such beautiful plates, too.

I've kept all the letters & emails my now husband & I exchanged. We were "introduced" to each other while he was fighting in Iraq back in 2003 - the first wave.

Reading your post makes me want to go dig them all up & read through them again. But I think they may all be in storage back in Oklahoma.

Thanks again & much love from an overseas Army wife,
Jennifer

sissie said...

BJ,
This is just the sweetest story ever, your Aunt Bettie would be so pleased to know you shared her love for her dear husband with all of us helpless romantics!

hugs
Sissie

xinex said...

How wonderful to have possession of these treasured items, BJ. Your aunt was very pretty...Christine

Marice said...

thats a beautiful collection BJ :) the red ribbon is perfect for those treasured items!



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Auntie E said...

those are some old letters. I might have to get mine out of the trunk.
My Ruby Link for you

Kathleen said...

What a wonderful post! You really have a knack for weaving it all together beautifully! What a treasure you have there...a piece of history..so interesting..to think 100 yrs old..wow!

Kathleen Grace said...

What a treasure! I have loads of love letters from my dear Earl, he wrote me every day while I was in college and he was working so we could get married. I don't know how I feel about keeping them for others to read when i am gone. There is something so precious about them to me. They are just so personal, I don't know if I can share them but I can't bring myself to destroy them!

D said...

BJ,
What a great post. Those letters must be wonderful to read. Your aunt was beautiful as a young girl.
Thanks for posting.
D