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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

LOVE LETTERS in the sand...♫♪♫

Well, they aren't really in the SAND...
but they surely are
love letters....
I've blogged about these beautiful letters I keep tied with a RED RIBBON,
between my GREAT AUNT BETTIE, my namesake,
but VALENTINE season seems the time to share them again in a NEW post.
Their love blossomed in the early 1900's
and they shared that love for 53 years.
Let's untie the pretty ribbon
and take a little peek inside.
I KNOW my Aunt Bettie wouldn't mind one single bit.
She would be laughing sooo hard if she could see us
sticking our noses into her little pile of sweet letters...
She would say, "I'll go fix a pot of tea and some cookies for you to have while you read !"
The penmanship back in those days always just blows my mind.
Where and how did we lose this beautiful art ??
"I am crazy for you,
your sweetheart, Bryson" *sigh
"and I was tickled most to death to hear from you..."
The stack of letters filled to the brim with sweetness,
also contained several olden postcards...
So interesting...
I will pass this romantic treasure on to my children
to pass on to theirs.
I know my grands will love these olden treasures
that is such a part of their history.
I've tied the letters that hold the feelings of two young people so much in love,
back with the RED RIBBON...
I love you both and always will....
I am linking this love with:
TOP 5 YUMS letters, cards, candle, cup and red ribbon...they are all YUMS !


Julie Harward said...

How sweet that is! I too have some treasured love parents. I have copied them and shared them will all their posterity. It really helps us to have perspective as we read these very special words of love. (And I agree, too bad this gorgeous penmenship has disappeared!)

Anonymous said...

It is nice that you have prepared song, ah ... It's so romantic. Warm greetings from the sea, Zondra Art

Linda Chapman said...

Oh my goodness!! I LOVE this post!!! I have a collection of old letters written in the during 1938-145 between a neice and her aunt. I also some a smaller collection from the 1800's from a farmer/minister....and a few letters written in such a way that I am not certain if it is English or another language entirely.The handwriting is an age apart!!!
I so love to step back in time and hold these precious letters in my hand and think of the lives described therein.
Thnak you for sharing your very special collection with US!!
I feel certain your Aunt Bettie and Uncle Bryson would approve!

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

How romantic! I loved seeing a little glimpse of those love letters BJ....perfect for this time of the year, and perfect always....your photos are stunning too!

Blondie's Journal said...


These are SO sweet! Thanks for letting us have a peek. I saved all my old love letters but I keep them tucked away in a box way in the back of my closet. I just can't bear to throw them away. I suppose Dear Abby would tell me to toss them but they really are sweet.

I love your pictures in this post. :-)


Deb said...

I love the hand-written letters and all the sweet words. Those postcards are fabulous treasures too. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Karen said...

So sweet and romantic,it is a shame we've lost that beautiful penmanship. My grandmother had a really unique and pretty style of writing.She said there was a name for the style but it escapes me.

Shelia said...

Oh, BJness! What a treasure filled with sweetness! What a blessing your aunt and uncle had such a wonderful love affair for all those years! Yes, the penmanship is so beautiful! A perfect post for Valentine's Day!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Natasha said...

I love these little snippets that you have been sharing. We are so lucky to be able to read them with you. Thanks BJ!

Best wishes always,

Bill said...

Visiting you is always a sweet experience, Ms. BJ. Today is no exception. What a lovely thing to share! After my mother's passing, my father gave me a bundle of their letters to each other when he was in the Army (in TX where I was born). She had put my name on a little note to make sure I ended up with them. Most of them were about baby ME, but there was a lot of "dearest" and "darling" to each other in the letters. They were always affectionate with each other, but I think written language is different from verbal interactions for most of us. Naturally I boo-hoo'd quite a bit as I read every single letter in one sitting.

OK, I need to stop. My comment is going to be longer than your post!

Have a happy Valentine's Day, sweet lady!



Rita said...

What can I say; what a lovely heartfelt post. Brought back my own memories. My to be husband were apart for 4 years except for Summer holidays, while I was away to school one year and then his turn for 3 years before we got married. I tell you the truth, we wrote to each other every night during that time. Telephone was too expensive and there was no internet. Look at us now; we will be celebrating our 48th wedding anniversary. We burned our letters before our wedding;we were moving away and had no room to take them. although I kept the 3 last letters from him.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh what a sweet, sweet entry! Just precious.

And I'm so glad that you have kept and treasured these love letters. I'm sure they will remain, a well loved part of your family History and inheritance.

Hugs and ♥'s...
'Cause Valentine Day is coming!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Snif, snif!!! I love the letters. Thanks for sharing with us. I want to be at your table drinking Dunkin' and pour over the letters! Snif, snif, AGAIN! bcuz I can't :(

Susy said...

Love love love the letters. And how sweet HE kept them as well as her (:
I have my letters hubby sent from Viet Nam - they're a treasure.

Ahem ~ where's the signature food element in your post? Wasn't sure I was at the right house ((:

Sarah said...

BJ, I hadn't seen these before so I'm so glad you shared them again. What treasures for sure! Not only was the penmanship exquisite in that generation, but they weren't afraid to write their feelings and thoughts down and send them through the mail. Does anyone write love letters anymore?
Thanks for sharing a peek into this romance. ~ Sarah

arkie said...

Sentiment is priceless! What a treasure!

On Crooked Creek said...

What a precious heirloom to past to your chldren and grands! I agree, their penmanship is a lost art. Reading those letters somehow puts us in touch with past generations. . .as if they'd never left. Thank you for shairng those love letters. Today, on the prairie, they'd be written in the snow!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a beautiful post, BJ, and what a wonderful family heirloom to pass down!

Karie's Chic Creations said...

BJ, how beautiful. . . what sweet messages of love. You are so lucky to have the letters and beable to read-and re-read them. You have displayed the letters beautifully. You always do such a nice job in decorating. Thanks for sharing and being an inspiration to so many of us. Hugs, Karie

PEA said...

Such treasured letters indeed! I know that my mom has quite a few love letters that my dad had written to her when they were dating...I had found the wooden box she keeps them in when I was a young teenager and had read a few:-) hehe I'd love to be able to read them all now but she's said I can only have them after she's fair! lol xoxo

Betty said...

Can't help but smile over these letters, and sigh at how sweet they are.
We got a hold of a letter at the Historical Society written to a young lady around 1864 and got a lead that the romance may have bore fruit. Still hope to find out more but it is so sweet.

Lori said...

You are so right about penmanship. Mine is terrible, I always made C's. Oh well, maybe I'll take a class.

Kathleen said...

I remember those letters. So special! I have no letters from dh. We lived near each other! :)

Kathleen Grace said...

Isn't it fascinating (and a little naughty!) to peek in on someones love letters! It surely is a lost art and so sad to think that most of this generation will never have such sweet keepsakes to save. You can't tie a ribbon round a text message! lol. I have a big box of love letters from my sweetheart and I cherish each and every one, just like I cherish him.

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

LOVE this post ~ Makes my heart smile. The Link is up ~ Thanks for stopping by.

LV said...

BJ, this is such a sweet tribute to your loved ones. You have some real treasures in those letters. There is a lot of long time love in your header as well. I really like it. Stay warm.

forgetmenot said...

Thanks for coming by my blog. Absolutely love the "Love Letters"--what a treasure! Wow, they do go back a long way. Sounds like you are an active lady involved in all kinds of interesting things. Love to "Keep up" with you. Mickie

Honey at 2805 said...

I'm happy to see another post on your letters. They are just the sweetest treasures. A lovely post and special Valentine!

Also the picture of your and Hubby is so-o cute!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

What a sweet that beautiful quote "tickled most to death"...

Phyllis said...

It's wonderful that they've been kept all these years.

Electronics are fun, but can't compare to the old fashioned ways of communicating!

My Country Heaven Cottage said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the old post cards! Especially the one where she is jumping the fence. I would love a copy of that one!
I have been posting some of my postcards too. Last week I was visiting my Mother-in-Law & she said that she still had all the letters that my Father-in-Law sent to her when he was in the WWII & the Korean War. Someday I'll maybe get her to show them to me... She said he sent her one everyday that he was away. :) He has been go now for 24 yrs ... due to liver cancer. We sure do miss him.
Wishing you A Happy Valentines Day. XOXO,Glenda

xinex said...

I remember those love letters and what a treasure to have!...Christine

~~Carol~~ said...

What an incredibly sweet family heirloom these love letters are! I can't remember the last time I got a hand written letter. Instead it's all e-mails and texts. Thanks so much for sharing these with us!
Happy REDnesday!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"How Romantic"!!! This is the BEST EVER Valentine post! Love those letters. You are so lucky to have them and you are OH SO RIGHT about the penmanship. Isn't it GORGEOUS! Everything was so Innocent and romantic then...Thank you so much for letting us PEEK in on their letters... Happy Valentines Day to you,
Hugs, Donna

Carol said...

What a beautiful treasure to share for this time of year!
Also, great YUMs!

Glacier Dreaming said...

SO sweet. I have all my parent's love letter from the 1940s, 3 big boxes full, and they are so touching. Haven't even gotten through all of them. But, you have inspired me to get them out.