It’s been two weeks since my father passed away.
It’s hard going through someone else’s possessions when they are gone…..it makes you think about your own life and what you value. My dad was meticulous and left notes about everything. We found “get dance lessons with Shelley” (my mom) on his to-do list along with countless other things that touched our hearts. He truly valued what was important.
Today is my parent’s 38th wedding anniversary……we found these photos on my dad’s computer of their honeymoon and first years together. My brother, sister and I oohed and ahhed over each one. My sister and I would comment on my mother’s clothes and she would chime in every once in a while “oh, I made that!”
My parents went to the Outer Banks in N.C. and Williamsburg for their honeymoon in 1973. They took us kids on a full honeymoon tour 18 years ago for their 20th anniversary and we visited each….and….every….place.
Air conditioning and color TV!
I’m wondering if they coordinated these outfits:
My parents truly loved each other unconditionally.
You can tell that my father adored my mother just by the photos he took of her….and you can tell my mother adored him too by they way she looked back into the camera 🙂
My parents have always been so playful and funny…..this series of photos made me realize they’ve always been that way 🙂
I can hear my dad now: “Shelley, take a picture of me feeding this Frito to a seagull. Then I’ll get a picture of you feeding a Frito to them.”
They are so cute I can’t even stand it:
And today is my sweetheart’s birthday too! We celebrated with dear friends last weekend…..a “stay-cation” at La Quinta Resort.
Happy Birthday Mr. LBB!
One last note: the camera used to take all those honeymoon photos? We still have it. Here’s Boo using “Grandpa’s” camera to take some photos of Diesel this last weekend:
Vanilla Bean Crafts says
Aw, loved this one Ashley! It’s amazing how great kids can turn out when they come from amazing parents and a loving home! 😉
stephanie corfee says
awesome pictures. perry looks just like your mom! so awesome that Boo is now snapping photos with that same camera. wow.beautiful.
I love all these pictures and you are right….they have such a look of love for each other. I am sure you all miss your Dad terribly and this is just the thing to do to keep his spirit alive in your family. Thanks for sharing….you’re all in my thoughts.
happy birthday to your hubby too!!
Katie @ explanationrequired says
I love old photos! What a great story they tell. So sad that your dad is gone, but it’s great that you have these memories to look back at. All my best!
absolutely adore these photos!! And your captions 🙂 Your mum’s wardrobe rocks! Happy birthday to Brett! xo
I adore old photos. Your parents are adorable together! thanks for sharing!
Also, I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad.
Angie G says
Lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing… And your sister looks just like your mom!
Jen Spilker says
I just love all those photos. Your mom is gorgeous and their love so sweet. Happy birthday to your hubby!
Mary Williams says
This post brought tears to my eyes 🙂 I love all the photo’s and it really does show how precious all those photo’s are that we take everyday. It also makes me realize that I need to get in front of the camera more often, I want my son to have pictures of me like this when I’m gone. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
this post is so full of cuteness! the picture of your mom in a bathing suit, hand on hip, looking back is so sassy and gorgeous, i love it. and boo with the nikon, adorable. i was smiling reading this. happy birthday to mr. lbb, and happy anniversary to your beautiful parents! i’m sure your dad is looking down on her like he is in the photos 🙂 hugs!!!
Amanda Faith says
This is a super cute post! I lost my father 4 years ago, having all the photos is something that really kept a smile on my face. Your parents are so cute together. You can really see their love for each other. I hope my children see the same in our photos! 🙂
Amber's Articles says
Wow!!! Great story and your mom was quite the “looker.”
I love that you still have the camera and so many wonderful memories.
My father passed away in december. when we were going through things in the house I found in my mothers cedar chest every single letter they wrote to each other. my dad was in the military and mom wrote to him every day. I have them all and hope to put them in some sort of book (ideas for this would be greatly appreciated!!). To me this was so special to find and taught me so much about my parents!
Beautiful…..simply beautiful love story. What a blessing for you to have such a great example of true love.
wow….how amazing. and very inspiring…My husband left me 2 months after having a beautiful baby…this story really helps me see what I truly deserve!! Thanks for sharing!
Mrs EyeCanSee says
A friend sent me your blog link today. My mom passed away in October and today would have been my parents 38th wedding anniversary as well! I wish I could tell you that with time, days like this get easier, but they don’t. At least not yet. But I have hope that one day it won’t be so bad. Glad you were able to remember and celebrate with such great photos!
Adorable!! It’s been eight years since my mom passed away, and I’m 40. I miss her everyday, and I too look at all of her old photo’s and love to see how happy she was ! <3
I am so sorry for your loss. The pictures of your parents together are beautiful!
These pictures are beautiful and priceless!!
I am sorry to hear about your father. I lost my dad 9 years ago when I was 17 and its something I still struggle with to this day. Its very hard on holiday’s. I’ll be keeping your family in my prayers.
Wow! What treasures those photos are! It’s so clear how much your parents loved each other and how much fun they had together. Not to mention, they were total hotties. Hugs to you on this bittersweet day, Ashley.
Such a wonderful montage you’ve created with this post. And I truly appreciate your sharing it with us. The photos and your lovely words made me smile. Your father was obviously a wonderful man who’s left an amazing legacy. Lucky for Boo you are skilled at capturing all the memories!
So sweet! It’s wonderful to see you appreciating all the beauty in your father’s life. I hope you and your family are doing well through these tough times.
PS- Your mom sure is gorgeous!
What beautiful photos! You are so blessed to have such awesome parents and a beautiful family 🙂
I loved looking at all your old photos of your parents. I am close to their age and I remember wearing the halter tops and other things your mom wore. Tell Mr BB that today is my birthday to so Happy Birthday to another BD twin. I turned the big 60 today. As always Boo is PRECIOUS, I love to see her photos.
Thank you for letting us be a part of your family. What a special love they share as seen in those precious photos. You certainly can see it in their faces. I am inspired by your grace and strength right now. Your daddy raised you well.
What a sweet, sweet story. I have parents that are still goofy in love too. It’s so adorable. And I must say, now I see where you and Perry got those good genes..Your mother is GORGEOUS!
Heather G. says
This post is amazing. All of the pictures – the outfits, the love, the hair….amazing! What a beautiful love story!!
….and Happy Birthday to Mr. LBB!
I loved looking at all these pictures of your parents, they are all so lovely and captured some sweet and fun moments between the two of them. Your mom is beautiful and it looks like she is a blast to be around 🙂
You are all still in my prayers!
Oh and a Happy B-day to your hubs 🙂
thanks for sharing:)
This post brought a tear to my eye. I hope my husband and I can be such a great example to our children and when they look back at our lives they think about the love we share.
I just read this post and wept. I’m sorry for your unexpected lost. May the memory of your father and the love be shared in your family forever.
My parents went to Williamsburg too on their honeymoon..they watched a golf tourament at KingsMill :). Loved reading this….
so sweet. reminds me of my parents 🙂
Susan Gregg says
I’m Erin Burns’ mom Her Dad & I were Married in 75 and fed Fritos to the seagulls on our honeymoon! Praying for you and claiming a complete recovery for U!
Nannette Whittington says
I was your Father, Norman’s barber when he was in Florida, All of us at the shop
knew him as a gentlemen and devoted family man, he spoke of your website and clothing line often, I enjoyed the golfing show your sister was on and turned in at first just because he told all about her adventures. I saw him right before he left on the golf tournament and wished him luck. Then I started working one day and was ask “did you hear what happened to Norm” I was in disbelief, Then your Mother Shelly stopped in last Tuesday and let us know, with tears in her eyes that he had spoken of our little shop and how much he enjoyed coming here. Very Classy Kind thing to
do, she also told us of your site for your dad, God Bless and may comfort be given you. I am so sad and sorry. Nannette
Debbie B. says
Thinking of you this holiday season as you and your family find a new balance to the season. I love this post. They had to be great parents, you are so lucky.