Monday, May 27, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 21/52

Joining in with Jen at little birdie, here are my four photos of happiness from the past week.

My roses are blooming. This rose is on one of my two miniature rosebushes, both in the backyard. They both produce tiny, perfect red roses throughout the summer and into the fall. I love the intricacy of these little roses; they seem impossibly small yet they have an incredible number of petals and a surprisingly strong scent. They're cheerful, sweet and plentiful - both bushes are absolutely covered with delicate little blooms. I have enjoyed getting to know my roses.

The Bear and I celebrated our anniversary with a child-free restaurant meal. We really needed it. We had not been out without the children in almost a year. We did miss them, and talked about them a little, but we were very happy for the break. The photo quality is not great, being a darkish restaurant in the evening, but we really enjoyed our dinners. This was mine - broiled stuffed shrimp, rice pilaf and steamed broccoli. It was delicious, if not exactly decadent. Don't worry, we stopped by a coffee shop for huge slabs of cake on the way home.

The Bear made this card for me in honor of our anniversary. It's a thistle and a bear, get it? If you've ever wondered about the name of my blog, here's where it came from: my husband's parents call him "the Bear," and have since he was a baby. He has called me "Thistle" since we met, after a song by the band Cracker. Thistles, and bears, have been integral to our relationship. The word "Thistle" is engraved inside my wedding band. Our children are also Bears; I actually do often call them Little Bear and Girl Bear, and have since they were born. He wrote some beautiful things inside the card, but the illustration makes me grin.

Lastly, I was given two very special gifts this weekend. My in-laws brought these lockets from New Zealand when they came this week. They were both gifts to my mother-in-law, from her mother-in-law, the Bear's grandmother, to whom she was very close. She didn't wear the smaller gold one much and it had been empty a long time. The larger one was one of her favorite items of costume jewelry when she was younger. The Bear was actually in on this, though I had no idea. See the tiny photos in the small locket? Those are my small Bears, in portraits taken recently. The Bear sent to them my in-laws and they took them to a photo lab to be made miniscule, smaller in diameter than a US dime, then they put them inside the locket. I didn't expect the photos to be inside; it took my breath away when I opened it.

The larger locket is really interesting; it has metal "pages" inside it you can flip through, to hold multiple photos. That's the Bear as a baby. The other "pages" have photos of his family when he was a baby and young child. My mother-in-law encouraged me to remove them and put my own photos in, but I think I will keep his baby photo and add one of the rest of us, so that it holds all four of us as babies. My in-laws are very thoughtful, generous people. I am their only daughter-in-law (sadly, they lost their other son when he was young). They have given me many very special family items. I appreciate them so much and I love that my husband helped keep this wonderful gift a surprise.


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  1. I am glad you had a nice anniversary meal Jennifer, it real is needed from time to time. Even though we love our little ones, a little time for peace and normal conversation does us the world of good. The lockets are so touching, such a thoughtful gift from your inlaws. I really like the idea of it having all of your baby photos in. And thank you for explaining your blog name too, I have often wondered! Have a great week. Xx

  2. Hi there, Such special and thoughtful gifts!!! How wonderful to be the keeper of such special family heirlooms!!!! Have a great week!!!!

  3. Love the story behind your blog name, so lovely. What lovely thoughtful gifts from your in-laws, gifts to cherish forever.
    M x

  4. Oh those lockets are wonderful - I have a silver one that I have never got around to putting pictures in yet (had it for about 12 years!) but now feel inspired to do so. Thank you! Jane x

  5. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *A*N*N*I*V*E*R*S*A*R*Y*!*!* Gosh your meal out looked delish.. we're on a lo-cal eating regimen so that made my mouth water. You are so very lucky to have nice inlaws. My hubby's parents had 6 kids but made it pretty obvious that they loved "the baby" best and left everything to her in their will. Now the kids are split apart and don't speak. So, lucky you to have such nice inlaws. I love the lockets, I have a special one too. I might have to share a photo of it on a blog post so you can see. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. The roses! Beautiful. The roses that grow here don't seem to have a lot of fragrance. I'm not sure why. Happy Anniversary, to you and your husband. Ten years is a huge milestone these days. Keep up the good work. :-)


  7. Oh! What wonderful in laws and what a special family . Happy anniversary and all the gentlest wishes for th next ten years too

  8. Lovely photos...
    Lovely dinner...
    Lovely gifts...
    Lovely company...

    Linda :o)

  9. Thanks for stopping by my Blog, you Los have a lovely Blog. I really like your 4 things, but the gift from you mother inlaw is lovely. Greenthumb.

  10. Beautiful Jennifer and lovely in laws. I do love the lockets, so special ☺
    Wonderful Hubby and your rose is awsome.
    Also thanks for visiting my blog like you do xo

  11. You have some really special things in your happies this week. Those two lockets are wonderful, and how kind and thoughtful of your in-laws to arrange the photos. Love LB's card! x

  12. What a beautiful and generous gift. It is so touching to think that these have passed down two generations and now to you. I bet that you'll cherish them forever.

  13. Such special moments to capture :) Happy anniversary (sorry for the wishes being late.) I always look forward to your blog posts. I've been away for awhile, but I'm back. :)

  14. What beautiful stories behind the photos- Very special :)


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