Saturday, September 7, 2013

It’s a new day


Thank you all for your wonderful, uplifting and encouraging comments on my last post.  I am feeling more up, and I know it’s because of the love, prayers and thoughts sent my way at this time.

Last evening I re-read some of the anniversary cards my dear husband gave me and the one from 2011 really gets to me as it’s the last one he gave me, (last year he was ill and I really don’t even remember if we celebrated at all). Anyway, he always could pick the card that spoke from his heart directly to mine. I even have one that he made that has several pages, with rose petals glued into heart and flower shapes and words written from his heart in his own hand, really special. All these are priceless to me.

He could always make me laugh, did so from the beginning. Right now I am sitting here with a huge smile on my face as I remember all the reasons I love him. This picture below was taken right after we were first married, before he headed off to CA to the Navy duty stations there.


Below is a photo taken by someone at our nephew’s wedding a few years ago. It was a wonderful wedding and the reception the best. The dj had picked so many songs for dancing to that were from our era and we danced and held each other tight.  It was a night of love that drew us closer together. Music has a way of speaking to our souls and was a big part of our lives.


The other night before posting I had found a blues tune in my computer that he’d sent to me from his computer, the tune  ~ laugin’ at the blues ~  10:44 minutes  of wonderful music. I grabbed three harmonicas and played on them individually throughout the song and felt so good. It’s something we used to do together.  Listen to music and play harmonicas or other instruments together.  (I could not find this tune by Googling or on you tube to share.  Very disappointing.

Here’s a picture I took of him in 2009 playing the harmonica as we watched Eric Clapton on you tube.  I had sent this to him in an email thus the words on the photo.


Hearts he created years ago from sea shells with our lapidary set up.


This was taken many years ago, a favorite photo of us .


I had this little plastic statue for years.  I had painted it. When Mark became ill, I put it out in the caravan in the hopes that we’d be out there finishing it, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.  But, our time was and is forever.


He brought much love and laughter into my life. He showed me what love is. Yes, we had our ups and downs, but love conquers all, love grows when you both are committed and love is forever.

A friend had sent me a valentine’s day card 3 years or so ago and all of these little hearts were in the envelope.  Well, DH was goofing off with them and stuck one to his forehead in this photo while keeping a straight face. Later he got up with it still stuck to his head, came in to where I was here at my computer checking out the photos I’d just taken, and the heart fell off at my feet and he said that’s what happened when he met me, his heart fell at my feet.


Here his is goofing off with little Miss Lollie when we dog-sat her.


I made the piece below a few years back, one of my first beaded pieces commemorating our two hearts joined together. I’m on the left he’s on the right.


I am so thankful to God for bringing us together when we were 17 & 18 and for giving us 43 years with a love that grew and continues to grow even now.  I/we ~ am/were blessed.


~ Dear husband Mark ~

Thank you for all the love you brought into my life.

My heart is filled with so many memories. 

Our little haven here is filled with the evidences of your love and it surrounds me daily.

Happy 44th Anniversary ~ Sept. 8th ~ I love you ~ Your RaineyWife


Annie said...

How wonderful to have loved so wonder you miss his earthly presence.

Betsy Adams said...

Ahhh--made me cry... I'm sad for you, Lorraine ---yet I'm also happy. You all had 43 fabulous years together (George and I won't get that many since we only met when we were 59) --and you have such fantastic memories. Keep on sharing those memories and keep that handsome man ALIVE in your heart and soul.

Hugs and Prayers,

Jean Campbell said...

What a sweet tribute to Mark on your Special Day.

A Romance that never ended speaks volumes about him.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This is a wonderful tribute to a man who obviously meant the world to you. A love like that is so special.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

I can only but imagine the array of emotions that flowed through you as you did this beautiful anniversary post Lorraine.
It touched me deeply.
Much love

Anonymous said...

Oh Rainey . . . one of my favorite posts yet. How special you make all us "followers" feel when you share precious photos.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

You make me cry...
So much was there for you
such a gift.
Love you,
from the woods in Tennessee

Betty said...

You two made a beautiful couple. You are one of the lucky ones to have found each other so young and to have the time that you did. You have so many wonderful mememories and that will help you through this time. My prayers are with you.

Maryann said...

Such wonderful memories you have, a beautiful tribute to your love

Sallysmom said...

Thank you for sharing all of the pics. I know it is hard sometimes to show something that personal. Thinking of you and holding you up in prayer.

Jeri Landers said...

That was so touching I nearly teared up; what a wonderful love affair you had for such a long time. I adored your photos, you have the kindest, sweetest smile.. I guess he put that on your face much of the time. I wish he was still here on this earth with you, but I love that you keep finding memories of your life together in nooks and crannies. Sending you a hug on this day!

Julie said...

You two were so cute when you first married! Two little youngsters!!!!! It is something to look back! This was a lovely post! God Bless YOU, Lorraine!

Kit said...

I loved seeing the photos and hearing the stories behind them. Happy Anniversary my friend. I will be thinking of you. Love, Kit

Linda Fox said...

You are so blessed to have the memories you do have of a wonderful marriage. The photo of you two is so cute. Hugs.

Sandy said...

This was such a beautiful heartfelt tribute to yours and Mark's true love. What a joy to know you will be together again one day and this time you will never be parted.
Love & Blessings~

Deb said...

This is such a touching and beautiful tribute. I know your husband knows how much you love him and he loves you. You will be together again. God bless you with peace this day and always.

HolleyGarden said...

What wonderful photographs, and lovely memories. I know he's looking down, smiling, and that he's so proud of you.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Mark was a very special person, what a blessing to have been best friend for most of your lives. Now you have wonderful memories to hold dear.


Happy Anniversary, Lorraine. Thank you for sharing your life with Mark to your blog friends. It's such an honor to know you. I hope you're feeling God's love on this special day. Hugs, my friend.

Jillayne said...

Oh Lorraine, such a beautiful post. I am always inspired to hear your stories of you and your husband and your special bond. They always, always, inspire me to be more thoughtful and loving in my own relationships...
For me the pictures are the special part of this post, especially the first one. Happy expectations are all over your faces, and through the photographs, over the years, those expressions of love never left.

Susan said...

Your post is so sweet and it shows how deep your love for Mark is. I love the photos - - you have the exact same smile on your face in the 1st and 2nd photo - - very endearing. I enjoyed the trip down memory lane. It's so wonderful to see a couple whose love has endured through the years. A BIG hug to you Lorraine.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Dear Lorraine, I am deeply touched by your post. I think I will give a bigger and warmer than ever hug to my DH tomorrow, when he'll be back from his trip.
I love the pictures! The first two pictures are amazing: you both didn't change much! I mean, there is the age difference, of course, but the eyes, the smiles... like there were no all those years in between...

Leslie said...

Wow, I feel like any comment I could make would be unworthy of such a beautiful post. Thanks so much for sharing your precious memories with us.

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of This and That said...

Lorraine, this is my first visit here and I'm sorry for the loss of your husband of so many years. I've been married 33 years and can't imagine how I would cope without my husband. I know it must be hard.

I enjoyed all of the photos and stories that went with them.

gld said...

I am sorry your time together was cut short, but you had so many wonderful years together; you were both truly blessed. He sound like he was a true romantic.

Ilene said...

Gosh, how touching this post was. I'm sure that you know that such an eloquent, sincere and loving man is rare indeed.

Hubs and I were in CA during 1967 and 68 -- Oakland. We lived in an apartment building right across the highway from the hospital. It was culture shock for a simple girl from a tiny Oklahoma town. He was Navy, stationed on the USS Enterprise. That seems so very long ago, so many things have happened since then.

Darcie said...

I absolutely adore the pictures of you and your dear husband! What sweet memories in those pictures!


He was a handsome devil, wasn't he?