Friday, June 10, 2011

A Vintage Valentine

Revisiting this post from 2011.

This is what's on my heart today.


Their Love Story

A boy born of Italian Immigrants.  The second oldest of eleven children.

A fatherless girl living just over the bridge in Brooklyn, N.Y.   One of seven children of Italian immigrants.

He goes off to war.

They meet and court and in 1955,  marry. 


 They live in their first apartment in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Children didn't bless the couple until 9 years after they married.  After many sorrows, tears and prayers, a daughter is born.

Four years later a son is born.

Life goes on for the simple family.   Of simple means and education but rich in love, they did the best they were equipped to do for their little family.

The Lord calls home the wife in 1987 after 32 years of marriage.

He loves her until the day he dies in 2004.

The couple?  My parents.

Beautiful, loving, family oriented people who would never win any awards, make the cover of a magazine or be a headline on the news. 

Two people who loved the Lord and their family more than anything in the world.

Two people who made me who I am today.

I can no longer remember the sound of their voices.

I sometimes forget what her personality was like.

I miss being loved unconditionally and being "Daddy's girl".

I sometimes feel their presence and can see them in my daughter's eyes.

The circle of life.

Two souls who carry on in the hearts of those that loved them.

~Roselle

26 comments:

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Roselle,
Such a beautiful post and a wonderful tribute to your parents. My parents story is very similar . My Dad died in the early 80's and my Mom longed for him until the day she passed away 7 years ago. I know they are now together once again as your parents are but they live in my heart and through my children as I know your parents live through you and your children!

Thanks so much for sharing their lovely story!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Rebecca said...

Roselle...This is truly the loveliest tribute to your parents. I'm overwhelmed here and can feel the love for the two people who brought you into the world.

Today you blessed me girlfriend. You have sooo much to be thankful for. Your momma and daddy will live forever in your heart.

Love to you~

Rebecca

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Oh Roselle,
Your story just touched my heart as I see so many similarites to my own mother and dad. You have beautiful memories and wonderful keepsakes that I am sure are more precious then gold. Your mother and dad are a beautiful couple.
I know your parents are so proud of the wonderful daughter they raised. You will always carry their love within you.

Thank you for sharing this precious story of a faithful family and marriage.

Have a special weekend.
Hugs from Texas, Celestina Marie

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh gosh, Roselle,
Now I need kleenex!!! This is gorgeous and I just read the story about you and your dad too...You are so young to have lost both of your parents...I can just imagine how emotional this was to write, but oh my goodness, what a love story! The day you were born must have been the happiest day of their lives after waiting all that time! What a miracle!
Love,
Cindy

Denise@alloverroses said...

Oh my gosh this was just the most beautiful tribute to your parents! The tears are flowing down my face. They were so very beautiful. I think about the same things. I miss the way my father always made me laugh. Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful story about such a beautiful romance.
Denise

LV said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful love story. Also, very tender and touching on your part.

Debbie said...

What a beautiful post Roselle.
and such a lovely tribute to your parents.
Well done.
God bless you.
Debbie

Mary said...

Dear Roselle,
What a beautiful , beautiful post. It brought tears to my eyes. A very lovely tribute to your dear parents. What a wonderful love story they had. Many blessings to you, dear friend.
xo, Mary

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Very touching post! You were blessed to have such great parents. Love all the photos!

Honey at 2805 said...

This love story is so sweet! So happy you shared these treasures!

Susan said...

I've got tears in my eyes, Roselle. What a beautiful post about the wonderful parents that raised you. It speaks volumes about the everyday people who make an immense impact on our lives.
Such love you have for them!
Thank you so much for sharing their love story,
Susan

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Roselle, your Mom was gorgeous. My parents got married in 1953 and my Mom wore a fancy suit with a beautiful blouse. She said not everyone wore beautiful dresses and she was to practical. My Mom turned 80 yesterday and dad died 12 years ago, I was a Daddies girl too. Thank you for a sweet story! And thank you for always leaving the kindest comments.

Carol

Marydon said...

Roselle, your write touches ones heart deeply. Your love pours forth in each word. How blessed you, & they, are. Beautiful share, love the pictures.
TTFN ~
Marydon

Holly said...

Oh, Roselle~
Such a beautiful post - you have honored your parents in such a wonderful way! They left a part of themselves through you - that is very apparent! Thank you for touching our hearts today with your beautiful post!
many blessings!

bittersweetsoap said...

What a beautiful story.
You should write a book about their lives.
Thanks for dropping by Bittersweet.
Warmly,
Jill McDowell

Olivia said...

Oh Roselle you stole my heart with this post! How lovely for you to have such wonderful faith based parents. In this day and age they would make my headlines and be my type of silent hero. Standing in faith for your family is a humbling experience and it is how love grows and blossoms! Big squishy hugs,
Olivia

Victoria said...

That was such a touching love story! It must've been hard for your dad to lose her after all those years. They were a gorgeous couple and you're lucky to have had them while you did:)

Debbie said...

No words can express how beautiful and touching that blog was. And what beautiful and loving people they were. We all miss them both so terrible. BUt thanks to their beautiful love they made a beautiful daughter who followed in their foot step and has a beautiful and loving family.

Because of them you are the person, wife, abd mother that your today. I love you Cousin,

Love Debra

PS THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING TRIBUTE TO A WONDERFUL AUNT AND UNCLE. Always love Always missed!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Dear Roselle, I'm so glad that you joined us for the Wedding Blog Party. Your precious loving tribute to your parents and the love they shared just brings tears to my eyes. They gifted you and your brother with the best gift of all. I'm sure they are watching you from above and feel your continued love for them. Weren't they just a beautiful, handsome couple?!? Thanks so much for sharing your heart and your family with us.

My out of town relatives are gone now, and I'm so enjoying all my friend's beautiful wedding posts!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

tina said...

beautiful post

Niftic Vintage said...

So very touching! Can't thank yu enough for sharing this beautiful story.

Niftic Vintage said...

A touching tribute to a loving couple! What beautiful sentiments.

Anathalia said...

What a beautiful love story, Roselle! Loved to read about it!

Whimzy Thyme said...

Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful story. You are so very lucky to have such loving memories. All the best

Debra Wolf said...

I cried reading this beautiful passage and I cry now as I type this. I have the best childhood memories thanks to your Mom and Dad. She spoiled me and his soft gently smile warmed my heart. They raised a beautiful woman who has passed on the true meaning of what family and love is all about. Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for being a wonderful cousin. I love you!!

Debra Wolf said...

I cried while reading this, I have the best childhood memories thanks to your Mom and Dad. She spoiled me and his soft spoken voice and smile warmed my heart. They raised a beautiful woman who has carried on their values in raising a family. Thank you for sharing. I love you cousin with all my heart. xoxo

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