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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The tumblr Vintage Loves features schmoopy photos from past decades. I wonder how all these couples turned out! I'm sure their life stories would be fascinating. And below are my grandparents, who met on Valentine's Day back in 1945 and stayed in love all their lives.

Not to be a broken record, but every Valentine's Day, I think back to my loneliest Valentine's Day six years ago, when I was feeling hopelessly single. Two weeks later, I met Alex. Goes to show that you never know what's right around the corner.
Hope you have a love-filled day. xoxo

(Top photo from Lauren. Vintage Loves via Sho & Tell)

67 comments:

Manda said...

I can see so much of you in your Grandparents.

Have the Happiest Valentine's Day yet :)

Love,
Manda from Eat Cake

hes said...

I love vintage photos! Your grandparents look so in love.

Lindsey said...

Gosh, Toby looks just like your grandfather

Unknown said...

I was just thinking that Toby looks like your grandfather!

CP and KW said...

beautiful photos! :) happy valentine's day!
kw ladies in navy

Kirsten said...

You definitely resemble your grandparents (very cool to see traits passed on)!

The photos are so sweet!

Happy Valentine's Day!

-Kirsten
mylifetintedpink.blogspot.com

lisaathome said...

Oh I'm in love with these photos! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Liron said...

I love younger grandparents pictures! Your grandparents are so cute! Happy VDay!

jm said...

Love these photos - especially the last two vintage ones of your grandparents!

Sarah said...

I have a friend who feels hopelessly single and a co-worker going through tough times with his wife and what I wish most is that people can feel all types of love on Valentine's Day. I don't think it should always be about love for a partner, spouse, etc., but that it should also be about the love shared between friends and family. I'm trying my best to spread my love today to all those that are special to me (yes, including my dog!) So, I wish you and all your lovely readers all the love they can get today, xoxo.

Chloe Moon said...

I love vintage love photos!! Those photos of your grandparents are priceless!! =)

Happy Valentine's Day!! I hope you, your husband, and toby have a great day!! =)

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These are just too sweet. Happy Valentine's Day!
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Paige said...

Toby totally looks like your grandfather! Such a beautiful couple!

Nina Leung said...

Your Grandparents are SO CUTE!! Thank you for sharing their pictures!

madiebaby said...

Oh gosh Joanna you look so much like your grandfather (same eyes!) and Toby looks just like him too! Love family resemblances.

simone said...

Just wanted to say that I love your comment, what lovely sentiments :)

simone said...

You look so like your grandfather!!

Gudie said...

You do look like your grandfather - the eyes and the dimples!

Shanti Knight said...

so sweet! thanks for the encouragement, joanna, as always :) and I do see so much of you in both of your grandparents!

Elissa L. said...

Your grandparents are adorable. And that monogram on your grandmother is amazing!

Amie said...

I love the picture of the couple dancing in the street, so sweet!

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brooklynash said...

joanna, your vintage/single posts from back in the day are so funny. i love seeing how much your blog and writing has evolved (not to mention your life!).

Julie said...

Your grandparents are so cute! Love all these photos, but theirs especially :)

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Alice said...

Oh this is lovely, and Toby looks just like your grandfather! And you are so right about not knowing what's around the corner!

Katie K said...

Well, if I'm following your timeline, I will meet my great love in exactly two weeks :) I love Valentine's Day and I try very hard to be hopeful and optimistic about love but this year, it is mighty tough.

Those images are lovely though!

alexaparis said...

Wow, it's amazing how your son looks like your grandfather....
What a beautiful picture, what a lovely couple!
Lots of Love from Paris!

Alexa said...

love the family resemblance—and your stories!

happy day.

CM said...

Adorable photos!

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Mal said...

Happy valentine's day!

Mal @ The Chic Geek

Champagne and Passports said...

love these pictures of love :)

Happy valentines day!

champagne & passports

workoutstowine.com said...

Love the sentiment, "you never know what's around the corner." It's so true, and SO tough to convince people of when they are not where they want to be, romantically, or otherwise! Happy Valentine's

igotsapoodle said...

Love this post- and I can see the resemblance with your grandparents. Such wonderful snapshots.

GBlanche said...

"You never know what's around the corner" ... hmmm maybe, but then it would seem I've been travelling down a very straight road for the past few years !!
Happy VAlentine's all !

lauren claire | rebuild (health + home) said...

My fiance and I got together just after Valentine's Day, too! Our dating anniversary is March 5th, and before that I was pretty much convinced I'd be alone forever. (Or at least it felt that way).

You wake up one day, and your whole world changes.

This just happened to my best friend who has had such bad luck with love... and all of a sudden, BAM! She's so happy, and I couldn't be more thrilled.

A few years ago, I shared this quote from Heather Armstrong with her, and I always found comfort in it, too:

"In him I found the person whom I knew I would never get tired of, even in the most monotonous of times, even in the routine of being together every single day. I never thought I would find that.

If you haven't already, you will, too."

Happy Valentine's, kids <3

Love Meghan said...

you and your grandmother look so much alike! happy valentine's day :)

Emily said...

as many have said, I'm struck by how much Toby looks like your gpa!!

Eleise Hinton said...

Your grandmother looks just like Drew Barrymore!

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Briseidy said...

that is a great photo! of your grandparents!
happy day!

Ellen Courtney said...

I love this. That quote definitely gives me hope that the right person is out there for me. I'm 28, very single, and have had my heart stomped on by a few different guys. Today is definitely a lonely day. I cannot wait to find the one for me.

Olivia Latras said...

I've always wondered the same thing. Great photos btw!

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Brooklyngal said...

Love all of these images!

Nora
www.penchantforpretty.com

cortney said...

what dreamy pictures of your grandparents.

happy valentines day.

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Ekaterina Roshchina said...

Joanna, that's a nice story about how we don't know what's around the corner... Happy valentine's to you!

Suzanne Iovaldi said...

I really enjoy hearing about your Valentine's Day "way back when" every year. It always proves a very great reminder to keep an eye around the corner :) Thank you!

Miriam said...

these photos are gorgeous - it is the story that goes on afterwards that is so special and true

Beauty by MissAsh said...

I really enjoyed this, and these photos are adorable!!

Happy Valentines Day xo
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McKenzie said...

Hope you had a good one, you deserve it!

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Candelaria Lemus said...

Your Vday story gives me hope. After being with my ex for 6 years, (engaged for 1) and having a baby with him almost 2 years ago, I thought I had found the one. We broke up over a year ago, before our son turned one. Even though I am lonely today, I hope that someone worthy is just around the corner. Because even though he didn't realize it, I was a great girlfriend, a loving fiancee, an awesome mother, and I would have made a wonderful wife. So keep repeating your story, because not only does it make me feel better, but it might make someone else feel better next Valentine's Day too.

Robyn said...

always a lovely story-harp on all you like. There is a similar tumblr to vintage loves
kissssing - http://kissssing.blogspot.com/
which is very sweet

myheartscontentblog.com said...

Your grandma looks like the girl who played Anne Boleyn in the Tudors!!

Julia said...

Happy V Day Joanna!!!

Punctuation Mark said...

Happy Valentines!!!

thewednesdaychef.com said...

Such lovely photos. Toby totally looks like your granddad!

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Maria Lee said...

What a spunky looking couple your grandparents were!!
Happy Valentine's day Joanne :) Hope your boys spoilt you (and your second bubba) rotten! x
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Shannon said...

Toby and your grandfather have the exact same eyes!

caitlin noelle said...

dear jo, reading you talking about how you were hopeless right before you met alex, and actually reading you hopeless at that time are two very different things. you were a bit more acerbic back then! the post about how "Anyone without a Valentine can come here for some heartfelt Valentiney wishes. Those with Valentines are also welcome, although somewhat less enthusiastically" made me literally laugh out loud. it gives one hope for the future! i really enjoy your blog, thank you for sharing as you do.

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Dani said...

Oh this is purely lovely! Happy Valentine's day Joanna! I wish you all the love in the world.

stacy said...

I totally see Toby in your granddad! WOW.....

joscelyn dayri ayala ayala said...

Every Valentine day, i always remember your story about you meeting alex after valentine's day, it kinda gives me hope.


p.s. Happy late Valentine's day

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how sweet the photos



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