Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Road Trips, Ball Jars, and Young Love


Hi Y'all!
Happy Tuesday.


We've been over the river and through the beautiful woods of Arkansas and Missouri in the last few days to visit our oldest son for his 26th birthday. 
He's there working for a few months and we've used any and all excuses to go see him.  



I really enjoy road trips with my husband. 
We talk and talk.
We realized a couple of things this weekend.
First, we've had our oldest son half of my life!! 

How can that be??

Math is sneaky and since he's 26, I guess I can't claim to be 30 something.
Well I could but that would be just wrong!

What really caught my attention this weekend was to realize that both of my sons are in love.
Happy and in love.


Do you remember when you first fell in love?
That's the most perfect feeling in the whole world! 

Goosebumps and butterflies and long phone calls....now it's long text messages, I think. :)


Wouldn't it be neat if you could take that feeling and put it in a blue jar
just like we do with zinnias?



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43 comments:

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Stacey,

Lovely post. Aren't road trips the best? I know doesn't the years creep up on you? I have a son that will be 28 soon, just can't believe it. Love the zinnias too! Hope you had a lovely time celebrating your sons birthday!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Young and in love...wonderful! Beautiful blues and blooms...the perfect combination.
Blessings,
Cindy

Barb @ Bella Vista said...

Stacey, we love road trips so much that we bought an RV when Ron retired. Love it.

I love your pictures and yes, I can remember. :-)

Barb

Kim said...

Car rides with my husband are my favorite, too! We chat without any interruption and it's wonderful...kind of reminds me of the young love days. How exciting for your sons and for you. Love is in the air! :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a lovely, happy post, Stacey...young love! And zinnias are my FAVORITE flowers!

Lynda Brandly said...

What's better than love, and flowers and road trips?! So happy for your family and your sons. Sounds like you're having a lovely summer!
love and blessings~
Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

Kathleen Grace said...

I remember every time I look at my sweetie :) He is just as precious to me now as he was then, maybe more so! Where do the years go and how do our kids get so grown up? I have a 25 year old and a 23 year old, both married, so seeing the young love has been pretty adorable. I'm not one for long trips in the car, but I'll do it to go see my girls!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Sweet post! So happy for your sons! ...and the pretty zinnias in the blue jars are lovely! ~Rhonda

Brandi said...

How exciting for your sons. So fun to be young and in love. Glad you had a great visit with your oldest.

Eilis said...

Beautiful photos and sentiments!
Eilis

Chatfield Court said...

Great post! Love taking road trips with my husband. We always seem to make plans and dream about the future.

Blogoratti said...

Lovely thoughts and photos. Greetings!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Stacey, sounds like such a wonderful road trip to see your son. Talking lots in the car driving is something we do as well and so enjoyable. So special for you to see both your sons in love. Gorgeous ball jars filled with blooms. It just says summer!
Enjoy the last days of July! cm

Pepper Medley said...

Lots of special moments in life are deserving of being kept in a pretty blue jar. Love this post!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Stacey, what a loving and precious post! Now, that jar filled with awesome and loving feelings sounds perfect! Your sons are blessed!
Hope you have a great day!
Nancy

chateau chic said...

Such a happy post, Stacey!! Nothing better than seeing our adult kids responsibly moving forward in life, especially if they've also found a soulmate!
Your blue ball jars with zinnias are also so pretty and add such a bright spot in your home!
Mary Alice

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Young love is always the best! So exciting and new.

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Stacey,
I had to laugh at your comment in this post about claiming to be 30. When my older daughter turned 30 I said how can that be I am 30!!!! Love the blue ball jars with your pretty flowers. So pretty. I love those road trips too and having that time to talk. Glad you had a great trip.
Kris

DD's Cottage said...

Such lovely photos! I remember being in love for the first time-best feeling!

The Gathering Place said...

Love the blue jars and the zinnias! I also like road trips with my husband.

Two Vintage Sisters - Robin and Pam said...

So nice that you get to visit your son often. One of the main reasons we downsized and moved was to be closer to our daughter and son-in-law. Beautiful flower photos!

Robin

Benita Roberts said...

I hope you have had a wonderful trip and visit with your son. We too have been visiting my oldest soon and you are right, road trips are great! We talk about so many things and it is wonderful! :-)

Charming Lucy said...

Your arrangements are lovely and how exciting for your sons!! I already pray for our daughter's future husband. I am excited to hear where it all goes for your family! Susan

Lisa said...

How exciting and fun for your boys! Wedding bells soon? LOL

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Ah, young love...so fun! I imagine it is quite different now with texting, etc. I wish I could take road trips, but I get really car sick. We drove to Galveston yesterday and I almost couldn't make it. It only takes about 45 minutes for me to get queasy. :) Love your zinnias! I need to go water mine now. Our heat is unbearable.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Yes put it in the jar and keep watering it to keep it fresh :) Sounds like that is just what you and your hubby did on your road trip :)

corners of my life said...

I do think that one thing that is even better than being happy is . . .
seeing your children happy.

Kelly said...

That's so nice! My 21 yr old son just moved out last month. Luckily he only lives about 30 min or so from us. I know how it feels to be excited to get to see your son after he's been gone for awhile. Sounds like you may be having a wedding in your future. It's nice that your son's have found someone to love. Mine are still young and not there yet.

BeachGypsy said...

Hi Stacey, I love love love road trips as well. We just got back from one. I checked out the book you recommended, "whistling past the graveyard".....I have still not got started on it!!....but hope to this weekend. I'll letcha know if I like it! What are you reading now?

Ivy and Elephants said...

Aah, young love! This is the perfect jar for it,large with a wide mouth for gulping it down. What a beautiful thought.
Hugs.
Patti

Jaybird said...

Absolutely lovely pictures and such nice thoughts!
I am on the hunt for pint blue bottles to make a lovey gift for a grandgirl!! This post made me resolve to hit the shops around here tomorrow morning bright and early! I think I could squeeze out 5 jars before lunch with the hubster :^)
Have a good weekend and be blessed,
J

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Glad that you had a nice drive and a great visit...Love conquers all! Love the beautiful pics!...Have a great weekend!

BeachGypsy said...

How was your weekend?

Suzanne said...

Love all those pretty zinnias. So glad you're enjoying a wonderful summer!

My Kentucky Living said...

Oh my...young love! A miracle of life when one finds it. How very sweet. Sheila

Dee said...

Oh, how I remember those days. I love those pretty flowers, too. Have a lovely weekend... :)

Art @ Home said...

Aw, Stacy....this is such a sweet post! Have you met the young ladies yet?

Shelia said...

Hi Stacey! Glad you're having some nice road trips and getting to see your son. You're a lovely lady no matter what age. I would think you're 30! Yay to love too! Yes, I am really enjoying the cooler summers up here. Would you believe for the last three evenings, we've raised our windows in the bedroom and sleep cool all night long! I don't miss Texas heat! Stay cool.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

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Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

How sweet! Can't wait to hear all about it :)

Mar C @mypaintbucketlist.com said...

I love this post, Stacey. So sweet. Life doesn't get much better than seeing your children so happy. Hugs!

My Kentucky Living said...

Ah yes...young love. If only it could be jarred/canned forever. ha! Sheila