Saturday, February 9, 2013

Focus On Life 52 Photos - Week 6 ~ Feel The Love

Well, believe it or not it is already week 6 of Sally Russick's challenge to Focus on Life 52 weeks in photos and for this week Sally told us-

"Since love is in the air in February,
this week keep your heart open, breath in the air and feel the love, then capture it in a photo.
Feel the love that the universe is trying to show us everyday!"



 Ray and I left our place in Florida Tuesday morning and traveled straight through to get to these hugs and smiles impatiently awaiting us! Our daughter invited us to stop over to their house for dinner on our way home knowing we would be exhausted from the 13 1/2 hour trip , and she was right.
But as soon as we arrived at the door, we could hear our names being called " NANNY, POP-POP" and we were greeted with the best running and jumping hugs and kisses to revive us!
Thankfully, I had my little point and shoot in my purse and grabbed these shots.

This is just the best! It made leaving the 80* temps and sunshine to come home to the 30*'s and dreary gray a lot more bearable!

When we got to our house, as soon as we opened the porch door we were greeted again with lots of love!

Our cat Lunabelle is 11 1/2 yrs old so she stayed home in the care of our son while we were away and she has barely left our side since getting home.
In this shot she was sitting on the arm of my husband's chair but she wouldn't let my hand leave her, as I rubbed her neck she leaned further and further following my hand.

I got to feel the love a lot this week, in the pictures above but also in the goodbye hugs from my loving parents when we left Florida and then with our son and family and friends as we celebrated his 24th birthday with margaritas, mexican food and lots of chatter and laughter at a local restaurant and then back at his new place. 

I would like to end this post with a wish for the safety and well being of all of those in the path of this winter storm Nemo. We were fortunate to just receive several inches of rain and lots of wind and cold temps but I know those to the north of us have received much worse.
I hope you are all warm and safe and feeling the love!

Head on over and maybe even decide to join in the challenge, the year is young, at The Studio Sublime and feel the love!

34 comments:

  1. Welcome home, Laura. It's heart warming to see you welcomed back with so much love.

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    1. Thank you LeAnn, it makes it all worthwhile! We really missed them too! I know you know the feeling!

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  2. Love the photo that you cropped with a heart. One of my cats will not leave my side when I come home from a trip. It sure makes you feel loved.

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    1. That heart crop tool was available from picmonkey for valentine's day, perfect timing for this prompt! Lunabelle is still following me everywhere I go in the house and when she can't find me , she starts to cry out!

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  3. It's so heartwarming to come home and know you were missed. Not only can I feel the love from your photos, but you captured the happiness of love too.

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    1. Thanks Annette, with young grandchildren I get to feel the love everytime I am around them, they are always so happy to see us, it's wonderful! I soak it up like a sponge!

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  4. what wonderful photos and sooooo much love!! keep safe :)
    happy saturday!
    no. 18

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  5. I bet there's nothing better than being welcomed home by such sweet faces. Sounds like a lot of love all the way around. And your Lunabelle looks like such a sweetheart.

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    1. That's the magic of grandchildren, they are ALWAYS happy to see you and the love is magical! As for Lunabelle, she really is special, of all the cats we've owned in our lifetime, I have to say she is very unique and very lovable.

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  6. I could totally feel the love ... and the tight squeezes! With that kind of love and warmth around you, you'll never even notice that cold weather!

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    1. Thanks Lola, yes they were some tight squeezes, especially around the neck as children do, it was the best!

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    1. I know and I enjoyed every minute of it!

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  8. Those are wonderful photos. There is something about grandparents that can put a such a bit smile on a child's face.

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    1. Thanks Tanya, I remember my own Nanny and Pop Pop's visits, feeling the same excitement when they would arrive, so happy and filled with love. I am grateful to now be on the receiving end!

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    1. Yes and everytime I look at them I can feel it and it makes me smile!

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  10. So special that love. The running jumping hug kind (in kitty form too) Thank you for sharing these beautiful moments

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    1. It really is. I recall always hearing about being a grandparent and how much different it is from when you were a parent, and it truly is, just pure love going both ways!

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  11. You're back!! Welcome home, Laura and Ray!! Feel the love?! I can sure feel the love just jumping out at me through this computer screen! What a wonderful homecoming - just look at all of those hugs and smiles! It must have been hard to leave your parents in FL, but I know you must have missed home too. I've really enjoyed seeing pictures from your vacation and look forward to seeing more here at home as well.

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    1. Thanks Cindy! We are just getting a little caught up now. It has been a steady gallop since we got back home. We reopened the restaurant on Valentines day and it takes a while to really get in the groove again and iron out all the bumps (of which there were many this year) I still have blog posts to do about Florida that i haven't had a chance to get done yet, am proud that i have made it this far in this challenge without missing, but as you can see, I am just catching up with all the visits! Hope to see you somewhere soon!

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  12. What can warm the heart better than a hug for Pop-Pop and Nana too! Beautiful post. Happy to hear it was a safe trip.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, it is the best remedy for just about anything!

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  13. Laura, I can feel the love in your photos, oh boy you can feel it! I can partially hear the cat purring! Glad your back safe and sound! Beautiful photos!!

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    1. Thanks Sally! It is nice to have these pictures, ones I would not have otherwise thought to take had it not been for your challenge, and I enjoy being able to go back and revisit the moment and the feelings felt when I see them! So glad I joined in, thank you again for hosting! PS Lunabelle really purrs loudly!

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    1. Yes they are, especially when greeted by this kind of love!

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  15. The love of grandchildren is so amazing. I can feel their love for you!, such a pleasure to see your photos.

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    1. Thank you Mary, I agree about the love of grandchildren, nothing compares!

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  16. Children (and grandchildren) and pets,....love doesn't get any better!!

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    1. Thanks Shel, I agree but I have to say there really is a difference between your children and your grandchildren, you are ALWAYS special in the eyes and hearts of your grandchildren :)

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