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He Literally Took My Breath Away

Monday, June 24, 2013

This is a picture of my handsome "cowboy" husband.,...taken approximately 6 years ago.

There is a beautiful story behind this cowboy hat.

You see, I never liked my husband in hats. If he wanted to wear a baseball cap (of which I don`t like) I asked him to wear it backwards ,so ,he always wore it backwards. I liked it that way, I don`t know why and now it seems kind of silly .

This hat was found in Williams, Arizona in a store that made western attire of hats, boots, leather vests , etc.

We went inside this store because he wanted to see I followed him in.

He had went down one aisle and I went down another . I didn`t know he was trying on hats . I turned around and didn`t recognize it was him right away, my heart actually leaped into my throat......he was sooooooooooo handsome in it...he took my breath away...literally. I can still feel that feeling when I see this hat.

I don`t remember what we paid for that hat but I would have paid any price. It suited him. He still wears it today and he looks just as handsome.

I discovered this picture today as I was going through old pictures. (the child is our youngest grson Matthew age age 11) I am having an emotional day and I can`t seem to stop my tears.

My sweet husband was diagnosed with Dementia 2 1/2 years ago at the young age of 60. It has been a roller coaster of learning and adjusting for us both ever since.

Things are changing all the time as this disease takes over his mind.I recognize him slipping away from me...ever so slowly. Ways that only a life partner would recognize .

I am going down memory lane today and even though I am enjoying the walk.....very sweet memories as I look at pictures....I am also reminded of what things may lie ahead. I am not trying to be sad but to rejoice in the 44 (actually 46 as we met at 16) years we have had together. However the past, present and future are all mixing together and making it difficult.

I am embracing this wonderful man as he is a wonderful husband, a fantastic father and the best Papa. I thank you for him,Lord.


Please be with me today as I reflect on the years of memories with my husband. Praying that there will be many more good times to share together.

Help me, Father, to be the patient and loving wife that he needs.

Help me to not complain but to make each and every day a blessing for him.

I have seen YOU work in our lives as well as felt YOUR loving arms around me , giving me peace during trial and tribulations.

I know there will be many more trials to come. Help me to reach out and feel YOUR presence at all times and find that "peace" that is promised.

I can`t go through this journey without YOU.


Sweet husband is wearing his hat on backwards because "I" prefer it. Can`t get any more loving than that!!!

This picture was taken in San Diego 4 years ago. The staute is called " Unconditional Surrender"
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  • CLOWN54
    we have talked before about your handsome husband and this hat. I love this picture of him wearing it. sorry your day has been so emotional. you know its very hard for you to live and try to live with the new way your lives are going. I keep you both in my prayers and have even when you were mia from spark. thinking of you Callie
    1765 days ago
    I say "AMEN" to the prayer you prayed. His grace is indeed sufficient!

    Thank you for sharing.
    1765 days ago
    What a wonderful story Callie. Your husband is handsome and your grandson was cute then and is cute now. Your husband could not be in better hands and I know that he knows it. His love for you will carry you through whatever comes. God will continue to watch over you both in the future.
    1765 days ago
    Your DH is very handsome and you two make a great couple.
    1765 days ago
    Yes, Pat....I have told him many many times how handsome he is and I tell him often of how much I love him. The infamous hat story is known to alot of our friends and it may come up in conversation especially if he is wearing his black hat.
    1765 days ago
  • THOMS1
    emoticon What a very handsome man he is and I bet you insisted on his wearing his baseball cap backwards so you could see his wonderful face. emoticon
    1765 days ago
    Hopefully you have told your hubby how very handsome he is and how he takes your breath away! I love how Nancy Regan reread her husbands daily love letters when he no longer remembered her. What a love story they had. There are so wonderful medicines out there now. With God;s grace you will have a long life together full of much peace and joy. Hugs. Pat
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    Comment edited on: 6/24/2013 2:27:58 PM
    I hope you can find peace in memories and the man your husband was before dementia began. All the best.
    1765 days ago
  • DPOWERS042260
    God bless you, and your precious, lucky (to have your love) husband.
    1765 days ago
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