Finding happiness

My Captured Moment – My eight pictures of happiness

When I started to write this post, I realised that it has been a month since I last published anything on my blog. I often struggle with this time of year.  So for the past month, I have been taking things easy and not pushing myself too hard.

But now I am back and I’ve decided that my blog needs an injection of happiness. Once again, I am linking up with My Captured Moment which is run by my gorgeous friend Heledd who blogs at Running in Lavender.

The idea is simply to share photographs that have captured a special moment in life. A moment to treasure and remember forever.

My Captured Moment – My eight pictures of happiness

I have seen a number of bloggers share their eight photographs of happiness. These posts are lovely and I find the happiness in them contagious. They share memories of days filled with joy or photographs of loved ones.

With that in mind, I decided that this week’s My Captured Moment would be eight captured moments. These are the moments that I always want to remember. They are times I treasure. And they are photographs that always bring a smile to my face.

Picture one – Little Mrs H

A little girl stands in the middle of a brown living room in the 70's. She is wearing a maroon velvet dress, a cowboy hat and she is carrying a toy gun _ eight pictures of happiness - Mrs H's favourite things

I love this photograph so much.

Yes, it is me. Yes, I am wearing a cowboy hat and holding a toy gun.

I am also wearing a cute velvet dress. Our house is rocking the brown 70’s look. And those are my Grampy’s legs in the background.

This photograph makes me smile. And transports me back to my childhood.

Picture two – Mr H – August 2006

A black and white photo of a young man sitting on a bed playing an acoustic guitar _ eight pictures of happiness - Mrs H's favourite things
I love this man.

My life is happier because he is in it. He makes me laugh and smile every day.

This photo is my favourite picture of him. He is lost in his music. And it is those moments, when I know he is at his happiest and most relaxed.

He also looks really gorgeous in this photo. And it reminds me that I have a very handsome husband.

Picture three – Copenhagen – January 2007

A woman in a red coat and eating candy floss stands in front of a lake and some twinkly lights on the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen - eight pictures of happiness - Mrs H's favourite things

Back in January 2007 Mr H and I took a short break to Copenhagen. I had never really thought of visiting. But when Mr H suggested it, it seemed like a fabulous destination for a long weekend.

And we had a wonderful holiday.

It was cold. Boy, was it cold. But it was so much fun. We laughed and laughed.

Copenhagen, isn’t the most touristy of locations. So we didn’t feel that we had to see all the sights. Instead we spent time in pubs and coffee shops. We strolled hand in hand along cobble streets and we talked.

We talked about our future. We talked about our recent engagement. And we talked as a couple do before they have children. Chatting away about everything and nothing all at the same time.

On this particular evening, we took a trip to the Tivoli Gardens. We didn’t go on any of the rides. We ambled slowly around the park with its lakes, flowers and twinkly lights. I also got to eat a huge candy floss. Which I think I devoured in two minutes. Mr H was sickened and impressed in equal measure.

Picture four – our wedding day – September 2008

Two photographs of a man and a woman on their wedding day - dressed in a wedding dress and suit and exuding happiness - eight pictures of happiness - Mrs H's favourite things

It was impossible to choose only one photograph from our wedding day. So I have cheated and chosen two.

Our wedding day was full of smiles, laughter and happiness.

The week before the wedding was grey and wet. But as I drew back the curtain on that special morning in September I was greeted by beautiful blue sky and sunshine. I then knew that we were going to have a wonderful day.

And these photographs capture special moments from that day.

The top picture is Mr H’s favourite. It was taken whilst our friends and family signed the wedding register. We were married. Husband and wife. Mr and Mrs. And I think that fact was just beginning to sink in.

The bottom photograph is my favourite picture from the day.

We were lucky enough to have our wedding reception at the Compleat Angler in Marlow. As part of the wedding package Mr H and I got to enjoy a champagne boat ride along the Thames.

It was lovely to sit down with my new husband, enjoy a glass of champagne and talk about the service. I also loved pretending I was a princess and waving at everyone from the boat. It was the perfect moment in a perfect day filled with happiness and love.

Picture five – Rhodes – May 2012

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In January 2012, Mr H and I had finally reached the stage where we could start trying for a baby.

As we were hoping that our lives were going to change in 2012, we decided to save up all our pennies and book an amazing holiday. Our last holiday as a family of two. Husband and wife.

We booked an amazing suite at the AquaGrand near Lindos in Rhodes. Our suite had a sea view and a private swimming pool.

We had an amazing holiday. We relaxed, lay in the sun, swam in our pool, took in the sights and enjoyed all the facilities of the hotel.

Picture six – expecting Little Miss H – April 2013

A heavily pregnant lady stands in front of a book case smiling and filled with happiness - eight pictures of happiness - Mrs H's favourite things

After having a miscarriage in the summer of 2012, I never imagined myself getting to eight months into pregnancy.

Now, on the other side of three miscarriages, it seems even more surreal. And miraculous.

That is why I love this picture. It reminds me that my body has done it before and it can do it again.

Plus, I think I look quite hot for a heavily pregnant lady!

Picture seven – cuddles with our new daughter – May 2013

A woman in a hospital bed is giving her new born baby daughter a cuddle - eight pictures of happiness - Mrs H's favourite things

Little Miss H was one day old.

I had become a mother.

I was cuddling my newborn daughter.

I don’t think this photo needs any more explanation.

Picture eight – our beautiful darling daughter – March 2015

A little girl stands in a patch of daffodils stroking their petals - behind her is a river with some boats and a blue sky - eight pictures of happiness - Mrs H's favourite things

I remember the day the photo above was taken.

Mr H was home ill and trying to sleep in peace. But Little Miss H would not let him. She insisted on endless cuddles and to play with her  Daddy.

My efforts to distract her and take her away from Mr H ended in huge amounts of whining and tantrums. It was exhausting and frustrating.

After a miserable morning, the rain cleared and the sun came out. I decided to take the opportunity to bundle Little Miss H up into her buggy and take her to the park by the river in Rochester.

Little Miss H had a lovely time playing on the swings and slide. Then as we began our walk home, she let go of my hand and ran towards the patches of daffodils.

She gently stroked each flower, and buried her head in them to catch their scent. She was transfixed by their Spring beauty.

And for that moment, I forgot about the awful morning we had. And I drank in the sight of my beautiful daughter, standing in the sunshine, surrounded by daffodils. And I smiled!

Hugs

Mrs H

xxxx

Running in Lavender

Everything Mummy

 

60 Comments

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    P.
    December 27, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Amazing Photos! I love this post and all your blog!
    love p.

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      Mrs H
      December 27, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment and for your kind words about my blog. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Robyn
    December 21, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Such a gorgeous selection of pictures showing so much love and happiness in your family. I love the little stories that go along with each picture and can’t help but notice that many of these are silver linings, the bright side of an unhappy event. Like the last picture, you enjoying your daughters enjoyment of the daffodils after a trying morning. Lovely!

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      Mrs H
      December 27, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment. You are so right, a lot of these moments were silver linings. I think that is why they are moments of so much happiness. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    mummyofboygirltwins
    December 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Such amazing photographs! Love these so much! The story is amazing as it all unfolds. You look stunning as a bride, pregnant Mum-to-be and Mumma! Lovely post 🙂 Jess xx

    #sundaystars

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      Mrs H
      December 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you for your gorgeous comment, lovely Jess. I am so glad that you love the story as it unfolds. I guess, it is the story of me. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Sian QuiteFranklySheSaid
    December 16, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Oh these are all such beautiful photos, I especially love your wedding, pregnancy and birth photos. There’s something very magical about those x

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      Mrs H
      December 27, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you for your comment. Those photos are from the most magical moments in my life. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Harriet Leonard
    December 15, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    These photos are so lovely. I couldn’t help smiling whilst looking through them! And you’re right, you look amazing for a heavily pregnant lady. I looked like a beached whale at that point. xx

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      Mrs H
      December 27, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment. Ha ha! I am sure you didn’t look like a beached whale. And I promise I didn’t look like that in my first trimester. I looked exhausted and grey. Not attractive at all. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Heledd - Running in Lavender
    December 15, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Oh Lucy!! I LOVE THIS POST!!! Every single one of those pictures and beautiful and important, happy moments in your life. What a wonderful way of putting them all together. That holiday in Rhodes looks stunning and the one of you after giving birth, is just gorgeous! Thank you for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xxx

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      Mrs H
      December 27, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment. You always say the loveliest things. I did really enjoy writing this post. It was so lovely to look back at such happy moments. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Mini Travellers/Mini Ventures
    December 15, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    What a gorgeous collection of photos. I adore the one of you in Copenhagen too you just look so so relaxed. The private pool sounds amazing too!

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      Mrs H
      December 27, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks for your comment, lovely Karen. We had the best holiday ever in Copenhagen. It was so fun and relaxed. And the private pool in Rhodes was amazing. Fantastic. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Everything Mummy
    December 15, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    ahh this post made me fill up a little bit Lucy, I love all the photo’s you have chosen! Your smile is so so beautiful! xx
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      Mrs H
      December 27, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Oh Amy, you are so kind. Thank you. I am sorry that I made you well up a little though. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Ashleigh Day
    December 15, 2015 at 12:30 am

    What amazing choice of pictures! I’d have to say you looked beautiful on your wedding pictures, but nothing beats a good after birth picture! #Love2Blog

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      Mrs H
      December 15, 2015 at 4:18 am

      Thanks for your comment. I would have to agree with you about nothing beating a good after birth picture. But I am pleased that by one day after Little Miss H was born I’d been able to have a wash and brush my hair. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Hayley @hayleyfromhome
    December 14, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Oh Lucy, this is just lovely! I’m so glad you shared these photographs, each one has made me smile and feel like I have gotten to know you a little bit more! Love the first one with the cowboy hat, you can so tell it is you!! Your wedding day ones are just stunning, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a happier bride. Such beauty in all of these photos xxx

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Oh Hayley, that is the loveliest comment ever. You are so kind. Thank you. I did love looking through all my photos and picking out these pictures. We had such a wonderful wedding day. I grinned from ear to ear from when I woke up until 05.00 the next morning (which as when I finally went to sleep). Thanks for your very kind comment. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Sarah christie
    December 14, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Ah such beautiful memories, it is amazing looking back like a day on your life. I am with Mr H I love the first wedding pic, you are so absorbed in each other it is stunning. That suite looks incredible x

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment, gorgeous Sarah. We were both so happy on our wedding day and had the most wonderful time. Plus, I got to marry my best friend. What more could a girl want. And the suite in the hotel in Rhodes was amazing. The whole hotel was perfect for a romantic getaway. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Chloe
    December 14, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I adore your choices. It literally tells a story, from you to your daughter. Such a beautiful journey and such stunning choices!!! 😀 You look so lovely on your wedding day and I wish I glowed that much when I was expecting. Haha I looked so bad. xxx #love2blog

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Ha ha! You are so kind. I promise I didn’t always look like that when pregnant. In the first trimester I looked a haggard mess. But fortunately I managed to avoid having any photos taken then. Thank you for your lovely comments. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Nin
    December 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Awwwwwwww these are just precious. Actually got goosebumps, especially the picture of Little Miss H 1 day old. Takes me back to ten weeks ago with Lily. I might do this post myself <3

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment. You should do this post. I would love to see more photos of you and your gorgeous Lily. It is important to treasure all those precious family photos. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Joanna
    December 14, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    What georgous and special photos
    What great memories too one of my happy phoos would have to be of me and Blake when he was first born.

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment. I do think that most mums would have a picture of them with their new born. Although my first photograph of me with Little Miss H is after I have just come out of surgery for two hours. I look grey. Ha ha. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    claire witt
    December 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Lovely Photos! i love the first picture especially that beautiful dress! thanks for sharing 🙂

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment. My mum did like to dress me in lovely velvet dresses. I like to dress a Little Miss H in similar clothes now too. She looks so adorable. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Lizzie Roles
    December 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    This is such a lovely post! It reminds me I need to do my 8 photo’s of happiness too I was tagged yonks ago! Love all of your photo’s thanks for sharing them xo

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment, gorgeous Lizzie. That is so kind of you. It made me really happy writing this post and that is always the best thing about blogging. I can’t wait to see the photographs that you include in your post. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)
    December 14, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Completely love ALL of these photos! I have a similar one of me to the one at the top – with almost exactly the same velvet dress in bottle green 🙂 Gorgeous post honey and good for you for bringing on the happy. Would love you to link this up at #sharethejoy if you get the chance! xx

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment. How funny, that you had a similar dress! It must have been the time when parents dressed their little girls in jewel coloured velvet dresses. But did you accessorise yours with a cowboy hat and toy gun?! I’ll try to link up with #Sharethejoy tomorrow lovely. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Heidi - @Cosmochicklitan
    December 14, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I love the idea of posting 8 pictures of happiness – that’s brilliant! You both look so happy on your wedding day. #MyCapturedMoment

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks for your comment. We were so happy on our wedding day. We had a fabulous day. I really enjoyed looking back at all our photographs. You should definitely write a similar post. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Caro | The Twinkle Diaries
    December 14, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Aaah chickie — I LOVE this post!!!!!!! LOVE your gorgeous happy pictures 🙂 My fave is your wedding photo (the first one) The expression on your face is priceless. Love this little post Luce — lovely to have you back 🙂 xx
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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you for your gorgeous comment, lovely Caro. You are so kind. I love my facial expression in that photo too. I wish I could remember what I was saying to him. Whatever it was, I was obviously very passionate about it. Ha ha! Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Beth @ Twinderelmo
    December 14, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Ah what lovely photos. I have to agree that yes you look hot with a huge bump! And look amazing having just had her too. You both look so thrilled on your wedding day. Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos xx

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment, gorgeous Beth. I promise I didn’t always look so good when pregnant and I certainly didn’t look good the day I gave birth. At least when that photo was taken I think I had had time to brush my hair. I am glad you enjoyed looked at my “happy” photos. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    A Cornish Mum
    December 14, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Love this post, it’s amazing the warm feelding that looking at old photos can give you. Beautiful photos

    Stevie xx

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you lovely. I am glad you enjoyed the post. It we so nice being able to look back at old photos snd remember all those happy times. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Alice
    December 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    A gorgeous collection of photos. I love how they are in order just feels like a nice little story. All very happy photos!

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks for commenting. It does feel like a nice little story, doesn’t it?! I guess these photos would appear in my “This is your life” book. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Vikki Holness
    December 14, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Oh these photos are absolutely gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing some of your happiest times and beautiful memories with us! Love that photos of Little Miss H amongst the daffodils. xx
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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks for commenting. That photo of Little Miss H amongst the daffodils has to be one of my all time favourite pictures of her too. I also adore the way she is still clinging on to her Tigger for dear life. Bless her! Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Sarah Cantwell
    December 14, 2015 at 11:33 am

    What lovely memories you have. Such a nice way to treasure them. Thank you for sharing.

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad you enjoyed looking at my “happy photos”. It was a lovely post to write. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Katy
    December 14, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Lovely photos hun. Adore that photo of you as a child- you’ve not changed a bit (although you dont weild a gun these days haha). xx

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Ha ha! Thanks for your comment sweetie. I don’t weird a gun these days but I have been known to wear a cowboy hat. I just don’t rock it with a little velvet dress anymore. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Katie Haydock
    December 13, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    What stunning moments to have captured… and you have not changed one single bit! Ha ha!
    I think it so nice to have those pictures of our other halves that make us instantly remember why we fell in love with them so that we can look at them on the days that they are driving us particularly crackers!
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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Ha ha! Thanks for your kind comment lovely. It is good to know that I still look the same as when I was three. It must be the moisturiser I use! And you are so right about having the pictures of our other halves. It is important to remember that they are not all that bad. They married us after all. So at least they have fabulous taste. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Jemma Taylor-Smith
    December 13, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    These are just lovely. I think this a lovely post that you can look back on to give you a bit of happiness. Jemma x

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks for your comment Jemma. It was a lovely post to write. It gave me loads of happiness to look back at old photos and remember when they were taken. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Julia @ Rainbeaubelle
    December 13, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    These are such gorgeous photos Lucy, a really good way of remembering all the good times too! Lovely idea. Good to have you back Mrs H! xxx

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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment gorgeous. I do think that this is one of my favourite posts now. Just because it is so nice to look back at and remember such happy moments. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Natalie
    December 13, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    This is such a lovely post which made me smile. All such special pictures – i really love your wedding picture (the 1st one was my favourite) and your pregnant picture – you look glowing. xxx
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      Mrs H
      December 14, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Thanks for your kind comment. We had such a wonderful wedding day that it was hard not to be happy all day. By the end my cheek ached from grinning so much. And thank you for your kind words about my bump picture. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Jenna
    December 13, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Oh Lucy, I love the way these photos take us on a journey – your journey.

    You made for a stunning bride… and an equally beautiful pregnant mama.

    Lots of love xxx

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      Mrs H
      December 15, 2015 at 4:20 am

      Thanks for your gorgeous comment, lovely Jenna. You are so kind. It was great to look back at old photographs and remind myself of all these wonderful happy moments. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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