I’ve been meaning to pick up a few frames ever since we got back from Paris to hang some of the goodies we brought back with us. One was a small note, on a ripped corner of notebook paper that JAMAL wrote and stuffed in his carry-on, taped to the top of the ring box. He showed it to me on the trip (after the proposal, of course) and I couldn’t get over how adorable it was. He must have been so terrified about carrying the ring with us through security, convinced some rogue TSA agent would hold it up and flash it at me and blow his whole surprise. It certainly explains why he was so nervous the entire flight. I figured the note was just as important to our story as me saying “yes,” so I stuck it in a tiny $1 frame yesterday, and now I grin whenever I look at it.

The other frame now holds a beautiful 5″x7″ print of Rodin’s studio, with the marble statue “The Kiss,” unfinished. We bought it in the Rodin Museum gift shop right after we got engaged, and it’s a little reminder of the amazing, life-changing morning we spent there. The light in the picture is so beautiful, and “The Kiss” is one of my favorite Rodin sculptures. I can’t believe he carved that out of a 6′ tall block of marble. It’s incredible seeing it in person, but JAMAL and I had to walk around the museum twice because we were so swoony the first time from the shock of being newly engaged that we missed everything the first go-around.

I still have to finish a little shadowbox of some other trinkets we bought in Paris, and then of course I have to find wall space for all of it.

23 thoughts on “Framed

  1. Beautiful, wonderful mementos! I’m terrible about getting things framed…even the easier stuff, so good on you girlie! I love that you kept that sweet note that JAMAL wrote, and of course The Kiss. Of COURSE.

    1. It helped that AC Moore was having a huge frame sale, and we had to make a run for work for a client. Opportunity presented itself perfectly! xoxo

  2. So sweet. And now you’ll always have reminders of that amazing moment in time.
    {One day we’ll meet, and I’ll share my engagement which has some resemblance to yours (only Rome not Paris)}

  3. I just had a little tear in my eye. Very romantic. I must re-visit Barcelona some time soon, that’s where we got engaged, only I found the ring and knew it was coming! x

    1. I’ve never been to Barcelona! If I ever make it there you have to tell me where he popped the question and I’ll be sure to visit :) That’s so funny that you found the ring! Did you tell him or did you let him think it was still a surprise?? xoxo

  4. I adore the little note that you framed. Of course, the Rodin print is just as special, but there’s something so warming about that crumbled piece of paper! I’m so glad you framed it!

    1. Thanks, Yelle! I’m glad I saved it. It was definitely a special little find and I’m happy we have it forever preserved :) xoxo

  5. Oh I love that you framed JAMAL’s (note capitals) note, that’s so cute! Really I think you should think about mounting it properly to give it the gravitas it deserves.
    God bless JAMAL! And when is he going to introduce himself to us??

    1. One day I’ll have a mat custom cut for it. Can you image how wonky-shaped that would be? One day, for sure. JAMAL has actually left ONE WHOLE COMMENT on this blog, can you believe it? You might have missed it, it was a long time ago. Let me see if I can find it…aha!. I think that’s as much as we’re going to get out of him, haha.


  6. The light in that photo is so beautiful. And I love that you had to go round twice because you were so swoony the first time. And of course I love, love, love the note and it looks so happy in that little frame. It just makes me think about the planning that went into asking you. He planned it all out and kept it a secret and wanted to wait to ask you in your favorite place in the world. So sweet! xoxoxo!!

    1. Thank you, sweet girl! I really had no idea it was coming, partly because everyone did such a good job at throwing me off the scent. My mom even said that he hadn’t asked her, and that she would have told me if he had, and to maybe start thinking about moving on because it had been so long and he hadn’t proposed yet, and did I think his parents didn’t like me and that was the hold-up? Evil, right? I knew he had been looking at rings, but the whole thing was definitely a surprise. The best kind of surprise! In Paris! xoxo

  7. So sweet Erin! It’s definitely the kind of thing you want to hang on to! Jordan was so nervous on the flight over to Santorini where he proposed that I thought he had food poisoning – he was practically green.

    1. Hahahaha, that’s amazing! These poor guys worked themselves up for nothing! I’d love to hear/see more about your Santorini trip! I’ve always wanted to go, it seems so so beautiful. And now you’ll always have that place tied to your lives together so wonderfully! xoxo

  8. Aw, I love this so much! Such a great idea to frame these pieces. I would have put it in a special box and then forgotten where I put the box. Doh! Your engagement story and JAMAL’s expert planning makes me so happy every time I think of it. Imagine sharing all of this with your kids someday. Ok, I’m getting ahead of myself. xo

    1. Hahah, I can just see the story now: “Kids, daddy and mommy went to Paris…and then a year later she dragged him back and this time he proposed!” Haha, I know I’m cheapening it ;) I’m excited to have such a romantic story to tell those future kiddos of ours one day! xoxo

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