Day 23 // Photo Challenge

Today's theme is OLD. The other day I was sorting through all of our stuff and I came across this...

No, not the girl... the bear!

I was organizing my hope chest and found several stuffed bears in there that I forgot I had... I might have, just maybe collected teddy bears when I was younger, okay?? But how can a girl resist? They're fluffy. They're soft. They're so incredibly huggable. And they make you feel better when you're having a bad day. Besides, I only kept the really special ones, so I don't have near as many I used to. :)

This particular teddy bear was the very first gift Avram ever gave me, back when we first started dating... about, oh, 10 years ago now. He gave it to me for our first Valentine's Day together, and I've held it close to my heart ever since. This bear has seen me through all our separations: basic training, two deployments, a couple of long schools, and many others. It's not only old, it's special.

And I thought it was quite fitting that little Hadley--the most special thing in my life--was holding it in this picture. :)