Enjoy the message of hope that comes in this free printable including “The Rose” song lyrics. Frame the words and hang it on a wall, or enjoy the pre-designed stationary options to send a thoughtful card full of hope to your loved ones.
Did I ever tell you how my husband and I met?
It is certainly not your average collage student neighbor or blind date kind of story. Nope.
We met on a dude ranch.
Not even joking.
I had moved back home from college for the Summer, and was desperately trying to find temporary Summer employment. But it appeared no one was interested in temporary, so I began looking for Summer camp counselor jobs, or the like.
That’s when I discovered this Summer job listing for a Dude Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a kitchen staff and service job.
Still to this day, I have no idea what drove me to think that would be a great job – but I applied, was accepted, bought my first pair of Wranglers and saddled up for Wyoming.
I promise this relates to the printable 😉
At any rate, I managed to pull up to this dude ranch, nerves and all, and stepped out of my baby blue Honda accord. The first thing I saw was a crew of Wrangler wearing, cowboy hat strutting, yee-haw kind of folks all painting a deck.
I’ve never felt so out of place in my life.
But low and behold, one handsome cowboy in wonderfully tight jeans walked up to greet me. I kid you not, the first thought that went through my head was . . .
At least I’m pretty sure it was only in my head. 😉
Well, folks . . . the rest is history . . . and wedding bells . . . and 4 babies . . . and lots of stories for another day. But today, I want to talk about the moment I knew he would be my husband some day.
It wasn’t the jeans. It wasn’t the tip of the hat. It wasn’t even his dashing smile.
It was a nice cool summer Wyoming night, when he started to hum and sing the song “The Rose”.
You see, the song, “THE ROSE” holds a very special place in my heart. Growing up, my daddy would often sing this song to us as he would tuck us in bed. Or it was not uncommon at all to hear him singing it while cooking something up in the kitchen.
If you read my post earlier on my reflections of the “Spring of 1996”, you already know he passed away when I was just 11 years old. So to hear my then handsome cowboy of a boyfriend, sing the very song which comforted me as a little girl with my dad at our bedside, and to hear again the words that brought such peace to me after he passed on . . .
Well, let’s just say it was all I could do to stop myself from proposing to him that very moment.
I knew deep down inside, my daddy had found this handsome fella for me, and “The Rose” would live on.
How was that for super cheesy? 😉 A little too much like a Hallmark film??
It’s a true story, friends!
Any way, fast forward 10 or so years, I actually made this print out for my mother when it seemed she was having a hard time. I desperately wanted her to hold onto hope, and recall the tender words sung so often by her husband.
“Just remember, in the Winter, far beneath the bitter snow.
Lies a seed, that with the sun’s love, in the Spring, becomes . . . the rose.”
She has hung the print on her wall for quite some time, and it dawned on me that it could also be something I share with you here!
I made up some stationary options for you as well, in hopes that you can deliver this message to a loved one who may also need some hope to hang on to.
There is a standard card size, that fits your standard A2 envelopes. Just print it on cardstock, cut it, and fold it. Then I included some mini enclosure card sizes, which work great to include with a plate of treats or with a bouquet of flowers.
Amazon has several A2 sized envelopes. I bought a few varieties, as linked below (affiliate links)
For the smaller size, you’ll want envelopes sized at 2 11/16 x 3 11/16. I bought these cute ones here:
Feel free to get even more creative, and check out what you can do with the printable at photo print shops. I enjoy this magnet on our our fridge that I made with Shutterfly.
Are there any songs lyrics that are dear to your heart that you would like to see printables made for? I’d love to hear and perhaps oblige!
Thanks so much for hearing my story today!
It’s one of my all time favorites 😉
To print your files, simply click the text links below, download the file and print from home or a print shop.
Please remember all my online free printables are for personal use only, and print best on 8.5 x 11 standard US paper.
Now be sure to check out all these other Spring printable goodies, graciously provided by my talented friends! Big thanks goes to one of the sweetest and most talented bloggers I know, Kristen from Ella Claire, for organizing this big group and amazing freebies!
French May Day Flower Cones by Ella Claire | Floral Envelope Liners by Boxwood Avenue | Spring Bunny Cards by Julie Blanner | Spring Flowers in Watering Can by Live Laugh Rowe | Spring Bird by Craftberry Bush
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Set of 6 Herb Printables by Cherished Bliss | Must Have Flowers by A Burst of Beautiful | Spring Notecards by My Fabuless Life | Spring Bunnies by Kelly Elko | Spring is Sure to Follow by The Happy Housie
Spring Fern by Making Home Base | Spring Definition by Design Dining and Diapers | Welcome Spring by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Dive Into Spring Straw Toppers by My Sweet Savannah | Hope Springs Eternal by Maison de Pax
Vintage Rose Fortune Cookie by Paint Me Pink | Spring is Sure to Follow by Nina Hendrick Design Co. | The Rose Song Lyrics Chalkboard by TIDBITS | Perhaps Today by Unskinny Boppy | Watercolor Tulips by Refresh Restyle