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Friday, September 18, 2009

Heirloom Party

I am taking part in Marie's party, please make sure you go check it out and visit everyone to see what heirlooms they treasure. Thanks so much to Marie for hosting this great party!

This is the afghan my paternal grandmother made for me when I was a baby. It is on top of a toy chest my paternal grandfather made years ago, I think when my dad was a kid. It is now used as a toy box and coffee table in our family room. It needs a bit of a makeover, but I have not been able to decide what I want to do yet...

A closeup of my afghan:

We have been so blessed to have my grandmother in our lives, she also made an afghan for little Jimmy, her first Great-Grandson. He was followed by 3 more great -grandsons all in the same year! They each received a beautiful handmade afghan from Grammy the Great! =) Here is Jimmy's:

This is an Amber or "Bernstein" pendant from my Oma (German, maternal Grandmother). She actually found it at the Baltic Sea, she has many pieces she collected when she still lived in Germany before she married my Opa during the war and moved to the United States.

And this is my mother's engagement ring. I think she told me it only cost about $100-$200 back in 1968 when her and dad got married. It just has a little tiny diamond and little bitty chips in the points of the star. She said she wanted something unique so dad got her this in the shape of the star of David. It is so very special to me as my mom passed away 3 years ago from early-onset Alzheimer's. If you are interested in that story, please click here. (Sis, I hope you aren't jealous, did you even know I had this?!) ;-)
I do not wear my mom's ring as the setting is a bit too tall, I would get it snagged on everything, but I did get a unique ring that has a meaning to me (it is not the only one of its kind, but there aren't a whole lot of them out there). I have a bit of Celtic heritage on both sides of my family and I have fallen in love with all things Irish. Here is my ring, I wanted trinity knots to signify the importance of Father-Son-Holy Spirit in my life and it also symbolizes my husband and I joined together with the Lord:

Well, there you have it. My family "heirlooms" at least some of the ones that aren't packed away. I don't have too many, and they aren't worth much, but they have a lot of meaning to me. And hopefully they and the "new" ones will have a lot of meaning to our children and so on. Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to go back to Marie's and check out all the other heirloom posts.


Alyssa Barnett said...

Thanks for sharing your story!
That's a beautiful ring!


Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Thanks for sharing your treasures! Love the pendant from the sea and also the chest. Wonderful memories! Have a wonderful weekend.


Mrs. P. said...

Great treasures! Thanks for sharing.


Cass @ That Old House said...

I love your family treasures -- what makes them valuable, priceless even, is the stories that surround them.

I am sorry about your Mom -- my mother is 88 and in late stage Alzheimer's; I can't imagine the heartache of early onset.

All best wishes,

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

You are a young woman..with a wonderful old spirit..this is a good thing! I love the special treasures you have..many people would not care about their families old treasures.

I am like you...I care. I have 4 siblings.. half care, the other half do not.

Randi Troxell said...

love the chest and the ring.. so glad though that you get to have the ring in your possession.. that's really special...

have a great wkend!

Sares said...

beautiful rings and that toy chest is amazing! I almost added my baby blankets to my post too but decided to do a separate post on them. Thanks for sharing all your special heirlooms!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I am really loving this blog party. Everyone has fabulous heirlooms. I love seeing them all & the stories behind them. I hope you didn't get in trouble with your sister for your mom giving you her ring. I had forgotten about afghans and quilts that my grandma made for me. Seeing yours reminded me of mine.

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

All your treasures are beautiful, and they have great stories with them...that's what makes them so special! (I think it's really nice that you have all these family heirlooms!) I have more catching up to do...haven't stopped in in awhile since we started that kitchen project!

Marie said...

Hello! Where do I start? Wow, such beautiful treasures. What a neat toy chest! Love the shape. And the afghan is so pretty. I have never seen a star ring like that! How fabulous. Love your wedding set too - the symbolism is so special.

Thank you for joining me for the party!


The Urban Cowboy said...

Awesome stuff there...just found your blog, nice!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Beautiful heirlooms!!! I love the toy chest!

Let it Shine said...

Those are so sweet. Love the blanket.


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