Sunday, January 25, 2009

"Ancient" Gifts

While at my Aunt Charri's house last week I found out there were a couple of amazingly cool things that my grandma had for me at her house. The first I have known about for awhile -- a cute picture of my mom when she was just a youngin'. Now I have two pictures of my mom hanging proudly in my home.

I was also given the little blanket that my mom was blessed in! It is in very good condition -- and pretty gender neutral so we are planning on blessing our little man wrapped in the same blanket! Beautiful!

This cute chick with a spoon was my mom's first spoon as a baby. It will go on a shelf in the nursery. It is perfect because we are decorating our room in the same color pallet ... the only difference is that our yellow and orange is a bit more earthy ... but it should look cute and have it will be fun to have a family heirloom in his room.

Charri asked me if there was anything I wanted or needed. I told her that I was secretly eyeing the quilt on Grandma's bed. I have been into quilting lately (I even have four great friends that get together once a month so we CAN quilt!) and was pretty impressed with the pattern on the bed. It was all hand done either by my grandma Karen or by her mom Grammie. Either way I was pleased and honored to take this treasure home!

Last but certainly certainly certainly not least ... (I think that Charri was a bit jealous that this treasure wasn't hers ... I just got a lucky birth order I guess!). I am not huge into antiques or "old" things all that much ... but this is amazingly cool!! My great great great grandma gave a bible to her daughter, Amelia Page, for her 21st birthday in 1884. She passed it on to her daughter Thelma. Thelma passed it to my Grandma who gave it to my mom in 1976. My mom was only 15 at the time so I am guessing that grandma just held it for her. My mom never received it before she passed so when Charri found it she gave it to me. I have a bible from 1884. It has been passed down from oldest daughter to oldest daughter since 1884. That night Joe and I tried looking up my grandma's family line. I have never felt so connected to my relatives in all my life. I feel like I am living part of their legacy ... I have never felt that way before ... or acknowledged it at least! It is a treasure that I cherish!!

7 comments:

Jess and Jen said...

How fun! That bible is really cool. I recently pulled out three blankets from my cedar chest that were crocheted for me by one grandma and two great-grandmas when I was a baby. I gave each of my girls one for Christmas...I decided that it was better to see them walking around with rather than being stuffed away. Lauren sleeps with hers every night! I love it!

Joanie said...

What wonderful treasures. Isn't it wonderful to feel that connection with our ancestors?
Hugs
Auntie Joanie

Lynsey said...

That is awesome...so great to get such wonderful things from the past. It will be so special for your son to be blessed in the same blanket your mom was blessed in.

Sara said...

What amazing treasure! I'm so happy for you to have such wonderful things that were your moms! And thanks for the little clue into your nursery!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Everything is so beautiful!!! I love all the cool old stuff...and that bible is phenomenal! The baby blankie is so terribly sweet. Is there anything you want for the little man? I'm always good for something nice.

Mom and Dad said...

I am so pleased your Grandma left you some precious things, Jen. They make your home more homey somehow, more connected. How totally wonderful!!

BoucherBlogger said...

Jen, don't forget that, while we looking, that night, at your geneology, that we found a very important fact. That is that some of your great-great-grandparents actually lived in Elsinore. What do you know. Birds of a feather ...

Love you, Joe