I was putting some jewelry away in a little dish/bowl the other night. I love the little dish as it's my "go to" for keeping certain often rotated jewels handy. But it's special in that my daughter had made it for me from school a while ago. It got me thinking about some of those special treasures we have around, that may not hold a lot of value but they are truly precious gifts. Here are a few of mine:
Here's that dish I mentioned (obviously was made at Christmas time with the snowmen on it). And also a sweet pin my daughter made a few years ago too. Gifts made by the hands of my own children are incredibly special to me.
These are some items my son made for me. A mug that tells me how I'm the "best Mom" and a scarf that he made at school. Both from many years ago (he's soon to be a high schooler now). But isn't that scarf beautiful? His class that year dyed scarves themselves to give for Mother's Day. Gifts given with love = the best!
This is another special gift given to me by my Aunt when I graduated from college. It's a quilt she made for me. These are front and back views of the fabric. I just love and treasure it!! It was the bedspread for our bed for many years when my hubby & I moved into our first home. It's still well used, but at the same time taken care of with tender loving care because it is precious to me.
I'm including this photo of our wedding rings, as for a special anniversary one year I got an "upgrade" in the form of a new special wedding ring. But my original one is still so precious to my heart and I'm saving it - probably to give to my daughter or a potential grand daughter one day. It's forever a symbol of the love between us and then the family we went on to create.
And finally, one of my most precious gifts are these amazing old albums from my Gram. I have a few of them and they hold my Grandpa's old army photos and my grandparents' wedding album and pics from the start of their life together. I treasured these albums even when I was quite young and would ask my Gram if I could look at them when I would visit at her house (Guess I was a scrapbooker in the making even then - Lol). And I used to love to pour over them and many pages have my Grandpa's handwriting as he would write things down for my Gram when he was away in the service. As you know I was very close to my Gram (named my daughter for her) and I was close to my Grandpa when I was a young Gal (he died when I was only nine). It touched my heart so much when we lost my Gram and my Dad & Aunts & Uncles (my Dad is 1 of 9 kids) all felt good about gifting these to me and letting me keep them. I will treasure them forever!
Here's a closer view at a few of my favorite photos from those albums. My Gram on their wedding day. See those pearls on her neck? They were a wedding gift from my Grandpa. I was blessed to receive them as a gift too. They're not really wearable anymore. But they are beyond precious to me.
These other 2 photos are from when my grandparents were dating. I love this one of them among the snowflakes with my Grandpa in his uniform and my Gram even in her heels reaching on tip toe to hug him. My Gram was only about 5 feet 4 inches. My Grandpa was 6 feet 3 inches.
Do you have precious gifts around your home as well? These gifts mean more to me than all the money in the world! I'm linking with Amy for Five on Friday.