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Friday, December 14, 2012

Grandma's Things






On our recent trip back where we grew up my aunt gave me some of my grandmothers things.
She has been gone 4 years now, we drove by her house. I hate that it isn't her house anymore.
I wish she were out in her yard tending to flowers, wearing long sleeves so her arms wouldn't burn. Grandpa has been gone longer, I wish he were firing up the grill for some hot dogs and keeping an eye on the weather.
Still a part of them will always be with me and small treasures give it a tangible meaning.
Some of these I remember, some I do not.
I honestly don't recall the red cake plate but it is so lovely! She had much more crystal than I would have thought but only a couple small pieces came home, along with a couple afghans and her potato ricer.

Old and so suited to my style, but more so because it was hers and every year she made her lefse with it. I remember potatoes cooling in the back room, the next day her rolling them wafer thin and grandpa in charge of flipping them on the griddle. How she would say, "Leo, they are getting too brown!"
And he would turn them over and smile.




Everything in her kitchen had it's place. She would take every dish out once a year and clean them, no matter if they had been used at all. Things were tucked neatly away, I vaguely remember these on the top shelf, at least the brown one.
She would scrub her concrete basement floor, laundry was always done, rolls freshly made, house spotless, no wonder she would fall asleep doing crosswords during the evening news.


I have no idea where the mini cello came from, my aunts think it was from one of her sisters.
 I also had no idea she owned any milk glass, I took the piece, seen under the word possible, to add to my collection.
She had an antique dresser, she hung a straw flower on it and her hand mirror was often there, I don't know about you but I can't own a mirror without dropping and breaking it more than a year or two, she obviously had this one much longer.



A few other plates etc were brought home and tucked into the cabinets. Their wedding photo is hanging on the wall here now.
It makes me smile, it makes me cry.


Today is a cry day.
I am not close to my mother, if you would like to know more about that you can swing by Pig Tales, link on upper right.
I was close to my grandma, I grew up with a family that always got together. We now live where that is not an option.
I have two children, I homeschooled them, spent every day with them.
They are so precious to me.
My daughter comes around all the time and we are very close.
My son is in that place where he resents me, doesn't want to spend much time with me. He is making mistakes, as we all do, and he has chosen to forgo the Christian values he was brought up with.
I know rebellion is common at this age, and I know God is in control.
But as a mom to other moms out there, if you have made it this far reading, I would appreciate your prayers.
My heart breaks, for I long for my children to be close to me always.



blessings and thanks for visiting

13 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a heartfelt and precious post. You are in my prayers. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

chubmoma said...

You are in my prayers, your son also.

We have been through a similar situation with our only son. He was raised in a good Christian, two parent, loving home. He rebelled from teens on up. He chose the wrong path many times. The only time we were ever alienated from each other was when at age 26, he chose the very wrong woman. Fortunately it didn't last and didn't lead to amrriage. But that relationship weakened us as a family and it has taken time to built it back.

After several other failed relationships, he finally has found the right girl. He has been to church, reads the Bible and prays again. Things are still odd sometimes with some of his beliefs(as in government should not be involved in marriage. he and GF will get married when they find a pastor who will do it without a government issued license)

Praying that you and your son can form a relationship again.(Sorry this long, but you touched my heart with your sadness) Connie

Karen said...

I'm happy for you that you have some of your grandmother's cherished things. The wedding photo is priceless, they were such a cute couple and you have wonderful memories of them, too.

We have much the same situation with our youngest son who has declared himself an atheist. I don't know why or what happened in his life to make him so rabid in his dislike of God, but nonetheless, there it is. I do not see him very often and miss him, but I do not enjoy the rants on religion. He knows how I feel and we leave it at that. I keep him in my prayers whether he likes it or not.

I gently remarked that it is unfortunate he does not believe in God, because God believes in him.

Prayers and hugs to you, Shannon.

craftythriftydecoratingwifemom said...

Thanks for the beautiful sharing of your family and heirlooms. You've got some wonderful memories and keepsakes. We have a son with autism who at 27 still lives with us and is still close to the Lord, attends the same church he grew up in. Our daughter, a bit older, states she is a pagan and far from the Lord, but geographically close to us, we see her pretty often. Keep you in prayer.
Janet

Roisin said...

Shannon, I understand how you feel. My daughter, my only child, and I can only get along for a very short time--maybe a day or a little longer. After that, the situation gets explosive. She thinks I am criticizing her no matter what I say, and she's strayed from the values she was raised with. It breaks my heart the way she is raising my grandson and that things are so strained between us. I'll lpray for you. Could you pray for me too? God bless. Rita

Entertaining Women said...

@ Corinthians 1:4 came to mind as I read your post and then the comments. "God will comfort you and in turn use you to comfort others." I see that happening here. I pray for reconciliation in Christ for your son and you. My heart hurts for you. Thanks for trusting us with your story. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

NanaDiana said...

Shannon- It is a hard road to walk when our children stray from us. We have one son that has just rejoined our family...but it took life bringing him to his knees for this to happen. It took years-way too many years but God answers prayers if we are faithful....just not always in our time line. I will pray for you and your family. Do I have your personal email addy? xo Diana

Sharing Shadymont said...

I've often said you worry more about your children after they are grown up. When they are little you can gather them close, when older, not so much. We do have to remind ourselves that God is in control, and pray for His will in their lives. Prayers being sent up for you and yours.

I dearly love the sweet items you have of your grandmother's. I have a green pitcher (depression glass that belonged to my grandmother, and a quilt she made). They are truly treasures.

Take care.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

So sorry this time of year brings pain with joy. I am so glad your Aunt shared your Grandmother's thing with you. Look at those things through your home and think of your Grandparents love for you.

Sherry said...

I was thinking about you this morning so I decided to visit to see how you are doing. I love that you have those precious things to remember your grandmother by. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, especially your son.

Laurie Ritchey said...

Shannon, I could feel your pain, and I am praying for you and for your son. I'll be adding you to my prayer list. What wonderful treasures for your grandmother's home. Love that red cake plate, and that cello too. I know you are the perfect care taker of these treasures, because you appreciate and love them. Sending hugs your way. laurie

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Your treasures from your grandmother are beautiful. It sounds like they bring back great memories. I, too, am missing my son during this Christmas season. He's in the military stationed here in the States right now, but has a lot of hours on duty and is going to school. He won't be home this Christmas, and doesn't call very often and often doesn't return calls in a timely manner. I suppose it is just his way, or maybe just youth. I have to remind myself that the
Christmas season intensifies a lot of emotions for me, and it is better if I try to step back and just take a breath for a minute and try to sort things out and not take everything so hard. I am thankful that we live near our daughter and grandson and are able to see and talk to them regularly. You and your son will be in my thoughts. Best wishes to you.
Susie

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Your treasures from your grandmother are beautiful. It sounds like they bring back great memories. I, too, am missing my son during this Christmas season. He's in the military stationed here in the States right now, but has a lot of hours on duty and is going to school. He won't be home this Christmas, and doesn't call very often and often doesn't return calls in a timely manner. I suppose it is just his way, or maybe just youth. I have to remind myself that the
Christmas season intensifies a lot of emotions for me, and it is better if I try to step back and just take a breath for a minute and try to sort things out and not take everything so hard. I am thankful that we live near our daughter and grandson and are able to see and talk to them regularly. You and your son will be in my thoughts. Best wishes to you.
Susie

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