Saturday, April 18, 2009

Keepsakes from Mom and Dad

When we were going through Mom and Dad's belongings, which is certainly an interesting process, there were a few things that are certainly considered treasures. I felt very privileged to be allowed to have the oak table and chairs, and the antique corner hutch that belonged to them.

The table and chairs and hutch have been in my garage since they were moved here. I'm so happy to say that on Thursday evening they got moved into the house.

In retrospect, I felt I should have taken a picture of the table without the tablecloth. But alas, maybe because of age, sometimes my thinker is a little off balance. At any rate, it looks very nice in my dining room.

(Sorry, this is a little blurry)

The hutch was moved from Archbold,Ohio to Woodburn, Indiana without any problem and placed in my garage. My husband was in Haiti, and I wanted to move the hutch just a little bit, and I thought I was being very careful, but in doing that, the lower glass in the door shattered in many pieces. I was just devastated, as it is a curved glass, and I didn't know if it could be replaced. However, I took it to a glass place, and they made a new one and installed it in the door. I very carefully brought it home on Friday.

It was SO much fun putting things on the shelves. The top shelf has some pretty crystal things, as there is a mirror behind it. The next shelf has my stemware. The third shelf has the cake plate I got from mom (I think it was used at their wedding); and the third and bottom shelf have a set of dinnerware that I got from my mother-in-law from my first marriage.

(I tried to get a better picture, but the flash would make a bright spot on it, so this will have to do for now).

shelf on top of the hutch

I was also excited that I could display my demi-tas cups that I brought from Haiti. Some of these I had and some I just got from Mother's things, as I had given her a set when I came back from my short-term missionary service in Haiti.

Thanks for allowing me to share my joy at having these family keepsakes to enjoy. Come on by and see them anytime!


Gina said...

It is so nice to have things from our parents. Unfortunately when we lost mom, our dad remarried a much younger woman and I am sure we will not be getting of my mom's treasures. She has children younger than mine and they tend to want everything. I really enjoyed the pictures of the hutch and table.

Rebecca said...

Oh, Donna! How beautiful. How special. I WILL drop in to see them one day. I have always liked those curved-front cabinets.

Letters From Midlife said...

Thank you for sharing your keepsakes. It's always special to get something meaningful like that. My mother in law will probably move to assisted living within a year and has indicated that we will get her oak china cabinet. It will be a special addition to our home.

Brenda said...

Yay! I am so glad that you have your furniture moved into your home! I am eager to see it installed!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I'm all about heirlooms, Donna! Right now, I'm sitting at my grandfather's desk typing this comment. I also have many other relics from days gone by that hold special memories for me. There's something about "old" things...ancient things...that hold my attention and earn my admiration.

I enjoyed seeing some of your treasures. That's a coffee drinking table if there ever was one!