April 12th

Hard working man.
My man works 2 jobs. He works them so that I can stay home and take care of the house, the kids and their education. When he does have the opportunity to be at home, this is what he looks like. I love this man.

You see that old treadle sewing machine on the side of this picture? This was my great great grandmother’s. It still works. I made a quilt for my mother on it. By the time I was finished my right leg looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s. I love the fact that I was able to create something on a machine that my grandmother used, and her mother used, and her mother used. I have real pride in my heritage, and I love knowing that I will be passing these on to my children. My kids also sleep in the beds that came from my great grandfather’s house. They still have the old metal springs.

My grandmother used to make my grandfather boxer shorts out of her old dresses on that machine. I always remember her wearing a dress and brown shoes. When ever she went out to work in the garden, she would get a pair of grandpa’s old work pants, stuff her dress down the legs of it, and out to work she went. I never once saw her in a pair of pants that were hers. She always made the best roast. She cooked in in a pressure cooker. I wish I had spent more time with them, soaking up their wisdom. She has been gone for almost 15 years.

Do you have any family heirlooms?  What do you remember most about your grandma?

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15 thoughts on “April 12th”

  1. The only family heirloom I have is my husband.
    I remember the way my mom’s mom used to crochet. She could sit there and talk to you while she was crocheting and never once look at what she was doing.All her work was beautiful. I do have some doilies that my dad’s mom made. I don’t know how old they are.We have an old radio that used to be my husbands dads. It has tubes in it, not transistors!!!!!!!!!!You must understand, my hubby’s parents were older than my grandparents.

  2. The only ‘heirlooms’ that made it across the Atlantic is a silver bell with my grandmother’s name engraved on it, as well as a tablecloth that belonged to her. Both were given to her as tokens of gratitude for humanitarian work she did. The tablecloth came from a city in Germany where she went to help establish a maternal hospital. She was quite a famous figure in South Africa in her day.

    I had more things but…I am sad that I had to leave so much behind when we came here. The hardest thing to part with was my grandmother’s piano. 😦

  3. We had a similar sewing machine, Tanya, an old Singer. It is sitting in my sister’s house. It belonged to my paternal grandmother, but I do not know how far back it goes. My maternal grandmother died before I was born. I don’t remember much of my other grandmother either. She passed while I was still pretty young. She crocheted or sewed a case full of Barbie clothes for my sister and I as a Christmas gift one year. Very few pieces survived our childhood; we played with them a lot and so did all our little friends! I have the Barbie wedding dress and the veil.

    I’ll have to blog about heirlooms though, so I can put up some photos to go with. 🙂

  4. Family heirlooms… We have a few paintings that my mother-in-law did. Hubby’s grandmother gave me some knitted dishcloths – due to the fact that she quit knitting/crocheting shortly after we married due to taking care of her husband and she’s passed on now as well – that aren’t used for anything other than doilies. I have a few afghans made my family members that have passed on. Other than those I don’t have any.

    I never spent much time with my grandmothers, grandfathers passed before I was born, I really don’t remember doing much with either of them. I know that Gram could cook just about anything and was a great seamstress. Nana loved to do crafts of all sorts and was quite good. Living most of my life almost 5000 miles away did not allow for much visiting. So most of their possessions went to other relatives.

  5. I have the rocking chair that belonged to my great, great grandmother on my father’s side. If I am not mistaken, it used to sit in front of the fireplace in the log cabin they lived in. When I was a child, I would throw the homemade seat cushion out of it and sit in it and rock. It is not very wide, so not everyone is able to sit in it, but it is very special to me. I also have some silver spoons with family initials on it.

    I miss my grandparents. Unfortunately, by the time you figure out what wisdom they posses, and how much you could learn from them, they are gone. I do still have my grandmother (mom’s mom). She is very special to me. She has always taken the time to listen to me, no matter what the problem, and be a supportive shoulder to cry on. She helped me through many problems when I was a pre-teen and teenager. She was always there for me and I love her for that.

  6. I have a quite a few things that have been passed down to me. I’ll have to do a blog-post on them someday. 🙂

  7. My “Oma’s” were both gone before I was born, so i ahve no memories of them.

    I have a copy of one picture of my paternal Oma of which I look a lot like. Everything was distroyed in WWII in Europe.

  8. I have a china cabinet that belonged to my great great grandmother. I can barley remember her. I do however remember my great grandmother. She passed away 26 years ago and my grandmother passed away 11 years ago. I miss them so much. Ashley was given a bedroom set that belonged to my grandmother and a violin that was my grandfathers that he bought when he was 14. It is now 71 years old. Samantha has a gun that belonged to my dad. He got it when he was around 10 or so. I also have some quilts that were my grandmothers and great grandmothers. My mom still quilts so the girls have several quilts that she has made for them, as well as me and my brother. She made me a flower garden quilt and gave it to me for Christmas a few years ago.

  9. Oh here is a funky ‘heirloom’of hubby’s … official papers that were signed by both sets of his grandparents in nazi Germany to prove that they had no jewish ancestry…

    I always look at those with a slight sense of horror.

  10. I have tea cups and saucers, some from the late 1800s,(all different patterns) that were my great grandmothers that I received after my grandmother passed away in 97′. Just last year we were given some antique furniture from my hubby’s grandma; we were given her head board,footboard of her bed with matching dresser and mirror that were given to her from her parents as a wedding present; we also received a dresser with the original mirror that is well over 100 years old. Hubbys grandma also gave Jessica her desk so she can use it for school. We have some old paintings and one that hubs’ grandma did. We love all of the heirlooms we have been given and hope to pass them down to Jessica one day. 🙂

  11. I have my great grandmothers bed side table and chest of drawers. (They are in the girls room)
    We have a small leather wallet and pin that my MIL’s grandpa carried in WW1. We have my FIL’s medals from Vietnam. I had to part last week with the last of the Irish Linen tea Towels that used to belong to my Great grandmother. I also have her mothor pearl watch. (I am pretty sure it’s imitation though, not real)

    I doubt I will recieve anything from my Nanna. (I love her dearly, she practically raised me) but my mother and I no longer speak and I was written out of the family will several years ago, my mother is nto the sort to follow my Nanna’s wishes if she feels I will benefit from them. (When I married Dh)

    The thing I remember most about my Nanna, is her feet. She has tiny tiny feet. I will blog about her one day.

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