Sunday, September 27, 2009

Rock Collection

This summer I went through drawers and closets trying to organize and rearrange them. As I was cleaning out the end table in my bedroom I came across an old Ziploc baggie filled with rocks and shells. On the baggie I had written, "Meg last rock given at 8 years old 1996", "Tori last rock given at 9 years old 1998". I sat there looking at those rocks, yep, you know what happened next.....I cried and cried!!! Memories of those little hands putting those rocks in mine and smiling really big as they said, I found it just for you, Momma! Some of those rocks are just pebbles, some are big, some are in shapes of things.....I remember them saying look, this one looks like a birds egg or momma, this one is a daddy rock!

I couldn't bear to put them back in that drawer. I wanted to see them everyday and cherish those memories more often. So I found this glass vase and decided it would be perfect to display those memories!


I chose to display it in the foyer.


This little corner happens to be one of my favorites in the house. The rock that is sitting on the shelf came from a stream in Colorado where my granddaddy's ashes were scattered. The rock sitting on curio cabinet was given to me by John; he found it in the woods while deer hunting....it's in the shape of a heart. The butterfly photo was taken by Tori and then she turned it into Art and won 2nd place in an Art show with it. Then of course my girls photos.....they have their eyes close in that black & white one and it is really pretty! So I just felt that this was the most fitting place in the house. I walk past here several times a day and can look at it and smile and remember days gone by.

20 comments:

Betty said...

I love your "memory" place! It is lovely and the picture of the girls is stunning!
I really know how you feel going through those memories. It is hard to let go of those old days, and I too have trouble with it.
I´m glad you have those stones to remember those special moments!

SparkleFarkle said...

This is so cool! Rock on!

Julie said...

that is such a great idea... and I would be crying too if I found those rocks so many years later!!!!

Becky said...

What a sweet little nook of the house you have there. I love how you have it decorated. Full of memories and happiness:)

Melody said...

What a sweet nook! I love memories to be out where I can love them everyday too.

I guess they were telling you something with all of those stones: You Rock! :-)

Joy said...

That is so sweet Betty. It reminds me of Paige when she was in preschool. She would bring me a rock from the play ground each day she went.
Some moms got flowers I got landscape pebbles. So sweet.
I love the arrangement on the table with all your treasures.
That was a great idea to display them.
Beautiful.

Joy

SwizzlestickMama said...

Oh my God! I am crying! I want to go run and find every rock that Stink has ever picked up (that I secretly placed back with nature) and put them in a glass jar on my table!

What a fantastic idea!

Heather said...

That's a wonderful idea, for both you and the girls. They have turned into such beautiful women largely because of the love they have from their mother.

I'm sure they feel so treasured by you and John. That security of being loved is worth more than anything as they venture out on their own.

You are such an inspiration to those of us with little ones, Betty.

Tori said...

<3 missin' you! love you!

Susie said...

What a gorgeous way to enjoy a memory keeper!! So much better than sitting in that box. Now, you get to enjoy them everyday!!

April said...

You are so much like me in many ways. You love and adore your girls and your family so much. It's easy to feel the love you have for them. I absolutely adore what you've done with their rock collection and I love everything else you have on display, too. Memories should be treasured and that's exactly what you do!

Yankee Girl said...

What a great tribute and fabulous idea! I can't believe you kept all those rocks! You really are so sweet.

Tammy Howard said...

that is just awesome.

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

Betty you are awesome. I love your area.

Lori said...

What great memories!! I like where you put it!!

Preston said...

Great memories and what a nice little place in your house to keep them all!

Sandy Toes said...

Very fun and creative!
sandy toe

Heather said...

Betty, where are you?

We are missing you.

It's been a week since this post...

Come out, come out, wherever you are!

Nishant said...

such a great idea... and I would be crying too if I found those rocks so many years later!!!!

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American in Norway said...

Ahhh..made me all teary! Very sweet corner!