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Friday, February 11, 2011

A Vintage Valentine

Hello to you on this beautiful, warm and sunny Friday.  There are only a couple of days before Valentine's day, so I thought that I would post these today, because on Valentine's Day, I want to show you one of the best Valentines gifts I could have ever received!

My mother was born in 1935 and these are the Valentines cards she received when she was a little girl.  I think they are so cute, so I wanted to show them to you.  The photos on the left hand page are of her mom and dad and the other one is of my dad's parents of some of his family.

Something else that I found in this old scrap book that belonged to my mom is this calendar and hand print from 1942.

Isn't this sweet?  She would have been six or seven at the most when this was made.  I treasure these small items, because they are a few of the things that I have that belonged to my mom.  Mom has been gone for about fourteen years now, she died of a brain tumor.  It took her very suddenly, she wasn't even aware that it was there and once she did know it was already robbing her of her faculties.  And a couple of months later, she was gone.  She was only a few years older than I am right now.  

These little things serve to remind me to make the most of every day and to nurture relationships with my family members and my friends.  None of us know how long we have, do we.  I am not sad, though, because my mom was a devoted child of God.  He was everything to her and had been since about the time that she made the little calendar, probably.  Oh, the joys of knowing the Lord!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!

Love and Hugs,



Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

So sorry to hear about losing your mom when she was so young! But it is a joy knowing she's resting in the hands of our Lord. That's such a hope and comfort.
Can't believe you have all those original cards and mementos still in tact. That is priceless! Your valentine decor is so meaningful. Hope you have a happy weekend my sweet friend!

Joanne said...

Beautiful, beautiful post! I am so nostalgic that this post touched my heart. Love all the valentines, the history, the stories of your mom, love the buffet with all the wonderful vintage goodness etc.
Thanks for sharing!
Joanne, who went vintage shopping today and thinks you would have really enjoyed it:)

Gail said...

Cindy, this is such a beautiful post and such a wonderful tribute to your Mom for Valentine. I think I've told you before but I LOVE cloche. It's looks beautiful on buffet.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Nancy said...

What a lovely post! The valentines and the history behind your treasures from your mom are all very touching. And yes! The joys of knowing the Lord! Amen to that!


Vintage Gal said...

Oh Cindy I know how you feel, my mother passed away when I was 27 at the age of 54 with Breast Cancer. I cherish everything that I have from her...including some vintage clothing ;-)

Rhonda said...

Hi Cindy
you are so right that we have no idea how long on earth we have, we could have 50 more years or we could go Home tonight.
Your moms scrapbook is so sweet, the handprint is so special. I am glad you have it and shared it with all of us.

happy Valentines day to you.

RicKaren said...

Very beautiful post! I too, love the vintage cards, especially ones with such meaning. The handprint is adorable and such a treasure! We never know how long we have--thanks for the reminder to treasure our loved ones while we have them with us.

Pamela Gordon said...

Dear Cindy, what beautiful mementos of your mother and her memory. It's wonderful and comforting to know that you will see her again someday. Lord bless you with a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Pamela

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Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

What perfectly wonderful treasures to share for Valentines Day! Love the little hand print.
I also lost my Mom at a young age. She was only 52--
I have some treasures that were hers. Including the Same Saving Grace, and a deep love for a Sovereign God.


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi Cindy,

How incredible to have these gorgeous things from your mother. I love having things from my mum, particularly when she gives me things from her kitchen. I always treasure them, knowing that one day she won't be here any more, and the things I've kept will take on even more significance.

I'm so glad that you have the hope of being reunited with your mother one day in heaven. It makes the pain of grief so much easier to bear, I have found.


Betty said...

Cindy, I was born just three years after your Mum. We didn't celebrate Valentine's Day in the way you do and have done in the United States. It seems to have just been shared between husbands and wives and hopeful suitors, in this country.
It's so lovely to have these mementos from your Mum's younger days. You must treasure them. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.
Your display is perfect, as alwaya.

Susan in SC said...

What sweet things you have from your mom's childhood. Although I know you miss your mom, you have lots of precious momentos and memories to keep you company. A very sweet post today!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Cindy!
You have such sweet mementos of your Mom. I'm sure she is always in your thoughts and heart.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Hugs, Pat

Sue said...

I love, love, love your Valentine post! Thank you for sharing Mom's valentines and her handprint. Since you are the one who ended up with those treasures I am so glad you are sharing them with so many!! You will always be my "sweatheart of a sister"! I love you, Sue

Anonymous said...

Such wonderful keepsakes, Cindy. They truly are so darling.
I hope you have a happy Valentine's Day, my friend! ♥
Jo :)

Jane said...

that keepsakes and handprint of your mom is sure a treasure to keep. You are so blessed to keep those special memories from your loved ones. Thanks for sharing :)

Love and lots of hugs :)

Teena in Toronto said...

I love the cards!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

What a great post! How awesome is it that you have your mothers Valentine cards she received as a little girl!!That is just so special.You really are so Blessed to have these and what great condition they are in.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hey again Cindy,

I just popped back over to make sure you're okay after posting such personal feelings on your blog.

Hope you have a wonderful day today.


Pam said...

Beautiful post. Your Mom's valentines are very cute. I have a few from that era and they are so different than the Spongebob ones that I bought for my son's classmates this year.

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

What a sweet post! I love the vintage Valentines, the photos and ahhh the handprint!! thanks for your comment on my last post!! hugs, cathy

Ana said...

Oh Cindy, that your sweet mom would save her Valentine's Day cards all those years and that now you have them to treasure them is just priceless...What a beautiful reminder of her. Sweet!

Hugs and Kisses,