Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mother's Day

Merle, circa 1930
We lost The Mister's mother last August.
Her estate was finalized just a few weeks ago and
since I work with vintage jewelry and sell it
on ebay, I've been given the fun task of going
through the jewelry family members didn't want.
I've spent the last week cleaning, sorting
and doing a few repairs.
I got to keep a few pieces, which I'll post on in
the future. You know I love the old vintage stuff!
Obviously, working on this little project, Merle
has been on my mind quite a lot lately. Her old
jewelry box smells like her perfume and I
remember many of the pieces being worn by her.
Since The Mister and I began 'dating' back when
we were 13 and 14 years old, I have been part
of their family for quite a while. I grew up
knowing her and The Mister's dad, who has
been gone for 20 years already.
I have good memories of a hard working wife
and mom to six children. She never saw me
without giving a compliment. And I never
saw her without her having a big smile on
her face. The thing I remember most about
her is her laugh....what a wonderful thing
to be remembered by. :)
So, this being the first Mother's Day without
her, I wanted to remember her on this day!


  1. What a lovely tribute. It's so nice to have a MIL that you enjoy and is so sweet. This is a wonderful remembrance. Happy Mothers Day. Hugs, Marty

  2. Betsy she looks such a sweet little girl. Aren't those pom poms so cute.

    I like vintage jewellery too, so I'll be looking forward to your future posts on the topic.

    Tomorrow I'll post on M's day and make my rounds to wish all the moms (including you!) a Happy Mothers Day.

    Till then...

  3. mary ~your description of her is filled with love and admiration so rare for in laws....i know you miss her as each first holiday without comes around especially this one...

  4. What a precious way to remember her, Betsy. How nice that you had such a special relationship with her, too. Can't wait to see the jewelry you got to keep!

    Happy Mother's Day!

  5. To be remembered by your laugh,,,,that is wonderful,,,,happy mothers day Betsy!

  6. Betsy...that photograph is precious! I love the hair cut...my mom also had that cut as a little girl.

    What a great "job" for you to go through her jewelry. I am certain she would have picked YOU to do it if given the opportunity! I will look forward to seeing the pieces that you kept!

    Happy Mother's Day Betsy!

  7. ONE MORE THING...I adore the Bleeding Heart header...I picked a stem of it today just to enjoy the "tinkling" movement of those dainty blossoms.

  8. What a beautiful post and sweet memories. Your tribute was very honoring.

    Have a Happy Mother's Day.

  9. Wanting you to know I'm wishing you the very happiest of Mother's Days ............

  10. A lovely way to honor someone. Nice post.

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  11. Beautiful, sentimental post. Lovely vintage picture - she looks beautifully serene.
    It must be an incredible feeling to have known your husband since you were so young, you must share a bond that few of us can fully understand.
    Wishing you a lovely Mother's Day Betsy.;)

  12. Happy Mother's Day Betsy. You are one of the hardest working, most consummate mother's I know. Always something delicious cooking on the stove, energetic about all those household projects you accomplish, and astonishing mom to your four little men (well, they're not so little anymore, but still...). Stand up and take a bow, Betsy!

    Hope you enjoy your day.

  13. Dear Betsy, I wish you the happiest, most joyous Mother's Day and hope you are surrounded by love and gratitude.

    Can hardly wait to clap my eyes on the vintage sparklies!!!!

  14. what a nice tribute! sorting the jewelry sounds like fun and i would like to see some pieces featured here. i wouldn't mind at all to be remembered for my laugh or maybe just my sense of fun!

    happy mother's day, betsy!

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  16. What a moving tribute, and what a dear little girl she was. Love the knitted outfit. :)

  17. What a beautiful child in her pretty hand knit dress. It's so nice you had that time, those smiles and the laughs with her. Happy mother's day times 4 to you!

  18. That was a lovely post and tribute to your MIL.

    I love vintage jewelry and I'll be looking forward to seeing the pictures!

    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!


  19. Betsy, this is such a lovely tribute to your MIL. What a blessing to have shared a loving reltationship. The photograph is beautiful. What soulful eyes Merle had.

    Hoping that you enjoyed a very Happy Mother's Day.


  20. This was a lovely tribute to a very lovely lady. I know how much she encouraged you, Betsy. It's sad to see her go.

  21. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day Betsy!

    Merle was a pretty child. She might be the same age as my Mom judging from the date. You wrote a lovely tribute.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the vintage jewelry. When an aunt passed away I inherited a few pieces of jewelry form her. I never wear it but I like to look at it now and then and think of her.

  22. Betsy, you are such a wonderful person, how lucky she was to have a daughter in law like you. Your posts are always my favorite.

  23. This is a lovely post, Betsy. Thanks for sharing this on this special day. I love this old picture, too. Happy (belated)Mother's Day.

  24. This is such a cherishing post. I love it. How truly wonderful to have such a good family to be around. I'm sure in many ways she must have felt like an Aunt or something, being together so long. I can't imagine having such a sweetness aroudn me for so many years. Blessed indeed.


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