Friday, February 24, 2012


I have been so blessed to have a close and loving family.
And so has Mr. Flea.
Tomorrow we will be celebrating the 90th birthday
 of Mr. Flea's Mom.
She and his Dad (age 92)  are still  healthy and active
 and live here in the same retirement community as my Dad.
Yes, I am back in Florida!
Thanks Dan...for holding down the fort up north..again!

You would all just love my mother-in-law Rachel...
...another creative spirit...full of energy and enthusiasm for life.
She was a school teacher for many years
 and is a talented artist...still painting with water colors
 and quilting to this day.

This is a bit of lace and silk that long ago
 had been tucked away in an envelope by Mr. Flea's grandmother.
 They were the remnants of her mother's wedding gown.
(Mr. Flea's great-grandmother)

My mother in law has passed the envelope on to me...
...a keeper of such mementos.
I am delighted to treasure it...
 and one day pass these bits of silk and lace
 to another keeper within the family.

We have many blessings and reasons to celebrate!

I hope you do too.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Bliss said...

Rare to hear the name Rachel in a woman of that age. Refreshing in the age of Gertrudes, Matildas and Frannies.


All Things Chic 2 said...

Very nice to have these things passed on to you...They are always the best treasures to have...Blessings Lori

Allie said...

What a very sweet and inspirational post. So nice to hear this story of remembrance and special keepsakes. You are very lucky to have these treasures passed on to you :)

Pura Vida said...

Perhaps one of the most endearing things I have ever read. What a blessing you are to take on this most important torch.

sweetpea said...

congrats on a beautiful and rare tradition. i know you will do it proud my friend.



Glenda/MidSouth said...

Happy Birthday to your MIL! How wonderful - 90 years and in good health.

French said...

I too cling to any memories of the past...mine of Alberta Canada and Kentucky. Bless you for being so good to pass along the treasures...bon week-end~

Rustique Gal said...

Lovely post! I love the pictures you have shared with us. Have a great celebration with your loved ones!

Andy's Attic said...

Laur, what a treasure for you to "keep". How fun to celebrate such a great birthday. Happy Birthday from me to her!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

That is so truly precious.

What a treasure within your family so see it continue like that.


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So sweet to have family treasures like this...I know you are the right person to care for them, too!

mary pernula said...

What a wonderful gift to receive and to treasure, enjoy your special day tommorow. Hugs Mary

oldgreymare said...

How wonderful to continue the legacy and to hold such treasures.
Have a great weekend.

Rose Garden Malevik said...

LOVLEY post......
and I love the photos :)
I hope your weekend is nice,,,
and do not miss....




last week 109 lovley blogs
it is FUN :)
Håkan ( The Roseman)

It's me said...

What a precious post darling...congratulations !! for this special love love

peggy aplSEEDS said...

lovely post! happy birthday to your mom in law! thank you for sharing,
hugs, peggy aplSEEDS

Sister Patty said...

What a lovely blog to read first thing this morning! I love your photos... so soft, so pretty.

Loretta Castorini said...

Wow, that is truly special. My grandparents both were extremely fortunate to survive the Armenian genocide of 1915. They had to flee for their lives and everything material was left behind. We have no family heirlooms or special momentos. My parents moved our young family to Canada when I was just 3, again not having much to bring with them. I think that is why I love antiques and vintage items, and choose to surround myself with it. I feel that maybe I crave history, even if it isn't mine.

Tanya said...

Happy Birthday to Mom Flea...what a milestone. And to the "Keeper of the Treasures", happy weekend...Tanya

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

How wonderful! What a blessing that your husband's parents still have each other. Have a wonderful visit!

time worn interiors said...

What a perfect job for you! Such a sweet story!


SHUG IN BOOTS {Beth} said...

Wow! WHAT a treasure! I LOVE mementos and things with sentimental value.

Anne said...

What a beautiful post.So glad I found your blog.I am your newest follower.

ByLightOfMoon said...

It is so wonderful that this wedding remnant was passed on to you. I suppose they understand how you will treasure it!

It is absolutely an especially nice gift for you! The watercolor of it is outstanding!

Smiles, Cyndi

Nancy Blue Moon said...

You are so lucky to receive these treasures!!

June said...

Laura I can hear the love in your writing for this woman. I would say she is most blessed! I think she passed the envelope to the best keeper in the world!

Shane Pollard said...

Oh Laura
What a treasure you have - that is such a lovely idea for an heirloom family keepsake.
In fact it has made me think of making several such packages of keepsakes for my children and grandchildren - what pieces to include - my mind is brimming over with ideas!

Wishing your dear MIL a belated "Happy 90th Birthday", she sounds such a darling and loves all the things we do!
You must have all had a fun day.

Enjoy your Sunday
Shane x

Carole said...

I can feel the love from here. You are all so lucky to be so close. How I envy the family ties you have.
Happy Birthday to Rachel.

LizlovesVintage said...

Happy Birthday to your Mother -In- Law. My Hubby's Grandmother had the last name of Hayes. My Mother-In- Law's name is Emma :)
Have a great time!!
xxx Liz

Jane said...

I think your MIL found the perfect keeper of the family treasures! What wonderful momentos!

Vintage Gal said...

How wonderful to have these lovely keepsakes to pass down to future generations and to treasure while they are in your possession. Being the keeper of family heirlooms is a wonderful position to be in. Your mother in law sounds like a lovely lovely lady. How blessed you truly are to have her. I have goose bumps just thinking about this post ;-)

The Blue Farmhouse said...

Lovely post and a great reminder of what's really important in life faith and family. Thanks for sharing!

lottens vita och gröna said...

love this post laura!
have a nice sundag hugs from lotten in sweden

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Have a wonderful celebration and thank you for sharing the new treasures that were passed on to you!

molleydzigns said...

What a lovely post, as always!! And congratulations to your mother-in-law on her 90th!!!

Melanie said...

Treasures such as these should be held close to your heart. What a beautiful compliment passing these down onto you. They are absolutely beautiful !

W. theAntiquesLovers said...

How lucky you are Laura!! Back in Florida again!?!?! Nice post and really nice family you have! Thinking of you!

Cottage and Broome said...

How wonderful to have a piece of that wedding gown! Happy birthday to your mother-in-law. Laura

MelissaB said...

Hi Laura. I recently found your blog and it has quickly become one of my favorites! I love your photography and I have enjoyed accompanying you on all your escapades. I hope I'm not being too nosy, but I wonder if your lakehouse is at Lake Pleasant. I vacationed there at Baker's Cabins for many years during my childhood. That was 50 years ago, but the lake looked very familiar to me!

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Unknown said...

What beautiful treasures you have! That's is so neat you have a pieces of her wedding gown.


Chris said...

Lucky you are, indeed! To be the annointed keeper of family heritage and legacy is an honor. You are the perfect steward with great reverence for the treasures of history.