Mom and dad had many heirlooms from families and I am blessed to have several of them. I was to get the 175 year old cake plates and fruit plate (top shelf). These belonged to my great grandmother who married in 1872 and probably got them as wedding gifts.
Whenever I'd visit dad and see them, I wondered how I would ever get them across the country intact without driving to Oregon and back. This Christmas was the time of decision. Flying them home worried me so I took them to the UPS store and explained what we had. They said they could package them to get them here and so I put my trust in UPS. Well, the boxes came today and wow, they were double packed in two boxes, peanuts in both and foam all around them. They made it beautifully and were put on the shelves I had in mind for them when Michael first built the fireplace insert.
It's funny but things my mom loved or made are the things I wanted. The shelf with various bird figurines all belonged to my mother. She just loved to spend time to watch pelicans when she visited Florida. The next shelf has two saad irons (very heavy but if "it fits it ships") that also belonged to my great grandmother and the old brass bell belonged to my great grandfather. Mom loved the music figurines and they were hers. The plates on the bottom were also my mother's favorites, a pelican and a mill. I'm happy and feel so blessed to have these and other wonderful heirlooms to pass on. I hope my sons and their families will treasure these and other items when I die!
Meeting the family
5 years ago