Monday, December 12, 2011

Ya know…It’s funny…

Some of you were looking forward to seeing our tree…


However, Like many…our tree is not so much decoration…


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But family history.


look at that angelic golden face…carefully crafted 20 years ago…


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It is the little hand crafted…Paper crumpled, pieces that are THE most cherished


The ones that don’t match…but were created by little hands


that grew. and grew.


and now some 20 something years later….truly are more important than any hand blown artisan glass.


And these are opened so carefully by all of us


because now, even the creators recognize how fragile and special they are.


each year ... put in the special boxes at the bottom of the bin with care


knowing they won’t last forever. what does?


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THIS is our Christmas tree.


celebrating the growth. The beauty and the fragility of each passing year.


Maybe not ‘pretty’… to some


But so full of life….our lives.


Beautiful to us. To me.


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yep. Baby shoes. first baby shoes. 16 years later. Exactly where they belong.


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A celebration of us. Of growth.


Of change...


that is maybe postponed for one more glittery, beautiful season.


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Opening hearts.

27 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Baby shoes.
What a sweet, inspired idea!

ChristyClawson said...

I think your tree is beautiful. Among other treasures, we hang a construction paper chain made by my 25 yr old son when he was in Kindergarten, a tree ornament painted by my 23 yr old son when he was in 1st grade, and a pair of mittens I wore as a child. Each year as I unwrap the tissue paper surrounding each ornament, my heart swells and I smile at all the memories. It's a good thing.

Kathysue said...

I love love it!! This is how my tree is..... full of sweet sweet memories, to me that is what a tree should be!! Merry Christmas Kathysue

Joyce said...

Beautiful! I love special trees like yours. Xo

lorenabr said...

Love the baby shoes! Very cool!

Julienne said...

The most beautifully decorated tree I have seen! How very special each and every one of those decorations. I hope it os a wonderful Christmas for you

Kathi said...

Okay now you've done it! I haven't put up my tree yet but now I will!
I want to see all of our beautiful handmade ornaments again.

I want to relive those happy moments. Right now they are tucked away in boxes. It's time to get them out!

Thanks for sharing your tree and some of YOUR special ornaments.
You've helped me see Christmas again!

Blessings,
Kathi

Farmgirl Paints said...

Those are the very best trees. With every ornament you hang a memory is attached.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

These are the kind of ornaments my daughters and grandchildren took home with them over Thanksgiving. Lots of good memories and now they will have them for their trees.

Mary said...

Your tree is truly beautiful and perfect! :) i adore all the handmade ornaments that come from your hearts. The best way of giving this season!

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Balembouche said...

You must have such a wonderful time decorating your tree! It's really special and fun.

a' la mode said...

Baby Shoes. LOVE. My baby is almost 2 and I'm totally stealing your heart warming idea. It makes me wanna cry just thinking about it. xoxo shelli

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

adore this tree!! Janell

Sush said...

Oh I love your tree! We have similar ornaments on ours. Some ornaments only hanging on by threads, but treasured and valued beyond any others.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

Black Zebra said...

What fun your tree is!! love ! Happy a nice one Linda XX

Carla Aston said...

Love it! The baby shoes are so sweet. I've never thought of using them as ornaments. My tree is the same, with the school project ornaments and little bits of memories from my children. It is really beautiful, Linda. Love all the beads and color too!

Sunny said...

I needed this!

I have so much art created by my 3 elementary aged kids that it often litters my house--hard to imagine that it will disappear one day.

I save quite a bit, but need to save stuff for the tree, too.

Oh how I love my babies!

Ivy Lane said...

Beautiful Linda! I thought I was a "clear/white light" girl...I LOVE the multi color lights... and all the special ornaments..my faves on my tree are also the ones from my childhood and the vintage ornaments my parents gave me.. there's something comforting when I open the boxes each year and re-unite with each treasure!

Great post..again..your tree is just so lovely!

Valorie Hart - The Visual Vamp said...

My favorite tree yet! Really! xo xo

Cobalt Violet said...

You can feel the love pouring off that tree! It's beautiful and whimsical and just how I love a tree ... as a portrait of a family.

Beautiful! Happy Holidays Linda!!!

A.J.Barnes said...

I was always known for doing over the top 'retail' trees. but I stopped that years ago and now take your approach...my trees are much better...

Karen Deborah said...

I am in love with it. I have really old things too. A tuna can that my daughter made into an ornament in kindergarten. Little knitted dolls old ladies in the nursing home made and even a few ancient ones from my Grandma. Me too me too. But somehow the way you tossed all that beaded garland over your tree it's so artfully gorgeous that my breath inhaled quick. You little ole artista you.

Lauralee Provenzo said...

cute. have u ever checked out my blog?

Leah Moss said...

Linda-- seriously, you're the best. I love your honest goodness!

Melissa said...

I can't wait to have a tree just like that one!!!!! :D

Linda said...

Linda! Just found you via your comment to Slim Paley and WOW I've been missing a lot. I am commenting on this entry since you and I (and our families) share the same style of tree decor.
It is all about collecting the bits and pieces, and in many years time the theme is clear. Memories.
From this Linda, Cheers!

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