Monday, January 3, 2011

With Loving Hands

"With loving hands we pass on the memory of our spirit." ~Mama Hen

This scarf carries a very special memory for me and now Little Chick. My Omi (grandmother) passed it on to me when I was in my young twenties. My daughter wears it every time we go sledding. There are two constants when we have our fun sledding days: Omi's scarf and hot chocolate. Each time we get ready to go out Little Chick always says, "Don't forget your Omi's scarf." I get a warm feeling when she says it and it makes me feel so good to know that it was passed on from one pair of loving hands down to another. Perhaps one day my daughter will pass it down to her own daughter with such fond memories. The necklace in the pictures below is also a very special gift from my Omi. She wore it as long as I can remember. It has two gold acorns on it, which represents my sister and I. (I guess in a way you can say we are two nuts! Ha!) When my grandmother passed this on to me I cried and cried. It was one thing she never took off. Then one day she took it off from her neck and placed it around mine with her warm loving hands. The pictures are from that moment and as you can see my eyes are all welled up. I was very close to my grandmother just as Little Chick is close to my mom. These are such special cherished moments.

25 comments:

  1. What a sweet memory! I have several of my Grandmother's scarves to pass on one day also. I am thinking it will be to a daughter in law though seeing as how i have two boys!

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  2. That's a great story Mama Hen. I am sure that just like you, Little Chick will pass it on to her daughter in the future and tell wonderful stories about Omi's scarf.

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  3. This is beautiful. It's amazing how a simple item like a scarf can mean the world. I love that your family is so close from each generation. I never had that with a grandma and I hope my kids do with my mom. xo

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  4. Grandma's are the best! So nice to have these loving memories to pass on.

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  5. This is a wonderful story. I love that Little Chick understands the real value of your Omi's scarf, and loves it as much as you do. I was close with my grandmother too. Every time I wear her apron to cook, I feel a little closer to her again.

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  6. What sweet and special items. I am sentimental about a few items in my possession. Hope your husband is feeling better and you all are feeling the warmth of the new year.

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  7. That was so nice to still have something to remind you of your grandparents! And so nice that Little Chick appreciates it too!

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  8. You have an absolutely amazing family :-)

    I know our kids will have the same wonderful things to say about us because we believe, like you do, that love and family are the most important things :-)

    Your Little Chick is going to grow into such an amazing woman because she has one as her role model! :-)

    Thank you for stopping by our blog! I always love seeing comments from you :-)

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  9. I've been away for 2 weeks on a really stressful trip and haven't been able to blog. But I'm back! So glad to see your husband is home and doing better. Seeing those pics of you and Little Chick sledding make me miss the snow for a brief moment! Your family stories are so heartwarming. It is so special to have keepsakes like the scarf.

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  10. loving memories are so precious and I just love it the way you passing them on to your daughter.

    love,
    mehrnoush

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  11. That is very sweet. Memories are the greatest gifts we can receive. Looking forward to following you in the new year

    Tasha @ http://savvychicmommy.blogspot.com

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  12. this is just so sweet : )

    happy new year!!

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  13. This is very sweet! This is one reason I chose to stay in Germany longer, so my son will have precious memories of his oma und opa. He's also got to meet his omi and opis. My younger two will have the luxury of livin most their lives statesside close to their grandparents while growing up, so I wanted my son to be able to have as many cherished memories of his grandparents as he can. I am sure they are making the most of their time with him and will pass on sacred heirlooms for him to remember them. Though, they can visit him stateside as well. It won't be so often. This was very touching. Your little chick is so thoughtful as usual! I hope you guys had a great New Year! Much love from the Vaterland :)

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  14. What wonderful memories to cherish!
    Have an amazing 2011! Hope things are going better for your family this year!
    Many Blessings,
    Jill

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  15. I love the idea of making traditions for Little Chick...and she will pass them on to her children as well. What a wonderful thing, connecting the generations with joyful memories.

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  16. That's a lovely idea - it's great to pass along heirlooms that carry so much love :)

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  17. Awe, that photo makes me want to cry. I can just tell how special she was to you, and how awesome it is that her gifts and memory live on. Happy New Year MH!

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  18. What a precious story and memory. Happy New Year!

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  19. OH so sweet :) and she looks absolutely precious all dressed up for the cold weather! Keep warm Little Chick!!

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  20. this is so, so sweet, and i love that you have something tangible that represents omi for little chick. that's so precious. may there be many more sledding escapades this winter for you two! :)
    p.s. wanted to let you know that i gave you a shout out on the memos - one of my 2010 bloggin buds. :)

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  21. Such sweet memories to have with these items! Your family is characterized by such amazing love. I hope your husband is doing better. Thanks for stopping by and trying to leave a comment on my site, hopefully it's fixed by now. Happy New Year Mama Hen!

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  22. I love the picture of you with your Grandma. Things passed down are very special! My mom gave me a mirror that has an antique painting on it of girls dancing ballet which my mom did as a teenager. It's very sentimental to me and I will most def. want to pass it along. And how precious that at such a young age your daughter is already understanding the treasure of her scarf! Happy New Year friend!

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  23. Oh, Mama Hen ... you are I are really two similar souls. My Grandma and I were very close, and I have a couple pins that she would often wear. I also have a few pairs of slippers she crocheted, and some afhgans. Each time I cuddle up with one of her afghans, I feel like her arms are around me and close. This post brought tears to my eyes, dear friend. Thank you for sharing this amazing moment with us.

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  24. That is so wonderful that Little Chick understands how special that scarf is to you and now it has become special to her too!

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