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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

SWEET MEMORIES with my TEA..

These are my vintage PRAYER BOOKS...
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When my mother found something in the paper or a magazine that she wanted to save, she tucked it inside her little
bright RED prayer book..Sometimes, when I sit down with a cup of relaxing tea...
I pull out these little books...filled with treasures of my memories...
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Anything that 'caught her eye' went into her little book...

These little paper clippings are all turning YELLOW with glorious age....

My Aunt Lillian, Mom's older sister, was a nurse and Social Director at a nursing home
Mom was very proud of her sis....
and AUNT LILLIAN was, by far, my favorite person on the entire planet...
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I was raised in the Eposcopial church and we had prayer books to read and study from..
right along with our Bibles..
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mine was WHITE...
my dad's, BLACK
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How sad the day we lost my Aunt Lillian...
I still cry for her at times...
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I was Mom's FIRST BORN...
and I cried like a baby when I read this clipping she so lovely placed in her "safe place."
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I read it ever so often, sipping tea....
and I cry every single time...
I cry for the lost love between my mom and dad...
and I cry tears of joy because she loved me so much.
and I cry simply because I miss her so.
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This clipping is in honor of my baby brother.
Mother doted on him....we all did.
I was 9 1/2 when he was born so he was like MY BABY.
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I cry harder when I read THIS loved clipping...my brother is very ill. and it is
too painful to speak of...
I do humbly ask for your blanket prayers for him, please....PLEASE.
The only thing that keeps me from falling completely apart is the fact that,
like this article says..."Heaven protects him".
I KNOW GOD IS WATCHING OVER KEITH LEE.

We all know that you have to turn things over to GOD ...

ALL memories aren't sweet....


However...they are STILL memories...
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SWEET memories, like SWEET TEA, go down real easy...
BITTER memories are like sour lemons....you just accept them along with the SWEET.
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I am linking with VINTAGE THINGY THURSDAY

28 comments:

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What wonderful memories are spilling out of those prayer books! You are so lucky to have them.
xo
Penny

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Beautiful keepsakes from your family.

I know many people believe different things but I wholeheartedly believe that if you have an accurate knowledge of God and are following him completely, you will see your loved ones again. I believe in the resurrection to earth. It is a hope that gives me a peace that many don't have or understand.

I wish your family well!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi BJ Sweetie...
Oh honey what a beautiful share this evening. I so enjoyed seeing your sweet Moma's red prayer book. How lovely that she tucked all these treasures inside to share with you on a day much like today. She still talks to you sweet friend. She is still loving you.

I will be holding your precious brother up in prayer BJ sweetie. Please keep us posted. I will be saying prayers for you also. You are not alone sweet friend. We all love you.

Many hugs sweetie, and so much love, Sherry

Shug said...

A very sweet post and one that I know you will hold dear to your heart.

Prayer. I know all too well what prayer can do. When there is a need, we must stand together and pray for a miracle.

I am standing with you in prayer for your brother.
Blessings,
Shug

Abby's Garden said...

We must be kindred spirits to have shared 3 vintage books at the same time:) I love your books,the stories behind them and the treasures tucked between the pages are the sweetest. Thanks so much for sharing and for stopping by my blog.

Abby:)

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I will pray for your brother and thank you for sharing this very sweet and touching post.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

What a sweet, tender post! You are so fortunate to have your moms prayer book and the treasures she saved for you.
I will be lifting you and your brother up in prayer.God is with us in the good times and the bad. He is still on the throne and has your brother in his hands.
Hugs and prayers, Annette

Linda said...

Very sweet and wise post! How special to have those prayer books...and I will remember your brother in my prayers.

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

I think that is so special for you to be able to go back into your prayer books and find and read all those precious memories. What a loving thing for your Mom to do. I will also be keeping Keith Lee in my prayers sweetie. Very touching post and thank you. Big hugs!

Joanne Kennedy said...

I think I could have written this post. My mother used to clip things and put them in her bible. When she passed I went through them over and over again.

I too had an aunt who I loved more then life it's self. She died two years after my mom. She didn't have any children so I go several things that belonged to her and too think of her often and miss her very much.

I also have a brother who I pray will get better and not be leaving this Earth to soon.

If you need or want someone to talk to, please know I'm here for you as I can relate.

It is a true blessing to know without a doubt that when our loved ones leave us it is to go to be with God who will keep them safe and one day allow us to be together again.

I will keep you and your brother in my prayers.

Big hugs
Joanne

Miri said...

What a lovely post. Bless you and all your family.

Kathleen Grace said...

These books are beautiful BJ, and so full of treasure! I too have a baby brother who is 9 years younger than I am! I will add your dear brother to my prayers. I pray Psalm 91 for my family daily. I dont know if you are familiar with it, but I find it very uplifting and reassuring. I wish I were there to give you a hug, I guess we all have sweet, and not so sweet memories.

Theresa said...

Oh BJ, what a sweet post! I have my Daddy's Bible and he also had things tucked inside, sheets with Bible verses etc that I enjoy reading! Loved seeing all of those yellowed newspaper articles that meant something special to your Mama!

I am sorry that your Brother is ill and I will add him to my prayer list! You are right, God is watching over him and US!

Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

BJ,
I will say a little prayer for you brother. I am so he is not well :(
Your little prayer books are precious. I love your Mom's treasured clippings.
My Granny had scrapbooks that she held her clippings in. I have them all and they are treasures to me, as well.
Have a good day, my friend.
Robin

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Gentle hugs, Dear... For all your memories...

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

And you have a new Background here! Or else, it's not new, but I just noticed. Eeeek!

Anyway, I like it. It's still your happy yellow color but a different look. Change is fun! :-)

CHERI said...

Such a beautiful post! I will pray for your brother. I have had for years that piece you photoed about BOYS...one of my favorites. Think I also have the one for girls. I'm a collector too and have many newspaper clippings, photos, and other memorabilia. I hope my granddaughter will some day enjoy looking back and remembering me with sweet memories.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

What a special, special book. It will be something you will treasure forever. Thanks for sharing, Sherry

LV said...

I can relate to your post very well. I have an old biscuit cutter from a can. I also still have bibles with scriptures underlined and notes my mother wrote as well as clippings. They are true treasures.

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

I LOVE to read and reread Jan Karon's Father Tim books - - - ALL of them.

Being raised a Wesleyan, and not HAVING a prayer book - - -I would dearly LOVE to find a vintage Episcopalian prayer book. I can't wait to delve between the covers - - -

Coloradolady said...

What a sweet post. My grandma kept her things like this in her cook book, and It is a real treasure to be able to go back and read what she thought was important to save and tuck inside.

I will keep you and your brother in my thoughts and prayers....thanks for the wonderful post BJ....loved it.

Deb said...

I do the same BJ. I look at my mom's treasures that I have now and it makes me smile with memories of growing up with her. We miss them so much and it never changes. I will say a prayer for your brother. I am right now waiting to hear about my own brother's health issues so I understand your concern. Hugs, Deb =^..^=x5

momstheword said...

What beautiful memories these bring!

I will certainly pray for your precious brother. One of my brothers has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and another brother has altzheimers (so we are losing him mentally).

It is hard to see those you love suffer, and I am thankful every moment I get to see my brothers or talk to them.

Ann said...

Precious Memories how the linger, how they ever feed my soul. This line from an old gospel song sure fits this post.
Happy VTT
Ann

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I will hold your brother in my prayers. This was the sweetest post...you touched my heart!

Carol said...

BJ,
Your prayer books with clippings are priceless treasures.

MoonNStarMommy said...

My Grandma would do the same type of thing. Though I don't have any of them like you do, I remember it fondly. Many blessings to your brother. {{HUGS}}

Kathleen said...

I love finding things like that in my mom's books.
I have the family Bible complete with my stash of 4 leaf clovers I put in there to press when I was a kid!