Sunday, January 10, 2010

Handmade = Love <3

Happy New Year! I've had over a week now to ponder New Year's resolutions. Every year I contemplate various things, and frankly, I don't usually stick to any of them. They usually involve either fitness & diet, or home organization. I must be honest here -- these are not things that I excel at, or enjoy working on. And overall, these aren't things that are really going to matter 50 years from now. [Note: My husband just read this sentence and laughed loudly. He said, "Of course your diet and fitness is going to matter in 50 years!" Let me clarify -- YES, it will matter and I do hope to make some positive improvements. However, my kids won't care in 50 years if I wore a size 8 in jeans or a size 12, know what I mean???] The bottom line is this: In 2010 I want to focus on doing what I love and loving what I do, and doing it for my loved ones -- the people that really matter.
Last night I was taking down my Christmas trees and had time to think about what each ornament meant to me. What memories each one held, the story behind it, and for some, the hands that made them. The hands that made them with love for me and my family.
The top photo is my favorite ornament this year. My seven year old son created this just for me! He made these adorable snowmen with his hand print. Words just can't express how much I cherish this ornament. I love that little hand print, and love those brown eyes that just sparkled with pride as I opened his gift! As the years pass, and his hand grows, I will treasure this ornament all the more.
The next two photos are ornaments that my grandmother made for me over the years. Each little person, or kitty, or gingerbread man was created with her hands. Each eye stitched by her, with love. This is my sixth Christmas without her, and each year I miss her terribly. But it makes me feel close to her when I hang these ornaments and touch the fabric she has touched. It also makes me know I want to be the kind of person that she was. The kind of person who loved to make things for her family; the great mother and grandmother that thought good food was a way to show her love for her children, and that it was worth the effort; the hardworking person that never sat idle and always had a project going for someone she loved. That's what I want to do, and that's the gift I want to give my children.


Maya said...

I think it's a fabulous resolution!

Lizzie said...

Yes, that's a real Resolution! Diet and stuff can just be fitted in, but it's great to make a point of doing something special for those you love.