With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Loving Hands

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Loving Hands

Keri's stay last week was short so she is spending a few more days here with us this week.  I have been thinking that something my mom made would be fitting her soon and I was right.
Keri was happy to twirl about and model as Pop-Pop snapped pics.
Whatever my mom put her hand to do, she did it with all of her might and ability.
Her many crochet projects are still enjoyed today by those she lovingly shared her gifts with.



As an engagement gift, Mommy crocheted this beautiful robe for me.
Its to-the-floor length and three-quarter sleeve is like wearing a warm afghan!
She spent many hours altering and designing a pattern, crocheting each stitch and sewing on each of the thirteen buttons down the front.  It has a ruffly, Peter Pan collar and tie around the neck and bodice. I think it is made with a sport weight yarn.
I am wearing it in this photo with our oldest daughter, Erin when she was just a toddler.
Daddy Mommy and Erin Lee 1987
When Erin got a little older, Mommy made a child-size robe for her.
I can't seem to find the photos of Jill and Jamie wearing the robe but I did find one of our youngest daughter, Abbey.
Abbey ~ age 7
Now, our oldest granddaughter can remember her great-grandmother and enjoy the work of her hands as she joyfully wears the robe.
When Brenna arrives for a visit this spring, I know she too will want to have her turn.
And we all know, I will be ready with my camera.

43 comments:

Maple Lane said...

What treasures to pass along to the next generation and the photos are sweet as can be. I know your Mom would be so pleased that her work of "heart" keeps giving JOY! Thanks for sharing Keri with us today. The photo of you two is adorable.

Audrey-eleganteconomies.blogspot.com said...

How blessed to have a mother that took the time to make such beautiful gifts! Such precious grandbabies!
Blessings, Audrey

Deb said...

These photos are beautiful and lovely as keepsakes. My mom loved to knit and I have many beautiful pieces to pass down. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Pondside said...

What a beautiful memory - tangible and in thought. This post made me feel a little weepy. I don't know many people, aside from me, who keep such treasures for the next generation. I have a collection of things from my grandmother and great grandmother - I was the only one in this generation to want them - and I am handing them out to nieces and nephews and to my children whenever one of them expresses admiration or interest.
Such a treasure from your mother's fingers.

NanaDiana said...

What a gorgeous piece to have passed down through you, your daughters, your granddaughters. Isn't it just wonderful to have these Earthly reminders of how much we are loved by someone? Your family is just so beautiful, Lorraine! Happy Sunday-xo Diana

Ruby Jean said...

Oh My!!! That is so VERY precious and sweet... The robes are BEAUTIFUL and the colors are so PERFECT!! thank you so much for sharing your memories with us..Have a blessed weekend!!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

This are treasures for sure to pass along to the younger ones, three generations now, how totally lovely. You're all so beautiful Lorraine. Thanks for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful week.
FABBY

Barbara F. said...

I wish I had a robe like this! How warm and snuggly it must be. Such beautiful memories. xo

Dayle said...

Lorraine, I love, love the crocheted robes. I don't think I've ever seen one before. Beautiful colors and you girls are simply gorgeous.

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a beautiful memory and family treasures you have to wrap around you when you want to feel the love.
Lovely, thanks for sharing.
Patti

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Lorraine -- your Mom was very talented with crochet hook and yarn. I don't know that I've seen such wonderful garments crocheted before. What a treat to get to share the robe with your daughters and now grands too.

Blessings!
Gail

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What an excellent crocheter your mother was! The robes are beautiful and still look like new.

marie said...

What sweet robes your mother made and how wonderful to have all those dear memories of your girls wearing the pretty pink one. Keri looks adorable in it...
I don't have things like this with a past....but you've inspired me to make sure there are things like this in the future.

You look beautiful in your robe too...both then and now!

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Lorraine, I have never seen crocheted robes before and these are just lovely. What priceless memories and treasured keepsakes. Another beautiful post. I so enjoyed reading and seeing your precious family.

Nann

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

What a beautiful tradition and the pictures are great reminders. I've never seen a crocheted robe before but they sound like a warm and cozy idea.

Buttercup said...

Lorraine, I cannot think of sweeter pictures and I love the story. My mother was a great knitter and she and her friend Lillian worked together to do patterns for outfits they wanted to make. They are both of blessed memory now, but I can see them still knitting together and laughing. Thanks for bringing back some great memories. Hugs to you, John and family!

Cyn said...

Love this! Love treasures that are passed through the generations :)

Tracy said...

Lorraine,
that is absolutely beautiful...and it has been preserved so well. What lovely memories~

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Sweet post--love the robes, and the colors. Great memories!

Ann said...

oh my, those robes are amazing. the small one has gone through all those children and still looks brand new. Simply gorgeous and I love the color of yours

Heather said...

Just beautiful and how wonderful to see your talent runs in the family. Great pictures Love Heather

Lady Farmer said...

Lorraine ~
It is so sweet to have such lovely treasures handmade by a special loved one! You have kept them as lovely as the day they were made. (And you, my friend, haven't gained an ounce! Oh, to be the size I was when first married!)
Such wonderful memories for you and your grand girls!
Blessings!

Susan said...

Ohhhhhh, that was a sweet post, LDH. Your mother was so talented----you must take after her. Isn't that a wonderful legacy to great grandchildren? Wowsers. Susan

Carol said...

Beautiful ladies and beautiful robes. I love the sentiment. Lovely, lovely post!

Sandy said...

I have never seen a crocheted robe but these really are beautiful, just like the ladies wearing them! How sweet! And what a treasure to know whose precious hands made them!
xo

d~ said...

Beautiful~ ...the memories, the love, from generation to generation. Such a sweet post. Oh and how much your grand-daughter looks like her mommy, uncanny.

Julie Harward said...

I am so glad you shared this...it is such a beautiful thing. What a great mother and you are just as wonderful! These robes would cost a bundle if you could even find such a lovely thing! :D

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What delightful and pratical keepsakes, and memories of your Mother's love when she made them for you and your daughter(s). It is a beautiful treasure, Lorraine.

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Talented hands too Lorraine. What beautiful pieces to pass on....amazing heirlooms.

Viv said...

Lorraine, I am soo happy to be back visiting with you again after so long, missed you! I notice the beautiful new design which makes your space here all the more warm and welcoming! After not having much access to the internet for a while during the holiday, I came back with such a long list of entries to catch up on.

The robe even though has been passed down actually looks brand new! Keri and your daughters look so adorable wearing it (and their smiles too!)

Btw, kust went through your blog with my mum ;) She loves it too! :) Thanks for all your sharing and friendship Lorraine!

geekycrochetmom said...

How truly beautiful it is that the work of one's hands can be passed on to the next generation. Your pics inspire me to find more time for crochet. And you still look as pretty as in your photo taken years ago! God bless.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine said...

What beautiful heirlooms and memories. Your mother was indeed an artist.

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Jennifurla said...

your family is so perfectly wonderful!

Sue said...

I was enjoying reading this and thinking of how gifted my mother is with her hands too. Your mother's gifts to you and your daughter are absolutely beautiful, LDH, I love the colors so soft and feminine, and the needle work stunning. The photos of you and your granddaughter Priceless! Treasures that last a lifetime, and keep right on giving joy, Now that really is Priceless!
As always a joy to visit.
Hugs,
Sue

corners of my life said...

Pretty in pink {and blue!}.
How sweet that you still have them both.

Regina said...

Amazing! Truly precious.
Thank you for sharing!
xo

Regina

Thistle Cove Farm said...

You are SO right...God's blessings on you, yours and the work of your hands and heart.

Debbie said...

I'm loving the beautiful family photos. Your mom was very talented and her hard work is being relished to the newer generations. My mom used to knit, crochet, needlepoint, and sew. I have sweaters she made for me that I cherish. She died six years ago so I'm glad I still have those pieces of her work.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! Those robes are absolutely amazing. And your little grand-daughter looks a whole lot like you. Best wishes, Tammy

Adrienne said...

What treasures! You have such precious memories of your mother's handiwork. Now your granddaughters can share them with you.
~Adrienne~

athriftyfoodie said...

looks so beautiful!

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