Heirloom Party

Friday, September 18, 2009


Firstly, I’m sad that I am not prepared for this wonderful event hosted by Marie. I so enjoy her events. With vacation and playing catch up, I just haven’t given the old blog the attention I should. All that said, I wanted to still share something although it is in story form, not pictures.

My grandmother-in-law was a wonderful woman. She really was like my own grandmother and I loved her dearly. She didn’t always have such an easy life. Her family were pioneers in the state of Washington and at age 20 she was left with a dear little boy to raise (my father-in-law) when her husband was killed in a logging accident. She had never held an outside job and had no means of support (there wasn’t even social security yet). In these desperate times she agreed to enter into an arranged marriage to a man 20+ years older than she was and the cousin of her 2 older sisters husbands (they were married to brothers). Her new husband came from Norway and didn’t even speak English when he came to the states. Despite all this, they built a happy life together that included 5 more children. Because of the age difference, Grandma was widowed early (I think she was in her late 40’s) and she never remarried.

Granny (as we called her) was a very special gal and I always felt a kindred spirit. She came to stay with us in Minnesota a couple years before she died and I will always remember that time with special fondness.

About 4-5 years before she died, she asked if I would like her wedding ring. I was a bit baffled (mostly because she has 4 daughters and many granddaughters and I was only a granddaughter-in-law) but also thrilled. I just love this ring and treasure it but only wear it occasionally. I would really like my youngest daughter to have it when she is older (I’ll eventually get my grandmother’s wedding ring and it will go to oldest daughter).

13 comments:

  1. Ali said...:

    What a lovely story, the ring is just beautiful. I am glad to hear that even though she ventured into the unknown marrying a man she didn't know a bit about, that they still made their marriage work. I wish people were more like that these days. Thank you for sharing!

  1. common ground said...:

    I'm so glad this story has a happy ending, and how generous and kind you are to have her with you. The ring is so precious, and I'm guessing that the marriage certificate was theirs. ..so beautiful. Lovely story. Thanks for coming by, Have a great weekend.
    Debra

  1. Alyssa Barnett said...:

    That's a precious ring.
    Thanks for sharing your story!

    Alyssa
    lifeoflyssie.com

  1. Hi Gail,
    What a beautiful story and ring! I'm so glad you've shared this with us today. I was late getting mine on too. But better late than never as they say! Have a wonderful weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  1. A beautiful ring, and beautiful memories. Thank you for sharing, Cass

  1. Wow! That ring is gorgeous. I inherited an antique ring from my great grandmother and I always get comments on it. I'll take it over any huge diamond ring. Thanks for leaving a comment on my site and I hope to hear from you in the future!

  1. Beautiful ring & beautiful story. I am really enjoying seeing & hearing about everyone's heirlooms.

  1. Beautiful Ring...how sweet of her to give it to you. I have my mother-in-law's engagement ring and been wearing it for years. I found out a few months ago that my 19 year old daughter wants it really bad...told her she will get it one day, but not now. Thanks for looking at my blog and the beautiful music you have playing on yours...LOVE it!

    Blessings,
    Linda

  1. Marie said...:

    Hello Gail - what a gorgeous ring! The setting is just beautiful. And what a neat marriage certificate! I'm so glad you have these special things to enjoy and pass along some day.

    Thank you for joining me for the party!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

  1. Barb said...:

    What a wonderful treasure for you to have.
    It is gorgeous!!

    blessings and thanks for coming by
    barbara jean

  1. Pamela said...:

    What a beautiful rind and such a lovely legacy for your daughter.

    Thank you for visiting my blog awhile back, sorry it took me so long to return the visit but I'll be back. I really like your blog.

  1. Pamela said...:

    I meant to ask about the certificate. Did is blog to your husband's grandparents? They are very collectable by the way and are a legacy all their own.

  1. I can tell from reading your story why your grandmother in law wanted you to have the ring. Your warm and loving heart won her over, I am sure. Thank you for this special story. I love hearing of the times of our ancestors. Twyla

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