I am not a collector of antiques. I don't collect beautiful little things like so many of you do. My son used to ask me what I collect, so he'd know what to get me. I said I mostly collect dust!
But I do have quite a few pictures of ancestors, and recently gained some more. My brother scanned a lot of pictures and passed them on to me. My very first Show and Tell was a picture accompanied by a great story from my husband's family. You can find it here, if you're interested.
This wedding picture is my mother's grandparents. I wish I knew the years these were taken.
Here they are with both of their children - my grandma sitting on her daddy's knee.
This is my mom's grandparents on her dad's side.
This is a cousin gathering on my dad's side - his mom and dad with the offspring. It was taken when all our missionary cousins were home for their every-four-year furlough. I am on the far left, with my slip showing under my wonderful green taffeta Christmas dress with plaid trim. I loved that dress. My oldest brother (two years behind me) is sitting on Grandpa's lap, my sister is right below him, also with glasses, and my second brother is on Grandma's lap. Our baby brother had not arrived yet. Note how several are holding up their little gifts from Grandma and Grandpa. They didn't spend much money on Christmas gifts. But we had a wonderful time together with delicious food and so much fun. I need to write about those days. (We learned after Grandma died that she "hoarded" Christmas gifts that she received - they were too nice to wear, etc. She also had quite a large amount of money that none of her children knew about when she went into the nursing home and it was all used for her care. I am glad she wasn't aware that this happened, because I know she was saving it for her children).
Moving from the past to the present - and the future generation. (The Apron Queen just brought it to my attention that the couples in the antique pictures above would be great-great-great grandparents of the twins below!)
Emma and Kate will be 4 months old next Wednesday - it seems like yesterday and it seems like forever. It is an amazing contrast. They are developing amazing little personalities and are smiling and cooing. It's hard to catch the smiles, but I managed a couple.
On Wednesdays, Kristen and I switch schedules and the kids spend the morning with me - the twins arrive around 6:45 - this time all smiles and messy dried-milky faces. So precious!
They're sleeping longer hours! They've slept 8-9 hours straight for the last two nights. Kristen is delirious with joy for a little more sleep. She looks so much more alive! If you want to hear her comical take on it, please go visit her here.
For more Friday Show and Tell stories, stop by Kelli's blog, There Is No Place Like Home.