Monday, January 4, 2016

Jet Lag Post

Hello everyone.  We are back in Japan after spending two weeks in Kansas City with our family.  The 3:00 am wake up this morning is getting to me and it's only 9:00 am!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  We enjoyed being with our girls and parents.

One thing we ended up doing was going through my MIL's collections and splitting them up between the sons and their families.  She's been gone almost a year, which is so hard to believe.  She loved beautiful things and I thought I'd show you some of them.  None of these photos were taken with the blog in mind, so they are not the best, but they will give you an idea.
I really wanted this lovely portrait of her when she was four.  It is rather large and since we are not living in our home right now, my BIL took it.  He didn't know that the doll in the basket was still in her possession so we found it and he took it with him.  This was hanging on a large wall above the stairs, it is almost full size.  
I did however leave with this beautiful painting.  I believe it was painted by a cousin or Aunt. My daughter is willingly storing it while we are in Japan. It's such a sacrifice.

My MIL had a lovely collection of dolls and some half dolls.  I came home with the half dolls.  These photos are not inclusive.  I brought some of the little ones without their pincushions to Japan with me.
My MIL also had a lot of beautiful jewelry, mostly costume. This ring however, was promised to my husband from his Grandmother. My MIL wore it all the time. I believe she had it reset at some point, but the diamonds were her mother's wedding setting. We ended up with other jewelry, but I haven't taken more photos.  

Lesson learned, document everything!  Write names on photos.  Maybe I should say, print off the photos AND then write the names. Write down your stories. Tell your children where things came from and who gets them. Be specific. It was difficult not knowing what was real and what was costume jewelry.  Fortunately, we had no arguments between siblings regarding who wanted what.  Probably because it was all brothers. I didn't put up a stink about the portrait. Aren't you proud of me?

* Sorry, Melinda that I didn't get a chance to meet up with you.  Between the weather and a health scare, the time ran out.  


  1. What beautiful pieces and the setting for the ring! I have my grandmother's wedding ring that I adore. Glad your travels came and went safely. Hope they weren't too frazzling. At this time, my husband is traveling to Thailand for two-weeks work in February. Since I will be retired, I will likely go with him. I'm just trying to survive 18 more work days. ;0)

  2. I'm glad you had a great trip - LOVE the portrait, and LOVE the half-dolls...they are beautiful!

  3. Everythjng is so pretty.
    The ring us gorgeous.

    No problem, hope everyone is ok.
    Maybe next time.

    M : )

  4. Welcome home. The painting and portrait are gorgeous! It's so nice your husband was gifted a family heirloom. It is beautiful - wear it in good health. Blessings - Donna

  5. somehow i missed this post..!
    i'm thankful you have some precious things to help remind you of your mother in law. doubly thankful there were no 'challenges' to particular items. very rare! and you're right, ensure written history is kept with treasures!!!

    your ring is oh so similar to one given me by my mother in law. art deco .. same style as yours. looks beautiful on your hand...


Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. Please say hello while you are here. It would be so wonderful to meet you.


Related Posts with Thumbnails