I realize the apple has a crack in it. It also has my name written by my great grandma. She gave these to all of the great grandchildren when I was a little girl. I have held onto it ever since. One of the last times I talked to my great grandma she told me that she prayed for each of us grand kids by name every night and I know she did. Seeing this apple on my tree brings sweet memories of her.
This First Christmas Together ornament was given to me by my friend Teresa. I started babysitting for her when I was 12 years old and her little girl was 18 months old. This ornament came with a Focus on the Family book. Teresa's family has always been precious to me (even though I am terrible at keeping in touch) and seeing this ornament reminds me of them and the summer I lived with them. :)
This angel just joined our collection a few days ago. It is painted in reverse and was gifted to us by a sweet neighbor. I just think this is beautiful!
When I was growing up my mom collected owls. She had 20 or 30 sitting in our front 9 panel picture window for as long as I can remember. I saw this sweet little owl and thought of her and added this one this year.
This precious, delicate angel was given to me by my friend Andrea. We did our masters degree together at Azusa Pacific. It was a difficult year but she was a strong woman. She lost her mom that year and it was the first time I had a friend I was close to, who lost a parent. There were times when I had no words to be able to comfort her. Like I said she is a strong woman and a great friend and this little angel reminds me of her every time I see it.
These are just a few of my favorites. Maybe next year I will share a few more. :) Do you have favorite ornaments with stories behind them or all of your coordinated balls? Both are fun I just happen to like my stories and the memories they hold.