My Grandma Sundquist’s Christmas Cup

I have certain possessions of other family members that have passed on that I treasure dearly. They don’t have a dollar value, but they do have a memory value. Memories don’t have a price tag. They are priceless.

When my Grandma Sundquist passed away, I was blessed to receive a few items that belonged to her. The one I enjoy this time of year is a coffee cup.

What is so special about a coffee cup? First of all, it was my grandma’s. Secondly, it is a Christmas cup. I enjoy drinking coffee during the Christmas season from her cup. That may sound silly to you. But, I can picture her drinking coffee from this cup. I can’t say that I remember that. I don’t. I wish I did. So, I use my imagination. I have such wonderful memories of her! And, yes, she enjoyed coffee or hot tea in the mornings. I am not a hot tea fan, but I love coffee! I am enjoying a cup at this moment from grandma’s cup.

This morning, while drinking coffee, I have been taking a trip down memory lane. Grandma would hang a stocking for each of her grandkids on the hand rail of the stairs. I love stocking gifts. Jeff and I still put something in each other’s stocking! But, the stocking at grandma’s was so special, because it came from grandma! I also remember getting pajamas from grandma. I don’t know if kids today consider pajamas much of a gift, but I did. I actually looked forward to getting new pajamas!

I hope all of you are making memories this year, and reminiscing of the years gone by. I find myself reflecting back to all the Christmases I have been blessed to have, and all of the people I shared them with. Especially those that are gone now. The love shared and the memories made with them are precious. I believe that is how we keep them alive, in our hearts, minds and our soul. Never to be lost, always to be cherished.

I wish all of you the Merriest of Christmases! Hug your loved ones and make the best of memories! God bless all of you!

My grandma’s coffee cup. Photo credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Life is the Memories Made

I remember being a young child and loving Christmas! I couldn’t wait for Christmas morning to come to tear into the presents under the tree!

Those days are long gone. Now I can’t wait to see Christmas through the eyes of Penelope and Rowen. I love it when kids still believe in Santa Claus! Oh the innocence of a child. There isn’t anything more precious than a child. Especially a grandchild!

We celebrate every holiday with Whitney and her family. We make each and every one special! I take many pictures, capturing every memory to cherish forever! I also write every moment down in my journal. I write everything in my life in my journal. I think it is very important to document the events of my life to look back on, but also to leave for those who live after me to read and keep so they know more about me. I love to write, so my journal is very extensive.

I also love all of the lights at Christmas. The new lights on Oakland’s Main Street are just beautiful! Good job Oakland! Jeff and I have drove around a few times looking at the many light displays around Oakland and other communities. There are so many beautiful homes full of lights, Santas, nativity scenes and on and on. I feel like a little kids when I look at all of them! I just love it!

We have 2 projectors lighting our house! And some lights on the fence. We aren’t as fancy as some people, but simple is the name of the game at our age! I light up the inside of our house too. Besides the two trees we have up, there are lights on the fireplace mantle, a lighted wreath on the door, many snow globes that have lights, Christmas houses with lights and sound and a Thomas Kinkaid tree that is ceramic and has a train that goes around and around it along with Santa and his sled with the reindeer going around the top of the tree. It has sound and lights too! Penelope loves to turn on all of my toys! So do I!

I hope everyone enjoys the lights and the magic of the season! Make all of the memories you can with the loved ones who are a part of your life! Take the pictures, write the memories down, do whatever makes your heart content. Enjoy every moment because it will be gone in the blink of an eye.

I have been taking time each day to remember my loved ones who are no longer here. I pray to them and remember the precious times I had with them. That is life. Memories.

May this Christmas be a special one for all of you! I know it will be for me. I am so thankful for the loved ones in my life. I have learned so much along the way. Life isn’t about things, it is about the people in your life. You can’t take things with you. But, when you leave this earth, your soul will be full of memories.

Don’t miss a single one!



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