Mom and I have been exchanging September Boxes for five years!! Once an idea, has now become a tradition and we both look forward too each year.
This year we met at my house and mom brought some soup she had made. I set the table up pretty with linens and flowers and made a plate of fruits and cheeses. This year was no less exciting than the first year!
We each fill a tin or cigar box with little treasures we have selected for one another. (To read the history on this click here).
Mom gave me a tin that was my great grandmother’s sewing box. I can remember Tease having it when I was a little girl and then my mom using it ever since then. A loooong time.
Presentation is everything….. and mom is the queen of presentation!
And it was full of many lovely things…. Mom made this pin cushion using fabrics from a quilt we made together for Ali’s graduation. (She is going to be an elementary teacher and the quilt pattern was “Color Me Crayons”)
And then Mom’s box…
I try to have a theme but it doesn’t always pan out but at least it’s a starting point. This year it started with an old silver plated napkin ring that I bought several years ago at the World’s Longest Yard Sale. Engraved on it was “Mother”. I looked here and there for Mother things. Some I got on eBay or etsy and a few I picked up at local antique stores.
A finished sampler given to me from Charlotte Lyons when mom was in the hospital. I did almost all of it at her bedside, but finished the last bit for her box. Perhaps the sweetest little vase ever….
My favorite part of this tradition is that I am consciously keeping mom in mind when I’m out and about shopping at estate sales or antique shops and then getting to sit down with her and share these things. It’s just about my favorite thing we do!
I often hear from women they want to start this tradition. I hope they have. Anytime that we can set aside a time to be with a loved one is a worthy time. And opening gifts is just icing on the cake.
Beautiful and special!
Thank you Lynne. I know you have a special relationship with your Abbey. It means the world to me to have a mom that is a friend. Katey
Everything is so lovely, enjoyed this so much!
I can only imagine what a september box would look like from you or your mom. You guys find the coolest things. Katey
i love you both so much! that is why i love reading this – i can picture you both at the table, radiant with love for one another xx
Thank you Nina. That is a beautiful image. Love you. xo
Can hardly wait to see what each box has in it! Always soo sweet and beautiful ! Envy your precious relationship! May God bless you both!
Thank you Jo. We figure we buy each other little surprises all year long anyway so why not put them all together in a box! Katey
Love this tradition you have with your Mamma and what exquisite choices for gifts. I can just imagine the stories behind each hand picked piece. What a special treat to receive a Charlotte Lyons embroidered piece and that little dog and bird vase is adorable.
Thank you Constanza. I think you must have a good relationship with your children. I bet you have your own neat traditions. Thank you for your kind words that are always encouraging to me. Katey
So wonderful. Love your sweet tradition…of honoring each other in such a thoughtful way. XOX
Thank you Frankie. I think it’s an extra special tradition. I hope your visit with your mom goes well and she is doing good. Katey