Whoa Nelly! What a 12 months we’ve had since I have been here last. I have to admit there were several times that I didn’t think I would have another September Box with my mom. Bleak and uncertain times. But I am beyond happy to say that each week since the start of summer has been an improvement. Mom even drove to my house for our annual September Box exchange. What a beautiful time it is to be together.
I cherish this tradition. Even more so this year.
I truly love the year long preparation of mom’s September Box. I tuck away little finds throughout the year and as September nears, I pull out the stash and see what I might need to add to it, or more likely, what do I need to pull out and give for Christmas!
We both always include something handmade. Nothing that either one of us ever spoke of when we started this tradition, but something we have always done.
This is the first year that we both gave each other a small quilt. And we both gave each other some lavender. A first! Great minds think alike.
We both also buy items from artisans we follow on Instagram or Etsy. Another thing we just both happen to do…
Add little things that we pick up at estate sales, local shops, or from shopping our own stash and it all adds up to a collection of thoughtful gifts.
And carefully wrapped…. and carefully unwrapped.
Sharing stories of the items, we take our time and relish each minute.
Having a special lunch date with just the two of us is gift enough. But add the September Box and it makes it an event!
Especially this year.
Especially with mom.
PS. To read about how our tradition started many years ago… 9 years ago, click here.
Your mother looks like our sweet Dian. How could she have grandchildren?
She is so beautiful!
O Katie. I have missed your posts so much – & your Sept. Box e change has always been my favorite. So glad you are posting again & you & your mom are continuing your special box gift lunch tributes to each other. I have big smile on my face & in my heart! Seriously! I can feel it.
You both look great!! Beautiful,. Healthy & happy!! That is especially good to see.. thank you for the pleasure of seeing & learning about this year’s gift box. Look vforward to future posts you may share, too. God bless you both & keep you smiling.
Thank you Jerry. I have missed writing as well but it was nice to have a break. Thank you for your encouragement to me. Katey
This was such good news to hear that your Mom is doing well. I love your traditional September boxes. It reminds me of the love I had for my beloved Mother.
Thank you Joy. She is doing so much better these days. Thankful for moms. Katey
I always love these special love boxes! Get excited to see who gets what! Love it! Your mom looked great! May GOD bless you both! Thanks for all you share! Much love !
Thank you Jo. She does look great! Thank you always for your kind words and encouragement. Love you. Katey
Oh Katey! I have that little wicker purse. It was mine as a young teen. Yours looks like it is in better condition than mine. I love this tradition you and Dian share. So precious.
Thank you Karen. Was yours a sewing box too? I found it at a local antique store. That was her “box” this year, filled with small things. Katey
So very beautiful…your tradition, your relationship, your thoughtful gifts, and your luncheon. This is a rare beautiful gift you both bring to the table…Thank you for sharing. xoxo
Thank you Frankie! You have this gift too. Your gifts are so thoughtful and wrapped and presented so beautifully. Thank you. Katey
Thank you for all your wonderful warm words and your pictures of our September happening! My favorite tradition. It fills my heart that your thoughts are the same as mine. I am so blessed.