Saturday, January 5, 2013

Gratitude


It's the perfect time to link to Linda's blog on a subject that hit home today--gratitude.  I have so many things I'm thankful for, but today in the mail came a box from my daughter, Erin.  She had bound my blog in three volumes (okay Ann, now my recipes are published:-D)!

The first volume was actually my Christmas present in 2010 after Kelly passed away.  The photo on the front was the last Christmas that we were all together at our home in Redmond.
I had given my girls silicone rolling pins and Kelly had started a blog for all of us to do--The Baker's Dozen

This photo, on the back cover, is me cooking in Kelly's kitchen in Kentucky with both the grands!


The second volume with the photo of pumpkin pie on the front cover is a memory that it would have been Kelly's 40th birthday and she always asked for pumpkin pie!

The back cover photo is when I was at Erin's house and Maddie and I had baked cookies together
The third volume has the photo of the 100th apron I have made--a very special milestone!  The back cover is a photo of the grands when they were here this passed summer at Camp Mimi's.  A memorial time that I wouldn't trade for anything.

Gratitude abounds for this incredible gift from my dearest daughter with this message from her:
  
"Dear Mom,
I may not always comment, but I love reading your blog and
I'm so proud of you.  Your creativity inspires me every day
and your stories and reflections are a treasure.
Love always, Erin"

It truly has been a very special day and I know that my mother's love of baking, which she passed on to me, will go on with other generations...and I'm grateful, XOXO 

42 comments:

  1. What a sweet and thoughtful daughter! And these books are perfect for enjoying your blog for years to come! I'm thankful to be part of the sisterhood! Sweet hugs!

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  2. What a beautiful gift. Erin is one smart cookie, just like her mom. I am very happy for you! You have been an inspiration in my life.

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  3. Susan this is such an amazing gift! I love that she split it up into volumes and choose the best photos for the covers and the back. Erin is such a loving daughter, of course with you as a Mom it's not a surprise. I am so thankful to you for linking this to my Gratitude party. Sending you a big hug! Linda

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  4. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift. There is nothing more precious then words of gratitude.

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  5. Glad you like them! Love you! - Erin

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  6. What a beautiful gift, Susan. More beautiful...her message to you.

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  7. What a beautiful, special gift. Erin is clearly a very special person, just like her mom. Love you!! xoxoxox

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  8. Oh sweet daughter of yours...what a gift. What an amazing gift. No wonder your heart is filled with gratitude. Such a treasure to cherish and enjoy. A family heirloom!

    One hundred aprons and counting...how many more have you done? That's truly incredible. Wahhhh...I don't want to pack my apron up...she may have to stay out through February.

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  9. That's a wonderful gift, Susan.
    My kids gave me two books with six months each of my blog....one was for my birthday, the other was for Christmas. I told them they'd never catch up! But my daughter said they would......that'll be my presents for every occasion from now on. Sounds good to me! Susan

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  10. oh my goodness, this is the sweetest gift i've ever seen. what treasures, your books and erin. thank you for sharing susan.

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    1. Lori ann, we both have great kids that are the light of our lives! I still can't believe she did this...there are a lot of recipes (and stories) in these volumes!

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  11. What a wonderful gift, Susan! Very thoughtful and sweet of Erin.

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  12. Fabulous! I love these...So special. Erin did a lovely job on these for you, Susan. We're all so lucky to be able to share your love of baking, this blog, and your family with you. :) Lv, me

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  13. What a wonderful and amazing gift you received. What a great way your daughter had to express her love for you. Beautiful, beautiful..

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  14. Oh my goodness Susan, what a lovely gift from your daughter! Tears of joy for you my friend--Our children have a way of touching us like no one else. What a thoughtful daughter you have raised! xoxo ♥
    Martha Ellen

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  15. What a wonderful and meaningful gift your daughter gave you! I'm sure it will be something you will always treasure.

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  16. Hi Susan, What a wounderful gift for you. I still can't buy them at a bookstore. Love you Ann

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  17. Hi Susan,
    I'm popping over to meet you after reading about the beautiful apron Vee won in your giveaway.
    Though I am just meeting you, I am so touched by this post. Your daughter's gift is so thoughtful and heartfelt. What a wonderful and memorable gift this is.

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  18. What a lovely post, so emotional. God bless

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  19. What a wonderfully thoughtful gift. I am visiting from Vee's blog. The apron she won was just beautiful.
    Penny

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  20. I am visiting from Vee's blog. The apron you sent her is beautiful.

    Beth

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    1. Good news for you...once you comment, you are entered to win the next apron, XOXO

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  21. I, too, am visiting from Vee's blog and I've been across our country and right back here in your backyard. I live in Kenmore. What a sweet gift from your daughter and lovely sentiment. Blessings on the new year...

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    1. You really are a neighbor! We should bake together:-D

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  22. I'm so glad Vee shared a link to your blog. My eyes are a bit misty, but I'm also thinking of all I have to be thankful for. I'll be back to visit more often.

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  23. I am visiting from Vee's blog today for the first time. What a beautiful gesture from your daughter. Wonderful memories for you. Your aprons are really beautifully done. Blessings, Pamela

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    1. Thank you Pamela. My mother wore aprons every time she cooked and when I got married, she cut a pair of apron strings from one of her favorite aprons, and gave them to me. She passed away when I was only 37 and I feel as much as the apron strings were her way of letting me go, they mean a way of holding on to her. Giving away the aprons each month honors who spirit of giving and baking, XOXO

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  24. I love that your daughter had your blog posts made into books! What treasures. Do you mind sharing what company she used?

    I'm visiting here fro the first time...sent by our mutual friend, Vee. I'll be back. :)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. The company is called SharedBook. I don't have an address, but I'm sure you can find it on google.
      The three volumes are just amazing and I've spent the weekend rereading most of the posts--very emotional, but I'm happy that they will be there for my grands to know where they came from, XOXO

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  25. From Eastern Washington...thats where I romp around too. Visiting here via Vee =)

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    1. We're neighbors...kind of! Just separated by a lot of snow right now:-D

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  26. I'm dropped in from Vee's blog and I'm so glad I did. What a sweet treasure your daughter made for you.
    I do love your aprons!
    Hugs,
    Cathie

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  27. Vee sent me over today and I'm so glad for the visit! Susan, your love and honor for your Mom has given you generational blessings which will continue to your daughters, grands and beyond. Thank you for sharing and shining in the gifts God has given you! How precious the memories that you and your girls have shared, even in the absence of one so very dear. So nice to meet you!

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  28. Wonderful tribute and fabulous bread!

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  29. Hi, I just found your blog. and I love this post! I bound the first two years of my blog into a book a couple of months ago and am excited to put the rest of the it in more volumes as I can afford it. I do love your blog and hope to follow and read more posts throughout the year! God bless you!

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  30. Your daughter has given you a wonderful gift by making your posts into a book! I am visiting from Vee's blog and the apron she won is beautiful! I love the title of your blog, it has so much meaning. We who have had "good" mothers are blessed more than we will ever know! All the best to you in 2013!! I will be back to visit.

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  31. Aw, lucky lady! Great gift idea from your daughter! I hope to publish my blog someday - it'll probably cost an arm and a leg, but I'm going to do it!

    I'm hopping by from Vee's place - she is SO proud of her new apron! It IS beautiful and I know she'll enjoy it so much! I copied her idea several years ago - how she keeps her aprons on the pantry door. I put up a sweet little wrought iron set of hooks on my kitchen door and I've been adding to my collection, too! I have a couple of aprons from my grandmothers, and for some reason, I started picking up vintage aprons at garage sales! Anyway, very nice to meet you! I'll have to follow along with Vee! She's a dear friend - but I'm sure you know that! Come see me sometime! Happy New Year!

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  32. Came over from Vee's at her suggestion and singing your praises. That is a most beautiful Christmas apron indeed. How wonderful to have your Mother's own personal recipes to fall back on.

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  33. What a beautiful gift from a beautiful daughter. I want to get my own blog done up like that so I have a hard copy somewhere. Wow, so many amazing recipes on your blog. :)

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  34. What a lovely gift of sweet memories from a loving daughter.

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