Tuesday, December 8, 2009

White Wednesday and a special little Nativity












Today I would like to share with you my favorite Christmas decoration in the house. This little clay Nativity was made by my oldest child Kimberlee when she was in fifth grade. She was the only one of my children that was lucky enough to have Mrs. Hendrickson as her teacher. My daughter's class was her last in this little Idaho town. She had been raised here and I believe that this was her first teaching job after graduating college. She and her husband moved from here and she took a teaching job elsewhere, but not before she left her wonderful mark on many students here. One of the things she enjoyed teaching each of her fifth grade classes was working in pottery and baking them in her kiln. I have some sweet little pieces of art made by Kim, with the help of her teacher. This Nativity means so much to me and I love displaying it every Christmas. I'm very lucky that Kim hasn't asked for this little set, because I really don't know that I could part with it. Every year when I unwrap this little trio, I am flooded with memories of my sweet little fifth grader and how proud she was the day she brought this home.
A lot of my Christmas decorations are very humble and wouldn't be worth much at a thrift store, but they have the power to take me back through time and unbury memories that bring back the magic of the season. To me they are priceless!
If you love white like I do, you may want to go to Kathleen's Faded Charm for some real white inspiration.
I wish all of you a wonderful White Wednesday!

63 comments:

fairmaiden said...

It's all so lovely.

jojo said...

what a beautiful treasure!

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh June, I LOVE that nativity!! It is soooo cute! What a wonderful keepsake with so much meaning and heart put into it!! All of your Christmas decor is so beautiful, I love your style so much June!
Hugs,
Amy

A Stitch In Thyme said...

I have a preset notion about how I want to do our little cottage, until I come here to visit you. Then I want to do it all differently. This is good & bad! Beautiful pictures again Junebug. Hugs. Tammy

Jane said...

What wonderful memories to have each time bring out that adorable nativity set. It really is a treasure!
All your whites are beautiful!!
Jane

BellaRosa said...

June amor, how beautiful your nativity is, sometimes what others put lil value on...is what is priceless and unreplaceable to us! I love all your whites as always...but this...well this nativity took the cake! You should do something like that with your grandkids, with that homemade salty playdough, I know I have the recipe here somewhere..I used to teach preschool :) let me know if you want it, you can make all kinds of special memories with them now :) Besos, Rose

maryboys said...

now that is truly special:) and i just love your numbered bottles beside the nativity, too. (i'm so glad you were able to leave a comment recently - i'm just not sure what is wrong or if that's happening to other people...i am not tech savvy at all.) so thanks for being persistent - i love to hear from you...

mary

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh June your nativity is just precious! I was in love with it then read the little story behind it and my what a treasure!! I have several little sweets that my boys made- l was an egg little David carved out of wood after he had broke one of my ceramic ones. Don't you know I love that wood one so much more than the pretty one that broke!

My Wed post will be a tad late as I didn't get pictures taken today and they have to be taken in the daytime in this room!

blessings
mary

The French Bear said...

Stunning and beautiful, all that white makes me feel like I'm in Heaven!!! I love the Nativity set, that is just so precious!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Anne~fiona and twig said...

That nativity is a priceless treasure, I see why you love it so!
Anne

Miss Gracie's House said...

Aww, so so sweet! Everything is so festive and pretty!
Rene'

Connie said...

Beautiful as always, sugar. We got snow but not as much as you probably. Where do you get all this white?! Stunning.
xoxo,
Connie

My Shabby Roses said...

Very sweet June! Those are priceless treasures.

Rebecca said...

Hi June
How wonderful to have such a treasure. The kids and I made a lot of ornaments but only a few survived through the years. Most of them were eaten by a goat we had on the farm, he got into the garage where I had a box of ornaments and ate them as goats will do. Your whites are beautiful this week...
Blessings
Rebecca

GypsyNurse said...

Hi June... Your whites are simply beautiful.. I adore your prisms.. again.. you have out done yourself!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi June, your home is just beautiful, and I love this precious little keepsake from your daughter. Sweet memories created by a child's hand are a more powerful statement of what Christmas really is, than all the glitz and glitter could ever be.
hugs and blessings,
Debra

fräulein klein said...

Dear June, your whites are always so wonderful! So lovely treasures!
Have a nice week, yvonne

The White Bench said...

WOW! This is so precious! I understand what you say about special things which have a meaning to our hearts! When I was a child, I too had a special teacher, I'm so grateful for her.
Hugs, and thanks for your thoughtful comment, June!
Monicax.

Jacqueline said...

Isn't it lovely when that one special teacher makes such an impression on the children.. I have still got a couple of 'Mary's' that my children made when they were about 5. I love all of your white treasures, June.
Have a lovely White Wednesday. XXXX

T's Daily Treasures said...

What an adorable nativity set made even more special by the fact that your daughter crafted it in 5th grade. What a great teacher she had! I love all your whites -- always so pretty. Blessings to you and yours, :) Tammy

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi sweet June,

I can sense the emotion in your words about the sweet nativity scene made by your daughter.

Special memories is such a big part of what I feel the spirit of Christmas is really about.

Of course decorating is FUN too!! Love all your white pretties!

Big Christmas hugs to you!
Sherri:)

Stephenie said...

June,
You really do have such beautiful things.. I love your sweet little nativity and of course I just loooooove your white posts..Those little snowflakes on your mantel are so cute.. Hope all is well..
Stephenie

Lori said...

June, the little nativity is so sweet...and much more wonderful that it was made by your daughter when she was young...that is just precious...your home looks gorgeous as always...your pictures are always so pretty!!!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

I always enjoy your White Wednesdays, June. Your daugher's nativity scene is truly special.

Piney Rose said...

Your whites are one of my favorite things to see! And what memories the little nativity brings back - we must enjoy every moment for they are fleeting!

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Your nativity is a beautiful treasure and the memories are even more precious with it and all your decorations.

Sandy

donna said...

I agree with you...This is a priceless treasure...worth more than any dollar amount.
Those are the kinds of Christmas Decorations that I love the best.
The kind where memories of Christmas Past dwell...that bring a smile to your face each time you pass.
I love your home...It looks very warm and inviting...Like you June...I am always touched by your posts.
I feel blessed to call you "My Friend"
Have a Wonderful Wednesday...donna

Barbara said...

Beautiful! And the Nativity scene was done by your daughter in the 5th grade? What a wonderful teacher that must have been. Your daughter has talent. It's charming!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello June, all of your ornaments and decorations are beautiful... of course my favorite is the little nativity set... you cannot put a value on those things, as they truly are priceless... the memories that go with each special ornament, money cannot buy... love to you... Bisous... Julie marie

Kimberly said...

June, Such a wonderful way with words you have. I love reading your text because I can just imagine myself sitting across your kitchen table with a steaming cup of cocoa listening to you. I do love all of your things and I love looking at them too, but I could listen to you for hours!
Kim

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Aww...so sweet. . .memories of your daughter so young, her teacher so talented and our Lord so great. Keep you trio forever! Have you ever posted your white finches? Would love to see them!

LiLi M. said...

Hi June, I think this is what Christmas decoration is all about, to give light, to take you back to cheerful memories. Of course you cannot part with this set! Have a very happy white Wednesday!

Marilyn said...

This is what precious memories are made of......
Happy Holidays!!
Love,
Marilyn

Deb said...

Such a precious Nativity. What a beautiful gift ~ those made by hand are truly the best. So many sweet memories. I can see why it is one of your favourites ♥

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Oh June! Your pictures today are so inspiring!...and the little Nativity set a total treasure! Your Daughter will never ask for it, she knows is in the best hands!

Lee Laurie said...

Your little nativity is precious and the momories that come with it even more so. I love all of your decorations.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Everything is so lovely June.
I can well understand how the Nativity holds a special place in your heart and your home.
Susan

Faded Charm said...

Beautiful whites once again June. You take breathtaking photos. But the nativity is so adorable and I'm sure it holds so many memories. It's making me think of all the special treasures my kids have made me over the years.

Hope you are staying warm.

Kathleen

Ana said...

Absolutely priceless June. These are the kind of pieces that mean so much and have so much sentimental value. I just think the Nativity your daughter made is precious. And ofcourse, like always...your whites are absolutely stunning. Have a wonderful, wintery, white, Wednesday my sweet friend.

Much love to you,
♥Ana

Riet said...

That is gorgeous and priceless June. I know you don't want to part with it. I like all your other treasures too.
Have a nice day

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

What a wonderful job your daughter has done on the Nativity set. A beautiful memory to treasure always.
~Debra
Blog: The Capers of the Vintage Vixens

Sandi said...

Hi June,
Lovely, lovely whites as always! The nativity is very special and I would hang on to it as long as I could. :)
Hugs~

Diane said...

June, Your white and silver things are gorgeous. I love it all. And your nativity scene is so sweet. That's the way Christmas things should be, I think, very personal.

Fete et Fleur said...

It is these types of decorations that mean the most, the ones that stir our heart, and bring a smile to our face or a tear to our eye. I wouldn't be able to part with it either.

Hugs!
Nancy

Denise said...

oh that is so special. I have a creche that my oldest son made at the cabin our of wood while his dad and grandpa were building the deck. He decorated the front with acorns which have all fallen off and some of the nails are in crooked but I love it so much too when I bring it out every year. I know the feeling you get. I can't wait every Wednesday to see what you have for white Wednesday!!!! Love all your decorations..

sweetpea said...

Hi June. I have every Christmas ornament ever made by my sons and I treasure them as you do that creche. Thanks for yet another peek into your blessed home.

Hugs,

Shelley

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

My Mom's here but your welcome to stay (;
Hugs~Kelly

Tracey said...

Well June that just about brings tears to my eyes...such a lovely post! There is so much nostalgia at Christmas time, so many wonderful memories...I just love that about this time of year! Thank you for sharing this beautiful post with us!!

Happy Wednesday my friend!

:) T

Ann Marie said...

Pretty Christmas White!!
Love it.. and I adore your little nativity... :)
Happy Holidays! XO ~

Vicki said...

Hi, June,
I can see why you treasure that sweet nativity made by Kim. I think these treasures are the very best. Kim was fortunate to have such a creative teacher who nurtured her students' creativity. My favorite subject to teach my students was art. I always enjoy seeing your beautiful home and lovely Christmas decorations. Much love to you!! Vicki

A Fanciful Life said...

Hi June,
I agree with you, the most precious things are not worth a lot of money but so much more in memories. I'm just sad that I no longer have my Christmas things from when I was growing up because there are so many great memories. So glad you have your daughter's decoration.
Sharon :-0

Laura said...

Hi June,
Lovely post! You are so right...it is those humble treasures that evoke special memories that mean the most to me too. I love Kim's sweet nativity and I love hearing how special it is to you!
Take care, Laura

Marie Antionette said...

Hello,I just wanna say that everything is so beautiful here.What a lovely blog.
I want to wish you the merriest Christmas and May God Bless you.
XXOO Marie Antionette

maría cecilia said...

Hi dear June, beautiful whites, wonderful pictures, and lovely pottery nativity of your 5th grader girl... hope she doesn´t ask you for her crafts, at least not in a long time so you can enjoy it much more and remember the days when she was a child.
Lots of hugs to you my friend.
Marìa Cecilia

Marydon Ford said...

June ~ As always your decor is beyond breathtaking, but that nativity moves my heart ...

I posted my special nativity today also. I love things that were saved from the children. I wouldn't trade them for the world, they melt me.

TY for inspiring & sharing your inner beauty & exquisite home.

Merry Christmas, TTFN ~ Marydon

Rita said...

Hi June,
great post and gorgeous whites as usual. Your lil nativity is so precious and full of memories. Thanks for sharing. You brought me back in time when my daughter, now a teenager, was in primary school and used to make little treasures which we still have and cherish.
Have a nice evening
rita

koralee said...

Oh how I love all your whites...and that nativity is so so darling. I cherish all the special Christmas crafts my children have made over the years.Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Anne Marie said...

that sounds so bittersweet for me! i don't like the kids getting big.....my little 5 yr. old told me she doesn't want to celebrate her 6th birthday.....so she doesn't have to grow up....

FINE BY ME!!

so cute that you saved it...

*you might just get your wish with staying here......just keep your fingers crossed for that barn/guest house to be built!!*

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Boy June I've missed so many posts!! lovely catching up to them. I needed a little boost!
I just late last night got out my own ornaments. My favorite part too is remembering the memories of each one too.
xox,
Carole

French-Kissed said...

Such a precious and priceless nativity set! It is truly beautiful. I love seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child.
~jermaine~

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Hugs
Maria Cecilia

Jodie LeJeune said...

Awe June...
I just love it! 5th grade? wow! I don't think I could ever part with it either. I think I'd leave it out year around. But then I'd be scared something would happen to it. It's amazing how the simplest things can be so treasured. Priceless~
everything vintage

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