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Monday, December 20, 2010

Well this sure was special!

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know about the reconnection of Mike and his Dad after 17-18 years.  It has been wonderful and honestly I feel like he has always been in our lives. 
After meeting him and getting to know him, genetics cannot be denied, and to quote Paul ( Mike's DAD) "that's a good thing".
Well getting to my post
His lovely wife Donna has been an added bonus to our lives.  I could not ask for another better Mother in law.  I enjoy her company, her wit, and her kind, kindred nature.  Donna recently asked me if I would like to have a Nativity set.  It was not only made by her, but she had given it to her MOM, who enjoyed it for many years.  
Since her Mom has passed the set went back to Donna and has been in their basement since.
For one thing, I do not have a nativity set, and for two, everyone seems to know where to call when they want to give something special away. US!!. 
I would take any and all of them, but unless someone is willing to give us a new home of sentiment, than I can't do it anymore. 
SO Donna this was the last of many special things given to us. 
I say that now, until someone asks again.  I just adore everything of sentiment. Thank you:)

I set up the scene,  and Donna was kind enough to send us pictures of how her Mom had it. It is gorgeous and all hand made. In fact Donna won awards for this back in the day.   And hey give Donna lots of KUDOS for this, I am sure she is happy to see it.  
Although, not displayed like her Moms on a FP, I did find a nice safe place for it, and we can enjoy it just the same.
When sitting on the couch, the table I put the Nativity  on is within perfect view. Every one who has come in the house has noticed it. 

I just love it, I tried to get some close ups but because of the sun and the glare they did not turn out.

 This picture was taken from the loft area. I get to enjoy this nativity from up above!

  Thank you Donna! We will treasure it for years to come!

Debbie XXX000



Blogger Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Just beautiful, Debbie! And such a sentimental keepsake.

December 20, 2010 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger HollyC said...

Hi Debbie! What a special gift and you have it displayed beautifully! Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2010 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Debbie, such a very special gift indeed. She made that? Wow! It is beautiful in its new home.

December 20, 2010 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a nice gift - so pretty! She is very talented.

December 20, 2010 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

What a beautiful nativity, Debbie! You have it arranged so pretty too. ♥

December 20, 2010 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Those look beautiful!

My mom made a Nativity set for both of my grandparents and herself before I was born. I LOVE them and am hoping to get one of my grandparent's sets one day so I can finally have a Nativity set.

December 20, 2010 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Wow, I love th size of it, most are so small. Lucky you! Merry Christmas.

December 20, 2010 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a wonderful and special gift! It looks beautiful! I love pieces with a family history!

December 20, 2010 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

HI Deb, I am so sorry I ahven't been here, yes! we are all crazy busy! I just got my cards mailed TODAY, and gifts wrapped TODAY!!!! I am way behind where I should be! I wish you and your sweet family a VERY Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! I am so happy that you have Mike's Dad and his wife in your lives now! That is so special. The nativity is GORGEOUS, thanks for sharing it with us!!!! XO, Pinky

December 20, 2010 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Beautiful, Debbie! What a wonderful gift!

December 20, 2010 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

What a special gift! It is just and I love how you have put your special touch on it!

December 20, 2010 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Pam Kessler said...

She is one talented lady. I love the feathers. Very pretty idea.

December 20, 2010 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Linda @ A La Carte said...

Truly a treasure Debbie! I am glad you found room for it and have it displayed so beautifully. hugs, Linda

December 20, 2010 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

The Nativity set is beautiful, Debbie--the feathers give it an ethereal look. It's definitely something that I know you will cherish for many years. Merry CHRISTmas from your Hillbilly friend!

December 20, 2010 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger La said...

Hi Debbie!

What a lovely gift, both visually and sentimentally. I know you will enjoy it for many years.

Merry Christmas! La

December 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

How so special Deb, I love it. My Mom carved each of us kids (3) a nativity set and it took her a whole year for each one and it is my very very favorite thing at Christmas.

December 20, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's gorgeous! She MADE it?? How? Seriously. How? (my mouth is still open, so I'll wait for your answer.)

December 20, 2010 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger cleanfreak said...

Very heartwarming, very meaningful. Gotta just love that!

December 20, 2010 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Lizabeth said...

Oh I love that! I also have one that Dan's Mom made for us years ago. I chose a new one this year and did not display hers. Those are beautiful pieces, she did a lovely job on them! I love the sun beaming down in the picture, what a beautiful moment!
I'm glad for you both that there has been a reunion with his father, I don't know the story, but life is short and things like this are wonderful to see and hear about! Merry Christmas, Liz

December 20, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such a precious keepsake and what a wonderful post. Just lovely. Thanks for linking to TTT and I hope you have a very Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

December 20, 2010 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

That surely is beautiful. I only have one nativity that I hand painted myself in a ceramic class I used to go to, I'd never say no if someone wanted to pass on another one to me ;-)

December 20, 2010 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger angnuzz said...

Looks great with the boa snow!

December 20, 2010 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger linda said...

what a lovely and touching gift it is truely the prettest one i have ever seen i know it will be treasured in your home

December 20, 2010 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger said...

What a special gift.It is beautiful-your mil is very talented and I love the colours she used.

December 20, 2010 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

That's a gorgeous nativity set! What an absolute treasure.

December 20, 2010 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

Beautiful.. Love the colors that were used and you choose a great place for it..

December 20, 2010 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger SmilingSally said...

Just special, Deb.

Blessed Christmas, my good blogging friend!

December 20, 2010 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Wow! What a beautiful nativity! Beautifully displayed, too! :)

December 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Stunning! And the way you displayed it with the feathers is perfect...what a precious heirloom!

Lou Cinda

December 20, 2010 at 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow that is one of the most beautiful nativities I have seen. What an amazing gift!

December 20, 2010 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger xinex said...

What a beautiful Nativity Donna gave you, Debbie. You found a perfect place for it too. I am so happy to hear about the reconnection, that's always exciting. And thanks for your comforting words about Calvin. Merry Christmas to you and your family!..Christine

December 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

There is nativity sets and then there is nativity sets.....This one is gorgeous!!! In a feathery nest.


December 20, 2010 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Shelly {makingthemomentmatter} said...

What a gorgeous nativity! It is especially great since it has sentimental value.

December 20, 2010 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

How sweet of her to think of you, it is beautiful and you have it displayed with your own special touch!

December 20, 2010 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

That is such a beautiful nativity set! How very special for you and your family.
Hope you all are staying warm and having a very Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2010 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Beautiful, Debbie! I'm like you. I love gifts with sentiment. Merry Christmas! ~ Sarah

December 21, 2010 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

Debbie- What a beautiful old set...and how perfect that it came to you-someone knowing how much you would love and treasure it. I am so happy for the reunion of family. They don't always all turn out so good...and I am thrilled for all of you. So the kids have a new granddad too!?! I hope that is just as happy of a connection.

Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family...xxoo Diana

December 21, 2010 at 1:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How sweet that she thought of you to give it too!

Loved touring your wonderful home too!!

Have a blessed Christmas!

bee blessed

December 21, 2010 at 2:00 AM  
Blogger cheeky rose said...

A lovely family keepsake and I am sure if a house comes along it will have a place in threre too.

December 21, 2010 at 3:34 AM  
Blogger People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

It's truly lovely, Debbie! And I adore what you said about Donna's kind, kindred spirit. A lovely description for a wonderful 'new' family member.

December 21, 2010 at 5:12 AM  
Blogger Haverford House said...

Hey Debbie, what a beautiful story! Your new nativity set looks perfect how you've displayed it - as everything you do! Merry Christmas! ~Marcy

December 21, 2010 at 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful gift with special meaning, Debbie.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

December 21, 2010 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

I knew it! What a pretty nativity set. I love the colors of this set. She did a wonderful job making that. Now tell me the truth though, the boa is totally you right? Her mother did not do that too. That's a Debbiedoos if I've ever seen one! I love it! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

December 21, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger MJ said...

Hey Deb.....Im so surprised that you dont already have a nativity set. We both have a love of things religious and your home decor definately shows that (love it) But hey for your 1st set that is a fabulous one to have. The figures are beautiful they look like Lladro...just beautiful!

December 21, 2010 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger MJ said...

By the way thanks so much for your comment on my BFF list. Of all the bloggers in blogland I knew you would get it. Your an awesome lady with a beautiful family (including the awesome in-laws) and one day we'll get together for lunch! Happy Holidays!!

December 21, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

That is so lovely and definitely something special! How sweet of your MIL to give it to you:) I love the feathers, cute!!!

December 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger Olive said...

That is a splendid Nativity and from a special person. Happy Christmas♥

December 21, 2010 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Debbie, it is just a beautiful set and you have displayed it wonderfully! What a touching story! Have a Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Gorgeous !

December 21, 2010 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Hey Debbie!!

What a special keepsake!!! Great workmanship on it too. I love Nativities!

December 21, 2010 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

What a beautiful nativity set -How wonderful that this was given to you -I bet your childrn love the set esp baby Jesus

December 21, 2010 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

What a beautiful nativity!!! I especially love the ones that are handmade too...there's just so much meaning behind it.

Have a very Merry Christmas!!!

December 22, 2010 at 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something to cherish for sure Debbie.


December 22, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

what a pretty set -- I love the way you displayed them with the feathers. How special this gift is.

December 22, 2010 at 9:38 AM  

Merry Christmas Debbie - to you and your family - and BEST wishes for you in the upcoming NEW year!!

xo Lynda

December 22, 2010 at 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

I am glad that I found the perfect family member to give this nativity set to, someone who will cherish it as much as my Mom did.
I made it in ceramics in 1977 and the style is call Copenhagen and it took over a year to finish. My teacher took it to a show and I won first prize

December 22, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
This is a special gift for the Christmas Holidays, you did a Beautifuly job. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas lol

December 23, 2010 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

That is beautiful! What a very special addition to your holiday decor. I also LOVED your table all ready for Christmas. Merry Christmas sweet girl!!

December 23, 2010 at 7:20 PM  

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