Thankful At Home Tour

11.03.2014

It's November and with Thanksgiving not too far away it's time to think about what we are thankful for. As part of this Thankful At Home Tour we were asked to share something in our home that we give thanks for. 

I never knew Mr. Savvy's mother because she passed away when he was only fifteen years old. I am sure I would have loved her. How could you not love a woman who had ten children? She had to be very special to raise ten kids.

Mr. Savvy is the youngest boy of three and the number nine of the children. There were seven girls and three boys.

Several of the ten have passed away over the years. There were never all ten living in the same house since the ages were rather spread out. There is twenty eight  years from the first born to the last.

My husband grew up with it being only he and his younger sister since the rest were already married and raising their own children.

My husband grew up poor, but that didn't stop him or many of his siblings from becoming successful as adults. I am so very proud of my husband for striving to be the best he could be.

Even when we got married we didn't have a lot, but we worked hard and have achieved much over the years. Still, we are certainly not filthy rich by any means, but are wealthy in other ways with being blessed with our families and the times we gather together especially at the holidays.

So why am I talking about my family and sharing photos of this hutch in my master bath?

Because this hutch was my mother in law's and we are proud to have it in our home. Of course it wasn't painted when she owned it. This was a plain pine piece and Mr. Savvy told me it was okay to paint it years ago.

Each day I get to look at these future generations of our family displayed in this wonderful hutch that the mister was very lucky to keep. 
Hopefully I will get some updated photos soon since these are a couple years old. (Hint hint, kids)

Do you have any special family heirlooms in your home that you are thankful for?



I hope you will check out the others participating in this tour each day.

Monday, Nov. 3
Funky Junk Interiors
French Country Cottage
Lilacs and Longhorns
Maison de Pax

Tuesday, Nov. 4
My Soulful Home
On Sutton Place
  Cedar Hill Farmhouse

   Wednesday, Nov. 5
Stone Gable
At the Picket Fence
Top This Top That
Housepitality Designs
Debbiedoos
   

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48 comments:

  1. What a lovely tribute to your husband and his mom. Beautiful story!

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  2. What a sweet post, Kim! i have a handful of family heirlooms, both on my side and my husband's side -- we're blessed to be their caretakers!
    xo Heidi

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  3. That is a great old piece, Kim. You were lucky to get it. Great to know how far your hubby has come over the years Can you imagine having 10 kids? We had four and everyone thought that was A LOT of kids. lol
    Can't wait to see some of the treasures on the other blogs.
    I have a lot of sentimental family things incorporated into my home. xo Diana

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  4. What a great story, Kim! How wonderful that you have that old hutch. I have a dresser and dressing table from my grandma's house that was in the room where I stayed. I feel so lucky to have them and they remind me of her every single time I look at them.
    So happy to be touring with you today!
    Julie

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  5. I love your story and I love your hutch. I have several furniture pieces and accessory items in my house from both sides of our family as well. It's a wonderful feeling to have them and remember the person who once owned them. I think a little piece of their soul travels along with the piece. I know whoever it belonged to originally, would so appreciate that it is being used and loved in another home -
    Thanks for sharing your husband's and your story!

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  6. Mr. Savvy's mother sounded like a wonderful woman with a kind heart, dedicated to her children, as you can see the results of raising her children to become the best they can be. Love the hutch and all of the sentiments that are in it...

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  7. Beautiful tribute to your MIL. How nice to have a piece that reminds you and your hubby of her.

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  8. Such a sweet but sad story. It is wonderful to have something special to remind you of someone in the family. Even when you haven't met that person. I have some beautiful things from my Daddy's mom who died when he was five years old. She somehow has always been a part of our family

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  9. I have framed a piece of paper of a verse my grandmother either wrote or copied and signed... there are some spelling errors which have caused me to believe it is a verse of her own.... it's part of a gallery wall of photos and my eye lands on it first every time I pass.

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  10. I'm one of six and my mom died when I was 10. What a special piece to have so your husband can remember his mom. How fun to have room in your bathroom for a piece of furniture. Have a great week.

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  11. Great story! Today I am picking up a cherry nightstand that my uncle made. Noone else wants it because it has a colonial vibe (hey, it was made in the 70's) but I remember visiting my uncle in his woodshop and I miss him terribly.

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  12. love it. god bless his mama! such a nice reminder for him and for you to look at that piece each day.

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  13. I love your story....lovely.
    Our home is filled with items from different parts of the family...one can go on a walking tour of family in our house. Every piece in our home has a story.
    I am grateful for family. Family is the foundation we all build our lives, without family we would be quite lonely.
    As Thanksgiving approaches I cherish family even more.
    Nancy

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  14. What a sweet post about your family Kim- love all your photos collected together on that piece too.

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  15. What a lovely story and tribute to your husband and his late Mother. While we have many family pieces that we have inherited over the years the one that my husband and I treasure so much is the vintage porch glider that sat on his grandparents front porch for over 45 years.

    After his grandmother passed, we took the glider home and our son stripped the many layers of paint off and took it down to the bare metal and then repainted it to match our house. It turned out beautiful and when I see my husband sitting in it on the front porch it makes my heart happy. It brings back so many wonderful memories of his grandparents.

    My grandmother had seven siblings and were very spread out as well but she and her youngest sister were three years apart and very close. Their oldest sibling was a schoolteacher and she taught both of them when they were in grammar school.

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  16. What a great story Kim...both of my parents come from large families my mom 10 and my dad 11 my parents being the youngest. How nice to have a piece that belonged to the hubbies mom. The round table in my living room belonged to my grandparents (mom's) it's at least 70 years old...I'm so happy to have it!

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  17. What a special piece to have in your home Kim! It's so important to have those connections to the past around us and I'm thankful to have some in my own home too. And of course the color you painted it only makes it better!

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  18. That has to be the best looking passed down heirloom I've seen! Love how the memory can linger on in your home in a beautiful and productive way. So pretty! Great post!

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  19. Kim, your husband's pine piece and the story are great things to be thankful for. I have some family heirlooms...and they are so special because of the story that goes with the, we have a cherry table that was on my great great grandmother's back porch...after it got to old to be in the house. My mother spruced it up a bit...and now I have it. I too am thankful for the memories.
    Lovely post today!
    Sheila@mykentuckyliving

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  20. I love this, Kim! What a tribute. :)

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  21. A lovely story and tribute. I have always liked that hutch and it is a precious heirloom :)

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  22. I love the story of the hutch and of your husband's family. I can't believe she was in her childbearing years for 28 years!

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  23. This is a great post, Kim...always fun to hear about the personal side of family.
    Mary Alice

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  24. Kim you are the best kind of wealthy. No amount of money can take the place of love in a family. Your mother in laws hutch is very pretty!! You have it decorated beautifully.

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  25. What a wonderful post. I never got to meet my husbands Mom either. She passed away at age 45 from cancer.

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  26. That is such a nice hutch, especially with the memories attached to it. I didn't realize that Doug's siblings ages ranged that far out.

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  27. That was a lovely post, Kim. I don't have many things in my home that are from my ancestors, but the chandelier in my dining-room was one my grand-father had in his shop and didn't sell before he retired. It's not grand, but I don't want to change it!

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  28. Sweet story Kim, and how fortunate for you that you found a great use and Look for your mother-in-law's hutch! I love it!!
    Kathysue

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  29. I have a chunky Mission Oak desk that my grandma and grandpap gave us. I have had it about 50 years. Unlike you, I have to figure out how to dissolve the paint. My mom "antiqued" it years ago with avocado base paint and a gold wash of some sort when it was so popular in, I would guess, the mid 60s. It has also become wobbly, so I need to either learn how to tighten it up or find someone who can.

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  30. Kim, this is such a sweet and bittersweet post! What a darling way to display your grands... in their grandmother's precious hutch! You are right my dear friend... you are one of the richest women I know. You have so much to be thankful for!

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  31. What a beautiful post Kim. Your mother-in-law must have been a wonderful lady. My hubby is one of nine, 5 boys and 4 girls, and my mother-in-law is absolutely wonderful. They grew up poor as well (how can you not be with all those kids running around?), but all 9 are successful 8 with bachelor's degrees and 4 with masters. I am sure your MIL would love what you have done with her precious hutch. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to your husband's mother.
    XO Barbara

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  32. Oh Kim, this is the BEST post! I loved hearing about Mr. Savvy's Mother and his family. How wonderful that you have that hutch and can see your sweet grands each day. RMr. Savvy's Mother sounds like a remarkable woman. Joe and I both come from small families but I grew up on a block FILLED with BIG families. The people 2 doors down had 14!!!!!!!!!!! The Mom is still alive, 96 years young but has buried 5 children. That is so sad. I am blessed to have many things that were my in-laws pieces and I treasure them. I have my Grandmothers ring that I wear every day too. You are right, you have much to be thankful for and so do I.!!!

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  33. How cool is that Kim! I love the hutch, and I love your story to go along with. WOW 10 kids. Bless her heart!

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  34. What a wonderful story and you are so blessed to have the hutch. Usually when the mom is no longer around all of the "treasures" disappear! You are truly blessed and I know you are proud of Mr Savvy!

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  35. Great post Kim. Pieces like your MIL's hutch is what truly makes a house a home. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  36. Wonderful post Kim! As an only child the thought of 9 brothers & sister blows me away! Love the hutch. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Very sweet. I am sure she would have loved knowing you Kim. I love that piece too!!

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  38. What a beautiful hutch and so special that it was your MIL's! How sad for your husband to have lost her at such a young age.I was fortunate to know my amazing MIL.But sadly she passed five months after we were married.She died on November 17th 1989,my daughter was born on Nov 17th 1999....a strange coincidence.

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  39. lovely post. the hutch is fabulous and you did a great job painting it. i love stories like this. thanks for sharing it with us. mj

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  40. Thanks so much for hosting, Kim!
    Love seeing all the Thanksgiving features. I'm just not ready for Christmas stuff yet ;0)
    Have a great week,
    Suzanne

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  41. What a beautiful post, Kim. I'm sure Mr Savvy's Mom would approve. And she would have loved you, for sure!

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  42. Love that you have your MIL's sweet hutch Kim. I love the paint and It's pretty with your family photos and functional too!

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  43. You have so much to be proud of and thankful for...and it sounds like you are. Heirloom pieces are what makes a house a home. Thank you for sharing your heart!

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  44. ich liebe den grünen schrank!!! liebe grüße von angie aus deutschland

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  45. Kim, That is such a sweet story! I am the second oldest of eight kids and I think my Mom is pretty amazing and I am sure your Mother-in-law was for sure! That hutch is simply stunning! The special piece in my house is probably my Granny's tea set! It's on my buffet often and I love looking at it and all the memories it brings. I still can't believe it was given to me! Have a great night. ~ Jamie

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  46. Really nice post, Kim. It's something that with 9 siblings, Mr. Savvy grew up with just one other in the house. It's wonderful to have a family heirloom that means so much.

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  47. That is a beautiful tribute to your husband and his Mom, and the hutch is lovely as well! There is nothing better than a family piece with a story!!
    In our dining room I have a hutch that my Dad built for my Mom for their 25th anniversary...I LOVE decorating it on any whim :^)
    Blessings to you,
    J

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  48. I love this post. I bet that every time your husband sees that piece, he thinks of his mom. Meaningful pieces are the most treasure. I have a vase that my mom bought for her mom back in the 1930's for a quarter and it always makes me smile when I catch of glimpse of it on the shelf!

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