Home Style Saturday.....being thankful

11.05.2016

It's November and with Thanksgiving not too far away it's time to think about what we are thankful for. I'm thankful for so many things, but especially for my family and the one I married into over forty-one years ago.

I first shared this story a few years ago and I am thrilled to be joining some fellow blogging friends for the Home Style Saturday series.

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, but his first born sister who is ninety is still doing well. 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 so thankful to have it in our home. It is great for storage since we don't have a linen closet. 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?


This hutch has been repainted since this old post, of course, and you can see it HERE.

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37 comments:

  1. I am very blessed to have several furniture pieces in my house that belonged to my parents and grandparents. I also have many beautiful quilts made by several relatives. I am very thankful for my children and grandchildren and my husband/best friend of 52 years.

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    1. Nancy, it sound like you have some great heirlooms. I have my mother in law's quilt, too that she made.

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  2. What a lovely story and sentiment, Kim! I, too, am most thankful for my family. We have a crystal chandelier that was my grandmothers. I've had it rewired and had teacups wired onto it, but I love that it hung in my grandparent's bedroom for many many years.

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    1. Thanks, Lory. How nice to have your grandmother's chandelier.

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  3. I have a butter churn that my MuuMuu ( Grandmother in Finnish ) had. It brings back many wonderful memories of making butter with her when I was a child. Another piece is my Mothers cedar chest. Being she died when I was only five, the crocheted bedspread which was made by her that I store inside and the chest mean a great deal to me. Thank you for reminding me of my greatest treasures, and sharing your story with all of us.

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    1. Sharron, it sounds like you have some wonderful family treasures.

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  4. Thankful that you're joining us on Saturdays Kim and your MIL must have been very special indeed!

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  5. A beautiful story Kim!! I love the hutch and how you have displayed it!! I have pieces from my Mom, Grandma and a very special Aunt that I treasure so much!!! Love your posts!!

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    1. Thank you, Jeanie. Sounds like you have some great pieces, too.

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  6. Sweet story Kim. I luv furniture pieces with soul... with a good heart warming story behind it and I am very blessed to have a few such pieces in our home.
    My grandmother's china cabinet and dining table. A desk from the Mr's parents. We also have silver ware from his great grandmother. Dishes and napkins as well. I cherish these treasures and I have hopes of passing them on down the line...

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    1. Gee, you have some great pieces, too. I also have my grandmother's china.

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  7. What a lovely post Kim! I never got to meet my mother in law either. She passed away a few years before I met Kent.

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    1. Penny, I wish I had known mine as I'm sure you wish you had known yours too.

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  8. Wonderful story and tribute to Mr. Savvy and his Mother! I am so blessed to have inherited many pieces from my in-laws. I treasure all of them!

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    1. That's so nice, Pinky that you have some family heirlooms, too.

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  9. What a wonderful piece, Kim! How lovely you have something so special of Mr. Savvy's Mother! Welcome to our group! I'm thrilled you are a part of it! xo

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  10. Kim, what a sweet post...I love the hutch with all the memories attached. I have many things that are treasures, not because they are fine or expensive, but because of the memories of those I love! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Pam, those are the most special treasures!

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  11. Kim, that was a lovely tribute to both your amazing husband and to the amazing woman who raised him. You truly are one of the richest people I know.

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    1. Oh, Cyndy what a very sweet compliment! Thank you.

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  12. It would be hard not to have been poor raising 10 children! Sounds a bit like my great-grandmother but they pulled together (many family members moved in together during the war, when some of the men were serving). Both my grandparents came from big families. Not many had alot of money during those depression times but they had so much more than money - they had love. They had each other. So important to spend time with our family and friends. We need to cherish those times. I lost my mom 6 years ago and my grandmother this year. I cherish the memories I have of both and so thankful to have grown up right near my grandparents and spent lots of time with them. I do have their first bed in our guest room. She had let a friend use it and it had been painted and antiqued, but I had it stripped and restored to it's mahogany beauty. I have many pieces of her silver, carnival glass, crocks, etc. Some beautiful old frames and a lamp that was my great grandmother's. I love items that have been passed down. So thankful for family and friends.

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    1. I'm from a small family so marrying into his huge one is so special to me. Lucky you to grow up near your grandparents Mine were in other states and I did not see them very often. Usually at Christmas.

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  13. This is such a sweet tale. You are lucky to have something when there were so many siblings to share with.
    I have mostly smaller things, due to the distance, but I did bring a set of encyclopedias that belonged to my grandfather. A clock my dad bought my grandma when he was stationed in Germany after the war. A giant pastry board, just like ones my grandma and mom had, made for me before I was even born by my great-uncle. But there are other, small, silly things that are special: afghans crocheted for me by each grandma, a quilt made of floral cotton flour sacks by my grandma, who also made me many dresses from the same sacks. The quilt is like a trip to childhood. And my indestructible ironing board that she gave me and that has been to three countries. I think of her every time I use it.

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    1. I think he snagged it because he was the one living with his dad after his mom died. One of his sisters wanted it, but he said no way.

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  14. I so remember this beautiful story and you have styled the shelves wonderfully. My Savvy's mom would be very proud!

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  15. Kim, I really enjoyed this sweet post -

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  16. What a lovely story, so many memories attached to one piece of furniture, just as it should be. We are really fortunate to have several things which belonged to both mine and my husbands grandparents. Large items of furniture and smaller decorative things, they all have so many memories. Perhaps my favourite is the grandfather clock which is from 1780. It was bought by my great great great great grandfather from a local clockmaker in Cheshire. Inside the door is marked every date it was serviced and any repairs that were carried out. Over 200 years later it is still going strong, I wind it every 8 days with the large ancient key with a wooden handle, it keeps time reasonably well and I find the background noise of it's constant ticking incredibly relaxing.

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  17. I have not inherited any antiques but mine have been acquired. However, my treasures include copies of family photos of my Georgia ancestors. My greatest treasure is that of my 6th Grandfather who was a true patriot from Georgia. He died on September 11, 1777 fighting for independence. He is remembered on a marker in Effingham County.

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  18. I also have inherited beautiful pieces from my mother in law. I love your hutch and how you gave it love with your beautiful styling. Beautiful post Kim!
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

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  19. I have a buffet and chair from my grandmother's dining set that survived a tornado. We had it refinished and proudly use it in our dining room. I also have a butter churn and wooden spoon she used in her kitchen. Their dairy farm is now the subdivision I live in!

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  20. Yes, I am very grateful to have some wonderful family heirlooms in my home. It's nice to have a physical connection to my past family.

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  21. The Hutch is a beautiful piece that serves a purpose and is wonderful to have such meaning in your family.

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  22. I loved the story about your hutch. I hadn't heard it before Kim. I've always loved that piece in your bath.

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  23. What a great story. I also love your green hutch. Goes great anywhere in the house. Thanks!!

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