Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Remembering a Special Moment in Autumn



Many years ago, in the Autumn of the year, I recall a special time and visit from my mother.
 She was always one to treat you to gifts upon a visit.

 This particular Fall season, mom was coming home from an appointment 
when she stopped along the way at a little boutique she thought looked interesting.
 Browsing all the pretties in the unique shop, 
she came upon a few apple dish pieces, 
the last ones left in the shop of that design.

 At the time, my kitchen was decorated in apples and any collectibles I could find found a place among my treasures.

The pieces mom found were an apple mug with sugar and creamer, pie plate and 2 votive cups.
 So with the loving heart she always carried, she purchased the last of the stenciled apple line in excitement to gift them to me. 
You can imagine my surprise when her gift was handed to me, wrapped so pretty, and given with a smile that always lit up a room.

I was thrilled to receive these apple treasures from my mother. 
To this day they are treasures I hold dear. 
Not because of the material value, but the sweet envision of my mother browsing the little boutique and finding a gift just for me. 
She seldom purchased something for herself.
 Always putting others first, with thoughtful and endearing ways.

I think of those special moments every Autumn season when I see a bowl of apples or browse a little boutique with a Fall display.
 She was one of God's special angels and sent to earth to teach me how to live. 
For this I always give thanks.

Today with cooler weather on the way and special moments in a very busy work week,
 I'll take the time to relax, reflect and enjoy a mug of tea or hot chocolate, cider or vanilla coffee in my special apple mug. 
Maybe I'll carve out some time to turn those apples into a pie.
I just might~~ but for sure I will remember special memories, mother and the joy of giving.



Thank you Mama, I love and miss you~


Hugs, Celestina Marie


43 comments:

Angela Hartley said...

this was the absolute sweetest post I have read!!! My mom is gone to and it made me cry when I read it. It was so very sweet and precious. I look upon the things my mother purchased for me with such love thinking the same thing you were thinking. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Valerie-Jael said...

A wonderful tribute to your much loved Mother! Hugs Valerie

1CardCreator said...

How blessed you were to have such an Angel, a beautiful tribute to your Mother. We should all aspire to leave such a mark on our children too. ~Diane

Jan Tanis said...

What a sweet and endearing post, Celeste - the perfect tribute to your sweet Mama.

Hugs,
Jan ♥

Ginny said...

That was so sweet and heartfelt. Those are the best memories aren't they? Our mothers were so special to us because of their special quirks and actions. The way you describe your mom is so beautiful! I read this post and my eyes welled up in tears because I can totally identify with your emotions. There is something about Autumn and Winter that draws us to remember those loved ones and all the memories we cherish in our hearts! blessings to you, Celeste.

Junkchiccottage said...

So sweet Celeste. What a beautiful post and such a wonderful loving memory to treasure.
Kris

Dianna said...

Celeste, your mama sounds like a such a joy to be with. Thank you so much for sharing these precious memories with us.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Sweet Celeste,
Tears are running down my face with this beautiful post and loving rememberance of your Mom. A beautiful emotional share of a story of love that filled your heart then and fills now of loving cherished memories.
XOXO,
Vera

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Oh so sweet- what a lovely post. My mom is still with us, but the days of her going out and finding things for us are gone. I miss her in that way because she was generous in a similar way like your mom and it always brought a little sunshine with it. I have things about me that she gave and they remind me of her which I love. Hugs, Liz

Sola Scriptura said...

Celeste, What a sweet post in remembrance of your dear mum. Hugs to you!

Brandi said...

This was such a beautiful post, Celeste. Such a sweet way to honor your mother's memory. I'm so sorry she's passed away now. Life without our mothers is hard.

TexWisGirl said...

very sweet. :)

Stephanie said...

A lovely, heart-felt post about your precious mother, dear Celeste. Mother's are such a sweet joy and blessing. They are a gift from God :)

Hugs to you!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

What a wonderful memory you've shared with us Celeste! Your apple pieces are adorable and so precious coming from such a sweet lady. Your mom had excellent taste. I can imagine how you treasure these darling pieces. Bet there's someone at your house that would be glad to help you eat an apple pie out of that apple pie plate!!

Blessings to you both! Edie Marie & Marie Antoinette

Claudia said...

Dear Celeste,
such a lovely, wonderful and heart-felt post about your dear Mother!
Sending you big hugs and Love and blessings!
Your Mum will alway live in your heart and your thoughts!
Claudia xoxxo

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh how wonderful to have such special memories of your dear sweet mother. I am very sentimental about special gifts from dear loved ones. I will always treasure them.
Your mother sounds like she was a very loving mother. So glad that you are enjoying your apple treasures.
Hugs
Mary

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is the best thing that came with those apple dishes, Celeste - the memory your mother left with you of her! I think that is the most wonderful memory and story. Your Mom sounds like she was a very loving and thoughtful person. I'm sure it gave her great joy to gift you with something she knew was so simple but that would bring a smile to your face.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Such a lovely and heartfelt post about your dear mother. What precious memories, and how poignant they can be.
Blessings to you, dear Celeste. xo Deborah

LJS said...

Celestina, I know your Mom would be so proud of you! She was a great lady who gave me a wonderful person to live with for the rest of eternity. Great touching post. I love you,
L.J.

Okio B Designs said...

Very touching post. Our Moms are everything to us, aren't they? I feel like in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, if I don't call or email my mom every day or so, I am not complete. Your mother sounded like a beautiful person. =)

Jeanine

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Beautiful Celeste! I saw this lovely post early this morning off my phone, but I have a hard time commenting off my phone, so here I am after school at home.

This post resonated so much with me, because I still have a few items that my mother gave me that when I look at them, I weep. It is not the object itself, but the memory of her, as being an angel who only thought about others. When I arrived in Los Angeles from Boston to stay with her, I got home that night, seeing her in her bed and cancer-ridden. She was in intense pain, but never once complained. The first thing she said to me was, "Oh m'hija (my daughter), look in the closet. There's a brown bag...I made something for you." I opened the bag, and it was a little plastic dolly with a crocheted hat and sweater. Heck, I'm tearing up just writing about it.

The moment before she passed, she took off her wedding ring, remembering she had promised me when I was five that it would be mine when she died. To the end, giving was her concern.

Enjoy the memories, and this Thanksgiving as for each one, we have SO much to be grateful for.

Donna said...

What a sweet and generous mom you had, Celestina. I think that is where you got your kind spirit from. And what sweet memories the apple dishes and mugs have for you. Your mom would be so proud of you. Big hugs.

Cattails said...

What a sweet post about your dear Mother. How thoughtful of her to purchase the apple dishes to match your kitchen. I know you treasure these pieces. God bless you.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I love your table settings in your last post!!!
What a sweet memory/keepsake from your Mom.
warmly,
deb

chateau chic said...

It is so special to have things given to us by those we dearly loved...keeps so many sweet memories alive.
Lovely post!
Mary Alice

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Such wonderful memories, Celestina. You made my cry. It took me right away to my mom. She is very much with me this time of the year, especially as it gets closer to Christmas. That was the time of year when she shined because she loved it so. How you must treasure your beautiful apples dishes..Happy Monday..Judy

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Celeste, what a precious memory of your mom! I lost my mom 24 years ago on October 26th. It seems like yesterday and yet so long ago. I know exactly what you mean about treasuring those special items your mom picked for you! It's definitely the sweet memories and not the "things". I know your mom is smiling down on her precious daughter with love and pride! Sending you many blessings! You're such a blessing to all of us!

Createology said...

Celestina this is a very touching tribute to your loving and giving mother. Your apple dish wares are priceless because of their provenance. May you always hold your Mother's memories very close to your heart.

Alessandra said...

This is one of the sweetest post i have read!...your mother will be very proud from heaven.Your apples dishes are treasures very rich of important memories. You will keep them in the deep corner of your hearth and they will live in your talent.
Kisses
Alessandra

Jill said...

They are just adorable! What a wonderful memory of your mom. My mom is the same...always thinking of others and putting thought into her gifts and words. Sounds like your mom was amazing and I'm sure she is so proud of the lady you have become. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Blessings,
Jill

Julie Marie said...

So beautiful Celeste, it made me cry... but happy tears... your mama sounds so much like my own... always giving... always thinking of others first... surely they are best friends now in Heaven... your apples are so beautiful, and like you said, even more so because I can just picture your mama looking around for "just the right" gift... mamas are like that... enjoy your tea in your special cup... and an apple pie sounds so good right now... maybe I will make one too!... xoxo... Julie Marie (Hi mama and Celeste's mama...I know you can read this where you are...)...

Laurie Ritchey said...

Oh Celeste, you made me almost cry. What a beautiful post. Of course, I knew you had a wonderful mother, because someone obviously raised you to become a wonderful person. Our mother's sound a lot alike. She was my biggest cheerleader, and I so miss the ways she made me feel like I was special. laurie

Patty Wiles said...

I so enjoyed this post ... wonderful memories. Beautifully written :)

Linda Walker said...

What a lovely post Celeste, heartfelt and beautifully written. Just a wonderful way to remember your beloved mother. Hold her memory close to your heart.
xo
Linda
mysewwhatblog

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Now you've got me all teary eyed. Your story is heart warming and I can tell what a good relationship you had with your mother by the way you cherish your special gifts from her. Thanks for sharing a lovely story.

Vickie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh Celeste...How lucky your Mom was to have a daughter that so appreciated and treasured everything she did for you and others...Now, get cracking on making that apple pie before you talk yourself out of it lol!

Carol

Marcia Pilar said...

Beautiful post, Celeste. The moments we live today, and how we choose to live those moments, are the memories and the inheritance we live to others. I pray that God continues to make me very mindful of this, for each act of kindness, every word of affirmation makes a difference.
I think I must have some of that vanilla coffee too, and now, of course, each time I see an apple I'll think of you. ;)
xoxo
Thank you for your lovely words at my new page.
(((Hugs)))

must love junk said...

What a precious post, and a sweet tribute to your mom! Enjoy some apple pie for me :)
Susan

Angélica D said...

Hola Celostina ! Un PSU muy dulce .,Que tenga un óptimo día
Besos

cynthia lee designs said...

What a special post about your mom and your pretty apple dishes from her.
hugs,
Cindy

romance-of-roses said...

Hello Celestina, had not visited for quite a while. I am always so busy that don't even have time to update my blog. Taking care of my husband Rick, and meals to plan, house work, shopping for groceries and still making items to sell, now it's jewelry. So stopped to visit for a little while and found this post about your angel mother. Mine is always on my mind and this post touched me very much. I think some of us are so lucky to have been so close to our angel mothers that sometimes I feel that I can just go upstairs and talk to her then I realize oops, she isn't there, so I talk to her picture. Blessings my friend...Lu

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing such precious memories. Your mother is a heavenly angel, watching over her beautiful earthly angel daughter. I love you my friend.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Sweet memories Celeste! I understand exactly what you're saying about imagining your Mom picking out the dishes just for you... very special.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..