Thursday, February 21, 2008

Nan Gert's Button Box

Nancy at The King's Kreation has posted Blogger Friend School Assignment #15. She says, "For this assignment I wanted to see who's got the funniest, craziest, saddest, most creative or just best story about the family button box, button can or button jar." This is one I just had to do.

I have many memories of my Nanny Gert's button box. I think for a while she may have kept her buttons in a jar because niggling in the back of my mind is a memory of playing with buttons kept in a jar. I remember being fascinated with all the buttons - counting them, sorting them, stringing them on thread or wool. There were so many different styles, colors, and sizes. When my grandmother died I was blessed to recieve her sewing basket and to my surprise tucked in the bottom of the basket was her button box! I still have the sewing basket, button box and some of those buttons. A while ago I used some of Nan's buttons on a scrapbooking layout I did about her.

Also tucked away in the sewing basket was a promise from a promise box of scriptures. I just went looking for it only to discover that it is gone! I remember that it was a scripture about forgiveness, which is something I know my grandmother struggled with. Her parent's divorced when she was quite young and she struggled with that, as well as other things that came up in her live. I found it interesting that this was the promise she kept in her sewing basket. I imagine that she kept it there to constantly remind her of the importance of forgiveness. I know God's word was important to her because she is the grandmother that gave me my Bibles.

Part of the Blogger Friend School Assignment is to share your favorite verse. I have many favorites but these two passages are among my top favorites as they help me get through the days:

Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You."

Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - mediate on these things."

Another part of the assignment is to invite friends to join the assignments, so consider yourself invited. :)


Carla said...

Jacqueline, what awesome memories of your grandmother!!

Jean Marie said...

What a wonderful memory to share!
and how nice you are the keeper of your Grandmothers buttons!

Sombra said...

Now that's a beautiful quilt piece to add to your life's quilt..


Andrea said...

What a beautiful story! It's so wonderful that you ended up with your grandmother's buttons.

I love your verses!


Anonymous said...

Hi there! I saw you commented on HSBA and realized you were my Feb Swap Buddy! I had sent you two emails, but I didn't know if maybe they got stuck in spam. Sometimes my address does.

Anyway, I sent your package out at least a week ago... did you receive it yet? : )

Well, I wanted to stop in and say hello! I was wondering if you had a blog. lol

Miss Jocelyn