Thursday, April 28, 2011

My Prized Possessions

Someone once asked me about my prized possessions. Hmm... For one thing, we've moved so many times and I've been told that every 5 moves is like a house fire. Well, if that's the case, we've had a handful of house fires and therefore, have weeded out many of our material things to opt for simplicity.

I don't wear much jewelry and what little I do wear are five/ten dollar chains purchased at the local clothing store. My wedding ring is my prized piece of jewelry and not because of its monetary value, but because of its symbolism and the promises my husband and I made to each other twenty-five years ago on our wedding day.

There are times I worry that when I pass from this life I won't have many heirlooms to leave my children.

My relationships seem to have the most value to me. Spending time with my family and friends is what I treasure the most.

I recently read the amazing true story of Ron & Debbie Hall and Denver Moore. Among the precious gifts Debbie created for her family were scrap books of memories she and her family shared together through the years. I really love that because when time became precious to their family, they didn't turn to anything of earthly value, but rather to those scrap books to reflect and reminisce and to laugh & cry together one more time.

This beautiful love story has prompted me to pull out some of my old pictures and at least begin sorting through them. It appears that this is one of the most precious heirlooms I can leave for my children.

It's interesting that when my father died this last year, the most important legacy he left for me was the precious memories we shared. My mother has offered me one of his rings embedded with gemstones. I look forward to resetting the stones into a ring I can wear. Will it be a treasure? Absolutely... but, again, not because of its material value, but because of what it will represent to me... a precious father-daughter love story.

So, I guess the moral for me is material things are only as important as what they represent. A ring can cost $50,000, but if the promises made as it is slipped on a finger are broken and shattered... the ring is worthless (at least it is to me... dust).

I want to leave for my children the legacy my father left me... the most tender display of love and may my family be blessed by the "prized possessions" I leave behind for generations to come... including a wedding ring of promises kept.

Love: priceless!

Marisa





4 comments:

Ereline said...

I love this post! Welcome to my blogcarnival. I'll have to check in on you now, and make you a regular!

Anonymous said...

Marisa,
It is a wonderful idea to have pictures and such as heirlooms! I would add the following if you are going to do that:

1) Take as many pictures as you can with a good digital camera. Keep the pictures on your computer and back them up to a rewritable DVD often.
2) Use that same camera to take pictures of all your old pictures. I have done this. It comes out wonderfully if you use a decent camera, good lighting, and take your time. Copy these to the computer also.
3) Copy the pictures to 1 or 2 DVDs and make several copies. Send the copies to close relatives who won't lose them. A DVD will hold well several thousand pictures of good quality.
4) Use Microsoft Movie Maker to put the best 80 or so pictures (or make several) into a CD slide show. With some time/effort (maybe a few questions), you can use Movie Maker to put it to music, add your own narration, and do slides of titles, credits, and lists. I have done this often with church pictures and for Christmas and birthdays. Again, copy and send to close relatives.

This way you never lose your memories/pictures. These treasures cannot be replaced!!!

Scott

Marisa and Brittany said...

Ereline,

Welcome!! I would be honored to have you as a "regular." I look forward to gleaning from you as well!

Marisa

Marisa and Brittany said...

Scott,

I LOVE your ideas!! In fact, I love them so much I'm going to run with them. Rather that scapping the old fashioned way, I'm going to take advantage of the 2 tehno-friendly Macs I have a home to put together some wonderful CDs/DVDs. I also have many family members who would be glad to file away copies for me...

And, what a genius idea to take digital pics of old photos. A year ago I spent $800-$900 for a new digital camara... it certainly should do the job. What a way to "preserve" those precious photos.

You're so smart!! Why do you think I keep you around ;)

Blessings my friend!

Marisa