Thursday, December 30, 2010

Olivia's ornaments

I wanted to do a post about all of Olivia's special ornaments. We have quite a few... and even though I know I need to stop buying them, when I see an ornament that just looks like it should be hers, I can't bring myself to pass it up. I only bought one this year though, so I guess that's good.

These little porcelain shoes were given to us by my parents when we were still in the hospital after Olivia was born, and before she died. I love them, because they were the only ornament given to us for her before she passed away.

My mom also bought us this "broken chain" ornament. She brought it to us the day we came home from the hospital. It also came with a beautiful poem.

Kurt's mom bought this for us for Olivia' birthday this year. It was originally on her grave with the flowers she took, but we went back and picked it up. When Kurt was a newborn, he had HUGE eyes and I always told him that he looked like a little froggie in his baby pictures. When we found out that I was pregnant, we alway joked about how our baby would look like a frog too. She really didn't, but the nickname of "froggie" really stuck.

"Every life leaves something beautiful behind" - this is one of this year's Halmark ornaments. I saw it when I was in the store just browsing, and there was no way I couldn't buy it.

This is from my mom from Halmark last year. I thought it looked too boy-ish, so she painted the wings pink for me :)

This star is my favorite ornament on our whole tree... even though it's not really an ornament at all. It's just a big star bead on some fishing line. I posted about it last year... but I got a new lense for Christmas and took a new picture of it, so I'm posting about it again. Get over it. :).
When I was little, my dad and I used to sit on the front porch and look at the stars. We would pick out a big one and say, "That's Grandpa", or "That's Katie". It's one of my favorite memories that I have with my dad.  He gave me this pink start ornament last year with a beautiful letter that ended with him saying that Kurt and I have a new star in the sky for us this year.

Oh man, it makes me cry just thinking about it. I love my dad!

Here's our whole tree. We decided not to put up our huge one this year, so I got a $200 4ft tree marked down to $40 bucks at Hobby Lobby a couple of days after Thanksgiving to put up instead. All of Olivia's ornaments are at the top. I can't get the gold star at the top of the tree to stay straight for the LIFE of me. We've been looking for a perfect angel tree-topper to be our "Olivia angel" for a while now, but haven't been able to find exactly what we're looking for.

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Lara + Chris said...

Oh, wow, that story about your dad made me cry too. I also looooove those little white shoes. So darling.

butterflymom said...

Love your ornaments....the story about the story and your dad made me tear up too. How thoughtful and sentimental. Happy New Year, Betsy. ((hugs))

Lia Larson said...

Love the ornaments. I'd like to find a special angel for our tree too. When I was at my brother-in-law's before Christmas my niece (she's 4) said to me as she pointed to their Christmas tree, "we have an angel just like Sofia". I thought that was so sweet it made her think that. They had the angel previous years so she came up with that on her own. Happy New Year!

Holly said...

I love the ornaments. Seems like a lot of people got the shell one with the pearl. I really like that one and want to get it.

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