But after I took inventory of my household, I did find three items that hold some emotional value to me -
- The christening gown that was handmade by my great-grandmother for my grandfather's baptism in 1915 (then worn by my mother at hers). I love the history involved in this simple, beautiful gown, and I am so thankful that Maren could wear it on Mother's Day two years ago when we dedicated her to God.
- An equally historic lavaliere. Maren's great-great-grandmother, Louise Lee, received this lavaliere as an engagement present in 1914. Louise then gave it to her daughter Margaret Lee, who allowed her daughter Carol Lee to wear it as a teenager. At my grandmother (Margaret)'s 90th birthday last month, she gave it me, Nicole Lee, so that I can pass it on to my daughter, Maren Lee. So this is not only a historic piece of jewelry in my family, but it also represents the 5 generations of women with the middle name "Lee".
- My genuine leather, wide-margin Bible that Michael gave me for Christmas in 2001. I LOVE everything about this Bible - the soft leather cover makes it soothing to hold, the large spaces in the margins give me plenty of room to write, and the lack of cross-references and study notes allow me to choose what information I want to record. This Bible will last me a long time, and I cherish reading through it and coming across thoughts and prayers over the years. A runner-up to my Bible is the wide-margin genuine leather notetaking Bible that I bought when Maren was born. I use this Bible to record my prayers for Maren and to encourage her through scripture. I plan to give it to her as a gift sometime in her young adult life, and I hope she will cherish it as much as I cherish writing to her in it.
- Day Nine: Two images that describe my life or myself right now.
- Day Ten: One confession.