Tuesday, December 1, 2015


When we bought 822 there were a few things left behind

Mike was in her eighties and some of the things were just not worth moving,
so we agreed for her to just take the things she wanted and we'd deal with the rest

we kept in touch for a while after she moved to Indiana with her son,
but sadly, I have not heard from her in a few years

Mike and her husband Don owned a car dealership in town--
one of the things I like about corporate decorating is that it comes in

this summer we discovered some precious art made my Mr. PV when he was 6
and it became the theme for our vintage Christmas 2015

the den mantel used to have many many nutcrackers but today
these sweet Santas 

the lighted Santa was something we found underneath the stair cubby while we were tearing them out

The toy truck belonged to Mr. PV too

This year we made a crude 
for the upstairs mantel
the "E" is from the extra large yard sticks left behind in the garage

one of my all time favorite holiday photos of Betty 
is her with this
extra large Santa 
they probably used for display at the Hergert Dealership

I think here, Betty is "in between" believing in Santa
we found him under the stairs also...so glad he was left behind
he's one of my favorite holiday guys!

BEES...yes...there were wild bees left behind
and this started our desire to become bee keepers which finally happened this summer

on this frosty cold December morning I wonder what they are doing in there???

of all the things that were left behind, and there were many,
I will never forget finding this nativity in the garage apartment
it wasn't even protected in a box...just laying there on the concrete under some rubbish

I think about all the holidays it was displayed back then
and now all the holidays to come
it is my favorite thing that was left behind

this year as Perrilyn is old enough to begin sugar cookies and gingerbread houses
we embrace the magic of the season
enjoying the miracles that have happened in our lives
and those that are on the verge of happening

I am sad about some things, but will always continue to have faith in things just being

we cling to many things left behind

and cherish all the wonderful things yet to be

I hope your December is the best one yet!


Denise Harbour said...

I love this Gina.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Gina how meaningful and precious your 2015 Christmas theme is ... as I sit here getting emotional and wiping a tear away. You rock!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

loved this post. Glad to see you are cherishing what others were not able to take with them. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful post, Gina. I am sorry that you have not heard from Mike in so many years. It is always sad and you suspect you know the reason the communication ceased.
You found some really great things there in that old house. What wonderful memories you will have attached to all of them now- memories of your own. xo Diana

handmade by amalia said...

A great post, Gina. Happy December to you all.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Happy December to you too! Love this post. xo

White Lace and Promises said...

I love the framed art! Precious! Those babies are darling. Aren't they wonderful. Lots of fun at Christmas especially. Watching our babies get excited with eyes wide open takes my breath away.

Minha vida de campo said...

Lindo. Que bebe fofo. O natal já chegou por ai. Está tudo maravilhoso.
Bjos tenha um ótimo dia.

Burlap Luxe said...

Memories, and gathered treasures make for the beat Christmas themes don't they?
Love the framed Santas. Wished I'd had thought of that when my kids brought home this very art work, to think I could have framed them in the same manner as your.

See you soon and all you inspire this 2015

Un Joyeux Season


Maureen Wyatt said...

I think this is my current favourite Christmas decorating post to read. This time of year it is all about continuity, family and friends celebrating the season and your decor says all that to me.

Karena Albert said...

What treasures Gina, they must have known that you would cherish these special holiday decorations! I love the Nativity Set!

The Arts by Karena
Books for the Holidays!

Marina Pérez Bejarano said...

Great, you have begun with your decoration!!!


Geneva said...

Your home is gorgeous as always. I love the "Left Behind" things, and Mr PVs things as well. I also love the way you make memories for everyone in your family ... what a blessing! xo

Artsy VaVa said...

How special that you found and are using the artwork your husband did as a child! I love decorating with sentimental things!!!

Cindy Hattersley said...

I am so far behind on my blog reading. Who is Mike? We are from Indiana! I am sorry we are so busy taking care of the elders I have completely lost track of some of my favorite blogs. I am sensing you went through or are going through some of the same things I am right now!!

bj said...

I enjoyed this pretty post. Hope your December is one of the best. xoxo