This antique *PINK* bakelite swiss musical clock was passed on to me from my Grandmother. Given to her by my Grandfather, now a treasure of mine. I always asked her to hear it play as a young child! 

      As I turn the pages….

       The journey begins with our parents...
      My mother Beatricebeautiful and willowy…a real midwestern girl and my dad Charles,  strong, tall and handsome…a southern charmer!
      Two beautiful hearts simply loved each other and shared many joys and heartaches together. They celebrated over 50 years of marriage. As were Anna and Mac my Grandparents on my mother’s side, happily married for over 50 years. My Grandmother Grace my Dad’s mother, a widow, Amazingly talented seamstress, soft spoken, sweet southern women whom I adored..and so did every one…we called her “Mom Smith”

      My Mother.. Beatrice… Bea… Beats!
      My Dad… Charles… Chuck…Chuckles
      My Mom and Dad with my Grandparents Anna and Mac for McCleod!
      Left… My Mom and Dad-blinking! My Aunt Joyce and Uncle Walt 
      My mom and dad both came from families that were quite large, 13 brothers and sisters all together on both their sides!
      Oh my… the family stories could be played out in a movie. The setting no doubt would have to be my favorite place… My Grandparents Historical Lake House…Their home was the hub for celebrations, holiday’s and weekend lake fun. there were 20-40 at any given time…I loved to listen to their stories, they were told with such joy and laughter, surely heard from across the lake…
       They had so much fun with each other, both families truly were woven together and shared a bond amongst them.
       My mom’s best friend Joyce, married her brother Walt and she and my mom became sister-n-laws…
       Beautiful stories like that!

      to be continued tomorrow…

      It’s also time for my 1st Casual Loves Elegance GIVE AWAY…. 
      at the end of the month.
       I will be giving one of you a special follower gift* plus a $25 gift credit towards anything in my new store!
      To enter 
      Starting today 8*21*2012
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      Good Luck and see you tomorrow

      I will give more details through the week at the end of the posts.

      What a sweet post!!! Family memories are the sweetest! 🙂