I've been having a trip down Memory Lane. I finally unearthed the box of baby clothes that I put away 25 years ago.
Everything is so tiny. It is hard to imagine that the girls were ever that small.
Even I was surprised by the things I kept. I knew I had put each girl's christening gown away, but there were sweet little bonnets and handmade booties. There was a pair of black patent leather Mary Janes for a newborn.
I found a yellow dotted Swiss dress that my great Aunt Audrey sent to K, and the pink cotton dress that she sent to L. The little white sweater that Mom gave to K for her 2nd Easter was packed away. Somehow, Mom knew the weather would be a bit chilly for the little sundress I had purchased.
There was a beautiful pink crocheted blanket that my Aunt Bettie and Uncle Bob sent L, and the sweet pink and green quilt given to her by a colleague.
Aunt Shirley had made a quilt for each girl, but I didn't put them with the baby things as K and L were still using them in early Elementary School. They are still stored and ready to be "re-gifted" to the grandchildren.
There's a sailor dress, a yellow striped "Lucy Van Pelt" (Charlie Brown fame) dress, a couple of Christmas gowns, and some birthday dresses.
I found the baby afghan that I started the summer before K was born in November and didn't finish until shortly after her birth. (I was honestly afraid that I'd be working on it when she went to kindergarten!)
Each girl had a t-shirt created by former students. K's was a pink MHS Debater shirt. (I used to coach debate.) L's had a Tiny Town Mascot shirt with her name on the back. I'm thinking there are some Cabbage Patch dolls that may sport new togs.
There was a musical ball with K's name on it. My sister-in-law at the time of K's birth was in extremely poor health. She had ordered it, and she gave it to K when we visited her several months after K was born. I had forgotten all about it until I heard music coming from the box as I lugged it upstairs. It is a sweet memory of my dear niece's mom.
I found a pink gingham bib made by cousin J, and an adorable dress (trimmed in lavender) that her sister Ree gave K. (See Ree! You knew what college she would choose--even then!)
That box was nothing short of a treasure chest. And yes, it made me a bit teary. So many gifts came from people who aren't with us any more. I am reminded of how big of a hole they leave in my life. And I miss those little girl days in sweet dresses: the snuggles and thumb sucking, and rocking to sleep.
Just think, in August I will get to enjoy those days again--with a little girl who will look adorable in her Mom's frilly dresses and wrapped in the love of several generations of family and friends.