Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sweet Sixteen


Autumn turned sixteen today. Verne and I had planned to get her a hope chest for this birthday for over a year. After Jon began courting her, it seemed even more appropriate. We searched high and low for a chest that would be suitable, and finally had one custom made by a local Mennonite man. It's solid oak with a cedar bottom. And it locks. Autumn has the only key.



She received her gift earlier in the week, because she has orchestra practice tonight.
I also crocheted a throw that measures about 57" x 60". I didn't want her hope chest to be empty!


Seems I didn't need to worry about that. Grandma gave her a gorgeous set of towels. She's also been able to place various kitchen towels, dishcloths, and the like that we've bought her here and there inside the chest. Sheets. Yes, she still needs sheets.


Her closet is also filling up quickly with other kitchen wares, and odds and ends that will make her house a home. It's such a fun birthday!




18 comments:

Short Stop said...

It's absolutely beautiful!

lady jane said...

Autumn's hope chest is beautiful, Tracy. This *is* a fun season, isn't it? :o)

Amanda said...

Oh my goodness! What a gorgeous hope chest... I love it! It will certainly be something of an heirloom in years to come.

Autumn looks positively glowing and beautiful. Happy birthday to her...

Blessings
Amanda

Abounding Treasures said...

What a very special birthday and that hope chest is lovely!

Blessings!

randi---i have to say said...

Happy birthday to your lovely girl!

Nina in Portugal said...

Happy Sweet Sixteen to Autumn! The Hope Chest is lovely! I love mine that my Mom got for me at graduation.

Momma Roar said...

What a perfect gift!! It's lovely!

Terri said...

Happy Birthday, Autumn! I love the hope chest. It's beautiful.

Ways of Zion said...

how lovely. I think the idea of giving a hope chest is being lost. I was given mine and since my father was out of the picture my (as was then only 11 yr old) brother wanted to give me the first piece "being the man of the family" so he gave me a teapot with a cup and lid that fit on top.

So nice to see another family comtinuing the lovely tradition !

Mrs. Rabe said...

Happy Birthday to Autumn.

What a special gift for her...such a special time in her life!

Jodi said...

Happy Sweet Sixteen, Autumn! What a beautiful hope chest ... and so much fun to fill it. :o)

Blessings said...

My husband made my daughter a hope chest. She is only 13. We have not started to fill it yet, though we have plans.

lady jane said...

where are my manners?!

hApPY BiRtHDaY, aUtuMN!!!!!

Carrie said...

Happy Birthday Autumn!!! I hope you enjoyed your last birthday as a single young lady. I hope the next year is full of memories that will last you a lifetime.
Carrie

Michele said...

*Happy Birthday Autumn* (o:

Tina ♥ said...

What a lovely gift! Happy Birthday Autumn! Goodness, she's young to be getting married...I didn't realise she was only 15 when she got engaged! Our girls wait a lot longer over here, usually between the age of 19-25.

jacob said...

Lovely Hopechest
Happy Birthday Autumn.

Mrs. Anna T said...

Happy birthday to Autumn! I love this tradition of a hope chest for young girls.