The Best Gift

On Saturday, my parents came up to join us and watch Gabe’s Tae Kwon Do belt test. After the test, we all gathered back at my house for a bit. When my dad came in, he reached into his pocket and pulled something out. It was a little package. It mostly fit into the palm of his hand. But, that little package was one of the most amazing gifts I could ever get.

That little package held a treasure trove of old family pictures…an absolute buffet of memories and new discoveries. There were almost 50 pictures dating as far back as 1940, my dad’s first year of life. I got to see pictures of people I haven’t seen in years. It’s been so very long since I’ve seen my Gramps…even in a picture. I was reminded of moments that had faded through a combination of time and the age they happened at. I had completely forgotten about my Grandpa Aggie’s boat and the times we went out on it. And, I got to see different versions of moments I’ve see in pictures all of my life. These little pieces of paper, now in digitized form, are truly invaluable to me and I’d like to share a few of them with you.

May Iverson, Martin Iverson, Karin Ann Iverson O'Donnell, Mick O'Donnell, Aline O'Donnell, Owen Joseph O'Donnell Jr. at my parents wedding in Japan

May Iverson, Martin Iverson, Karin Ann Iverson O’Donnell, Mick O’Donnell, Aline O’Donnell, Owen Joseph O’Donnell Jr. at my parents wedding in Japan

Me and my Gramps (my Great-Grandpa Owen Joseph O'Donnell)

Me and my Gramps (my Great-Grandpa Owen Joseph O’Donnell)

L to R - Grandma Aggie; my cousin, Colleen O'Donnell; Grandpa Aggie; my aunt, Dee O'Donnell Carney; my dad, Mick O'Donnell; my mom, Karin Ann Iverson O'Donnell; Gramps; my sister, Keri O'Donnell Shafer; my uncle, Robert Iverson; my Grandma, May Iverson; me; my Grandpa, Martin Iverson...at my sister's baptism in New Jersey

L to R – Grandma Aggie; my cousin, Colleen O’Donnell; Grandpa Aggie; my aunt, Dee O’Donnell Carney; my dad, Mick O’Donnell; my mom, Karin Ann Iverson O’Donnell; Gramps; my sister, Keri O’Donnell Shafer; my uncle, Robert Iverson; my Grandma, May Iverson; me; my Grandpa, Martin Iverson…at my sister’s baptism in New Jersey

Me, Grandpa Aggie (Owen Joseph O'Donnell Jr.), Grandma Aggie (Aline O'Donnell), and my sister, Keri

Me, Grandpa Aggie (Owen Joseph O’Donnell Jr.), Grandma Aggie (Aline O’Donnell), and my sister, Keri

The Cousins... back row - Jimmy O'Donnell, Colleen O'Donnell, Billy O'Donnell middle row - Keri O'Donnell Shafer, me, Katie O'Donnell Lee front row - Becky O'Donnell Gaddie

The Cousins…
back row – Jimmy O’Donnell, Colleen O’Donnell, Billy O’Donnell
middle row – Keri O’Donnell Shafer, me, Katie O’Donnell Lee
front row – Becky O’Donnell Gaddie

and, finally, the earliest picture of the group…

my dad's first Christmas

my dad’s first Christmas

What gift, be it simple or lavish, has meant the most to you?

If you want to see the rest of the pictures, you can see them on my facebook page in this folder.

16 Responses to The Best Gift
  1. Mick(aka Dad)
    December 18, 2012 | 7:19 am

    Glad the pictures brought back such good memories

    • Kristin
      December 19, 2012 | 8:38 pm

      They really did, Dad. Thank you so much for sharing them with me.
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  2. Lori Lavender Luz
    December 18, 2012 | 1:02 pm

    Oh, I loved seeing your history! I can see why this gift means so much to you.
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    • Kristin
      December 19, 2012 | 8:42 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Lori. It means so much to be able to share this with my friends.
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  3. Another Dreamer
    December 18, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    Definitely a precious gift!

    • Kristin
      December 19, 2012 | 8:51 pm

      It really is, isn’t it? I want to scan and digitize all my parents’ old photos. That way they will never be lost.
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  4. Justine
    December 18, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    what an awesome gift!

    I don’t think I have anything like this … except maybe the cards my husband makes for our anniversary every year.
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    • Kristin
      December 19, 2012 | 9:25 pm

      I think it’s really cool that your husband makes you a card for your anniversary each year…what a wonderfully romantic gift.
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  5. Battynurse
    December 18, 2012 | 5:30 pm

    I love old photos and did finally get some from my mom and my aunt. Years ago I ad gotten a bunch from my grandma and somewhere along one of my moves I lost them. It still makes me want to cry.

    • Kristin
      December 19, 2012 | 9:27 pm

      How sad that your photos got lost during a move. My husband lost some irreplaceable photos and collectibles when his family moved from Germany to North Carolina.
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  6. Jamie
    December 21, 2012 | 11:01 am

    How wonderful and amazing! I adore the simple things like this! Happy ICLW!
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  7. Stephanie
    December 21, 2012 | 11:22 am

    Happy ICLW! What great memories and history in those photos!
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  8. Jennifer
    December 21, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    Happy ICLW!
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  9. Amber
    December 21, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    Oh that really is an awesome gift! I love pictures 🙂

  10. Rebecca
    December 21, 2012 | 4:25 pm

    Hi from ICLW. Love the old pictures.

  11. Nasreen
    January 7, 2013 | 10:44 am

    Love the pictures… there’s something about black and white that is just so nostalgic and romantic and makes life look more glamorous!
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