Treasure Chest Thursday

Charm Bracelet
charm bracelet
Treasure Chest Thursday is a blog theme that focuses on a family treasure or heirloom.  This sterling silver charm bracelet belonged to my mother, Caroline Livingston, nee Elbert.  She also had a 14k gold charm bracelet, that I don’t have a photo of, with a ton more charms than this one has.  She wore one or the other bracelet to church and on special occasions when she dressed up.  My sister and I loved her bracelets so much that she and my father bought each of us our own silver charm bracelet for Christmas one year.  We would get a new charm for our birthdays, Christmas, or special events, like Confirmation or graduation.  I still have my bracelet packed away in my jewelry box with its memories firmly planted in my head.  Did any of you have a charm bracelet back in the 1970’s?  Comment below and let me know!

Happy 47th Anniversary!

That is what I would be saying to my parents today, if they were still on this Earth.  Today would be their 47th wedding anniversary.  I posted about their wedding previously on this blog, at Happy 45th Anniversary.  My sisters and I still have their wedding photo album and some of the table favors, which are pictured below.  We are very fortunate that our parents saved everything their entire lives!


Happy 45th Anniversary!

Richard Livingston and Caroline Elbert were married on September 19, 1964 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York.  It was a traditional wedding ceremony. The bride wore a beautiful white lace wedding gown with a huge hoop skirt underneath.  Three attendants dressed in teal gowns preceded the bride down the aisle.  The handsome groom and his three attendants stood waiting at the altar in their tuxedos.  The bride’s oldest brother, Richard Elbert, gave her away since her father had died six years earlier.  After the ceremony, they rode to the banquet hall for the reception and catered dinner.  At the reception, they followed all of the wedding traditions.  They cut the cake, danced the first dance, and tossed the bouquet.  After the wedding, they settled down in a small gray house in the small town of Lake Ronkonkoma.

September 19, 2009 would have been their 45th wedding anniversary if they were still alive.  They celebrated 41 years together before my dad passed away.  Below is a photo taken at their 40th anniversary party, thrown by their three daughters.

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!


Wordless Wednesday – Cousins

Wordless Wednesday
Cousins on Easter – circa 1968