TTT- Hope Chest

When Miss S. came into our home, I immediately got her a hope chest.  Already 18, she {and I} had some catching up to do with this tradition.

She had no idea what I was talking about and acted like she thought it was a silly idea. Until she saw the types of things I was putting in there.  Now, she will point things out when we are out and about and comment how nice an item would be for her hope chest {that girl makes me laugh all the time}

My grandmother had a hope chest for me.  It meant the world to me, a child that did not have many ties to tradition, to have this box of meaningful items given to me when Mike and I married.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the hope chest concept, it is a box {we use a trunk in our family} that is used to collect household items, recipe books, linens, etc. that a girl will need when she becomes a wife {or goes out on her own}.

Some of the items that have made their way into Miss S’s hope chest are:

  • kitchen towels, potholders in an adorable green and brown
  • A recipe book that I compiled with my favorite easy recipes
  • picture frame
  • candle holders

I watch for sales at stores like Kohl’s and Target as well as products from Dayspring.  They have some beautiful home decor items that bring the Word into your home in attractive ways.

She doesn’t know everything I put in there and that is part of the fun.  Jason, our 18 year old son, recently asked “what does a boy have to do to get a hope chest?”  He is all for the equal opportunity 🙂

I am so excited to have someone to pass this tradition on to and, in a few years, Miss S. and I can go shopping for a hope chest for little Sweet Pea.

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates ~Deuteronomy 6:6-7

 

 

What are some traditions you intend to pass down to your kids?

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Comments

  1. I had a hope chest when I was a teen – although, I had forgotten about it until I read this. It will definitely be something that I share with my daughter (in about 40 years maybe? 😉 ).  My family traditions typically revolve around food (shocking, I know) and so my kids know that there are certain things that I cook that I’ve made with a recipe that has been handed down, and so they recognize the significance of it, and think about those people who have had a hand in it.  It’s important to me that they remember my family since they never got to meet some of them.

    • You are right, so many traditions are centered around food in many families.
      glad I brought back the hope chest memory…it is a pleasant one for me too
      🙂

  2. Stacey Westbrook says:

    No daughters for a hope chest in this family (yet..) All boys.  Not many traditions were passed to me or my husband, as we both came from VERY broken homes, so We guess I really haven’t known any to instill into our boys….time to think on up..;) But…that hope chest thing sounds awesome!!

  3. My son is now 16 and I have collected “meaningful” t-shirts over the years (preschool, YMCA, sports, vacation bible schools, etc.) and plan on making a quilt out of them to present to him at his high school graduation. 

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