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And He said unto them. How is is that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?

St. Luke 2:49


A few days ago I was pleasantly surprised to see this beautiful vine form a perfect circle of leaves around our porch foundation..I had never seen it there before nor do I know what kind of a weed it is..It just appeared.

I knew it was a perfect spot to to display my photograph here of the old Norwegian Bible and the plaque that was passed down to me after mother's Estate sale last month. Incidentally two minutes after I got everything set up and shot this image we had a rain storm this morning but I got everything back in the house before it all got drenched.

The Bible had belonged to Aunt Dorothy, who was Dad's oldest sister and presented to her as a gift for her confirmation day in 1910 from someone by the name of A Grimstad. My Dad's parents lived in Norway before they immigrated to America in the early 1900's. The following words were written inside the cover leaf: but I do not know the English translation.

"Lad Guds ord vare en lygti fov dire fod og et lys paa din sti."

Update: I was so excited to learn from Donald Garrett that the English translation of this Bible verse is:

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."Psalm 119: 105

It has always been my favorite Bible verse.

After Aunt Dorothy died, the Bible was passed down to Dad's oldest brother Elmer ...When he died in 1993, the Bible was presented to my father who passed away in 2003....

The little plaque that says " I must be about my Father's business" is another keepsake that belonged to my great grandmother, Anna Turner on my mother's side who had given it to my oldest brother Dennis, for a Christmas gift before she passed away, Nov. 28, 1939..Dennis is no longer with us either ...He died in 1973 at Mendota State Hospital when he was 35 years old.

Mother kept the plaque on her dresser at the home place and also her apartment before she went to the nursing home the first part of last month.....I remember how Dad treasured the old Norwegian Bible too before his stroke and he would bring it out periodically to show us and other relatives. I had not seen this Bible after Mom moved to her apartment and I asked my sister who was in charge of the Estate sale to keep it for me if she found it among the possessions. She brought it to me on her way back to her home in Colorado a few days ago and also the plaque which she almost threw away until she looked at the back of it and saw who it was from. I know in monetary value these possessions are not worth too much but they are family keepsakes of the past and I will treasure them..

15 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    WONDERFUL keepsakes! My wife has her grandfather's German Sunday School songbook from the late 1800s.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    P.S. Google says that quotation is Danish and may be translated as, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (2 Sep 2010):

    Oh thank you, Donald so much for the translation...That coincidentally has always been my favorite Bible verse...The song book you mentioned would be a treasure for your family also.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    Just beautiful, Andrea! What a treasure trove of memories!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    This image is so wonderful accompanied by a great narrative! a great keepsake, Andrea.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    Awwww, I love the story!! And the capture! I like keepsakes too!!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    Priceless! Those things can't be bought. Wonderful shot of these, Andrea! Thanks for sharing the story too.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    These are priceless gifts. No amount of money could buy their worth. A wonderful capture and I so enjoyed reading about your family. Donald is a very smart guy!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    A wonderful story of your priceless family keepsakes!!! Glad that Don could translate it for you : )

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    What a delightful story! I remember so well the television program "Lamp Unto My Feet" from the 1950s. Pretty image, too.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Just very beautiful...

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (4 Sep 2010):

    What a treasure this is..

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (6 Sep 2010):

    So beautifully composed and captured.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (9 Sep 2010):

    heartfelt, and so beautifully portrayed.....

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (9 Sep 2010):

    Andrea, this is a beautiful image.

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