Sunday, November 2, 2008

From a Storm Came my Family Bible...

Awhile back, I posted a lil tease photo of a post to come... it was a cropped image of the cover of my Family Bible...

Back in August, I spent an afternoon taking photos of the Holy Bible that has been passed down through the generations on my Mom's side of the family... It's an honor to be the current owner of this beautiful, old book.

I placed a penny next to it, so you could get an idea of the size of my Bible... It's BIG... and heavy... too heavy for my weak arms and hands to carry upstairs. I first discovered this Bible at my Grandmother's home during one of our many Summer visits... A storm had suddenly come up, and I was sprawled out on the bed in the guest room with a window open so I could smell the rain... I have always loved Summer storms... Anyway, Grandma came in and laid this big, old Bible on the bed next to me and we spent several hours looking through it... Ever since that day, this Bible became one of my most favorite things "to do" at Grandma's... Often my Mom would look at it with me... In the very front of the book are two photos from her side of the family...

This cute couple standing next to a car are my Great-Great Grandparents...

And this rather serious looking couple are my Great Grandparents...

Many of the pages in the Bible that were meant to be filled in, were left blank... I cannot recall the reason for this... The artwork and type-faces throught this book are simply breathtaking... I really do wish you'd click and enlarge each photo so that you can see and enjoy the fine details and beauty of the craftsmanship from so long ago...






"Translated out of the original tongues..."



My Family Bible was Published in 1895...

Those are just the introduction pages of this amazing Bible... I hope you found them to be as beautiful and fascinating as I do... and, I hope you will want to come back and visit with me, again, to see the upcoming posts of the rest of my Bible... There are pictures of the animals and flowers in the Bible... and so much more... I'm truly excited to be able to share this with you!
God bless...
Until another time... Pearl

12 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

What a treasure! Thank you for sharing it.

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Picket said...

Oh Pearl that was a beautiful post..what a treasure to have passed down to you....Mama has an old one that size that she bought from a traveling salesman many years ago...We all have went thru many bibles in this family but my favorites are the old ones that we have used so much and read from and wrote little notes along the edges and dates of special things...I have a beautiful new one even now that mama & daddy gave me with my name engraved on the front but I still use my old favorite! lol Hope you are having a beautiful day girl!.

Tracie~MPMaison said...

Hi Pearl,
What a beautiful family heirloom. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. I agree, the photos are worth clicking to enjoy all the details of each page ;)
xo~Tracie

ksarra said...

Pearl, thanks so much for sharing your family treasure. I'm looking forward to more. My Mom has a huge white Bible with amazing pictures. I keep my Momma's prayer book on the headboard of my bed.

Maree said...

What wonderful memories, plus the bonus of actually having the bible to read and look at!

Love the detail. We have a big old bible like that, I've never thought to check the date it was published. I have marveled at the beautiful penmanship that put's my handwriting to shame!

Blessings!!

Michelle said...

Pearl,

What a very special family heirloom. I still have the Bible my grandmother gave me when I was baptized at 14. :) I will always treasure it.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Michelle

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Pearl,
What a precious Bible you have. :)
It will be awesome to look at it with you. Hope you are feeling better..
Warmly,
Deb

Penny Engel said...

That was SO touching... beautiful story, and wonderful photographs! I'll be back to see the updates! Loved it!

Marie Antionette said...

Pearl,this Bible is truly amazing.Not only for Gods words ,but the history and its so beautiful,What a family treasure.How proud you must be to be the keeper of it.
I was looking at the ferrets on my right.My daughter has ferrets,thats right I am a ferret grandma.My daughter makes me kiss them hello and goodby.She really don't make me...LOL I love them.
Thank yoy for stoping by.your visits are always welcomed and appreciated.Did you get in my drawing for Nov. 8?Its in the post below the Birthday party for M.A..Just read it and it will tell you the rules.Hugs Marie Antionette

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Pearl, what a beautiful, amazing bible! I just loved reading this post so much! It made me feel all warm inside. It brought back memories of visiting my grandma and sleeping with her in her antique bed in the summer, with the windows open and the smell of rain, listening to wonderful stories of her childhood. Arent those memories the best! Your family bible is such a beautiful keepsake! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful post with us!

Love,
Amy

Kathi said...

Pearl, Your family Bible is such a treasure. It is wonderful that you have it and that it is in such excellent condition. What wonderful memories you have too of being at your grandmother's home and reading it and looking at it with her.

Hugs, Kathi