We had some beautiful family heirlooms given to us as wedding gifts – from Benjamin’s parents. The quilt was hand stitched by his great aunts, some porcelain and silver.
I wanted to share how to polish silver. It’s really easy, my mother-in-law taught me! She bought me Wright’s Silver Cream.
It’s like a polish and has a sponge in it. You just rub in the cream and rub it all over the silver.
The tarnish comes off on the sponge and you rinse it off with water and keep going. Then you rinse the entire item in water and wipe it off.
I place our things in this mango wood hutch I bought from Wisteria.
I need to style it a bit more, right now it has Mr. Wonderful’s baby booties, toys, shoes, wedding stuff and the bottom drawers are all my photo albums when I was young.
On another note, I have a little personal story to share. I call my mother-in-law “mom” in person, in emails, and on the phone. I don’t use her first name. When Benjamin and I dated, I addressed her as Mrs. Steffen, that’s just how I was raised and I think as a culture, we’ve just turned too casual. My mom called my grandma (my dad’s mom) “Mom” and I always liked that there was a blend. Like a – you are also my mom, thought. I know the times have changed and I actually think I’m the only one out of anyone I know who calls my mother-in-law “Mom” and not her first name, but I love that Benjamin and I both call each other’s mom and dad’s, “mom” and “dad” I just love it for so many reasons I almost can’t explain.
I remember when it was a few days before I was about to get married and my mom and I were at the kitchen sink and she said, “Nana (my nickname growing up since I couldn’t say my name), when you are married you need to call Benjamin’s mom, ‘mom'” ok?” I love my mom’s heart and her encouragement to do that. I know some parents who might be all territorial with the mom title, like “I’m your mom!” and that’s just kinda of strange to me. I like that saying it says – your mom is my mom and your dad is my dad! Just wanted to share that moment with my mom and how it might not be how most families are now, but it simply makes me happy to have had that conversation with my mom and be able to do what I saw her do with my grandma growing up.