Saturday, July 28, 2012

Miss Larrisa Rose

Happy Saturday everyone, the best day of the week! For the most part the dream kitchen is done and life is somewhat back to normal. The upside, except for a few small details like a paper towel holder, towel rack and accessorizing we're done...the down side, as mentioned in my last post you don't get to see it yet until after the August reveal...August 27th to be exact :O)
In the meantime, I'm going to veer off course for a less traveled road, well for for me anyway...I decided to do a post about two things I don't normally put much thought into; dolls and the color pink. Not that I don't like either but because I'm too busy thinking up the next remodel project and because I'd rather be organizing my house and creating than playing with dolls which is what this post is all about...two dolls and the color pink. I don't have a lot of pink in my house except in this room which also doubles as a guest room.

So today I've decided to do a post on a lovely little doll that came into my life many years ago and left an indelible memory in my heart forever...

meet sweet Miss Rose with the beautiful smile...

When Rose came into my life 18 years ago I had no idea we would become such good friends and become as close as we did. She was "elderly" if I dare say that, but I mean it in the sense that she was well into her senior years at that time and I was in my 30's which meant we were at different places in our lives chronologically speaking.
But the more I got to know her, the more I soon realized we had much more in common than I could have ever thought possible. She loved her husband and family and she loved to laugh and enjoy each day. She loved to cook, loved celebrating and being with family and loved her home. Most importantly, Rose had a keen sense of humor and the just loved life...simply said, Rose was a women after my own heart and the more I got to know her the more I realized age means nothing when you have kindred spirits and friendship.

When my sweet friend passed away last year at age 96, it was a like loosing a family member and dear friend. I missed our frequent "chats and giggles" as we used to say to each other. I missed her smile and the kindness she always bestowed upon me whenever we saw each other. She had a way of making me feel as if I was the most important person in her life and that I made her day she most certainly always made my day better no matter what was happening in life!

One of the many blessings that came out of my friendship with Rose was getting to know her family and especially her daughter and son-in law...

Shortly after Miss Rose was gone in the month of December, her daughter called and asked if we could meet for lunch. She and her husband picked me up and off we went. The three of us were having a lovely time catching up when they pulled out a beautifully wrapped package...a Christmas gift and a special remembrance of Rose, my sweet friend...
As I opened the gift, I saw this beautiful, beautiful face looking at me, so pretty, so sweet all dressed in pink Moire satin, ribbons and lace...

and her name was
She was just the sweetest thing I had ever seen...from her lovely little bonnet down to her lace covered shoes and crocheted stockings, she was beautiful!
As I began to open the box she "lived in", I noticed in some ways she looked like my friend Rose. She had dark hair like Rose,
and the most beautiful eyes like Rose...
But most of all, she reminded me of Miss Rose because according to her daughter, Rose collected dolls and this was her favorite. Her favorite...and I was being handed this precious gift...Rose's favorite...what a sweet honor to now become her caretaker...
That day, I named this lovely doll, "Larissa Rose" in remembrance of Rose and the memories she'll forever hold in my heart.
Larissa Rose is now residing in my SEWING ROOM 
and when I walk past the room or into it,
see sweet Larissa Rose smiling back at me and remember a lovely friendship shared and how thankful I am two paths crossed in life to share a little of each other's journey...

Beverly at How Sweet the Sound
for her Pink Saturday
and her birthday!
Happy birthday Beverly 
and thank you for hosting another sweet pink party!


  1. What an absolutely beautiful post! What a special lady and friendship. I have often had friends older than myself and those are some of my favorites. I love the wisdom and grace that I can learn from them. What an honor to receive such a special gift. I know you treasure her!

    1. Thank Kathryn this was a heart warming post to write,
      And like you mentioned, I thought about that many times with Rose; her wisdom and grace always came through.

  2. Sweet Larissa Rose, and this story of your friendship. Age is really of no import when it comes to friends and soul mates and deeply held views and common interests. That is an honor for you to make a home for this beautiful doll.

  3. Terry- I read every word of your beautiful story. How wonderful to have such a tangible item to remember your friend with...sweet Larissa Rose! xo Diana

  4. What a sweet and precious story! Ahhhh... nothing like a true friend, how dear that her daughter thought the gift would be perfect for you. Her daughter must be a lot like her mother...

    Thanks for coming by... I love it... it gives me a chance to meet new bloggers.


  5. You and Rose were kindred spirits. I believe people come into our lives for a reason, and I can see that Rose loved and treasured you as you did her.

    Your Larissa Rose is a forever treasure. Thank you for sharing your friendship with us.

    And, thank you for the birthday wishes, Terry. Happy Pink Saturday.

  6. Beautiful... I have some antique dolls and it is wonderful to have one 'who' is a good memory of a good friend.

  7. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. What a sweet, sweet testament to friendship that spans generations without cause for age differences. Love this post.


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