Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Family United

If you were to think of some of your most treasured objects what would they be? What material items holds special meanings for you?

I am a sentimental person, and could think of many things that I value. I cherish my Bible, my wedding rings, our families photo albums, old love letters these are all things that are near and dear to my heart. Another item I especially love is the Unity Sand vase that my husband and I along with our children created at our wedding that now has a place of honor on the fireplace mantel.

At our beach wedding less than two years ago down at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Eric and I decided we wanted to have a Unity Sand ceremony as a very special way of blending our two families together.

We began the ceremony by placing a small rock in the bottom of a glass vase to represent our religious beliefs as Christ is the foundation of our family, and then we each poured a small amount of colored sand from our separate containers on top of the rock in the vase. My sand was blue, and Eric’s was green representing us as individuals.

Then, one by one, each of our children added their own sand of five different colors on top of ours signifying the blending our two families are now one creating a beautiful colored layering effect. Lastly, Eric and I poured the remaining parts of our sand into the top of the vase together, mixing our blue and green sand together to symbolize that we could never be separated.

As you can see today our beautiful vase sits next our wedding photographs on the fireplace mantle with a candle in the top section.


  1. What a beautiful and meaningful symbol of your "new" family. This entry moved me to tears, Debi.

    As for me, the physical things that have significance are my grandmother's antique sewing cabinet...She pumped that Singer pedal for hours making me beautiful outfits for school. I also have her Bible, which has her highlights and notes in it and a cookbook that has what appear to be chocolate fingerprints in it...her fingerprints.

    I also treasure the little things that my children made with their little hands, just for me. Nothing of monetary value could ever take their place.


  2. How beautiful! I really don't know what objects I cherish other than pictures of my family. I can't think of anything else at this time.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! It's great to see who has been by to visit. Come back soon!

  3. That's a sweet story. I'd never heard of a unity vase before.

    My most treasured possessions are my books and my writings. I guess my computer too.


  4. Great colors in your sand ceremony! We hear about more and more family sand ceremonies. The kids love participating. For future reference, our company offers over 70 designer colors of easy to pour sand.

  5. That's a good idea, Debi. What keeps the sand from mingling the colors?

  6. Great idea Debi. The blended sand is really neat. I like the things that have been passed down for generations in the family. They are the melding of our lives together.

  7. I loved getting to read about you...the little things help us know so much about each other.

    You are one of the kindest, most gentle and caring people I know. To see the cherished vase you all made on your wedding day is an absolute treat. Thank you for sharing it.

    I've not been around much, but am reading through as many entries as I can. Love to you and Eric both!