Mim’s Dishes {Cherishing Holiday Heirlooms}


I never met Mim. I DO know that had I met her, I would have loved her. I have heard so many things about how she loved my daughter-in-law so well. Mim was her grandmother and this past Thanksgiving, she was very much at our Thanksgiving holiday.

My sweet Hannah got out her Mim’s dishes as we were preparing our Thanksgiving meal and made a beautiful table setting full of memories. I loved listening to her share stories of her Mim, how she taught her how to cook special delicacies, and how she had such an impact on the woman that she is today.

I’m so thankful for Mim and sad I never had the privilege to meet her.


Mim’s dishes reminded me of the memories that make us who we are. The holidays after we have lost someone are different and hard and full of tears and laughter, all tied up with memories just like Mim’s dishes.

My special memories are the memories of homemade noodles, the tablecloth to sign, and the amazing fire in the fireplace all cozy with family. I can close my eyes and recall the aromas of the kitchen and the sounds of the Christmas carol clock that bellowed every hour. Those memories make us who we are and help us create our own memories for our families.

Do you have a special keepsake or item from the past that is special to you?

My husband has a very special set of pilgrims that he inherited from his grandparents. We find a special place every year to put them. They remind him of visits to their house and he is flooded with memories from decades ago. I may have called these pilgrims creepy a time or two but fully support them in our holiday decor because they are attached to a memory.

Take time to unwrap those special heirlooms and keepsakes, share the stories, and make the memories because even though I never have met Mim, I feel like we shared a very special Thanksgiving together using her dishes.

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Cheryl Brackemyre
Hey local mommas! I grew up in Centerville, but I now live in Wilmington with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially adding new titles to our names in 2022- Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa). My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand. I love being part of the team at Dayton Mom Collective.


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