Handprints to Treasure

Handprints to Treasure

Ashes to Snow reminded me of  Handprints to Treasure, a post I wrote back in March 2010. I updated this post and wanted to once again share the importance of our handprints.

Joe and Cole would hold their hands together and measure them: Joe would tell him how strong and big his hands were becoming. The other night, as Cole laced his fingers with mine, he wondered if his hands were bigger now than his dad’s. He wished he could measure his hands against his dad’s: I wished he could too.

Hindsight, of course, is 20/20. This weekend in New Mexico, Cole and I will help my dad blow out eighty birthday candles and I will turn my hindsight into foresight; I will trace around both my parents’ hands and make handprints.

When my world falls down around me,
And the ground is sinking sand,
When peace can’t be found on this earth,
I reach out for your hand.

Someday, someone you know will long to hold your hand just one more time. I hope you will make your own handprint, sign and date it, and save it with your most important papers.

Like a cool, sweet taste of water,
For a tired and thirsty man;
My heart finds peace and my soul is calm,
When I reach out for your hand.

Glad you were in my Odd neighborhood. Feel free to drop by any time. Odd Loves Company and odd loves you and you and you!!


Creating a Hand Print…

Just drawing around your hand with a pencil on a piece of paper will do…but if you want more…

Hand Made Ink Prints (my favorite because it shows the lines in your hand so clearly. Washes off easily)

Dough Handprints

Plaster of Paris Handprint Recipe

Clay Handprint

Paint: your best choice is acrylic paint on white paper.

23 thoughts on “Handprints to Treasure

  1. You constantly amaze me and I feel blessed to have you as my friend! My heart is always touched by who you are becoming. Love you.

  2. Katybeth, BeckyB told me to find you and I’m so glad she did. This is wonderful. I love the idea, I love the colors you used when you did it. I am going to make one for Jenna.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this, Katybeth. I’m making my hand print today (four of them, actually) and will place them with the letters I have written for my children since they were little. Big hugs to you and Cole. Diane

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  6. What beautiful comments; you know me, KB, I have a hand fixation. Your idea is brilliant and one that I will certainly put to use. Thanks for sharing your sentiment and heart, as always.

  7. I had to stop reading after the first bits of the poem for a quick indrawn sob. My Dad’s birthday was Friday, he would have been 82. I so wish I had hand prints from my parents.

    What a wonderful idea! We take baby’s footprints when they are born….we get hand prints made on poster board when they are in grade school. How wonderful to have our parent’s hands to touch forever.

  8. I think this is a wonderful idea. I think I will call a family meeting and have a hand printing party. I would miss not touching all of them. You are so gifted Katybeth. I never seen this in March cause I didnt know you. But I am glad for the repeat. Bless your heart Katybeth, you do inspire me. One to be thankful even more for what I have and never take for granite that what I have will always be here for as long as I want it to be. Air hug and lots of love.

  9. What you wrote is beautiful Katybeth. When my husband and I get married, we did an imprint of our hand in candle wax – there’s a local candel store in Colorado Springs that did that. It wasn’t for anything other than we think it’s cool, but after reading this, I just realize that we may have something more than just beiang “cool”. I will dig into that from my basement and put it up as a reminder. And When I go back home to Indonesia this Springs, I will also ask for my parents and sister handprint. THANK YOU!!!

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