When DK and I served as Pastors, I would buy a gift for each one of our board member's wives. Then, during our Christmas party, we would have fun... 'white elephant' style. One year, this lonely angel was left. It reminds me of a dear lady in the church who took on sort of a surrogate granny role to our girls. She collected angels... and has since passed due to her battle with cancer, I think of her every time I look at it.
My hubs gifted this Willowtree 'family' to me at Christmas. It represents each of us. The couple who loves to snuggle, the little girl who loves to collect sea shells, and the little girl who holds an extraordinary love of books.
Can you see the baby elephant carved inside the elephant? This is one of the missionary gifts that we have been blessed with over the years. It's hand carved all within one block of wood. Simply amazing. The tree is something hubs and I picked out together. It reminds me of the "Family Team" tree. ;)
The girls and I have made so many canvasses... filled with memories.
Decorating a baby's nursery is always fun. When we were expecting our first miracle, DK bought this wall hanging for me. It was such a cute Boyds Bear nursery, filled with bears of old, that we used it for our second miracle as well. Since
I... they can't part with the decor just yet, it now fills our loft.
These pictures line the shelf in my laundry room. Let's face it. A laundry room needs all the 'happy' it can handle, right? They remind me of an earlier time in motherhood that passed all too quickly. Nator used to say, "I want to hold it." She loved holding Gracie for a minute, then dropping her arms to her side, she'd say, "I'm done." ;)
This hangs over Nator's room and has special meaning because there was a time that I would not buy my girls anything that said 'Princess'. I didn't want people looking at them as if they thought they were better than anyone else. Does that make sense? That was, until I read the book, Gigi, God's Little Princess. Now, we make sure our girls know they are God's Little Princess'. ;)
When I was a little girl, my stuffed animals were limited and at one time, they had to be packed away due to allergies. It broke my heart because I thought they had souls. Don't laugh. ;) Our girls feel the same way and have an abundance of them. They love them and know each of them by name.
Gracie has a love of seashells... and we all love the memories tied to them.
A house full of girls = a love of dance.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend? Nah. I'm more of a costume jewelry kind of girl. Once a year, my hubs takes me to a particular street that is loaded with stores in which you pay wholesale prices. It's worth the trip. Is my love for the jewelry? Well, yes... Ha! Really it's the fact that my family loads up, chauffeurs, and waits while mom shops. Of course, maybe I should have posted a picture of the DVD player in the car... because that's what occupies the girls while mama shops. Dad has his iphone... and patience. ;)
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