FFFU Day 9 – It’s the Little Things

Home is not a place…it’s a feeling.

I don’t know who wrote that, but I’m all in. Today I wanted to share some of the little things that make this house our home. That give it feeling. That make it more than just a roof over our heads. For us, and hopefully for everyone who walks through our doors.

The Exterior:

I looked through probably 1,000 different teal paint samples for our front door and finally landed on this one. It might not be perfect, and I might end up changing my mind about it one of these days…but to me when I look at that door I remember the process. The trips to the paint store, holding up swatches in the sunlight outside of our house to see how they looked, going BACK to the paint store for more swatches. I see so much more than a teal door. I see the LOVE that went into picking that specific color. And I know that door welcomes me home.

Mint reminds me of my mama. She started growing it a few years ago, and I just fell in love with the idea through her. I don’t have the time/energy to do a full-blown garden at this point in my life, but these little buckets of mint and lavender in front of our garage are just enough to put a smile on my face.

The Family Room:

Shelves of any kind are an open invitation to make a space your own. You can fill them with “things” that make up various memories and elements of your life. On these shelves we have a plant that belonged to Kade’s mom, some books from our pre-parenting antiquing adventures, our favorite family photo from when Kade judged in San Antonio, a photo of my oldest niece and me back when I was proudly a “childless aunt” and fresh-cut Zinnias from my Aunt Susie’s garden which are a staple in our house during the summer.

On these shelves we have a whole shelf dedicated to Emmy (yes, including her ashes), a family picture from her memorial, and an old camera Kade and I  bought on the road trip we took for our first anniversary. While some of the things I put on our shelves are just to be pretty, most of them are the things that make up the essence of our lives. They are more than just trinkets – they are reminders of the past.

This doesn’t necessarily carry the same sentimental value as the shelves, but it’s a fun, personalized space in our dining room. And the coffee canister did belong to my grandma, so that’s pretty darn cool.

This shelf is above the coffee station in our dining room. That large b/w photograph is of my Papa when he was raising pigs for one of his 4-H projects. My mom had it made into a canvas from a pictures in his record book. There are also pictures of Kade’s grandma and my dad. The rest is just pretty stuff!

This is Lexi’s play area in our family room. Really it’s just special because it’s where we make so many of our memories with her. Stacking blocks, doing puzzles (ok…dumping all the puzzle pieces out on the floor then leaving them for dad!)… it’s a place I hope she associates with getting to enjoy her parents.

Lexi got this kitchen for her 2nd birthday and it too has been such a memory maker! Nothing like “cooking pancakes” with her on a Saturday morning! And the little green apron hanging on the side was a gift she got from my mom for her birthday. My grandma made it for my mom when she was little, so now Lexi get’s to wear her Nana’s apron while playing in her kitchen. 

Lexi’s Room:

Those wings were a gift from the pastor who baptized me when I was a baby, and then did Emmy’s memorial service for us one year after she passed. They hang above Lexi’s crib as a daily reminder that she has the sweetest little guardian angel there is. 

I have this thing about getting / giving gifts that have meaning and will be around for years. That’s why when my parents were searching for a gift for Lexi’s first Christmas, I suggested a wooden rocking horse. She LOVES it now, and down the road it can become a keepsake. I hope one day she gets to watch her babies and grand babies ride it just like she has so many times.

These photos were hung in our stairwell shortly after we got home from the hospital. They were one of the few things we actually unpacked and put up at my parent’s place when we were living there. And they were one of the first things to go up in this house. Because she is and always will be a part of this family.

The Guest Room:

This area makes me happy. I wanted a place in this room where our guests would feel like they could just sit down and relax. Sometimes when you’re visiting someone you just need a few to yourself (coming from an experienced, life-long introvert). I hope this little corner can be that retreat. Bonus: that sweet buffalo photo was taken by a local artist. His work is incredible.

I just have a sweet spot for these little wall planters. They are the absolute cutest!

The Master Bedroom:

I talked a little bit about this door in yesterday’s post. It’s just such a unique piece of this room. Our contractor looked at me a little funny when I told him I wanted to use this as a functioning door, but I think he understood why once we got it hung!

Kade’s nightstand stacked with his current reads and a sweet photo of him and Lex. She loves to run in, look at this picture and scream, “I kissing daddy!!” And that makes it that much sweeter.

My night stand is a similar story. One of my favorite pictures of Lexi and I plus my current reading material. These are the little details that tell you about the humans living in a home.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking this journey with me the past week and a half! It has been a true joy for me to look back on this process, and also to share it with those who were interested. I have truly loved every minute, and am so thankful for all of the kind texts and comments I have received!

I have one more special post to share, but it might be just a few days.

Until then,

The FFFU Mama

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