The little church birdhouse: I loved it so much when I saw it, I got one for my mom. It just reminds me of simple priorities. Stripped down from religious things, we get just this simple church where Jesus is the center - not a whole bunch of other stuff. One of my wedding pics is behind it. I also love those - what a great day to start a great life.
My coffee maker: This is the one thing I couldn't wait to have in our new house. It was already here when we moved in. Shawn and Vaughn bought it as a house warming gift to us. The only item in the whole house! It was immediately put to use as we moved in, and it really hasn't stopped since. What can I say? I love my coffee.
The shower head: This is a new purchase. We had this shower head that came with the house that gave us perhaps the most painful showering experience I had ever had. If you had any skin left when you exited the shower - it was so raw it hurt to towel off. Since we installed this new shower head - basic hygiene has been delightful. It is my chance during the day to escape. I wish someone would inform the husband and kids though, as they like to bang on the shower door when ever they need something. Brian actually delights in scaring the crap out of me while I am in there. How rude.
Corks: It's also not a secret that I am a fan of wine. We joined a wine club in CA and have regular shipments to us here in TX. Don't worry, I don't drink as much wine as I do coffee and these corks are a couple years worth of collecting. I just find corks fascinating - plus I like the way they look in my mason jars.
My trusty old sewing machine: Alas, I'd like something a little higher octane than my original 80's era brother, but this is my little piece of happiness right here. I love to sew. There I said it. Last night I was sewing, as per usual, and Jacob asked me what I was making. I truly didn't have the plan entirely worked out in my head so I told him I didn't know yet. He responded in 5 year old fashion, "You have to know, because you are making it." Huh, never thought about that.
A little door knob hanger. I think this came from my wedding shower. I am fairly certain that my Aunt Myrna gave it to me and possibly made it as well. Myrn, did you make this one? Anyhow, it is lovely and it has traveled to each place we have lived (we are on residence #6 - in 6 years - plan to stay here a while). I like it because it is, well, home...
Jar of rocks: These are no ordinary rocks. These are Reba's Crystals. She and her little friend collect these on the playground at school and they come home by the tiny handful in pockets for me to find when doing laundry. To honor their value we store them in the jar in the sink window.
You may see some of these pictures again with more elaborate stories behind them. Sometimes I am hard up for pictures because Brian hordes picture uploading and I am dependent on him (for that). Besides that, you know I love to tell a good story, so I may just be inspired one day to write more. Today, I am just making it through after a night of little sleep due to sick children and looking forward to a night of less sleep with other people's sick children :-) Thanks for understanding...