Every Friday I check in to LaurieAnna's blog to see her Vintage Farmhouse Friday party and all the participants' pretties...just because I love farmhouses.
Today I really really liked her post. In it she said, while she was appearing on the Nate Berkus show that Maya Angelou had said,
"When people plant flowers in window boxes it means they are claiming their space."
She thought it was a lovely sentiment, and I absolutely must agree. It warms my heart to read her observation and pondering of such a simple act performed by many women.
Flowers bring cheer, color, nature, and homey-ness to a house. Now, below you will see that a flower box came built-in with this new nest, and the impatience are still going strong - even after a low of 29 this morning. Tough little flowers. **being placed where there is a roof overhang may help a little!
Since I could not plant in it yet, I worked on another little spot of this "porch" to claim my space here in this home on Thunderbird Road in Cedar Rapids.
Next to the front door I placed some pieces that make up my own little snap of FALL flavor - an autumn vignette if you will. It says This Southern girl has taken up residence here, and this is a part of what makes me.....ME! The bottle holder and vintage milk bottles holding the flowers used to be in my previous kitchen on the island, but are now outside!
The two nests on the small urns were each sitting empty on top of different gutters at the front and back corners of this NEST of mine. Kurt and Kam knocked them down for me and they now grace the cart holding rose petals. Those red roses were a bouquet of a dozen - given to me by my cherished hubby on Oct. 11th. the 33rd anniversary of our first date...He makes me feel loved...
And so that is what I share today. I am claiming this home, day by day, space by space, nook by nook....making it a special and familiar place for my men to come home and feel comfortable, accepted, and loved. Hopefully, visitors who drop by will feel the same. I am very very glad to be here.
God is good.
I hope that you have a special place, or a task or act you are doing this season to claim your home once again as YOUR SPOT...letting others who pass by get a glimpse of who you are and spreading a bit of cheer or a smile.
Everyone have a pleasant weekend and cherish your family and friends. You yourself are special and whatever you do to share yourself with others is a gift!
Hugs to all bloggy sisters. Thanks for prayers for our military heroes...