Monday, December 6, 2010

Over the Fireplace

When we first remodeled our kitchen, I had a whole slew of ideas on how I wanted to decorate it. I had boxes and boxes of decorations that I'd collected over the course of my marriage, and I couldn't wait to get them up and around our new space.

Then I had my baby. And, he pushed all ideas of decorating right to the back burner. Where, quite frankly, they belonged - as I adjusted to life with him as part of our family.

But, this past week, I finally did something I've wanted to do since the first time I crawled out of the back seat of our realtor's car, walked hand in hand with my husband into what would become our home, and saw the kitchen.

I hung their photos above the fireplace.



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Photos that I, their Momma, took of each of them in moments when their expressions captured the spirit of who they are.



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And, whether I'm sitting on a chair nursing the baby while my older boys coat the floor below them with crumbs...



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Or pouring my first morning cup of coffee before the sun has even risen...


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When I look up, I see their faces.

The beautiful, sweet-cheeked gifts that make everything I do - absolutely, positively, exhaustingly - worth it.


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22 comments:

  1. this is stunning! i love the photos - it looks like you captured their personalities perfectly!

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  2. I love you, Sarah Shortstop.... for the way you build your home into a beautiful place... emotionally and physically.

    It looks amazing. I am calling Pottery Barn and telling them to hire you.

    Ring, ring.

    Em

    PS- You have inspired my lazy derriere to hop up sometime this week and add some Christmas decor to the house. Been kinda busy lately, but it would be a nice touch.

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  3. I love your kitchen/dining area...it's beautifully and warmly decorated. I want to come live at your house!

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  4. Sarah, I think this is a sign that you are "home". I often wondered why you had no pictures of the kids hung here in Michigan...I think you just needed to find "home" to make a home for those faces. Beautiful and you will treasure them forever!!!

    So wish I could stop over and just see you and the boys.

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  5. You did a great job! The photos are great!

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  6. Amazing! You really know how to make a house a home.

    I don't have any children (yet), but we do have a photo collage from our wedding in our living room and it always makes me smile. Pictures of family remind me why I'm here.

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  7. I LOVE this!!! So pretty and so YOU! When they are throwing tantrums on the floor, you can always look up and remember the SWEET faces of the boys you love.

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  8. Pictures ARE my decorations in my home! Love your boys pics!

    Btw, rec'd my Starbuck coupon today - can't wait to try some - THANKS!

    Darleen

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  9. Oh those pictures are precious - just like your boys. You have a beautiful home.

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  10. what size photos did you use sarah? it looks great and i love the little chairs and the votives on them. so sweet!

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  11. I LOVE those photos!! The mantle looks wonderful. You definitely have a knack for decorating and a great eye for photography (of course you have some great subjects too).

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  12. i LOVE these.... they fit perfectly there and definitely capture your boys.

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  13. @3weemonkeys - They're 11" x 17".

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  14. very nice, the pics are awesome =)

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  15. This was such a perfect idea....

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  16. Sarah, you write above somewhere about how crafty you are not. These pictures show it is just not true. You have beautifully crafted your home.

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  17. Where oh where oh where oh where oh where did you get those thing chairs!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    i did something similar above our fireplace with a huge canvas (i only have 1 baby, so he's the focus of our entire house) centered above 4 smaller pictures of him in the moment. it's my favorite space in the whole house.

    those photos of your babies are gorgeous though! absolutely stunning. but i MUST know where you got those tiny chairs from!

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  18. I was wondering if you could tell me the paint color on your wall above the fireplace. I love it.
    my email is ashcraftscrazy8@yahoo.com

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  19. Sorry if this is a duplicate: Can you please tell me where you got the chairs from. brandy.crosby@ymail.com

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