The Sweetest Things

So for the past week, I have been laying awake each night unable to fully sleep because my son has a cough. After a few days of interrupted sleep, I was starting to feel a bit in over my head with life. Little things were falling through the cracks. Like laundry and dust bunnies. Oh, and I forgot to feed my son last night. Silly me.

When things like that start to happen usually my dear hubby swings into action. And last night was no exception. Bless his heart, he was running around sweeping and grabbing the miscellaneous clothing that was hanging off every bathtub and doorknob and bedpost. But the BEST part was he said, “Luke and I are sleeping in the car tonight!” Yep, they were going car camping in our driveway. All so mommy could sleep through the night. Isn’t that the sweetest thing?

When my son was just a few weeks old I encountered similar treatment. When I was sleep-deprived and almost delirious, my sweet hubby would take a couple of ice cube trays filled with pumped milk, stick it in the freezer, and head out to the living room to sleep on the floor with our precious son. Back then, sleeping four hours in a row was pure heaven. And I was treated to that luxury now and then. Or maybe it wasn’t so much a luxury as it was for everyone’s safety. Sleep deprived delirious moms can get a little crazy.

So as long as we are talking about the sweetest things, here is a little peek at a couple of ways we use things in our house to be gentle reminders of love and warm feelings.

We keep the fires burning. My sweet hubby gave me this giant teacup as a gift one time. To put it to good use every day, we have a candle in it. A burning candle in a lovely gift like this always reminds me that I am loved.

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Also in our entry we have a beautiful Tiffany lamp. A gift we splurged on from one of our favorite stores Rejuvenation. We can’t afford anything in that store, but once in a blue moon we throw caution to the wind on an anniversary and buy something like a special light fixture. Having this lamp all lit up with its colors glowing tells my hubby I love him when he comes in the door after work.

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Also in this picture you can see a stack of books. These are some of my husband’s favorites. The red Lord of the Rings book in the stack was a collector’s edition book I gave him on our first Valentine’s Day together, so it holds special meaning.

This next photo is of a simple collage we made of very special place my husband and I have been many times. Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon. It is a quirky old hotel for book lovers. No modern amenities, no phones or TVs, but a place where you can truly escape to listen to the ocean, read a book, or just spend time with someone you love. It really embodies what our home is to us today. With the exception of the lack of modern amenities. We try to create an escape in our own home and I think we were truly inspired by this quirky hotel.

We created this collage on the cheap–just three line drawing postcards we had bought from the hotel (showing rooms we have stayed in) and taped them onto black paper and put in a frame I spray painted black.


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Also, you can barely see our bed peeking out from the bottom of this picture. That was another anniversary splurge from Rejuvenation.

I could go on all day with little stories of this and that. But I think this is more than enough for one post. Now you’ve had a little glimpse into the quirky, romantic, inspired life we try to create for ourselves. And to us, it is one of life’s sweetest things.

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  1. Hello! You have a sweet little blog! Love the teacup! I live in Oregon too. Originally from the Williamette Valley…Eugene area so been to Portland many times. We now live in La Pine. Love Newport…fun place and love the old town area. Be back to visit! cherry

  2. I randomly came across your site and I love it! Reading through your articles. When you describe how you were a weird child for being obsessed with houses and rooms, I had to laugh because I too was a “quiky” (as my grandmother puts it) child. I always used to draw my dream houses and each had their own style and mood.

    Now, onto why I’m commenting on this piece. I saw the Bilbo quote… and then the stack of Tolkien books. Reading about his worlds have had a huge impact on my imagination ever since I first read them as a child. And then the films came out and now I am more hooked than ever. So much, infact that my most recent “look” I am calling “Middle Earth Chic”.

    Sorry for the rambles. Haha. Love the site. Take care!

    -Carol <3

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