One thing I’ve learned since quitting my job as a first grade teacher and serving my family full time, is that you should surround yourself and your family with things you love. Decor that represents who you are! So many times I have bought something just to fill a space on the wall….picking something out that was nice, not because I loved it….not because it made me feel a certain way…but just because I needed something right there. But what ends up happening is that you take it down, store it in the garage for, ohhhhh 8 months and finally give it away:0) I promised myself in this house and attempting to make a cozy and warm place for us, I would use decor that I loved, that represented our family, and also told a story:0)
When Reggie and I had our first little guy Kel, he couldn’t wait to take us to his hometown, San Juan, Puerto Rico to visit his dad,aunt, uncles, cousins and his Mimi…
*Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. It’s citizens have all the voting rights and benefits of American citizens. So YES Reggie is an American citizen. :0) You wouldn’t believe how many people don’t know that! lol!
She cooked us lots of yummy food, spent sometime with her 4th great grandchild and we all made some special moments:0) But about 5 months later Reggie’s Mimi passed away. Reggie was so heart broken as so was the rest of his family. While he was out there to lay her to rest he was able to pick up some things from her house to remember her by. One of the things he ended up taking was her set of keys. He told me that he remembered visiting his grandmother every summer and her shuffling to the gate to open it up for them. He could remember the jingle along with her smile as she greeted them at the door. I remember him telling me this story and being in awe of the love he had for her.
So the other day while I was cleaning out the kitchen drawers I found her keys. I knew I couldn’t just toss them because they meant so much to Reggie, but it was such a shame to keep them in a drawer for another year, so I decided to put them on display in our home and gift them to him as a special Father’s Day gift. And if anyone every asked what they were or what “this” was, Reggie could proudly tell the story of his Mimi and how special she was to him.
I order some vinyl lettering from Miss Shelley , used some 1×3’s from a left over project, some brass hooks, paint and went to work!
I had know idea what the keys were from so I just imagined what she must have used them for. In the bunch of bronze keys there was one big silver key….I imagined it was a key she left for us all…..the key to HEAVEN…always attainable…always available. All we have to do is accept Jesus into our hearts, pick up the cross and follow him!
I am still looking for the perfect spot to display her keys but for now it hangs in our living room for all to see! Reggie stared at it for awhile reminiscing about his childhood and the Puerto Rico summers with his Mimi:0)
Happy Father’s Day, to a man that is such an inspiration to me and my biggest fan, an amazing father and a man who is after God’s own heart…love you babe:0)