More Than "Decor"

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I recall seeing a home decor feature by Nate Berkus a few years ago. I don’t remember the details, but in it he showed a lovely framed note that had been hand-written to him by Oprah. His point was that we should surround ourselves in our homes with things that inspire us; give us good memories; or (in my own terms) make our hearts sing!

I don’t have a hand-written note by anyone famous, but I do have one that inspires me greatly. It was written by Sharon Hanson – a dear lady who entered my life last summer. She was in this neck of the woods for only a week, but during that short time, she blessed my socks off!

Before she left, she handed me a note with some quotes on it. They were from a book that we had discussed previously. It has been hanging on my fridge since that day.

As I was pondering the meaning of the words today, it dawned on me that I needed to give it a place of more “importance” than just the fridge. So, I dug out the clearance frame I just purchased and put it in it.

And hung it beside my bedside lamp.

I could have photocopied it and made the margins a bit smaller, but I wanted the “real deal” in the frame. I love the texture of the plain notepaper along with the real ink of her handwriting. Glancing at that note inspires me for more than just the meaning of the words. It also brings back the memory of Sharon and our conversation at the dining room table. She encouraged my heart. She made me feel so cared for. And I want to do that for others.


What do you have in your home that inspires you and brings back great memories when you see it?
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P.P.S. Here is the quote Dear Lady wrote for me: Someone once said “When you love, give it everything you’ve got, and when you’ve reached your limit, give it more and forget the pain of it, because as you face your death it is only the love you have given and received which will count. All the rest – the accomplishments and struggles, the fights – will be forgotten in your reflection, and if you have loved well, then it will have been worth it, and the joy of it will last you through the end. ” “At the moment of death, we will not be judged by the amount of work we have done but by the weight of love we have put into our work.” Mother Teresa (These were taken from the book “Lifegiving” by Tammy Maltley











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  1. What a nice note she gave to you. I love how you framed it and gave it a special place in your home!!
    You blog is fabulous! I'm sending you a e-mail in just a minute 🙂

  2. The whole idea is wonderful, (I'm going to go look on my fridge 🙂 ) but the best part is the quote itself — you just blessed my socks off!

    love Elaine

  3. Thank you, Rita for writing about this. I'm sure you know that this pulls at my heart for personal reasons and this is a precious, meaningful sentiment. Keep up the writing! You are inspirational! <3


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