Honor Your Story

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I can pinpoint the very moment when I realized our 13 house journey wasn’t just a sad time I tried not to think about. I realized there actually WAS a story, with adventure and fun times and totally depressed times and all sorts of emotions and with an actual plot and purpose that changed our family and me for the better.

It was the day I received this gift from my friend Dee owner of Red Letter Words. It’s a canvas with all the names of the streets where we lived. And when I opened it I cried like the desperate housewife that I was.

“Because with all that moving and debt and non-white house living (I had a thing for little white houses, still do) and discontentment and guilt about feeling discontent and living in rentals when I wanted to own, I still got what I was looking for: a home.”  –Chapter 1 The Nesting Place

For so long I tried not to think about some of those places that we loved and left behind. But seeing all those names in one place helped me focus on the good parts of getting to live in so many different places. For the first time ever, I felt like it was a privledge to get to move around so much. I realized then that I could focus on the fact that I just wanted to settle down or I could embrace the life we had moves and all.

And my realization after receiving this canvas was the focus of chapter one in our little house book about imperfection.

your story

I bet your life has been like that too. Maybe not with moves, but with something. Let’s just go ahead and celebrate that shall we?

honor your story

To celebrate the book release Dee is giving away one 20×20 gallery wrap custom canvas – whatever color you wish!

And I’m throwing in two signed books from my house to yours. One for you, one to give away.

*US shipping addresses only

Simply leave a comment with what you might put on a custom canvas to enter to win.
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Since that day four years ago Dee no longer sells custom canvases. I asked her if she’d make an exception for us and she’s opening up for custom orders just for the next four days, just for the Nesting Place community! Because documenting where you’ve been is a way to honor your story. You can get a sign with street names, zip codes, countries, or anything you’d like in any color you’d like that isn’t copyrighted.  Custom work is ONLY open thru Sunday, this is a super special favor just for us! Thank you Dee!


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Leave a comment with what you might put on a custom canvas to enter to win your own!

Winner announced on Saturday. Good luck!

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  1. This too shall pass…

  2. Unsure which scripture verse or saying I would put on a canvas, but the opportunity to win one is SO MUCH FUN!!! Thank you!!! Congratulations on your book!

  3. Julie b says:

    All you need is love….Love is all you Need!

  4. Oh I love the idea of a list of places that have been meaningful in my life…

  5. I guess I would go with the places that we have lived, as well.

  6. I would love to put a Hans Christian Anderson quote on a canvas! “Every persons life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.”

  7. Brooksie says:

    I’ve been itching for a canvas with the Oscar Wilde quote “Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.” That honors my story, for sure.

  8. I, right this minute, have been pondering how God has moved in my extended family throughout the generations. When I take time to reflect on it, it reminds me that I am not forgotten in the now. He continues to weave a beautiful story in and through my family. I’m not sure of exact details, but I’d definitely want my canvas to reflect those ideas.

  9. I love the song, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, so something with that song.

  10. Angela Morrison says:

    We have a family saying in our house that our kids (who have kids of their own now) grew up with. It was more or less our family motto. We’d say it to each other when we each needed a hug or encouragement. Simply stated: “Pobody’s Nerfect.”

  11. “Bind my wandering heart to Thee!”. Or “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be BRAVE and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

  12. Ruthie says:

    You know, I’m not sure! I’d have to really think about it. Possibly a hymn or scripture, but I love the idea of the places you’ve lived. We’re about to buy our first home, and in our 17 years of marriage will have moved 10 times. So 10 addresses? :)

  13. Melanie L says:

    Unfortunately, guess I have you beat… I’m now living in my 24th place!!!! I doubt all of my street would fit on the canvas!!! But I would so love to win one, and as for your books…. definitely on my booklist. Fingers crossed… pick me, pick me, pick me… (pretty please)?

  14. When I’ve went through some really really tough times my thought was always “I’m in the palm of Your Hands God”. Countless times I have prayed that and continue to do so. We are ALL in His Hands and I would love that on a canvas. Love, love, LOVE the book and I’m only on chapter one – mad I didn’t buy more for Mothers Day :)

  15. Tricia peringer says:

    If I won I’d give one copy to my mom (she also longs for her own place so I know she’ll soak in encouragement) and the other copy would go to my sweet friend Mandy who is moving away next month and so disappointed to leave a family of friends and roots she thought couldn’t be up rooted. As for the canvas, wow, I’d be so thrilled to choose my own custom sign that I’d have to remind myself that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to make a final decision!!

  16. Carol White says:

    “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10

    It would be so exciting to win a canvas or the books. I did order the book and it should be at my imperfect home when I get home from vacation. Can’t wait to read it!

  17. I would have all eight street names that we have lived on in the past
    28 years! Honoring an imperfect past filled with grief and joy. Yes, indeed.
    Thank you Nester! Wonderfully kind of you and Red Letter Words.

  18. Angela says:

    Either our street history like yours or our city/state history. As former a military family, we have a long address history, but you still have us beat! I’m ordering one whether I win or not, though…just love it!

  19. We’ve just found out that we’re headed for a life of full time itinerant ministry… my hubbie’s been accepted to train as a Methodist minister. So we’re selling our last ever home and will be living in vicarages from now on. It’s emotional. But this fact is true (and it’s what my sign would say) “Home is wherever we are together.”

  20. Rachel says:

    Would love to have this! Not sure what saying I would have on it yet…a saying about home, though.

  21. Jessica White says:

    I love the EPHESIANS-3:20 picture!

  22. This will probably sound strange but I would probably get the names of my cars on there. I cannot have kiddos so I have named (all of) my cars and that would be a cool memento. I have lived on the same block my entire life so that means one street and one avenue I have lived on, so that would look funny. I do also have a few relatives with expanding families and it may be cool to do also?
    Congrats on the book also!

  23. I LOVE the idea of putting the names of the places we’ve lived on it. My husband and I have been married for 4 years and just had our fifth move. Seems we’re going to be a lot like you and your family. We’re currently renting a house (much better than the apartments we’ve been in so far) and hopefully we’ll be there for a while but it’s nice to remember all the places we’ve lived.

  24. I love your list of street names, but we haven’t lived in that many places. Maybe I would add important dates – marriage, birth of kids, etc.

  25. Stephanie Williams says:

    I’d have to decide whether to list all five differnt streets that we’ve lived on since my children were born or just the two where we owned the homes. Or I might just put “Wherever we live is home”.

  26. I would want to be able to look at the scripture passages God gave me in each of the places we lived in. The verse that would hang above our kitchen sink that we would cling to that represented where we were in our journey. It changed with each move. Some of them would be painful reminders but it’s part of our story and God has redeemed it. Thanks!

  27. Natasha says:

    The years teach much which the days never know.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    For some reason it tugs at my heart. I found it right after my brother passed away quite unexpectedly. So many times I’ve asked God ‘why?’ and even though it isn’t scripture, this reassures me there is a plan and I will get through the hard times wiser for the journey.

  28. Stacey says:

    Oh my gosh, I love this! I want to give, like, a million as presents to people! And especially to my husband for Father’s Day. He’s lived in Japan, I’ve lived in Paris, and several other places in between. This would be such a meaningful gift. I love it!

  29. Jen Z. says:

    I love the idea of street names, but our journey is not over yet, so we’ll see!

  30. It would say what I say to my boys every night when I tuck them in: I love you the most, I love you the best, I love your forever and ever.

  31. This would be so fun to have! I am not sure what I would put on the sign, I would probably choose one she already created. I love both your work!

  32. I LoVE this idea! I would put all the street names my husband and I have lived, apart and together. I think I will woodburn one for our home! Thanks dfor the inspiration!

  33. Oh my!! What a generous giveaway. . .I am giddy just thinking about it :)
    What to put on a sign. . I think like your street names, I would have Dee create a sign with all the special places/words/etc that just my hubby and I. . .the 2 of us would get :)

  34. LaRonda says:

    Not sure, but possibly “Awake my soul to live this moment.” Shaun Groves. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  35. Sheila says:

    All the things my husband introduced me to :)

  36. Either one of my favorite verses or the verse from my wedding. “I have found the one my soul loves” Song of Solomon 3:4. I would love to get a copy of your book for me and a friend!

  37. Heather says:

    Not sure yet, but it would likely be one of my favorite Bible verses. I would love to read your book…it’s on my list!

  38. kristenlila says:

    I loved “she knew she was here for such a time as this” I think I would seriously consider that! And would love chance to win th e book!

  39. What a wonderful giveaway. I would like Pride & Prejudice quote : “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” This is how I see my relationship with my husband, and most defiantly with God.

  40. Melanie says:

    Great is Thy faithfulness

  41. I’m not certain what I’d pick, but I’m thinking that Jason Mraz’s words (“I won’t give up on us…”) should end up on a canvas for our master bedroom.

  42. Lori H says:

    “And I said to myself, what a wonderful world”

  43. While my husband was in Physician Assistant school and we were struggling just to make ends meet, this verse always seem to reassure us that the tough times would pass:

    Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

    God has always been faithful to provide even though medical school, and multiple moves with the military. Saw your book release on another blog this week. Can’t wait to get a copy.

  44. “Them as can do has to do for them as can’t. And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices.”
    ― Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

  45. I think I would put the cities we’ve lived in, or the street names. We’ve moved seven times in thirteen years because of my husband’s medical training, and like you said, each place is a part of our story. On another note (kind of), I just got your book in the mail yesterday, and I dove right in! I actually laughed out loud at the story of you getting your canvas in the mail, crying, and having your husband say, “You don’t have to keep it if you don’t want to.” Haha…sometimes we’ve gotta spell it out for the hubbies, bless their hearts! ;)

  46. We are, each of us, angels with only one wing…and we can only fly embracing each other.

  47. Lauren says:

    I would choose a line or two from the hymn that played while I walked down the aisle… Be Thou My Vision. Thanks:)

  48. God is good all the time.

  49. melissa says:

    This is tough – there are so many different things that I can think of, but I would probably lean towards a favorite hymn. I have a true love of hymns and would probably pick Great is Thy Faithfulness, or Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.

  50. Mary B says:

    One of the verses from “be thou my vision”

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