red letter

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.
she knew
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!