…thoughts from my heart on my love for God, family and the care and decorating of our home

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


The theme for this week’s Display Chain hosted by Misi at 1890 Gable House Musings is “Displayed Sentiments”.  One thing that tugs at my sentimental heart is family.  We have a large family and I could write a book about memories and “heart tugs” related to each member – but I have chosen just a few to share today.

The first sentiment I would like to share is something special our SIL did for our family.  While he was serving our country in the Air Force he had this flag flown on a combat mission over Afghanistan in honor of our family.  The authenticating certificate reads, “In honor of the Beck Family from the Men and Women of the 71st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron”.  I am so grateful to the men and women who serve our country and my heart is touched each time I pass by this display.  Our SIL is pictured in the photo on the left and our son, who served in the Marines, is pictured on the right.


Another sentiment that touches my heart is a poem that our granddaughter wrote for a school assignment and then printed (in red, which is my favorite color) and had framed for my 60th birthday.  Hannah and I share the same birthday and this was written days before she turned 13.  The poem is entitled “Where I Am From”.  She begins the poem with “I am from” and then lists many family memories/sentiments – like family celebrations, favorite foods at these gatherings, the tradition of the red plate, and then she closes the poem with these words:

I am from a family of encouragement and where everything remotely good is an achievement.

I am from the family that made me who I am.


The last sentiment I would like to share is the gift my precious husband bought me for our anniversary this past June.  It is a dry sink from the 1800’s and was in a price range that is beyond our budget.  We visited the shop a few times over several weeks and DH talked down the price (still too much I thought) but he bought it anyway.  I stood there in the store and cried – I was overwhelmed that he did this for me.  I think he was proud of himself that he had pleased me so.  We use it as a storage island in our kitchen and I fall in love with my husband all over again every time I look at it.


Be sure and visit
Misi’s blog and check out the other Display Chains.


I wanted something special to display on my wire tree and I found just what I was looking for at
Kattywhompus Primitives.  Be sure to visit Rhonda’s blog too for some delightful eye candy.  Here is my tree with the beeswax hearts I ordered from Rhonda – I topped it with a vintage Valentine postcard.  Thanks again Rhonda – I love the hearts!


A few years ago I wanted to express to my husband how much I love him and I came up with the idea to show him love for 14 days (February 1-14).  Each day I did something to express my love to him – a card, a small gift (very inexpensive), a note in his lunch box – many of these items were homemade.  Then on Valentine’s Day I made a special dinner for him and made the whole evening all about him.  One of the gifts I gave him, which we still use, is this heart shaped pocket pillow.  The pillow stays on our bed year round and we use the pocket for leaving love notes and special treats for each other.


Thank you all for stopping by and don’t forget to express your love to those who are special to you.



Robyn~Primlish said...

Oh how sweet is that pocket pillow! I love your drysink!! What a sweetie that man is!
I really love that poem! All your sentiments are so special, thank you for sharing them with us!

Kattywhompus Primitives said...

Hi Sue,
What a wonderful family you have...I must agree with your granddaughter. :)

You very nearly made me cry with the story of your hubby proudly buying the dry sink for you. The thought of you standing in the store overwhelmed at his generous gift...oh my.

And your heart pillow with the sweet and romantic. I think I shall have to make one for Mr. Kattywhompus. :)

Awww...thanks for the "shout out". :) So glad you are enjoying the little hearts.

Thanks for sharing Sue!
Hugs to you,

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Sue~
Thanks for sharing some of your sentiments! I also have a flag from our son who served in Iraq and it means so much to us too!!
How very special to share a birthday with your granddaughter!! I know she must think that is pretty special as well!!
A dry sink for an anniversary gift is truly amazing and congratulate your hubby on a job well done!!
Also love the hearts by Rhonda for your sweet special!
Thanks for stopping by my blog as well and always leaving encouraging messages!!
Warm Blessings~~

cottageprims said...

Lovely sentiments.The 14 days of Valentines is a wonderful idea! Warm Blessings!~Amy

Misi said...

I am touched by your whole family! Loving sentiments expressed everyday..You are truly blessed.
Thank you for sharing...It's good to see you back :0)
{{Hugs to you}}

A Primitive Homestead said...

All heart touching. A big thanks to your Son & SIL for their service. Your dry sink is a beauty. Your little pillow is a wonderful way to keep connected. Blessings!

bettyj said...

Sue, what wonderful sentiments. I was touched by it all. The flag was just an unusual gift.My son and brother in law were both Marines. The poem by your granddaughter, and the dry sink. Then the pillow. What a wonderful loving family and it shows.
Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Hi, Sue
Very touching to the heart! Wonderful post!
Glad you could join back in, missed you posting on Tuesday's!

prims by olde lady morgan said...

Sue, all so wonderful! Love it all... the dry sink, I would cryed too! It is perfect! OLM

bittersweetandprim said...

Good Morning, thanks for becoming a follower of my blog and I am now one of yours! I love your little heart tree! Its perfect! I will be back to see you often.

Angie Berry said...

Oh goodness, I didn't know this was going to be a tear-jerker! What a wonderful sentiment your SIL framed with her and your son's pictures, that is truly an heirloom piece! Hannah's sentiment is wonderful, also! What a sweet thing for a teenager to say about her family... just goes to show all the love in your family!

I LOVE your dry sink! Your sweet hubby did a great job! Your pillow is a wonderful idea! Hubby and I do these things for each other also. I will have to come up with a pocket pillow for us too. Thanks for the sweet idea.

Rhonda's beeswax hearts are delightful on your wire tree. Sweet idea to add a vintage postcard as the topper!

Have a wonderful week, Sue~