I’ve been feeling great recently.
Last week, we had the letter through from the Estate Agents to say our contracts had exchanged; nobody could back out now! This means that the keys will soon be in my hands and it all feels very real.
That said, I didn’t want to write about my excitement to move until actually moved. I want to be able to say to you all “Guess what?! I have the keys!”. Still, since I can barely think of anything other than the move right now, I want to share with you something that is also very special to me.
What you see here, is a wooden chest and a pillow.
The other night my parents surprised Kirsty and myself with these gifts. The pillow was handmade by my Mom, whilst my Dad crafted the chest. How incredible is that? This is honestly one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. The chest was actually full of little household bits; kitchen utensils, chopping boards, measuring jugs, the kind of thing you forget to buy for yourself when you move. These little gifts, however, are not what made the whole thing special. It was the love that has gone into the handcrafted parts, the thought that had gone into the whole thing, and it was how we could decorate our new home with all these wonderful things.
We already know that we want these gifts in our new house, in the corner of the bedroom or at the end of the bed, and in the future, when the box is cleared of all the little gifts, we’re going to use the chest as a box of memories. We’re going to fill it with keepsakes across the years; things we want to remember and treasure. Memory boxes have always been very important to me. I like to keep things; ticket stubs, notes, picture albums. I’m a bit of a hoarder in that regard. Memory boxes have always been quite personal though, they’ve been something I kept for myself, but now, along with our house, Kirsty and I have a box of memories to share together.
Oh, and why Paris I hear you ask? That was our first holiday together. It will always be very special!
Do you keep a memory box? Or have any treasured hand made gifts?