14th Street is home

14th Street is home

We have had a lot of homes together, considering that our move to Greeley ranks #12 on the ‘how many times we’ve moved’ list. Crazy!

I remember early on in our missions career a friend saying that she came to terms with all the moving because each move meant that she could redecorate her house. That made me smile. It added a silver lining to an often overwhelming reality: moving a lot.

So here we are, in a cute gingerbread rental in this new-to-us-as-a-couple town. It’s our new home. It’s a new place to set up, to decorate. My favorite! I really wish all of you could come over and see our place in person, maybe stay for dinner. But in the meantime, until you can come over (because we have … a … guest room!) this blog tour will have to do.

Welcome!
Welcome!
Our charming rental.
Our charming rental.
The Hobbit front door.
The Hobbit front door.
Even the mailbox is cute!
Even the mailbox is cute!

It’s weird setting up a home when you’ve had so many different homes scattered around the world because you have bits and pieces, little souvenirs, like baskets hanging on the wall, that remind you of other places you’ve lived. It’s a mix of emotions as you remember friends in other places, the good times along with the bad that have taken place there, and the lessons learned the hard way. Our place is like a little museum of places we’ve been that mean something to us. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. It may not look like your typical 14th Street home décor, but it’s our place, our memories, and our big and small souvenirs that remind us of where we’ve been.

Come on in! (That doorknob though.)
Come on in! (That doorknob though.)
Chez Nous. Our place. The living room.
Chez Nous. Our place. The living room.
The kitchen table, where people gather.
The kitchen table, where people gather.
You'll see baskets and hints of zebras. (That picture one first place at the Scioto County Fair one year. Whoop!)
You’ll see baskets and hints of zebras. (That picture one first place at the Scioto County Fair one year. Whoop!)
Ain't that the truth.
Ain’t that the truth. Thanks for the pillow, mom!
I am so happy to be reunited with my gumball machine. #kidsloveme
I am so happy to be reunited with my gumball machine. #kidsloveme
The bathroom, featuring stripes and more baskets.
The bathroom, featuring stripes and more baskets.
Little mementos of a place we loved in Dakar.
Little mementos of a place we loved in Dakar.
Our coffee nook. Thanks for the rug, Karen!
Our coffee nook. Thanks for the rug, Karen! Thanks for the dresser, Diane!
A few travel memories: piroque / canoe wood from Senegal, a framed painting from our honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, a picture of ancient pottery we dug for in Bolivia, and a picture of the beach and clear waters in Cancun.
A few travel memories: piroque / canoe wood from Senegal, a framed painting from our honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, a picture of ancient pottery we dug for in Bolivia, and a picture of the beach and clear waters in Cancun.
That red teapot has been around the world and then back again. Remember that, Laura?
That red teapot has been around the world and then back again. Remember that, Laura?
Shawn in the kitchen making hummus, missing our Lebanese friends Shady and Mirna.
Shawn in the kitchen making hummus, missing our Lebanese friends Shady and Mirna.
Rinsing the chickpeas.
Rinsing the chickpeas.
A unique feature: a fold-down phone chair. Old homes are so cute.
A unique feature: a fold-down phone chair. Old homes are so cute.
Our room. To come: framed pictures on the wall.
Our room. To come: framed pictures on the wall.
The guestroom / aka: YOUR room when you come to visit. Thanks for the headboard, Karen!
The guestroom / aka: YOUR room when you come to visit. Thanks for the headboard, Karen!

Thankful that we can call 14th Street home,

s&j


4 thoughts on “14th Street is home

  1. Too bad we didn’t know you 10 years ago. We could have used your interior design talent at Patio and Dining Lifestyles. I hope you are adjusting well to life in Colorado and you getting settled in. May God bring you peace and joy and hopefully we’ll see you some day when we come back.

  2. It’s a lovely home and it looks like you have done a good job of decorating it. I hope you can relax and enjoy it. Best wishes to both of you.

  3. Wow I love it ALL. You have such great taste. I love all the colors and special knick knacks. My favorite part is the coffee nook! :)

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