One of my greatest pleasures in life is making unexpected connections with the people that I come across. Everyone has a different story, a different talent. Every person is unique. I LOVE discovering people’s stories, talents and qualities.
Looking around my home for this week’s “Small & Simple Things,” I couldn’t help but notice that many of my favorite décor items represented times in my life where I had the privilege of coming across some unexpected relationships.
Years ago I was in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, driving along the beautiful farm-country back roads when a darling Amish boy came into view. He was in front of his house, selling fruits and vegetables along with this suitcase, marked “$10.00.” I knew I couldn’t travel back to Utah with fruits and veggies but I knew I could take the suitcase! I told him I’d love to buy it and gave him a twenty-dollar bill, telling him he could keep the change. He excitedly told me to wait and then went running into the house. A few minutes later, he came back, grinning from ear to ear, with his mother. She, too, was so excited and thanked me over and over for stopping. She said I had made her son very happy. I’ve kept this suitcase with the $10.00 price tag front and center in my house for all these years. It’s a reminder that it is the small and simple things of life that are really the most spectacular of all!
A couple of years ago, two artists from Russia knocked on my door with a bunch of their own paintings for sale. We invited them in and became instant friends as we got to know them better. I immediately fell in love with this painting but wasn’t sure it quite matched the color scheme going on in my main room. I’ve always loved the color orange due to the orange carpet that was in my room growing up… This painting made me almost nostalgic, so I threw caution to the wind and purchased it. After having it framed, I really fell in love with it and have realized life is to short to NOT surround yourself with colors you love!
This is my great aunt’s bible and was given to her in 1915. I never had an opportunity to develop much of an earthly relationship with her, but having her bible has truly bonded me with her spiritually. While it’s falling apart and written in German, it gives me strength to know she read and loved it.
I have so many memories of people whom I didn’t know and sometimes never saw again, but knowing them for those few minutes has impacted my life in so many ways. I’m grateful to have these reminders around my home that every person and every relationship matters.