Below I offer you almost 3 years of my life. When I moved into my house in 2005 I designated one room in my house as a "craft room". I painted one of the walls with chalkboard paint with the idea of jotting down ideas and sketching out patterns. Instead it became a place where my friends left their mark with chalk.
Every couple of years I erase it and start over but before I do I take pictures of each message and picture so that I don't lose the love and laughter that was left in my home just for me. Here I will share with you 2 years worth of visitors. Some of them will never step foot in my house again but, in retrospect, each one left a bigger mark on my life than they did on my wall.
These messages are from my awesome sisters in law. They came to visit me before we were married, before I even had an engagement ring. This is a testament to how wonderful his family is though. They embraced and accepted me as part of their family from the first time we met.
This is from one of my sister's ex-boyfriends. He came to my house one Christmas for dinner with the family and got wrangled into installing my wireless router. I guess it took a while.
I had a party once. I can't even remember for what. But this is from a room mate of my other sister at the time. Moe is awesome.
I think this is from the same party. A friend brought his friend Dirk and at some point in the night we ordered a pizza. The first number we dialed was incorrect and the person called back. This is how Dirk answered the phone.
My awesome sister.
I'm not sure which child drew this awesome Christmas picture but it's a treasure.
Before my Hubby was even my boyfriend and before I ever met his friend Mike I started keeping score of things we knew. I got this point for knowing that "nabs" is a southern term that refers to snack sandwich crackers. More specifically, cheddar crackers with peanut butter filling. This is still the score.
I think this is from my other sister, Tabitha. If it's not and you lay claim to loving me, let me know so I can give you credit.
This is from one of my cousins. Either Ian or Ryan. I'm not sure which one. I'm not sure if it's grammatically correct or if it's even all in the same language. But what do I know?
Either Heather or Tabitha. It's a heart full of siblings. It makes my heart smile.
A bad series of dates. However, that bad series of dates is partially what led me to realize that I was head over heels in love with the man that is now my husband. So I appreciate that bad series of dates.
Tabitha went to Canada for an internship shortly after she wrote this on my wall. She was gone a couple of months and then came home but there was never any chance of forgetting where she was while she was gone.
My adorable friend Kayla. She's the daughter of a friend and co-worker of my parents. My mom says that she's just like me when I was younger. I hope Kayla takes that as a compliment. I do.
My godson's mother marked his height at the time of their visit. He's 4 now. Amazing.
I think I drew this. This is the extent of my artistic ability.
This is my most cherished message. My Aunt Sherri left this one at my Mom's 51st birthday party. She passed away the next April after fighting breast cancer like a champ. I won't erase this one. I can't. I'm thinking of cutting out the piece of wall that it's on and framing it to take with me when I move.
So that's me. Or, 3 years of me. In those 3 years I went from being alone in my home and without a relationship to being married and a housewife. It's been a heck of a ride.