Finding Perspective + A Vintage Telephone
As I type this post I’m sipping on coffee (obviously) and watching it rain. And to be honest, I feel like I’m just trying to catch my breath after the emotional whirlwind of these past couple weeks. My mom’s emergency surgery happened two weeks ago today, which feels a bit surreal. And I know I haven’t talked about the specific details, but I will say it’s a miracle she’s alive. It really was that close and it gives me chills to even think back to that night. It was a nightmare for sure. But I’m so happy to say that she is doing much better now. She does still have a lot of recovery ahead of her, but she’s one tough cookie so I know it will be ok. God is good! Again I want to thank you all for the prayers and well wishes for her and our family. I’m truly so grateful for each and every one of you and I’ll never be able to tell you how much your support and love means to me. And I have to say, going through that ordeal really put SO much back into perspective for me. It reminded me how precious life is and how quickly things can change, especially when you least expect it. It was definitely a painful reminder, but it renewed my heart to cherish the little moments with the people I love, because it’s really those simple things that mean the very most to me. It also put into perspective some of the silly things that I worry about and stress over, because nine times out of ten those things don’t matter in the grand scheme of life and they only take away from our happiness each day. It’s so easy to get caught up in things that distract us from what truly matters in life, which is sad when you stop and really think about how often we let that happen. But this whole ordeal helped me refocus on what is most important and for that I am grateful. Anyway, you probably weren’t expecting things to get so deep on a Wednesday morning, huh?! Yeah, I wasn’t either. How about we shift gears and chat about the coolest antique telephone that I just put in our dining room!
OK, how stinkin’ awesome is this thing?! I mean, when it comes to vintage decor this is pretty high up on the cool list. This is an early 1900’s hand crank telephone and it’s been in our family for years. I honestly don’t even know the whole story on it, but it was in my Grandpa’s house for as long as I can remember. Then my mom had it and now I have it. Can you even imagine what it would’ve been like to talk on this telephone? It’s kind of crazy to think about how far technology has come from the days of hand crank telephones.
It took me quite a while to figure out where to put this guy because it’s a lot bigger than it looks. It sticks out from the wall about twelve inches or so, which makes finding a spot for it a bit of a challenge. But I finally settled on this corner in the dining room and I’m pretty happy with it. And that sucker is HEAVY, so we had to mount it to the studs in the wall in order to make sure it doesn’t come tumbling down.
I picked up this vintage sewing machine drawer a few weeks ago at an antique shop. Of course I painted it white and I loooooove it. I just propped up an old hymnal in there for now, along with a few bundles of book pages, but I’ve used faux plants in there too and it’s super cute. I need 10 more!
The thing I love about vintage decor is that every piece has a story. This phone has been around over 100 years now and it’s just really cool to think about the journey it’s taken to get here. We have so many interesting and fun things like this antique telephone around our home now and I love them all. I’m so lucky that I get to share my obsession with vintage with you guys here. I mean, you all get it and I love that. And thanks for letting me ramble about life too. You are the best. xoxo
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