A few days ago, I shared the Gallery Wall in our master bedroom. I have seriously fallen in love with that wall! Each one of those photos takes me back to another time in our lives, and it’s good for me to remember those special times. Our smiling faces and those old letters are a good reminder of what it’s all about. Sometimes looking at old photos and reading old letters are an escape from the piles of laundry or the constant demands of our family. And one of my favorite parts of the whole thing, is this love note banner.
I feel a story coming on…
Casey and I met our Sophomore year of High School. I still remember the first time I saw him and how my 15 year old heart fell head-over-heals in love. My group of girls and his group of guys switched off dating each other. He and I became best friends. He’d keep his sweaty gym shoes in my locker, and I’d let him tell me which guys I should date. We would call each other in the middle of the night, just to talk, or ask each other dating advice. Even though all of our friends dated each other, he and I NEVER dated each other. We would go on double-dates, but with different partners. One time he did ask me if I’d go to lunch with him. We went to a Mexican restaurant (where we later had our wedding dinner), and we had a great time! On our “date”, he said that his girlfriend (one of my good friends) was out of town, and his mom would be really happy that he went out with someone else. He paid for my lunch and then we both went and hung out at my boyfriend’s house. So you see, we didn’t date each other. He was my best friend and I was secretly in love with him.
After high school, a lot of my guy-friends (including Casey) served LDS missions. They left when they were 19, and they were gone for 2 years, without phone calls, internet, or pretty much any contact with home, besides letters. Casey served in Washington DC, and I wrote him often. At first, it was just friendly, but throughout the two years, we realized how much we both actually liked each other more than just friends. During those two years, letters were everything to us. So much, that our wedding cake topper was a boy and girl kissing over a mailbox. I like to think we fell in love through writing letters to each other. We were married about 5 months after he got home from his mission, and then life happened fast. Now we have 3 little munchkins, a minivan, and a mortgage. This love letter banner has really helped me remember where it all started.
aaanywaaay… Back to the project.
It’s pretty self explanatory, but all I did was print out a few love letters Casey and I have written each other. All of ours were either typed or emailed, but if you have handwritten notes, I think it would add to the charm to use the actual handwritten letter or a copy of it. I took a piece of cardstock (our utility bill) and made a little template of a triangle. I made one big and one small. Then I just traced the triangle onto the love letters, cut them out, and glued them onto a piece of twine. It was REALLY easy, and I LOVE IT!!!
Stop by in a few days and I’ll share that vinyl saying with you. I cut it with my Silhouette and it’s another part of the Gallery wall that I just LOVE!