Sunday, March 14, 2010

Flora's Crowning Beauty

Our home is a little old cottage. There's a lot about our house that we have changed, and a lot that we have kept. But the thing that sold me on our sweet bungalow, was this mantle. I knew from the moment I walked in the very first time, that even if I changed everything else in the house, this would always be my favorite spot in the house. It is the very first thing you see when you walk through the door, like a familiar smile welcoming you in.

From season to season, this mantle changes very little. Maybe some different foliage, or an additional candle every now and then, but for the most part, she stays set. In fall, she warms us with her candlelit glow, and in the spring she welcomes us with new buds starting to bloom.

I've always wondered about what our house's name was. In the past I've toyed around with Ethel, or Ella, or Myrtle...I knew it needed to be a name that sounded like a little old lady who had beauty beyond her years, and wisdom from her age. However, I never settled on anything. That is, until just the other day.

I happened to meet a man who grew up right across the street from my house. He told me all about the sweet lady who lived here, raised her children here, and even held a neighborhood Bible study for all the neighborhood children (fitting, don't you think?). Where do you suppose she had her Bible study? Yes, just to the right of that very mantle. In that moment, I realized that "Flora's" crowning beauty would always be that very spot.

Now go and get all warm and cozy visiting Emily's glimpses of home tour. It's a sure fire way to make you fall in love with home all over again.


Dale said...

Oh, I love this in a thousand ways! How utterly precious.

Dorothy said...

Flora sounds just delightful as is your blog. Can't wait to read more on your blog and more of the ladies sharing their hearts over at Emily's.

Blessings to you,
Dorothy in Arizona

Dorothy said...

Wow Melissa, you are an amazing young woman. I have spent the last few minutes reading your blog and my heart is just so full right now. Your spiritual wisdom and insight is so refreshing and encouraging to me. I am bookmarking your blog and will be back to visit often. Thank you for such special encouragement to my heart -- I am so glad the Lord lead me to your site.

Amy said...

Thanks for your comment Melissa, loved meeting Flora. How wonderful to live somewhere that wraps love around you :)

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Melissa Stover said...

i love the decor there. the white is so fresh looking.

Life Is Crazy Beautiful said...

Was out of town over the weekend, so I'm just getting back around to the "glimpses". Love yours!

LoveCompanion said...

that is beautiful! As you described the mantel, I also thought of our a mantel represents to me what comes around the fireplace of Love, that is our treasured friends who always stay with us, you know those ones who never move an inch, loyal and authentic and true! ;) I love your post and the beauty of the title! hugs, Jenn