God Bless Our Love{Master Bedroom Roomspiration}

“God Bless Our Love” came from a beautiful song by Peter Breinholt called Grow Old With Me.  If you haven’t heard it yet, prepare to be swept away.  The first time I heard it, it reminded me of my marriage.  You can hear the song at the end of this post.

I am ecstatic to share these photos with you!  I don’t know about you, but my bedroom and closet are usually the last on my priority list.  I decided to use the deadline of Roomspiration’s last day to link up, which is TODAY, and get it done.  Nothing like working at the last minute.  I’m linking this one to Just A Touch of Gray.

So we have these picture windows and I haven’t wanted to add window treatments because I love the view.  I’m afraid it might distract from the view too much.  What do you think?

The double doors go to our bathroom.

Shan’s Tips for making your Master Bedroom a couples Oasis:

  • No photos of the kids in the bedroom.  It almost kind of seems like a sin to suggest this, but think about it; we have photos of our kids in every room of our home, right? {At least we do.}  Your Master Bedroom should be a place where you are reminded of the love you and your spouse have together.  It won’t hurt to have one room where you don’t have photos of your kids.  I promise.
  • Photos of you & your spouse.  It’s nice to have at least one photo from your wedding.
  • If possible, try not to have the following things in your bedroom: work items, toys, laundry, hobby stuff…these all take away from the Oasis theme.  You want your room to be a place for you and your spouse to relax and enjoy.  If you’re not sleeping, then you want to be focusing on each other in the room, no distractions.  You can read my thoughts about the importance of Special Time HERE.

Yes, that is my wedding dress you see on the dress form in the corner.  Thanks to one of my very best friends of all time, Kelli, for the idea.  I walked into her Master Bedroom and fell in love.  She, too, had her wedding dress displayed in her room.  My wedding dress was stored in a wedding bag taking up precious room in my closet.  I liked the idea of having it out to see every day.

I feel the dress is a symbol of our wedding vows/covenants.  It has been a good reminder on those days when my husband & I have had an argument or a bad day.  When I walk into the room, I remember that our love is for better and for worse, together forever.  I have to say, it was a little weird at first.  After I first hung it up, when you walk into the room and see it in your peripheral vision…you tend to think someone is there.  We are all used to it now and know it’s not some ghost or anything. {snicker}

On our wedding day…sigh.

I found this mirror for an excellent price of $35 at a local discount store called Walls.  I figured it was the perfect size to hang over our bed.  DH helped me hang it with the Hercules Hooks.  They really work!  They were very easy to use and I don’t worry about it falling on top of us while we are sleeping.  That would be bad!  Anyway, once I found the mirror I knew I wanted to put “God Bless Our Love” on it.  At the present time I can’t remember the name of the online company I ordered it from.  In a future post I will share how I applied the vinyl words with photos and the name of the company I ordered it from.

I use a shadow box, one you can open and close, to display necklaces and jewelry.  Glad to finally have it hung up.  It used to be sitting on top of my dresser for over a year.

I splurged and bought these 3 drawer pulls at Anthropologie.  I wanted a special place to hang my special necklaces.

Hubby bought me this necklace for my Birthday.  It is made by a wonderful company called Harley & MaudeNotice the Family & Joy charms?  Had to share that one 😉

If you are a long time reader of Family Brings Joy, you will recognize this.  I am SO grateful I decided to buy this wood saying “Happy Wife Happy Life.” (T.J. Maxx)  I heard my husband say it once with chagrin.  However, there is much TRUTH to those words.  Don’t you think?  Sometimes husbands need to be reminded of this. 😉  {Love you, honey!}

This is a very special wedding photograph for us.  We were so poor when we got married that we couldn’t afford to pay for any reprints of our wedding photos.  All we could afford was our 5×5 proofs.  One friend bought this 8×10 for us as a wedding gift.  Oh how I cried when I found out how much the photographs were!  AND cried once again when we called the photographer {after we finally could afford buying larger portraits} to find out they had destroyed our negatives.  Sadness.

Found the above beauty at a local store to give my hubby for our 17the wedding anniversary this past May.

The cedar trunk has been passed down to me from my Great Grandparents.

If you recall from my Living Room photos, I love the ocean.  It’s my most favorite place…the waves…the sand.  Ahhhh wish I could be there now typing this on the beach.  Here are two other bottles of sand from our adventures as a family.  These used to be clear, but over time the sun has turned the bottles orange.  The shells are ones we picked up from the beach while on our Disney Cruise for my 40th birthday.  And the photo of the handsome man, {which is DH, of course } was taken on the beach of Disney’s Castaway Cay.

Hope you enjoyed the tour.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I always love to hear from my readers.


P.S. : I was not paid by any of the companies I mentioned in this post.

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Are You Taking Command? {Roomspiration Closets & Nooks}

It’s Closet & Nooks day for Roomspiration Blog Hop & Link Party.  I decided I would include what I call my Command Central.  It is a nook between our Kitchen and Master Bedroom.  I spend a lot of time here.  This is the hub of all the important papers etc.  As a Family Manager, it is my office.

There used to be a picnic slideshow here.  Since picnic closed their website I will have to come back and add photos instead.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  Ugh…just one more thing to add to my TO DO list… 🙁

The host for today’s Roomspiration Blog Hop & Link Party is the genius mastermind of Roomspiration.  I have written about my sweet friend Ange from The Blooming Hydrangea before.  I love her to pieces!  Ange is very talented when it comes to making her house a home for her beautiful family.  Before visiting The Blooming Hydrangea I had never heard of the term “cloffice.”  Not sure if she coined the term herself, wouldn’t surprise me, but she has a good eye for transforming a plain closet into a beautiful, organized and functional office.  She has her newest cloffice reveal on her site today.  You won’t want to miss it!  This is the first one I saw on her site:

Roomspiration Closets & Nooks

Courtesy of The Blooming Hydrangea

Head on over to the Blooming Hydrangea and see the creative uses of a closet and nook that have been linked up.  I am very impressed!  I think it will help inspire many of you to use spaces you have in your home in a way you never thought about.  It’s fun to think outside of the box! 😀  Maybe you already have one yourself you’d like to link up?  PLEASE!!  That’s what the party is all about, join us!
The Blooming Hydrangea

Time for Lunch,

Birthday Wishes {& Roomspiration Master Bedrooms}

Happy Birthday to my Son who is 13 today!

Significance for 13…Facebook!  Last night we emphasized to our Son how grateful we were for his patience.  The age minimum for Facebook is 13.  We expressed our gratitude for his integrity.  He could have easily gone onto Facebook and made an account sooner than now.  I hope Facebook will be a good experience for him.  I know there are instances of cyber bullying.  My husband and I will have to monitor things carefully.  Extended family members: look for J’s Facebook invite today.  Feel free to wish him a Happy Birthday 😉

I hopped online last night to look up a good teen boy birthday card I could ‘whip up’ for him to go with his gift.  Ha ha ha…none to be found!  So I came up with this idea:

The photo of my Son & I on the inside of the card is from several years ago.  I wanted one of both of us together.  Unfortunately, he won’t let me take photos of him anymore.  They are few and far between.  Is that a boy thing?  All you Moms of teen boys out there, help a Mom out…have you experienced this detest of being photographed with your Sons?

I thought I could find a good photo of our Master Bedroom quickly this morning to add for today’s Roompsiration Blog Hop & Link Party.  HA!  Unfortunately, it is hiding from me in my files.  Oh how I wish someone would come and organize my millions of photos on my computer for me.  Any takers???  Instead of delaying the post further, I’m giving up.  Hopefully I will come across it and can add it later. 😉

You will be incredibly impressed with Nashville’s own Just a Touch of Gray’s Master Bedroom.  It has been a delight to become acquainted with the beautiful Rachel.  You can tell she and her husband have already created a beautiful family together.  The presence of children do not make a family.  The marriage union of man and woman begins a family.  I love to see how she & her husband work together on their projects.  Their Master Bedroom is another example of their brilliance in restoration of their home and decorating.  My favorite is the last photo with her adorable dog.  You will have to go there to see it! 😉
Touch of Gray
Again, if you have a Master Bedroom you want to share, please join us for the party!  You are invited!  Head on over to Just a Touch of Gray.  Link yours up or sit back and enjoy the eye candy.

Thank you for visiting,

Nursery Day {Roomspiration}



Trena Travis

Trena Travis Design Studio via ProjectNursery.com

Baby Nursery


No, I’m not pregnant, it’s Nursery Day for Roomspiration Blog Hop & Link Party.  I found some beautiful nurseries from other blogs I wanted to share with you today.  It’s been a long time {about 8 years} since I’ve had a nursery in my home.  I thought about finding photos of the ancient nurseries, but decided against spending all day looking for them.  Besides these are much prettier!  My first child had her own corner of our master bedroom.  We were “roughing it” back then in the very beginning of our marriage.  Ahhhh…sigh…the memories. Head over to alamode to see the very talented & successful Shelli’s gorgeous nursery.  You will gush and swoon. 🙂

Babies bring joy,

abodelove viewalongtheway


Kid’s Bedrooms {Roomspiration}

Okay, so I’m teaching myself how to take better interior photographs.  It is very tricky.  The above photo of my 8 year old daughter’s Polk-a-dot room is not in focus very much.  Sorry!  I used manual mode today and it was a bit of a challenge.  However, they seem to get better as I go along.

“I want white paint with all the colors of the rainbow polk-a-dots on the walls,” my daughter says.  She has the ONLY room in our house with white walls.  However, I think the stick on dots add lots of color.  Don’t you?

Here are my daughter’s pride and joy…her American Girl dolls. 😀

I just hung up the canopy net today.  She was so surprised when she came home from school. “I always wanted one of those!”

Her Grandmother likes to give her one of these porcelain birthday dolls every year on her birthday.

We found this very cute hair bow holder at one of my favorite stores, T.J. Maxx.

{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }
All Things Bright & Beautiful is hosting today’s Roomspiration Blog Hop & Link Party. There are already 38 kids bedrooms linked up. If you are like me, you might need some inspiration. OR if you have a kid’s bedroom post to share, please join us!

Linking Up as well here:

beneath my heart

Happy Monday,

Linky Party Etiquette

Since my announcement and involvement in the Roomspiration Blog Hop & Link Party, some readers have wanted to know more about what a Link Party is.

What is a linky or link party?

A link party is a platform to share ideas about a particular topic.  You can add your topic relevant post to the party.  Other party goers and blog followers can click on your post.  This is a great way to network with other bloggers and give exposure for your blog.  Other names for a Linky Party are: Blog Hop, Blog Carnival and Meme.

Are there certain rules or etiquette for a linky party?

I believe so.  Just as etiquette is encouraged in real life, I feel it is just as important online.  However, it really depends on the values of the person on whether they feel it is necessary.  There aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to blogging ETIQUETTE where a law enforcer gives you a ticket if you violate those rules.

On the other hand, if you want to network and make friends, if you want to be polite, if you want to grow your blog, then etiquette is highly recommended.

Shan’s Blog Etiquette

  1. Please read & abide by the host’s link party rules or guidelines.  Usually the host or blog of the link party will list certain rules in order to participate in the linky party.
  2. Link to the exact post.  Please don’t link back to your blog url or website name.
  3. Please don’t join the party {link up} if you have no intention of placing a link, website button or link party button {which includes a link to the host party’s post} on your post.
  4. Please visit and comment on some of the other blogs who have linked up to the party you are participating in.  {They will appreciate the feedback}  If you don’t think you have the time to do this, then please don’t join the party.
  5. If you host your own link party, please comment or leave an email for the participants who have linked up.
  6. If you advertise you are holding a link party on a certain day, please don’t open the party the night before.

Personally, I highly value etiquette because it is part of practicing consideration.  I have learned by way of experience this week how much TIME and EFFORT goes into hosting a link party.  I will look at link parties in a whole new light now.  It should be a requirement for all bloggers to host their own link party at some point in time, so they can understand what I’m talking about.  I have a saying I repeat to my children over and over, “Where much is given, much is required.”  The same holds true here.  If you want to give your blog exposure and gain new readers or followers, you have to put in the effort.  It doesn’t come easily.

I wanted to re-quote what I wrote on the day of my Link Party {via Roomspiration}

I love “partying” with all you wonderful & creative peeps…lol. Today is a very special day for my blog. {tears of JOY} A milestone I will never forget. I so appreciate you being a part of it. Thank you so much. Today you’ve made another dream come true. I hope we can continue to uplift and inspire one another. The internet medium CAN be used for good and we have proved that here today. Thank you…gratitude abounds!

It was a wonderful day!  I sincerely hope many of the visitors I received on Wednesday will join Family Brings Joy’s readership on a journey of creating unity and joy in our families.  If you did visit on Wednesday, WELCOME BACK! 😀

I have written previously about practicing etiquette in real life.  You can read that post by clicking here.

Other highly recommended reading on the topic of Linky Parties: (Click on the title to go there)

Linky Party Like a Dinner Party? by Crafterminds

Ettiquette in Sending Invites to Your Linky Party by Homemaker on a Dime

How to Link Up your Project to a Linky Party {Tutorial} by Beneath My Heart

Building Your Blog: Linky Parties by It’s a Blog Party

Blogs bring joy,