Where we've become a Family

There are some people that overflow with creativity and ideas… and yet they don’t have the discipline to bring any of their ideas to fruition! Others accomplish much on their to-do list, yet lack innovation to try anything new. My sister-in-law is one of those rare people that is both creative and diligent. She sees inspiration in the mundane. 

I always love going to her house to see the new ideas she has produced to make her house a home. In seven years of marriage, my brother’s military experience and financial career have taken them all over the globe…. moving twelve times!!! When they put down some roots and purchased a home, boy was she happy! However, she still wanted to memorialize all the experiences they shared. She created a wall of maps--one for each place they lived together.  

She is graciously letting me share her great idea with you today. It’s a perfect project: simple, inexpensive, and meaningful.



  • Scissors or Exacto knife
  • Maps of locations you have lived
  • Embroidery hoops 
  1. Place the map on top of the inner hoop, ensuring that the map location you lived in is at the center.
  2. Press the outer hoop over the top of the map.
  3. Trim the back, so that the map does not extend past the hoop.
  4. Hang your work up on the wall!

On the center of the wall is a gift a friend gave them. It is a framed map of the world, including colored pins. Red pins mark the places they have visited together, a blue pin marks the next place they plan to travel to, a yellow pin marks their favorite destination, and green pins point to their dream destinations. I think this would be a simple DIY project as well! It is a great conversation piece, and a great reminder to share these experiences with children.

I will leave you with my favorite verse concerning geography:

Acts 17: 26 (ESV) And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.

Our God is so incredible! He is over all things, and yet He cares about the details of each one of us!

Posted on August 10, 2016 and filed under Building Your Home.