No Day Ever Ends If It Makes A Memory

Pictures of parents conjured up cherished memories today. Funny how they can just race right across time to find us, again and again…

…bringing things with them that haven’t been thought about in ten…fifteen…twenty years.

Kevin’s memory bridges back a few years further than mine. Mine, for the most part, only seems to stretch back as far as the farm.

My parents moved us there during a snowstorm, on April Fools Day, 1983. I was eight years old, and I learned real quick that the middle of nowhere + snow + wind = no joke.

I never imagined living there would leave such a lasting impression on me, or that twenty-nine years later I would only remember a handful of things that happened there in detail.

There’s something so quietly powerful about those kinds of memories though, don’t you think?

The peaceful ones from your childhood that are still crystal clear. The ones that make what you missed at the time, seem so…magical now.

*still need to add knobs and pulls to our salvaged kitchen cabs, but that side of the room is coming together, slowly but surely!

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  1. says

    Hi Layla & Kevin!
    I just recently came across your blog & love it! I look forward to being further inspired by you & gleaning ideas from your e-book! :)
    take care!
    -Jane @

  2. says

    Such lovely thoughts and sentiments! I often wish my memories of childhood stretched back a little further than they do, but I’m just glad to have the handful I do which are vividly branded forever in my mind.
    p.s. Is that your newly remodeled kitchen?!

  3. says

    Kit-Cat is PRECIOUS in that picture! It’s like he’s saying “look at what my mommy and daddy have done”. Cats do pick their people.

  4. Susan Kelly says

    Layla, who wrote and is there more to the quote about the ladder reaching up to the clouds. I have a special book that I write quotes in that I like and then look through to find things to use in our four daughters scrapbooks. We have one daughter that is definitely a dreamer and I think this would fit perfectly on one of her pages. Thanks so much for all your inspiration.

    • Layla says

      The quote reads, “…at last the ladder which had been built slowly, slowly, one hope at a time, reached up to the clouds. And the dreamer began to climb.” It was part of a poem called “The Ladder” by Katherine Berry. :-)

  5. Dianne says

    Oh my gosh! It’s wonderful! I knew it would be but you surprised me tonight with the completion. Great job!

  6. Penny says

    Cherish those memories…I know you do :)

    Kit-Cat looks like he belongs in your house, I was so happy to see that you kept him!

  7. says

    Love this post! I have a handful of pictures I cherish and keep nearby, so that whenever I’m feeling stressed or blue I can pull out and remind myself that life is more than just this moment in time, and it reminds me to focus on the wonderful things! Photographs are great that way :)

    And I LOVE the full chalkboard wall! I was so inspired by your pics of this when you first posted that I painted a chalkboard wall in my eating area too :) I posted pics of it on my site last week – you should check it out!

  8. says

    I just discovered your blog today, and I love it! This post is one of my favorites, as it is so sentimental and heartfelt. I just started up my own blog, like just started, and yours is quite an inspiration for me!

    My Thrafty Life

  9. says

    So glad I read your post tonight, Layla. My sister and I, just yesterday, spent the day together and our conversation turned to our parents more than once, How grateful we are to them that we had the childhood we did, the simple fun things we did as a family, simple because our parents couldn’t afford the elaborate or fancy – – but to their credit, we certainly never knew that. You’re so right – – those crystal clear memories are magical. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  10. says

    Hi Kevin and Layla…I have never been a huge fan of taking pictures of family events because I would rather enjoy the moment, but THIS year I am making more of an effort to take just a few. My parents were here visiting and my momma always likes to hold my hand as we sip on tea…next time, I am grabbing the camera to document our special bond…because you never know the last time such a moment is to be had again! LOVED the post…as always! Love to YOU and to the little fuzzy fur feets! :}

  11. says

    I have been going through Family photos to try and make a wall of memories. It has had me thinking about me and my Mum playing tea parties and shops and barbies pool parties in a big old soup crock.
    It is the small things that make the best memories for me. Loved hearing yours.
    Ness xx
    Marley & Lockyer

  12. says

    I have always said . . . the stories of our lives . . . are who we are and sharing those stories, the bits and pieces, are what make us unique and authentic. I peek in to visit you often . . . and each time I do I catch a glimpse of YOU and what has made you the person you are. Creative . . . sensitive . . . insightful . . . authentic . . . beautiful. I so enjoy the visual story of your ever changing home . . . no day ever ends . . . memories are made . . .

  13. says

    Hi Layla,
    Your post has left me breathless, it’s so touching. My husband’s memories are much more clear than mine as well! lol It makes me laugh!


  14. says

    I felt the same way going through our basement over the weekend. I found many cards from people who are no longer with us and a picture of my grandma in a heart frame I used to have on my nightstand as a kid. I’m so glad I still kept those things to spark my memories as the years go by!

  15. Maribel says

    This is awesome and so beautiful, I love the practical approach to it, and how you can add to it. Lovely way to display memories, and the dome idea is fantastic. Thanks so much!

  16. nina says

    Kit Kat is looking so healthy! What an awesome little guy, after a rough start he sure found a great family.

  17. Cynthia says

    Awww….. look at your sweet Kit Kat up on his “perch!” He looks exactly like my tuxedo boy Felix. I am happy that you decided to adopt him, as I’m sure he brings much joy to your house!

  18. says

    Thanks for sharing your memories and your BEAUTIFUL arrangement of them in your kitchen. Your kitchen has inspired so many great things in my own. I had those very same cabinets and we are in the process of redoing them. Your before and after photos finally encouraged my hubby to get on board with the plan. We aren’t done yet but you can check out my “Layla” kitchen here:
    Thank you for all of your inspiration!

  19. Caroline says

    Can you tell me where you found your “an original is hard to find but easy to recognize” plaque? I am getting married next month and would love to give something similar to my husband-to-be.

    Thank you so much,


  20. Tracey says

    It is crazy what our brains choose to remember. My baby is on an antibiotic right now that’s causing her to have diaper rash. The other day when I was applying Desitin to her, I watched as she arched her back slightly and shivered from the chill of it and it instantly reminded me – One of my very first memories is my mom applying Desitin to me. I remembered it being so cold and the smell of it and the linen closet it came from. It was surreal to have remembered in that exact moment that my own daughter was experiencing it. Just one of those fleeting things…

  21. says

    Layla – LOVE that you make room for these pieces in your kitchen. A daily reminder of what…and who…matters the most. Thanks for sharing today!

  22. Jane says

    Thank you for this post. My mom went to be with my dad in heaven this past Monday. I just returned home from her service a couple of states away. This was a much needed comfort.

  23. Frances says

    Looks fantastic! I think it’s fantastic that you guys are gutsy and brave enough to keep new ideas coming through your house! I’m the type of person who does not feel comfortable moving furniture or redecorating after a room is “done.” We’re remodeling our house, room by room, very much like you guys. But gosh, I give you SO much credit for constantly trying new things! Once a room is done at our house, I’m always thinking, “And this is going to stay like this for 10 years!” It’s awful, I know, but, I’m sure to come along eventually.

  24. Sherry Ann says

    So, so true! Love how you can change and add (pictures, sayings) to that section of your home with the chalkboard wall, such a great idea! So cute that the kitty is in the picture!

  25. Heather says

    This completely reminds me (talk about memories!) of my best friend from middle school. She always said, “A day is not wasted if a memory is made.” I’m not sure if it was hers or from someone else, but it definitely stuck in my mind. :)

  26. amanda says

    Such lovely pictures today! Thank you for sharing them. Where did you get the wood counter? Did it come in that stain or did you do that yourself? Love the look!

  27. says

    I am definitely “snagging’ the title of your post and framing that quote! As always, you are not only so informational, you are so inspirational. I save every little piece of paper that my beautiful little granddaughter gives to me. Just the other day, she wrote a note on a post it that read, “Dear Grandma, I love the things you do for me. Love, Graylyn”. When she handed it to me, I cried..She asked why I was crying?..I said, because you make my heart happy!

    And as always, you make my heart happy too!

  28. Jennifer says

    Layla, you somehow manage to write the words my heart wants to say but my head can’t string together. Your words and photos envoke memories that I’ve long forgotten and quite truthfully brings a tear of joy now and then as I piece together the precious moments of my childhood and the people that i shared them with. Thank you for your wonderful blog and your sunny outlook. They touch lives in ways you can’t even imagine.

  29. says

    I ADORE the blackboard wall in your kitchen, I kept scrolling back to look at it again and again:) Do you guys actually write notes on it?

    Also, thanks for coming by and leaving a comment for me today, you totally made my day!

    • Layla says

      Hi Nicole!
      Yes, we do have fun drawing and writing on our new chalkboard wall. It’s like a gigantic blank page…just callin’ my name every day! :-D

  30. says

    I’ve been thinking of my childhood lately too – my parents purchased a fixer upper farmhouse which I didn’t fully appreciate at the time but funny that my husband and I are doing the same thing now. lol I loved the old photos/quotes together…meaningful/personal things are my favorite.

  31. says

    Your post is lovely. Now that I have chldren my hope is that a smidgen of those special memories we build stay with them to pass onto their children.

  32. says

    As a homeschooling mom, my heart is already so full of memories of the wonderful times with my my kids that I wonder if there is any room left for all of other the good stuff still to come! Thank you for this lovely reminder that memories last forever and will always be close at hand for the eventual ‘someday’ when my kiddos aren’t with me 24/7 any more. Such a lovely post — thanks for writing it :)

  33. says

    What delightful thoughts you have expressed…I only hope I can make memories for a life time for my family. It would seem you are on track in your home, for the creative process is alive & well and healthy for memories! and it seems your sweet kitty knows how important he is!
    Wonderful …

  34. sarita says

    i think when times are tough our wonderful good memories help get us through….i remember days spent on the screened in porch. Days spent reading and reading..and oh yes – hula hooping!! :^)
    thank you for a lovely blog.

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