Looking to create a simple outdoor project for your home? Here’s a creative way to use house numbers for instant curb appeal.
I call my mother every day.
Sometimes twice or three times–especially when I’m having a bad hair day or one of my kids does something funny or I have a thought that can’t wait another moment to be shared. She is full of wisdom and extra advice and random thoughts on life and somewhere along the way she started getting smarter. Brilliant actually.
So when she speaks, I listen.
The other day she said something that I have been thinking about.
She told me that there are people that live in the present, people that live in the future and people that live in the past.
Apparently—according to my mother—I live in the present.
And she’s right.
I’m not a planner.
I’m don’t really live with regrets.
I’m simply here.
Completely and totally present in each moment, in each second, in each minute that passes.
Maybe that’s why I get excited about the little things. Maybe that’s why the tiniest thing can bring me overwhelming joy. Maybe that’s why I’m so happy when something turns out better than I ever planned.
Like this outdoor project that we finished yesterday. When it was done, I stood on the porch and literally dolphin clapped and shouted so loudly they could hear me in the next county.
Here’s a simple outdoor project with house numbers.
I hope it makes you as happy as it made me.
Last Christmas I got these letters as a gift.
I know they look like simple letters.
I get it.
This “E” for example is fine by itself.
But when you put them all together.
THEY SPELL OUT MY HOUSE NUMBER.
I know, right?
ISN’T THAT BRILLIANT?
So instead of 701 on the front of my house. Now? It says SEVEN HUNDRED ONE.
The letters showed up at Christmas and me and my “present” self immediately wanted to put them up on the house.
Except it looked like this.
We couldn’t hang them up because 1.) it was too cold and 2.) there was greenery everywhere.
And then it rained and there was no time for an outdoor project.
And then it was February.
And finally, April showed up with sunshine and flowers and everyone is home with extra time for house projects.
The numbers look like this.
CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE HOW AMAZING THEY LOOK?
Please tell me you are dolphin clapping.
I think they make the house look fancy.
Extra fancy with a little stately sprinkled on top.
Especially now that we’ve painted the brick steps and the brick porch.
And added those monogrammed planters last year.
So what about you, friend?
Do you live in the past?
Do you live in the future (along with my mother)?
Or do you live here in the present?
In this moment.
In the here.
And in the now.
All I can say is that I’m so happy to live in a present where simple numbers like these.
An S and an E and a V and all their other friends.
Can turn from this and with one simple outdoor project….
…can turn into a future that looks like this.
And one more thing before we go.
I hope you are doing okay.
I had a few tears this morning, but I’m still waking up and putting one foot in front of the other.
Just know that I’m here.
And this is my promise to you.
I’ll keep showing up.
I’ll keep putting pretty pictures and project ideas to distract you.
I’ll give you a safe place where you know that you are loved and appreciated and celebrated and dolphin clapped for.
Together we can.
Together we will.