This is what that gallery wall should really look like....
Anyway, moving along.... As you can see the TV stand is now at an angel and spills out slightly into the opening to our living room. I did say this room was teeny tiny.
Side Bar: Have I told you about this temple picture? I know I have in the past. Let me explain. So, years ago my husband's oldest brother wanted to give his parents something special. So, they went and purchased a large framed color painting of the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple. Each of the boys were still a little to young to have served missions but what they did was attached a school photo of themselves below the temple and made a promise to their parents that they would go inside the Temple someday. Then as each boy reached their goal to attend the Temple for their own endowments the date was written in on each of their photos. That painting of the temple still hangs in my in-laws living room today with the photos of each boy and the dates still attached. Well, I absolutely LOVED this idea and I wanted to carry on this awesome "tradition" these young boys had started. Now, even though I couldn't expect my children to come up with the same idea for Kevin and I, I could do something similar to encourage and remember those special days for each of our children. So, I put up a black and white picture of the Temple. The black and white in my mind symbolized that the Temple wasn't quite a reality for each of our children yet since they really didn't know everything that happens inside until they experience it for themselves and it comes "alive" for them, so to speak. Then I hung a sign above with words from a Primary song, "I love to see the Temple, I'm going there someday...." As each of our children have reached their personal goals to go to the Temple to receive their own endowments I took a picture of them standing outside and saved the card they received. Next to our black and white photo of the temple is the color photo of each of our children on the day they go through with the card in the frame as well. Then on the day they are sealed to their eternal companion we will add a second color photo of our child and their sweethearts as well. All but one of our children have reached this goal so far. Our youngest child still needs to receive her endowments, but she is a bit young still. In time I'm certain we will see her make those sacred covenants as well. Our wall is filling up and I absolutely LOVE that! The wall and our memories of each of these special days give me a sense of pride like nothing else does, and it all started with the desires of three young boys all those years ago. I wonder if they realized the influence their choices would have on generations and even a sister-in-law for wanting to follow their example? This is what is really important. This is what binds our family together forever and we are so very grateful for these saving ordinances that have blessed our family and our lives so much! Enough said.
This is the view for the corner spot on the sectional. I'm talking we have wall to wall sitting space in here. ~smile~smile~
Then this is the other wall. I've taken down all of the photos of our four children so I can move them to the living room. This way, Kevin can hang his Rams Jersey. Eventually I'll figure out a place for him to also hang or display his Raider's Helmet as well. It's a work in progress.