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Farmhouse Feminine Fall Decor (and a Balloon Story)

I'm adding some feminine farmhouse fall decor to my girly office, and sharing a heartfelt real life story!

buffalo check, pastels, chunky throw, pastel pumpkins

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Hi there! Grab your cup of coffee or Diet Coke or whatever you're drinking, and join me today as I share a quick home decor post about some farmhouse feminine fall decor, along with a true life story!

For a long time, we were a family of 4. It was me, Mr DIY and our two sons. Life was full and centered around our boys and their sports! Mamas, you know what I mean, right? Weeknights and Saturdays at the ball field. I loved it.

However, some little voice inside my head (or my heart) said that our family wasn't finished yet...

farmhouse space

When our boys were 7 and 8, we found out that I was expecting another baby and I cannot tell you how excited we were. We waited until I was about 10 weeks along before we took our boys out for dinner to tell them the exciting news...they were going to be big brothers!

A week later I lost the baby.

We were all devastated. And our boys? Well they were just confused. So many questions! 

We knew we needed to do something tangible to help our boys cope with this overwhelming feeling of grief! So we picked up some helium balloons, wrote letters to our baby and tied the letters to the balloons. We took the boys to a local park and together we tearfully released our balloons.

Our older son Braden has always processed things quickly...and literally! "Mom," he said, "will those balloons and cards really make it all the way to heaven?" My heart broke a little as I told him that I didn't know, but I really hoped so.

cozy chair with chunky throw

Later that afternoon, our boys were playing in our large backyard. They had an area of pea gravel with a swing set, a climbing fort and other outdoor toys.

I heard Braden shouting and ran out to see how badly Kyle was hurt...he was our accident-prone child...every family has one, right?!

Braden was running towards me with a huge, multicolored balloon held tightly in his arms.

"Mom," he was shouting, "our baby got the balloons...and dropped this one down to us to let us know...that's why there's no helium in it, because it had to fall down from heaven!"

What? I thought, trying to process what had happened. That's crazy!

How on earth had this large, fully filled balloon landed in our backyard on the gravel no less, on that day, while our boys were outside...without popping????

All I can say is that it was God! 

farmhouse office with feminine touches

He knew what we were going through, the pain in our hearts. The confusion our sons were experiencing. I believe that out of His great love for our little, hurting family, He orchestrated that balloon to slowly drift its way into our backyard, to fall to the ground while our boys were outside playing...on the very day when it would make the biggest impact with our young boys!

We have shared our balloon story with others, and our son Braden even wrote a song about it in his senior song-writing class. I truly believe that our loss has been a source of blessing to others as we've shared this story with them.

It's a beautiful example and true life story of how much God really cares for us!

chunky throw for fall

If you have questioned God's love or just aren't sure if there really is a God...and if there is, why would He care about you?, I'd love to talk more with you! Please feel free to contact me!

And to finish the story, a few months later I was pregnant again and went on to give birth to a healthy, spunky, beautiful little girl who is now 14!!

I hope you were touched as you read this story!

Here are some of the sources from my feminine farmhouse office:


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pinks and blues for fall

For more information on how we created this space, and to see more details, please visit this post.

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12 comments:

  1. That was such a beautiful story. I was tearing in the end. I'm so glad it had a happy ending. God always works in mysterious ways.

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    1. Thank you Jennie, it is something we'll never forget (in fact, I kept the balloon as a reminder!)

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  2. God is good and He provided the ballon to give reassurance to your family. Lovely room you’ve made, very comfortable.

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  3. Wow! What a beautiful story to share with us on this special fall day. The world needs more positive people like you! God bless you and your sweet family! And I love the room. So relaxing and pretty!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much Michele! It was a difficult time for all of us, but I have found that it's in the valleys when God shows up!

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  4. Yes, indeed, God is always with us, but we tend to see him in the valleys most of all. I feel that is why He tests us at times. Thank you for sharing your faith! HUGS!

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  5. Cindy, this is such a sweet life story. God is always there - we just have to see him. I love the symbolism of your balloons and the way I know it helped your family.

    Your office is beautiful! I have that same rug in my kitchen and just love the colors.

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  6. What a lovely, sweet, yet sad story. It truly touched my heart. So sorry for your loss. I think you and your husband handled things with your boys dealing with their loss was excellent. What great parents

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    1. Aww, thanks so much Ivory Jean! God blessed us with another beautiful baby and that story is a sweet memory now ;)

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