Vinyl Written Words to Capture the Senses, is a DIY project created by taking a favorite quote, saying, or prayer, and stenciling it on a wall. The words scripted out in black vinyl ink, stretched across one wall in my dining room, remind me of my heritage and give me a sense of gratitude.

Vinyl Written Words

Last month I received a very special Christmas gift from my sister, Di, one that I’m reminded of daily because it’s in my dining room, in black letters, up high on the wall. And the cool thing is, the 3 of us girls have the same vinyl words on our dining walls.

The roots of who we are

When we examine our families, we’re likely to find the roots of who we are.

Filling our homes with visual delights, or something that sparks a memory, and noticing the way the light casts a shadow or illuminates this brings on a warm feeling in our body and mind. It’s a beautiful thing that brings more joy to our day.

Vinyl Written Words to Capture the Senses

The family prayer on my Dad’s side of the family, one we sing every time we are together, is scripted out in black vinyl ink, stretched across one wall in my home.

The words remind me of my grandparents and family. I’m not sure where this song/prayer originated from, except I grew up singing it with my Dad’s family, and later my Mom’s family incorporated it into large group prayers.

One of my early memories of this song was at a family reunion in Turner, Oregon, where my Grandfather and his large extended family (the ones who were still living; he had 20 brothers and sisters–yes, 2 mothers) gathered together for a weekend of celebration.

Before each meal, we’d sing the Friesen prayer.

God is great and God is good, And we thank Him for our food …

Hundreds of family members gathered. I was young; I probably only intimately knew a handful of cousins, but the experience was impacting and binding.

My dining space before I added the vinyl wording.

DIY Vinyl Written Words to Capture the Senses

My niece, Lisa, the creation behind the project.

Vinyl Written Words to Capture the Senses DIY

The final “Amen.”

How to DIY Vinyl Written Words to Capture the Senses

The finished product.

Finished Vinyl Written Words to Capture the Senses

When we examine our families, we find the roots of who we are.

And those roots anchor our kids.

And their kids.

And their kids’ kids.

Written words can capture the senses, and they give us a feeling of belonging.

Do you have anything in your home that, as you walk by a certain room or space, reminds you of family?

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