Mom wood burned and painted roses from the top to bottom at the end of the book shelve and then along the scalloped top. Within the two hearts on the scallop, she wrote "OSJ" to stand for "One Sister's Journey".
There are twelve separate shelves on the top and then the bottom has two open shelving spaces on the outside with the inner two hidden behind two doors, bearing the same rose as the top and side. In addition to the roses, Mom wood burned my initials, an "L" and "B", for each door. Within the doors is a special note from them to me, one that will remain private and ever so precious.
An aspect you may not realize about this amazing gift is the gift within the heart. In 1994, my parents joy and desire to create, build, and share their talents with others slowly decreased. When you lack joy, it zaps the joy out of you. Thankfully, with time and prayer ~ the hope, joy, and love to share their talents with others has returned. A blessing many have received this year. A gift that keeps on giving.
Yes, I LOVE my shelf because it's beautiful, functional, and made just for me BUT the thing that brings tears to my eyes the most is the healing that continues to take place in my parents heart in the days, weeks, months, and years after Heidi's kidnapping as we wait.
We wait and wonder, "Will we know this side of heaven where our sweet and wonderful Heidi is?" Thankfully, as we wait, we move forward in hope and covered in prayer. One day, and sometimes one moment, at a time. I pray you can do the same.