As a teenager, I had a friend who did hair out of her house, and around the whole perimeter of her house was a wrap-around porch. Well, I fell in love with that porch, but maybe not for the reasons you might think.
I loved her wind chimes.
Every few feet, there was another one. And whenever a good breeze came through--oh! The sweet music they played.
Needless to say, I decided when I grew up, I was going to have a back porch with wind chimes.
Well, since getting married, we've lived in three apartments, two rent houses, a townhouse, and two houses we bought. And only a few of them had a good porch for hanging wind chimes. But that didn't diminish my dream.
In fact, on our honeymoon, I bought my first windchime, and it's the pink and swirly one hanging to the left in the picture above.
When we moved into the house we have now, there was no covering at all on our back porch. We could still go out and use it, but it had nowhere to hang anything. So, for several years, my wind chimes stayed packed away in the garage. Then, we decided to buy a little metal gazebo to put up back there. And voila. A place to hang things.
Now, whenever a good breeze comes through, my porch sends the tinkling music of my chimes through the open screen of the back door and puts a smile on my face.
For mother's day, my husband found a place to order a windchime (the one on the right) with the kids' picture on the bottom piece. It's tune is a bit higher than the other two, and it adds its own melody to the percussion. Perfection.
Why do I call it heavenly music?
Because it's like God is playing the songs just for me every time He lets the wind come and cool things down or carry a waft of floral scent from my butterfly bush. And I imagine it's only a tiny hint of what the music will be like when we truly do get to Heaven.
Do you love wind chimes? Got any special ones on your porch?
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