Lets start with the dining room. Some people might think it a bit strange to have pictures of tombstones hanging up near a dining table. I believe tombstones are "art" in a way and a lasting memorial to all the ones we love. The small collection of gravestone pictures are from both my family and my husbands. The heart shaped stone in the middle is for my father-in-law who only lived to be 26 years old before he was taken away from his family to be with our heavenly father. You will see him in the top left picture playing with his train set. That is one thing my husband remembers about him. His love of trains. He shares the stone with his father who passed away eleven years later. The young man in the picture below my father-in-law was his older brother Michael Reilly. Mike passed away at a young age also. He was only 19 years old when he died. I just couldn't imagine being their parents watching their two young sons die before they really had a chance at life. I pray all the time that I will never have to deal with that heartache.
The next spot is my "reading area" it is in the room next to the dining room. I picked up this wonderful "FAMILY" picture at Boscovs for only $17 and thought it would be a perfect addition to my reading room. Yes, on the floor next to my chair is the doggie bed. They just have to be by me at all times so they get their own little spot. You say, "What does a genealogist read?" Well, reference books on genealogy, of course. also have a good amount of history books to help place my ancestor in certain time periods. My imagination sometimes runs wild thinking about how gg-grandpa or ggg-grandma fit in to certain eras. That side table is also a file cabinet. I keep all the "Ancestors" I am researching at the moment in that drawer so I can pull them out and look over the notes and sources I have on them.
The rest of the wall displays are throughout my house. On top of the piano you will see pictures of my son and nephew along with pictures of me and hubby when we were little. Oh yeah, can't forget "Hamburger" the fish. Johnny named him, what a silly name for a fish. I am not very artistic so I use decals on the wall to imitate painting or stenciling.