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Alyssa Matthews-Schmidt selected several stones to place above the door frames in her new family home.

One month after handing over the keys to their new homeowners, Lexis Homes found out their clients were having a baby—evidently, something they were hoping for back in the framing stage.

Alyssa and each of her family members chose meaningful items to bury under the foundation just before the concrete was poured.

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seen so many families just delighted that they have a piece of themselves behind the walls or embedded into the foundation forever.” Alyssa Matthews-Schmidt is one of those Lexis homeowners. Before the construction crew poured the foundation of her family’s new acreage home, Alyssa, her husband Adam, and two daughters each chose meaningful items to bury at the centre of the house’s footprint. “My husband is an accomplished guitar player, so he added guitar picks,” says Alyssa. The family owns five parrots, so Alyssa took a feather from each bird to include as her addition. Her older daughter chose a St. Christoper medallion, and her younger daughter selected some gemstones.

Immuring Special Objects Alyssa also placed stones above the doorframes before the drywall was hung. “I took certain ones that promote love, well-being and good health and placed one above each bedroom door and the main front door,” she says. There’s actually a word for this practice. It’s called immurement, and it stems from the Latin “im” meaning “in” and “murus” meaning “wall,” which literally translates to “walling in.” Pausing to Celebrate Or Gently Chide Some people choose to inscribe bon mots on the studs, imprint tiny feet into concrete, fuse items into the foundation, or enclose special items within the walls. Whatever it might be, each practice is an

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