It means something slightly different to each one of us, but generally speaking, I think most of us would say it’s a place we want to feel we belong.
It’s a place of warm welcome, of protection and safety, and of nourishment for the mind, body and soul.
It’s a place of comfort.
It’s where you start and end your day.
It’s a place we long to be.
It’s where we engage with each other, eat, teach, work, and everything in between.
It’s our place of belonging.
At the end of this crazy beautiful life, I want to genuinely know that our home was a happy one. I want our children to feel it’s always a place they and their families are welcome to return to. We want it to be a place that each are nourished and nurtured that they may flourish into who they are made to be.
Andrew and I are in a season of bringing everyone in and reordering to bring everything back to the roots of home. For us, it’s a time of rebranding our family and re-creating rhythms with our focus being on intentionality.
We will be sharing snippets of our home life not for you to feel you should mimic, but to encourage you to also enjoy your home. Maybe it will look similar to ours, but it will likely look much different. That’s part of the beauty of it all. Each home is unique and beautiful in it’s own way.
As St. Therese of Lisieux expressively wrote, “I understood that every flower created by Him is beautiful, that the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature would no longer be enameled with lovely hues.”
The beauty of your home is distinctive to your family. Embrace it. Rejoice in it. Make it as vibrant and lovely as it can be so as to be enjoyed by all who have the privilege of entering, and especially by those call it theirs.