“H” is for Homeby Pauline ReneauxThis is the time of year when it seems we are all moving at the speed of light. Commitments come from every direction – work, kids and life. I have found myself traveling like never before. Sometimes this can be a fun and exciting thing, but, sometimes, we may find ourselves far away from home for different reasons. We think of our kids getting homesick when they are small, but we, too, can also experience this same thing. Notice I said “homesick” and not “house sick.” There is a HUGE difference between having a home and living in a house. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who have houses, and yet they do not have a sense of home.My recent travels made me want to look at this topic for this month’s article. From a young age, I was creating homes wherever I went. As a young girl, I was creating tiny houses before they were even a thought in some creative’s mind. As a college student I would move things in and have everything homey before my roommate could unpack her first bag. For years, I moved around the world every few years and, over and over, I set up a home for my family. Notice I did not say “house,” I said “home.”
I came across a quote on Pinterest that reads as follows.
“A house is made of walls & beams. A home is made of love & dreams.”
What a beautiful thought to let settle upon you. I learned from a very young age that “HOME is where the HEART is.” My world travels make Leo Christopher’s words resonate with me. “Home is wherever you leave everything you love and never question that it will be there when you return.”
So spring is here and life is in bloom. How about you, where do you call home? What makes you feel like home? For me, home is where I can unpack my heart and find rest for my weary soul. It does not matter how big or small my home may be, it does not have to be perfect, and I have not created the ambiance inside to impress the world. I have set out to create a place where my kids and I are able to come at the end of the day and find rest for our souls. My hope for you is that you, too, might cultivate a feeling of home in your own life.
Until next month…
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