Home…

I don’t own a house, but I have a home.

A home filled with laughter, love, encouragement and forgiveness.

It’s a place where I can let my guard down and just be me.

I can cry when I’m sad and dance when I’m happy.

Hugs and kisses are abundant and free.

No, I don’t have a house, but I have something that no amount of money can buy—a home.

I don't need to own a house to have a home

Mine is.

In fact, the dishes have overflowed onto the counter and even onto the stove!

No matter how hard I try, no matter how many dishes I wash, there are always more dirty dishes.

I get frustrated. I cry. Sometimes I just want to throw all the dishes away and eat off paper plates for the rest of my life.

That’s when I stop, take a breath and say to myself “Do not be upset that I have dishes to wash. Be happy that I have food to eat.”

Sometimes I just need to remind myself that I am really blessed.

Do not be upset that you have dishes to wash. Be happy that you have  food to eat.

7 days of…adventure

Ring! Ring! It’s Adventure calling. Do I pick up or do I let it go to voicemail?

Usually, I say “no” to his invitations because there are clothes to be washed, meals to be made and so many other things to get done at home. This time, however, Adventure didn’t just call. He showed up at my front door with his friend Summer Sun. My family and I all said “yes” to Adventure’s invitation and over the span of 7 days, we:

  • listened to stories at the library
  • tasted summer fruits at the farmer’s market
  • had two play dates with friends
  • celebrated my mom’s birthday
  • watched two live musical performances
  • explored the botanical garden
  • fed ducks at the lake
  • watched chickens lay eggs at the egg farm
  • got nudged by sheep and a llama at that same farm
  • walked in the park picking up rocks and sticks
  • ran through sprinklers
  • chased the waves at the beach
  • picked fresh strawberries at the strawberry farm
  • saw a whale wash up on coastal rocks

At the end of those 7 days I learned that adventure isn’t about a specific activity. Adventure simply creates an opportunity for my family to explore, learn and connect. We got dirty. We talked. We encouraged each other and laughed…ALOT!

At the end of the week, I sure was tired, but a good kind of tired. The kind where my body is weary, but my mind and spirit are refreshed.

Those 7 days were filled with purpose. Those 7 days were spent, not wasted.

My 7 day take away: When adventure calls, say “yes.”

7 days of adventure

I still do

Six years ago I made a promise to PapaFish….I made a few, actually.

I offered myself completely to him, to be his wife in marriage.

I promised to love him with all of my heart, and to be true and faithful, patient, kind, and unselfish in this love.

I promised to stand beside him always, in times of joy, in times of trial and in times of sorrow.

I dedicated our marriage and our home to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Six years ago I made those promises. Today I make those promises again. For the rest of my life, I will continue to make those same promises everyday.

Happy Anniversary, PapaFish!

I still do...wedding vows

3 homes in 3 years. It took a few moves, a few homes and a whole lot of living before I learned the difference between a house and a home.

When we moved into our first place, I thought mostly about paint colors and furniture. I watched a lot of HGTV and flipped through countless interior design magazines.

When we moved into our second place, I spent a lot of time decorating, organizing, and making the place comfortable.

The third time we moved, I finally learned my lesson. We had a huge garage sale and donated truck loads of stuff.

After 3 homes, this is what I’ve learned about turning a house into a home: stuff doesn’t make a home, love does. Laughter does. Life does.

If you want to turn your house into a home, try doing these things more often…

Hug. Laugh. Apologize. Forgive. Encourage. Help. Play. Share. Dream. Pray. Celebrate.

How do you make your house into a home?

stuff doesn't make a home, love does