I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about my home, mostly thinking “I really want a bigger home” “I really would love a new couch, and new rugs”. I have also been in the mode of wanting things to revamp my house, let’s be honest, I am always wanting to revamp and refresh and renew and beautify my home. Not because I am greedy and material, but because I love designing my home. It’s really fun for me, I truly enjoy it. I am proud of my home, yes I want a new 4 walls to call home, and preferably have it located near somewhere much warmer (y’all today the high is 35* and we were excited because it warmed up… this Texas girl planted in Jersey is not happy!!!), but I love my home not because of the ‘stuff’ that fills it up. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my stuff. You may think me shallow, but my stuff is comforting to me, no, it does not define me or fulfill me, but it reminds me that we are well off and can afford luxuries for a comfortable life, not something that I can say I have always felt. I also see my home as so much more than four walls with stuff overflowing. For one, it is my workplace, I am a stay at home mom, there are some days I do not leave my house at all ( and winter days like this one I am completely ok with that!!).
I am focusing on a different perspective though, because the reality is, my home is so much more than the definitions that others place on a home. I don’t have a front door/entry way, I have a platform where a million hugs, kisses, and I love yous are given with hellos and goodbyes for our family. I don’t have a dinning room, I have a comedy stage where friends and family gather to share meals and countless laughs. I don’t have a playroom, I have a pretend kitchen where my kids mimic my homemaking skills on their babies, I have a basketball court where my kids become champions, I have a castle where a princess gets lost for hours in her imagination, I have a destroyed city where my growing lion boy
destroys explores. I don’t have an office (ok, we really don’t have an office, but an “office area”, I have a platform that my husband connects with and enhances lives from around the world and makes big decisions in our life, I have an art studio that mine and my daughters imagination runs wild and is expressed. I don’t have a kitchen, I have a dance floor that my family spins around with the biggest smiles, I have a church that I stand in awe of my mighty God and fall on my face in prayer and worship to Him, I have a meeting place that my husband and I share such important conversations and our family gathers many times a day and grow together. I don’t have a living room, I have a movie theater where my kids expand their imaginations and interests and my husband and I have date nights after the kids are in bed, I have a room of comfort that my kids crawl in my lap and feel secure in my arms. I don’t have a kid’s bathroom, I have an ocean that Captain Planet and his friends save the world alongside the Lion Guard. My kids don’t have a bedroom, they have cat walk for my daughters fashion shows, a magic mirror that my Princess and Prince check to make sure their crowns are straight. I don’t have a master bedroom, I have a place my kids run to at night when they have a bad dream because mom and dad are there, it’s a place that all my nights end with kiss and a “good night sweetie”.
This year, I am focusing on a different perspective. See my home is so much more than the four walls and the stuff overflowing, it’s where my family grows, changes, loves, cries, and laughs.