Making a home from a rented house

Thursday, March 06, 2014

"Home is a space that feels prayed in, safe. Walls are word-soaked. The more we invite others in, the more this occurs; memories saturate our spaces. A home is a second skin, the one that protects and identifies. It is not just bed and bath - it is our distinctiveness and our gift to others. We "open our home" and find that we are also baring our soul's character. With each invitation, that character will soften, brighten and quake for more such goodness. Such light." - Warming a Home With Creativity 

A few months ago, Mark and I had a few friends over to our home for dinner. There was a moment during the evening when all of our guests were in the living room, chatting and laughing. Mark and I met in the hallway as I was going to grab something out of the closet. I made the comment to Mark, "How crazy is it that we're that married couple who has people over for dinner at our house?!" For just a minute we stood there, secluded in our own home, listening to the laughter coming from the other room.

It was one of those weird out-of-body experiences where you see the moment as its happening and think "How on earth did I get here?!" I've thought about it a lot since then and have realized that it's only as we live and make memories and invite others in that this little rental house becomes a home. No amount of paint, decorating or rearranging will do that for us (although it does help a little). It's the memories that make a house a home. Every time we invite others in, more memories are made. Long evenings with lots of laughter and mediocre food (because, let's face it, I'm not the best cook). But, regardless, those are the little things that make memories and make us feel sentimental about this little old house. 

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  1. Awww this is so sweet. People really do make us feel at home more than things, though I often forget this.


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