Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Home part 2

North end of the family/dining room 

South end of the family/dining room

East side of the family/dining room

West front door entrance

East side of the kitchen

West side of the kitchen

Looking from the kitchen down the hall way

Stairs to the family room and basement area

Family/entertaining area... work in progress (clock isn't hung yet)

Newly decorated spare room.  Belonged to daughter 2 that moved out last fall.

Looking back from the middle of the family room at the table.

Master bedroom.  What I could share as it's small and hubby has about a 1000 hats laying around the place.
Looking out of the Master bedroom you can see Son's room and Grandma's room.

It wasn't my intention to do a two part serious on Home.  The journal prompt last week was "What are you thankful for?" which was my HOme.  This week it is "Write about the place you all home". 

As I said last week I have never lived any where as long as I have lived in this home.  We built it mostly with our own hands.  There was some contracted help but we did the contracting part as well.  In this house we have put blood, sweat, and tears.

Our biological daughter was not born into this home.  She remembers all the long hours that we put in.  She remembers the shopping at Home Depot for all the building materials and fixtures.  Then she has 17 years of memories in this place we call home.  Our two adopted children came along at the ages of six and eight.  So it would be similar for them.  Except a few years delayed.

This is not a perfect home as there isn't one on the planet but it is my favorite place in the world to be.  Almost every room in our house had a memory that can be tied to it.  The pictures I share here are real.  I didn't want to clean up an make you think that there wasn't anything out of place because believe me my friend, it more often is than not. :)

I have always wanted people to feel comfortable in my home.  To me that means that it is clean but not clutter free.  That there is no fear of "messing" things up.  We don't eat off the floor so there is no need to take your shoes off!  Kick back and enjoy being together.

Home right now does not look like it did just a year ago.  And I know in another year there could be more changes that may send me reeling.  I always envisioned a large dining table with benches on the sides and two chairs at each end to accommodate my expanded family.  That day may still come but right now home is what it is, empty.  And I am learning to be okay with that for now. 


  1. you have a beautiful home! I love the way homes have memories built in as you live in them.

  2. Monica, your home is lovely. I love the window from the West side of the kitchen. I can imagine how beautifully the light streams in from there. I know that all of your kids have memories of special times spent here...whether they reside with you there now or not.

    I continue to pray for you and that empty nest feeling in your mama's heart. God is Sovereign, my sweet friend, and His ways are perfect. Praying for you as your son leaves tomorrow...even if it is for will give you a feeling of a truer empty nest.

    I think the hardest part of that whole empty nest scenerio in any couple's life is that it affects both husband and wife...just in different ways. I'm praying that you and your sweet man are able to be an encourager for the other one.


  3. I'm just catching up here with you, Monica. What a lovely home! The memories are so rich and the fact that you and your husband built it yourself makes it even more of an investment in your life. I agree that a home should be welcoming and comfortable and a haven. I guess that is why I am wanting to get situated in my own place. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  4. It looks beautiful! Love the stone in the living room :D