I used to think that making a home simply meant decorating it well.
And that thought scared me to death.
Why? Because I have no natural talent in home decoration.
I once wanted to paint our home exterior a bright, cheery yellow. After a trip to the paint store I handed over my selection to the teenager who had agreed to help us out for a weekend.
After a couple of hours I went out to check on how it was going.
“Looks like mac and cheese!” Our painter drawled.
And ya know, he was right.
And not the good stuff, either. The-been-sitting-out-too-long-at-the-local-buffet mac and cheese. Yeah, it was bad.
Did you know colors have hues? I know, who knew?
But, ever the optimist, I reasoned I could learn this decorating skill. Or, I could at least ask others who had a better handle on this color thing.
So I began my journey. I’ve learned a lot since my mac and cheese days (our house exterior is now painted a beautiful forest green-thanks to the suggestion of the Benjamin Moore sales lady).
But along this road I’ve also realized that there is so much more to making a home than just the color you paint it or the knick-knacks that reside on your shelves.
A house is for people. But not just a place to sleep and eat, but also a place to grow, fellowship, learn and love.
Yes, how you practically put together your home plays a huge part in this factor. But there is another aspect of home that I believe is often overlooked. What is the spirit of your dwelling? Are people excited to visit? Do they feel loved, appreciated and accepted while there? Do they leave feeling equipped?
So this is my quest. To make our home aesthetically pleasant and functional while at the same time making it a place of rest, love and growth. In essence, to make our house a home.
Tall order, huh? Yep. But I’m excited (I’m an optimist, remember?). Will you join me?
Oh, yes. Formal introductions.
My name is Bethany. I reside on the lovely (humid) Mississippi Gulf Coast. Our home houses the most patient (remember the mac and cheese house?), loving husband this world has ever known and four little rambunctious souls that make this home quest all the more worthwhile.
We do have a dog. But barely. That is where my husband’s patience does run a little thin. 😉
We love Jesus. And we hope our home shows it.
I’m thankful for your companionship on this journey.
Let’s get making this home!