You may have noticed it's been a couple of weeks since I posted anything on the blog. I apologize for my absence - I've been a bit under the weather.
I don't know about you, but when I'm not feeling my best, I get somewhat introspective. And I have been giving a lot of thought to things over the past few weeks.
I've written similar posts before, but I feel that this is a sentiment that bears repeating.
Like most of you, I love a pretty house. I love to see a well-decorated space. I want my house to be a lovely place. And there's nothing wrong with feeling this way.
But ultimately, what's really important to me... what I really want...is for my house to be a home. I want it to be a place that's chock full to bursting with love!
As I sit in my home, I've found that the thing I really love about it are the people who live inside. I love to hear their voices as they play together or yell from room to room. I love to sit around the dinner table each evening and hear the day's events.
I believe that having a home that is welcoming, comfortable and attractive helps everyone feel more at ease. And I also believe that doing our best to keep our homes clean has the same effect of making others feel welcome in our space. And I do my best to have my home reflect these things.
But ultimately, I want my home to be a refuge. I want it to be a haven from the day to day stresses of life. I want it to be a place where my family wants to be.
And so today, I want to issue a little challenge. Do one thing today that will make your family (or friends or roommates) feel loved and appreciated. It doesn't have to be anything big. A note...a plate of cookies...maybe straightening up the kitchen. Just let your people know you love them. Because, my friends, without those you love, a house is just a house. It's the love inside that makes a house a home.