• Nicole Burke

My "Dream Home"

Home is so important. It’s the place we usually feel most at peace, relaxed, comfortable, loved, and you can really just be you-- no pretenses, no act, no show. You are surrounded by the people and things that you love the most. At different stages in our lives, there are different places we call home. When I say “home” what is the first place that comes to mind? According to Merriam-Webster, there are six definitions of home. 

For me when I think of home, I still think of my parents' two story brick house. I’ve been married a couple of months now, and it is still a surreal feeling that I now have my own grown-up, big girl home with my husband. Every time I go to my parents' house, I get very emotional. It’s a new feeling to realize I won’t be staying the night but just coming for a visit. For me I have only lived in one house basically my entire life (I was only two when we moved into my parents' current house). It’s the only home I’ve ever known. It was so strange to spend my last night in that house, the night before my wedding, and suddenly never really know when I would sleep there again. My parents live only 30 minutes away, so there was really no reason I would be staying over in the near future. To me it is such a place of love, comfort and security, filled with so many memories, that will always be my childhood home. 

Now it’s my turn…

While I’m wrapped up in feelings of nostalgia when I think of “home”, I also get feelings of excitement and hope looking to the future of building my own home with my husband and our future children. I want them to have the same feelings of nostalgia and love that I do every time I walk into my parents' house. It’s a feeling of safety, security, love, understanding and togetherness. It is a home filled with love, laughter, tears, hope, encouragement, faith, Jesus and many of my most treasured memories.

The more I think about what home is, the more I realize what happens in a home is more of what makes it home than any decor or furniture ever could. Don’t get me wrong having those “things” in our house that I love and are important to me also make it feel like my home. But it’s more important the people, ideals and love that you fill your house with that will make it a home more than any specific tangible item. 

Our house has already started to feel more and more like home with the love, hope and dreams we share with each other, and yes the things we fill our home with as well. As you think about your home, do you only ever consider the items you want to buy and the next room you want to renovate? Or do you also think about what you want people to feel when they enter your home? Can they feel the love? Can they hear the laughter? Do they feel welcome? Can they see Jesus?

I hope our home is a place where our future children will always want to come back to and that they will always feel is home; even when they start to create their own homes someday. I want to fill our house with not only beautiful things, but also beautiful memories. That is home to me.

Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:3-4

Sincerely xoxo,

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