We have moved a lot! Since my hubs and I have been together, we have moved from California, to Idaho, to Minnesota and back to Idaho. Whilst living in these various states, we have moved to different cities, and different homes. Every one felt like home to us and our children. It’s interesting to me when I run across people who for some reason are somewhat displaced. Maybe waiting for a house to be built, and are in a “temp home” maybe in between moving to a new city…and they say they cannot stand it, because it’s not home.
Greg and I have always had the feeling that Home is Where You Make It. In all of our moving, every place felt like home…because, it was. It was never the “dwelling” in which we were living. It was the people, the family, the friends, the LOVE that made it our home. I have told hubs that I could live in the plushest of mansions or the minimalist of huts, and it would be home as long as were were there together. It’s true.
You see, we learned years ago that our “things” are really only things. Things on loan to us only for a short time. Nothing we “own” is truly ours. We know the Source for whom these things belong. So for us, home is much more than our address and couches.
This week, we learned that our oldest is moving out of the state. It was only a matter of time before this happened and we knew it. Our middle is also moving out of the state. In a few short weeks/months, we will have two children living in two different states. We are so happy for them. We knew to grow and to build careers that they wouldn’t stay here long. So that leaves hubs and I wondering what to do? Where to go? We do not need this big house we are living in. Our cub will graduate in 2.5 years…and then what? Lot’s of praying is happening in the Nilges house right now. Transitions will be happening.
In talking to our older pups, they were astonished at the fact that we will be considering selling our house….we were met with “NO!” and “We want to bring our families here, eventually!” “You cannot sell our home.” Well, dear children, we are not selling our home. I explained to them, that our house, this dwelling, is not what they think it is. Coming home to anywhere that our family is, the love we share, the bond that is the NilgeFam5 is what true home is. I had a friend say yesterday that “we have such a warm and loving home.” I tend to think that has nothing to do with our address.
So today I am thankful for home. A home full of love, affection, appreciation, family laughter, friendship, tenderness, messiness, affection, sensitivity, kindness, warmth, hospitality, favor, passion, snuggles, relationships, and appreciation. I am thankful that we have been blessed with this house for now and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this home will be full of joy forever, wherever we are…even if it’s a tent, because the builder of this home is who makes it what is is. A house of love, no matter demographics. There is a difference between a house and home!
~Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need. -Sarah Ban Breathnach