We've been away for a few days with the pastors of our church's spanish ministry.
It's been a rich time of refreshing and good fellowship,
but as inevitably happens, I'm a bit homesick.
Currently we're at the airport about to fly home.
(I'm such a homebody!)
Now that we've lived in our new to us home four months,
I'm beginning to know it,
its strengths, its weaknesses, its "personality",
and I'm beginning to fall in love with it.
Its walls have begun to absorb some of our memories,
family dinners with the kids and grandkids,
quiet evenings at home with just the two of us,
a few ladies gathered in the living room for a Bible study,
a full house on Thanksgiving,
our first Christmas celebrated there,
an impromptu New Year's Eve gathering,
quiet times in prayer and Bible reading in my home office.
It's become HOME,
which is one of my favorite words and places.
I'm trying to listen to the personality of the house as I decorate.
Its style feels just a wee bit more formal than our former house,
a little more traditional and a little less cottage style.
There are more walls left bare, less tchotchkes and collectibles scattered here and there.
I'm enjoying less stuff and more simplicity.
I'm enjoying taking my time deciding what I want to change.
(New flooring, lighting and kitchen appliances were a no-brainer change that we made right away.
So was the fireplace transformation.
We turned it around in the wall, literally,
to face our living room instead of the family room turned large dining room.
We painted the oak fireplace surround white, and added a salvaged wood mantel.)
This is my simple January mantel.
Well, it's Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a safe and BLESSED weekend.
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