My house is not what I would like it to be. Right now, it's kind of a..............pit stop! Yes, that's a good analogy. We run in here, bathe, change clothes, eat, do homework, sleep and run out the door for the next lap. Just like a pit stop, but far less greasy.
What I want is a haven. I want my husband and my children to walk in the door and just relax. I want home to be so cozy and inviting that they don't want to leave. I want us to be busy here. I want home to be the rule and other things the exception.
So how do you build a home out of a house (or pit stop as it were)? Well, I believe it starts with prayer. That can sort everything out. Then, there is lots of good old-fashioned work to be done. Organizing, painting, sewing, some decorating, cleaning up will all make the house feel like home. But I have seen perfectly lovely homes that I did not want to stay 5 minutes in and chat. I have been to gorgeous homes where I did not feel comfortable at all. What makes the difference?
For me, I think it's, well...me. My family needs my attention. They need to see me smiling and taking breaks from all the work to be done to pay attention to them. Instead of looking at my back while I'm busy at some task (all the time), they need to have me sit down beside them and talk. There are plenty of things that need to be done, but my family is the whole reason I do them.
Folks, I have a lot of work to do. This house has been somewhere we stop off for far too long. I am ready to start living here.