What is it about home that makes you feel like you can just breathe? This week while helping mom recover from her surgery I made a point to just walk around and take in and reflect back on all the fun, crazy, sad, laughable and meaningful memories that have been created within these walls. I wanted to share what my world looked like growing up. The first thing is the laundry room, it is always so funny to see people's faces when they see Mom and Dad's laundry room. Having 11 kids in the family this room was used EVERY day! When I was in Jr. high, Dad turned the carport into our own personal laundry mat complete with 3 washers and 3 dryers and they stayed busy always!!
This is also where mom grew her African Violets. She has always had them and they ALWAYS looked beautiful. I don't know how because they are so hard to grow but mom has never had a problem.
Mom's kitchen is always cozy and Mom has it decorated with all things vintage. I tell her she was vintage before vintage was cool! One of my favorite features in my folks' kitchen is the swing. What a swing? you say, It's a great idea because there was always a little one that would stay happy while we were working in the kitchen. Genius!!!
My favorite bedroom in the house use to be the boys' room when the house was first built. Then as we started moving out and Alicia was the youngest girl left at home and loves vintage as well, mom turned the room into a walk down memory lane complete with some of her dolls when she was a little girl. And the little blue baby crib my Me-maw made it for me for my first Christmas out of an orange crate and a wire hanger. It is one of my favorite things in the world!
Of course a home is not really made up with things, I mean sure we all have them but what makes a house a home is the people, family, friends and the memories that are created with these connections. Everyday, everything changes we get rid of things, people come in and out of our lives and the hours turn into days, weeks, months, years and then into memories that are told to other family members or friends and that is what becomes who you are and where you have came from.
I'm so grateful that I was able to make more memories with one of my brothers, nephew and niece
And even though we don't always get along perfectly every hour of everyday we love each other more than anything. I am SO blessed to be able to know that no matter where I am in this world or what happens in my life I have a place that I can call home even if it is only in the memories in my mind. I hope this weekend you take a minute to hug, call, reflect and or remember the home you came from and be thankful for the person and legacy you have been given. Have a great weekend see you on Monday!