Home is the nicest word there is.

Yesterday my husband and I got to celebrate American’s birthday at our favorite place, home.

We love our home. We’ve lived there for a year and a half now, and we’re still working on various projects to make it our “own”. All the work we’ve put into it already makes it so worth coming home to at the end of the day. It’s fun to look back at pictures of when we first bought it and see all the changes and personal touches we’ve made to it already!

Home is our favorite place to be together, but lately it feels like it’s our least visited and most neglected place. We’ve been in a season of traveling, camping, late work nights, and all the fun busyness that summer brings. Even the days when one of us would be home, it seemed like the other always had something going on.

So yesterday, after several weeks of going non-stop, we got to enjoy the entire day at home. Together. And it was fantastic.

We spent most of the day working. But it wasn’t bad work, because it was on things we enjoy. He worked on cleaning out the garage and finishing the front landscaping. I worked in the flower garden, cleaned, and worked on the nursery. Even though we only convened together for lunch and a power nap on the couch, we had the best day together because we were both at home. All day long. (Plus, our precious pooch Silas loved having mom and dad home all day with him.)

And although we worked all day, the work was so rewarding because we weren’t just working on the house, we were working on the home. Our home.

Everything – the good, the bad and the ugly – happens at home. Home is where we invest our money, where we eat our meals together, where we’ve learned and grown together as husband and wife, and where we’ll raise our family. Home is one of our greatest blessings.

Jonathan and I love to travel. A good road trip always gets us excited. But even after the best trips together, it’s always nice to be home. Sometimes we need to remember to slow it down and plant ourselves somewhere long enough to get back to the things we really enjoy. That’s what we were able to do yesterday, and boy did it feel good.




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