Home, Sweet Home


We spent last week out and about at a national conference for our church association. I had a great time seeing my family and friends from all over the country. The kids and I had lots of free time to sight see and eat ice cream (yum!), but each and every moment, I desired to be home.

Believe it or not, I missed doing laundry and cooking and cleaning. I don't necessarily enjoy those activities, but somewhere along the way I've learned to appreciate them. They are some of the ways I take care of my family, the way I build my house.

I also missed our family devotional time, when we curl up on the couch and read and pray together. I missed walks in the park and playing outside. I missed the time spent on my living room floor, giggling and pretending to fold laundry (I fold. Rooster unfolds. It’s a game we play).

I missed those quiet lunches with my husband when our kids, by the grace of God, decide to take an early nap. I missed having time in the evening to wind down and reconnect with my husband after a long day of work.

I missed being home.

Vacations are wonderful, but at the end of the day, I long for the structure, stability, and peace of our daily routine at home. 

Home is where my heart best connects with my Savior. I find peace in hanging laundry on the line on a sweltering warm day. I find contentment in my routine Bible reading. I find joy in knowing that I am doing the work God has set before me to do this day, even if most of it will have to be done again tomorrow {smile}.

I haven't always felt this way. I've done my fair share of complaining and wishing and wanting to be out there doing something, anything other than staying home. But this past month God has revealed a change in my heart. I know there is a big wide world of adventure out there, things to do and places to see, but none of it seems all that important to me anymore. 

I'm sure there will still be days when I can't wait to get out of the house, but right now, my heart is irresistibly drawn to the joy, the contentment, and the rest found in these four walls, the daily blessings of loving my family and building my home.  


  1. I'm so there with you. So glad God has done a work in our hearts :)

  2. It is good to be home from a vacation. The excitement of preparing for the days away, packing and then enjoying the days out are fun, but there is always this sense of relaxation, when one gets back to the own four walls. That's why God gave them to us :)

    Bibi from Simple Summit

    PS: came across your blog via Babies and Beyond :)

  3. Really enjoying this post! Thanks so much for sharing!


    p.s. adorable blog name :)

  4. I'm working hard to have that kind of heart.

    I work out of the home full time and it's so exhausting to come home and pick up on all the chores as well.

    I'm trying a new thing where I don't think of them as chores but as "blessings" and pray repeatedly for God to change my heart to that of a servant =)

    Thanks for the encouragement!

    Her Heart Proclaims ♥ eMinistry

  5. Hi there

    I have a quick question about your blog. Could you email me when you get a chance? Thanks so much!

  6. So blessed to read today. I love being home as well.... Delighted to meet you.

    I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip my toes into some serious momma goodness.

    Your words splash me with encouragement. I would be honored to have you splash some other mommas as well. This post (or another fave) would be such a blessing to share. Just moms. Sharing our notes. Creating a melody.

    I jot a few notes on Monday, but its a jump in whenever you can melody. We get the filled to the brim momma schedules.


  7. Home - the nicest place to be. Vacations are great and conferences are terrific, but it does feel oh so good to be home again doesn't it?
    Thank you for your uplifting post today :)

  8. Loved this and I can totally relate. I always enjoy our vacations but I always appreciate the return home to our routines. I like being able to putter around my house and get things done and accomplished! Of course, I'm always ready to take off on another vacation for a brief break when one rolls around.

    It gives me uninterrupted time with my family. Both our boys are young adults and one just graduated from college and now has a full-time job and the other attends college and has a part-time job. So they're both busy and not home much, so vacation gives us time away and time together! :)

    Thanks for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday!"



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