This spring, my home has been a crazy place.
Having five children, one dog, and four cats is liable to make any home crazy. But add to that homeschooling, a multitude of after-school activities, out-of-town sporting meets and debate tournaments, and evening meetings and speaking events.
In addition, we’re in the beginning stages of doing a major remodel on our kitchen. After almost eight years of having green counter tops, I’m looking forward to an update! But the process of picking out new flooring, cabinets, and counters is time-consuming and daunting.
And finally, during all the family-busyness, I’m also attempting to work very hard on several different writing projects. I’m super excited about some of the possibilities before me. But needless to say, the projects have kept me up late many a night.
Amidst all the craziness in my home–the barking dog, the plunking of the piano, squabbling siblings, and the constant blare of teenage music–I still consider my home the sweetest place on earth.
Crazy or not, it’s still home sweet home.
It’s the one place where I can most be myself. It’s the place where I’m most needed and loved. And it’s the place where I have my deepest conversations and relationships.
There are times we turn up the music and dance around the kitchen together. There are snuggles on the couch during scary movies. There are shared gasps of shock and delight at the audio books we just can’t stop listening to. There are giggles and laughter over the silly antics of our cats. There are sweet bedtime hugs and kisses.
My home is far from perfect. We have the usual tears and problems. We’re a sinful group of people living in close confines. We hurt each other, sometimes painfully.
But through it all, we cry, forgive, and continue to love.
As we begin a new chapter of blogging here at Inspired by Life . . . and Fiction, it’s my prayer that this blog will become Home Sweet Home to both writers and readers alike.
In the craziness of our lives, through the challenges and difficulties, we all need a safe comforting place where we can unwind, where we can smile and laugh, and where we can find encouragement.
I hope this blog will be a place where we can let down our guard and be our true selves, where we can feel needed and loved, and where we can have deep and fulfilling conversations.
I hope Inspired by Life . . . and Fiction can become a virtual home for all of us.
So grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and join in the conversation!
Welcome to the family!
I’d love to hear how things are going in your life lately! Has your home been as crazy as mine? 🙂