"Where is home? Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness. Home is where the heart's tears can dry at their own pace."
As I am sure you can all tell, my home is very important to me. It always has been, and I suspect it always will be. I have lived in several different places since I moved out of my parents house in 1995. They have all had one thing in common. It is a placed filled with the things I love, and it reflects who I was, who I am, and who I hope to be. Your home should be a place that not only shelters you from the storms that nature can produce, but should also shelter you from the storms that life can produce. My hope is that you have found that in your own home.
I wanted to share with you how we came to live in our current house. We had lived in a home for three years that was very nice. We bought it before it was finished and for the next two years we worked on it. When we finished it was nice, but it just didn't seem like home. We started looking for a new house. We found several houses that we liked, but none of them felt right. In the meantime, things in the other house seemed to start to fall apart, requiring more work than we were willing to invest. I started praying that we could find the right house. We poured over every realty magazine, newspaper, and Internet site known to man. We just couldn't find the house that was the perfect fit.
One day, we went shopping at a Hallmark in the town that we really wanted to live. When we were finished shopping, I told Jeff that I was not ready to go home. I was felling a little down and wanted to drive around. I thought maybe there was a house we had not seen before. I was doubtful, but something kept saying, "Drive around". Jeff said "I don't know where to go." I told him to just drive. He turned down a street and we came to a stop sign. When we got to the stop sign, I told him to turn right. Four houses later we were driving by our house. It was for sale buy owner. We would have never found it on the Internet, magazine, or reality magazine. The owners had just put the sign in the yard the previous Friday. This was Monday! We made an appointment to see it. The second I walked in, I loved it. My very first thought was, "This house could be in Country Sampler Magazine." Isn't that funny? To make a very long story short, we bought the house and have never regretted it for a moment.
I am so thankful everyday that God led us to this house. No one will ever be able to convince me that He didn't. It is the house of my dreams, and I am so grateful for it. I hope all of you have a wonderful evening, and that you can find shelter in your home from the storms of life. Take care!
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