Monday, August 31, 2009

What are the things that spell H-O-M-E to you?

To me, it's kneading bread, then putting it into the oven and having its wonderful smell spread around the house. Or pulling out a fresh batch of cookies and setting them to cool on the stove.
Hanging my washing on the clothesline in my back yard, row after row of sheets and towels, then bringing them in later that day, or next morning - smelling as fresh and clean as can be. Folding and putting them away. Ironing my husband's shirts on my all-purpose living room table.
Sitting curled up on the couch on a quiet evening, with crochet or knitting needles, some yarn and a knitting magazine.
Digging in the garden; watching the blossoms unfold and anticipating harvest.
Cooking - trying out a new recipe, or otherwise going for the tried-and-true, which still come out a bit differently every time.
The feeling of a clean, orderly home after a good deep clean - shame I don't get very inspired by the cleaning process itself! ;o)
Finding new things to beautify the home - dishes, paintings, vases, furniture - preferably at the fraction of their original price.
Sharing precious times with loved ones - good food and good conversation. The sweet smell of a freshly bathed baby. Going to a bed with fresh, clean, crisp sheets and falling asleep the moment my head touches the pillow.
All the good things, simple things that I love so much. Things that will become memorable in years to come.
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momto9 said...

I agree! All those things spell home!

Anna A said...

I like all those things too. My favourite is the moment when everything is quite in order, it's reasonably clean and food is shopped and planned or done or eaten and I get to choose how to relax.

Now that I'm down with the flu I can appreciate the peace, quiet and privacy.(being sick somewhere else than home...horrible)

have a nice new week!

Katrina L. said...

I agree, all those do make home! I love when I have a fridge full of food and I've made bread and dessert. You can just see God's bounty right there.

I love when the laundry is done and the house is clean, it just has a shine :).

Also up here(Finland)when it's -25C outside, you come in and the house is so warm, that's a great feeling.

Wenonah4th said...

This is going to sound like a strange answer, but here goes anyway: when my BIL and his wife are visiting, and the guys are heavily involved in a game of chess, Risk, Scrabble, or whatever else. It's just such fun when we're all together. We wives may or may not be playing games with the guys! (I have a lot of fun with Monopoly with the two of them....)

Cindy said...

sitting around the kitchen table, homeschooling my children, the warmth of candle light glimmering in the evening and the scent of the candles filling our home, wrapping ourselves up in a throw blanket and sitting by the fire, little ones fresh from a bath with wet heads and wearing PJ's, snuggling on the couch with my kids and reading to them.

Sarah R said...

I organized my pantry this weekend. Took me over an hour. Came out of my kitchen smiling and feeling so accomplished. My husband teased me, "I never would have thought an organized pantry would put such a smile in your face." Indeed, even five years ago, I would have scoffed at spending a weekend cleaning. But what a sense of accomplishment!

Mary at Civilla's Cyber Cafe said...

I like doing laundry! Having laundry to do feels homey to me. When I am staying in a motel for a while, I get the itch to do laundry and feel like I'm home.

Sylvia said...


Lovely post. For me, home is these things. It is a feeling more than a place.

1. Being with my children and husband makes anywhere home for me. Especially my children's smiles.
2. Plane landing in the city where I was born and grew up in. I am an American citizen now and have been blessed to travel to many countries, but the feeling of a plane landing in the city of my birth makes me tear up each time.
3. Smell of spices roasting when I make my special spice powder.
4. Food of my native country which I prepare most days.
5. My mom's kiss and my dad's hug when I see them every year.
6. Letters from home in my native script.
7. A phone call or an email from a friend or a cousin.
8. Clean sheets.

God bless,

Slice of life said...

Home to me is a place that I want to rush back to. When I shut the doors it is just us and I am at peace and I feel secure.

that is home.

Mother Goose said...

You live, almost, on the other side of the world from me and we practice different religions, but yet we both hold the same ideas of H-O-M-E.

Where did we get it? Do we have a romanced idea of the ideologically homelife? Is it society? Or did God instill these things in our being when He created us as a woman?

I enjoy reading your posts.
God bless!

Pendragon said...

What an interesting exercise! Some people's homes are activity and hustle bustle, a constant round of a activity with people always popping by. In theory, I like that idea, but in reality, if I am honest, I will admit I much prefer the idea of home as a refuge and a retreat. My ultimate idea of home is a place with books everywhere and every spot from the bed to the couch in the living room to the front porch to the grass outside represresenting a spot to curl up and read and think. To me, home is a place where the hours pass by very slowly and one has the luxury of absolute privacy and knowing one will not be bothered.

leah Burks said...

You said it all! There is nothing like that soft, sweet baby skin after a much-loved bath!

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog because you write well and are respectful of differing opinions and also because your life is so different from mine. You are truly a professional homemaker and it's obvious that you serve "with joy and honor."

Do you have neighbors you can visit with during the day? Do you have activities or hobbies apart from your family? I think I'd need to join a golf league or something. Other professionals get breaks, so I am having a hard time getting my mind around not needing to do anything but home-making round the clock. I mean no disrespect; I truly am curious. Is it just a case of "different strokes for different folks?"

- Sally

Val said...

Homemade cinnamon fresh out of the oven and handmade embroidered linens.

Johanna said...

Beautiful and inspiring!

eriko said...

I agree with all of those things that you listed and have a few more to add.

If my Husband gets home before me and it's dark outside, He always makes sure to turn on the outside light. As I pull in to the driveway, seeing that welcoming light lets me know that I am home and I am loved!

He does something similar with a candle in the living room. When I see that lit, I know that he is "centered" and calm and at peace with our home. It's a lovely habit that he's started for himself, to light the candle, say a prayer and sort of shake off the outside world when he returns. *happy*


Gombojav Tribe said...

~snuggling with my kids in the early morning when they creep into our room.

~flowers on the table.

~lighting candles in the evening.

~dropping everything to have tea with soemone who stops by.

~having coffee with my husband in the morning before he goes to work.

Mim said...

Lovely post Anna.
I love reading your blog every morning, and am enjoying your story too.
Hope your little one is going well.
My 28month old son just started sleeping through, so I am very excited and feeling refreshed. The two of us just had snuggles and cuddles and singing in bed together for an hour. I'm so thankfuly to be at home. If I were working I would have missed out on this special hour with him.
It is so worthy it.

Sarah said...

*Flowers in a vase
*Sound of rain on the roof
*Balsamic vinegar on everything for dinner
*Afternoon nap on the living room couch

Anonymous said...

I felt warm, cozy and 'homey' just reading this! I love the precious moments we create at home. God bless you, sweet young lady.

Jennifer said...

What a lovely post...I feel like I can see and smell your home! For me it is getting up early, making a wonderful cup of fresh coffee, and going outside to sit on the porch swing to greet the morning.

Sheri said...

Anna, I loved this post! I feel the same way about "home." With our family in it; it's the most precious place on this earth...

Amy said...

I'm with Pendragon; home is all about a book filled retreat. A home cannot be a home without a great home library, all sorts of comfy nooks to read in, and a spot right in front of the fireplace for reading "Winnie the Pooh" and "Peter Rabbit" with Peapod on yucky rainy days, with our tray of cookies and cocoa nearby. :o)

Soon our book collection will be so immense that my husband jokes we will forgo end tables and a coffee table, simply stacking books up instead. ;o)

Anonymous said...

So many of these things are the very same that are so integral to my enjoyment of Home as well, Anna! :o)


Anonymous said...

Curling up on the couch with my husband at the end of the day, discussing life and God and everything.

Cleaning the entire apartment and then sitting down and just looking at it, enjoying my beautiful home. (That sounds more pompous than I mean it.)

Making my favourite tea, lighting candles, putting on soft music and reading my favourite book on the couch.

Listening to worship music when I'm alone at home, and singing and dancing along to it like a nutty person.

Folding clean laundry and putting it away neatly.

Anonymous said...

I can't help but notice you rarely mention other people. I would go crazy home with just me and my baby all day. Do you have relatives or neighbors you visit or visit you? Any activities in your community?

Or are you just happy being you and her all day?