Home has been on my mind a lot lately. After almost six years of moving and living around the world for Alex's school, it's almost time for us to settle down into a real home. This is something I have dreamed of for so long and it's hard to believe that we are almost there. Every time I think about it, my stomach knots with excitement and heartache about leaving family and a hint of fear but then even more excitement.
I've been thinking about what it means to make a home. For years I've clung to the idea that "home is wherever I'm with you". I've lived in survival mode, working to get through all of the ups and downs of medical school. And while it's been true that "home" is something that doesn't always depend on a physical place, I'm going to be honest and admit that having an actual house to make into a home is something I've been looking forward to for oh so long.
This quote by Tolkien stuck with me as I was scrolling through Pinterest and having HGTV marathons. It reminded me of what home should be and brought me down out of the "fixer upper" home decor & renovation haze I had been in. It is easy to become obsessed with the way a home looks (which is of course important in its own way) and forget that making a home is about creating a place for people to live in.
“Frodo was now safe in the Last Homely House east of the Sea. That house was, as Bilbo had long ago reported, ‘a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep, or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.’ Merely to be there was a cure for weariness, fear and sadness.” - Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
My heart longs for a home where we can host play dates, celebrate feast days and holy days, offer food and comfort to friends, and where we can take refuge from the sometimes harsh world around us. My heart longs for our very own Homely House, and I can't wait to create it.
Tolkien Quote Printable from The Inspired Room