The Welcoming Home
What do you think of when you hear someone say the word home? Do you think of the place where you live? Do you think of the beautiful pictures you see in magazines of homes and hope that some your house may look like one of those homes? To make your house a place that gives you a warm and homey feeling when you walk in, you may not need a complete home makeover, just a few simple changes can your house warm and cozy.
When my children are tired they say, “Mommy, can we go home?” Home is a place we feel secure, welcome and happy. Home can be our place of rest. If you have ever been without a home like during a move or on a long vacation, you know how wonderful it is to return home.
The place we live is a building, a structure. It’s our house (or maybe an apartment). But our “home” is the special place and memories we have in our heart.
7 Ways to Make Your House a Home
A Home Shares Love Every Day
One of the most important things that will make your house a home is sharing love every day. Give your children a hug and say, “Good morning, I love you!” Take time each day to make each person in your home feel special and loved.
Sharing love in your home makes it a warm place. The love you share will be remembered much longer than the building and the things you had in your home.
A Home Always Has Fresh Flowers
Fresh flowers brighten a room and they brighten our day. Beautiful, brightly colored flowers can cheer us up when we feel sad. A big bouquet of flowers on the table or counter can change your day.
If you keep fresh flowers in your home frequently, you children will remember those flowers when they are grown as a special memory that was part of your home.
Another way to have fresh flowers in your home is to add a garden outside and plant your favorite flowers. As a family you can help maintain these pretty flowers together.
A Home Has an Amazing Welcome Scent
Do you remember a favorite smell at home when you were growing up? Was it your mom baking cookies or your favorite dinner? Remember when you opened the door to home and you smelled that wonderful scent, you were so happy to be home.
The fresh scent of warm cookies makes a house a home. Our sense of smell is deeply connected to our memories. Special scents can make a house a home. What is your favorite scent of home?
A Home Has Lots of Laughter
My youngest daughter laughs really loud when you tickle her. She just squeals in delight when she gets tickled. It’s the type of laughter that fills the entire house and it’s contagious.
Do you have lots of laughter in your house? It’s easy to have a little fun every day. You can tell funny stories, you can tell funny things that happened to you during the day. You can watch a funny show in TV together.
Make your house a home with a little laughter every day.
A Home Has Family Pictures
Our home is filled with family pictures. Pictures from when the children were babies and each year as they are growing up. We also have pictures with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends.
Family pictures make a house a home and remind us of the important relationships in our lives.
A Home Has Your Favorite Things
What would a home be if you didn’t have your favorite things? Maybe it’s your book collection or your rock collection (yes, I have a themed rock collection). My kids love to display their Lego creations.
We all have a few favorite things. As we grow older, we have a few things we have kept and moved with us since we were kids. The special favorite things make a house our home and make a place special to us.
What favorite things do you have at home?
A Home Has Memories & Family
We all have memories of home. I do hope you have wonderful memories of home growing up. One special thing we can do for our children is make the memories they have of home special too.
Do you have family traditions? Special traditions you do every holiday like Christmas and Thanksgiving? Family traditions make wonderful memories and hopefully your children will pass them down to their children.
Of course, your home has your family. Maybe your kids squabble amongst themselves too often, you are get tired of the daily routines and non-sense, but what would home be without your family?
Seven ways you can make your house a home. It doesn’t matter where you live, you make these special transformations starting today. Share love in your home, brighten your day with flowers, have a warm inviting scent, don’t forget to have lots of laughter, always have a few favorite things including family pictures. Most important, always be making wonderful memories of home.
What is a special memory you have growing up at home? How do you make your house a home today?
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