Building a home

When my wife and I were just starting out, we scrimped and saved for our “house fund.” When we got the news that my wife was pregnant, we had been trying for a year, we knew that we needed to speed up our efforts and find something more permanent. We searched and soon put the down payment on a house.

While it was great to have a place all our own to come home to in the evening, I remember getting frustrated that it wasn’t bigger and that we didn’t have everything we needed to furnish it. One of the great things that I’ve always loved about my wife is how grounded she is, her perspective, and her ability to pull me back from the ledge.

She took me into the baby’s room, made me look at the crib and baby accessories, and asked me what was important to me. As I held her in my arms and we looked around the room and how far we had come in such a short period of time, she reminded me that shiny things don’t make a house a home. People make a home.

With that story top of mind for me, I write today in my blog entitled, In this House, on The Heart of the Matter, about a wall hanging that we have in our home. My wife picked it up about ten years ago. It’s not a print of a famous painting, nor anything all that expensive. An interior decorator would probably suggest throwing it out, but it means the world to me.

Let me know what you think. Be sure to check out some of the other posts and podcasts on the Heart of the Matter too. Lots of great stories, wisdom, and perspectives on the site.

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  1. โ€œItโ€™s not a print of a famous painting, nor anything all that expensive. An interior decorator would probably suggest throwing it out, but it means the world to me.โ€ I love that, Brian ๐Ÿ™‚ And your wife sounds like the kind of person I would want for a friend. Sounds like you two lucked out ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Aww, thanks Patti, love this comment. We’re not perfect. I worried that the post made it sound that way. We’re far from that, but you’re so right, I’m lucky to have her as a friend and partner. She keeps me grounded. When we first got married years ago, we had a few early health struggles. I think those struggles are what actually helped us, put things in focus. Thanks for the day brightener.

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