I put my kids down to bed at 9:30pm tonight and was left alone with a very quiet house and a thoughtful mind. My husband and eldest son are out of town on a camping trek for a few days, which has made the house even quieter than usual.
In this quiet home tonight I have felt an overwhelming joy and happiness for where I live. Not specifically for Southern Utah, but for the inside walls of my home. Micah and I have worked really hard these past two 1/2 years to make our home a special place for our family and I can feel the strength of those efforts emanating throughout the walls of our home.
Each room has been carefully considered for our needs. Everything has a purpose and function here for the use and benefit of our family; each toy we've purchased for our children, each piece of furniture we've acquired for our use, each appliance we've chosen, each spoon, fork, and plate we've brought into our home plays a special part in our family life.
I love walking through our home at the end of the day to see what trails of living our children have left behind for the day. Odin has left a huge mess of googley eyes, popscicle sticks, cotton balls, and hot glue on the kitchen table. I don't know what he was up to, but it looks exciting! Malachi's new birthday toys are all over the carpet, proof that he loves to play like a toddler! And Jonah's little phone( Micah's old broken phone) is plugged into the wall where he left it. I know he will wake up eager to check on his hatching eggs in Dragon City. Zadok's room is neat and tidy because he rarely goes in there. He spends most of his time out in the living areas playing with his brothers. Micah and I have all the necessities we need to raise a family, which is nice. We don't want for much and are happy with keeping stuff down to a minimum. We have just what we need and it feels good.
I like to sit on the living room couch and soak in the happiness of my colorful walls. I've painted each wall in my living room a different color-perriwinkle, sunny squash, and well, the burnt orange was already here when we moved in. My hallway is green. The TV room is bright yellow. I painted the extra bedroom blue. The bathroom got painted teal and pink when I was pregnant with Malachi. I haven't attempted the downstairs, yet, but I have some ideas. The bold, bright colors brighten my surroundings and make me feel even more at home.
I love my home. I love that my husband has a big garden out back and has planted fruit trees, raspberries, and grapes! I love that we gather eggs from our chickens each day and that next year we'll get honey from our
I love that we have a huge backyard. Our dogs just turned three years old this month. They're a pain the ass but I've learned to love them. I love our firepit, trampoline, sand pit, bouncy horse, and big apricot tree to climb. We've had many backyard BBQ's and parties within the fun walls of our fun yard.
I love raising my children in this home. I hope that their memories will be as happy as mine someday, looking back on life in this happy little abode.