Creating A Home
What does it mean to create a home? To me, creating a home revolves around family. It means a loving spouse and growing children. I’ve been a parent for 21 years now, and although I’ll always be a parent, my last child is about to leave home. Obviously my definition of home will change with the circumstances, but I must admit, I’m not quite sure how to handle it. It seems like I just got all my children here, and now they’re leaving again. It’s difficult to imagine a home after the children leave, but that’s how it will be in a few short months.
Philosophy For Life
I came across this quote by Marjorie Hinckley “As you create a home, don’t get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you or your family. Don’t dwell on your failures, but think of your successes. Have joy in your home. Have joy in your children. Have joy in your husband. Be grateful for the journey.” What a great quote that’s applicable to all of us! We all create home differently, but no matter how we do that, if it’s important to our family and has meaning, that’s all that matters. Like all empty nesters, it will be a period of growth and change for me as the last one leaves.
We just had our family picture professionally taken by a great family friend a few weekends ago (can you tell I’m in panic mode?). She’s taken them the last several years for us, and you can find last year’s here. Life is fleeting, and I always want to remember my family in the various stages of growth. I’m excited to share them with you! And if you have any advice for a soon-to-be empty nester, I’d love it!
An oldie but goodie taken by our family photographer, Laurie Ruth…She’s based out of Austin, Texas, but goes to Dallas (and Utah)! If you’re looking for a photographer, she’s THE BEST!