Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Building Our House of Dreams

I love fantasizing about our "dream house."
It's not particularly large, but it has unique elements all throughout that give it a quaint feel
and lend themselves well to imagination.
We enjoy discussing the elements we envision, and every once in a while I sit down and sketch a floorplan just for fun.
Such fantasies have existed since high school, when my best friend and I would go walk through model homes just for fun. We always got amused smiles from sales agents when we walked through the doors. And needless to say, no one ever pestered us about buying a house in those developments.

The other day, the kids were soaking up the summer sun and playing with bowls and pans of water in the backyard.
I sat in the shade, enjoying their laughter and reading a book in the "Anne of Green Gables" series.
And as I sat there, their giggles floating through the air, I thought about the title--Anne's House of Dreams"--and how fitting it has been for our homes over the years.
While lacking elements of our "dream house," our homes have been homes of dreams--
homes where we dream and laugh and build and grow and strive
and seek to improve and become all that we need to be.
They have been homes where my dreams have come true--
dreams of a happy marriage, of motherhood, of faith-building experiences, and so much more.

I don't know if Sam and I will ever really build our dream house.
But whether or not we have that long-dreamt-of west-facing balcony with a porch swing for watching sunsets,
or the library with the spindly spiral staircase leading to the reading room with two full walls of windows,
or the strings of globe lights stretching across the backyard...
I'll feel fully contented with our house of dreams.

5 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this perspective! I have recently started to appreciate my home so much more for all the memories it holds. Gorgeous summer pictures, too!

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  2. I absolutely love this perspective! I have recently started to appreciate my home so much more for all the memories it holds. Gorgeous summer pictures, too!

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  3. Your pictures are awesome! I admire them in every post lately. And I love this idea. I keep looking at all of the work that we're putting into our house right now and wonder why, when it's not our ultimate dream house. But then I wonder, why am I stopping this from being our dream house right now?

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    1. Thanks, Amberly! My parents gave us a DSLR camera for our birthdays/Christmas in June, and I'm learning how to use it...but I need lots of practice. I might start hounding you soon to see if I can practice on a photo shoot on Bensen. :) And so true about the house! Even our dinkiest apartment is deeply cherished because of all it meant to us.

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