What Really Makes a House a Home?

We’re currently in a year long search for our next residence as we hunker down in our 1,000 square foot apartment. We’ve considered condos, barn renovations, bungalows, farmhouses and a 10-unit 100 year old brick apartment complex.
We’re in a new phase of life called the Empty Nest. But we Moms all know that the nest is never empty if you do it right, so we’re trying to prepare for college summers home, grandbaby sleepovers, interim moves of growing families and guest overnights. In my mind we don’t need much room, but in my heart we need a whole bunch.
A beautiful home comes from creating. The 50-year old Cheryl is nothing like the 32-year old Cheryl. Everything had to be new and sparkly. Now I love a little patina on my copper pots and blankets that have been washed more than a dozen times. I like teacups with saucers and couches that are comfortable. I enjoy relaxing more than running around.
So the next home has more than a few prerequisities but my main ones are these. It has to be old. It has to have a room for my grand piano. It has to need some love (TLC). I’d like a porch and a stream and a place for Dennis’ dirt bikes. And it has to have a bit of room to create and grow. That’s it. Because I know what really makes a house a home are the hearts that reside there. Home really is a work of heart.

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