You know, there aren’t many children who can say that they literally do go ‘over the river and through the woods’ to get to their grandparents’ home. But mine can!
And as you go through the gate…
Down the narrow road covered in leaves…
And up the steep driveway, the anticipation builds.
It’s then that you get that first peek at it through the trees.
Can you see it there nestled among the old growth forest?
When our parents decided to purchase a home in Oregon, they definitely embraced the spirit of the Pacific NW.
And while, on the outside, they’re home might look like a ‘cabin’ in the woods, on the inside it is light and bright and filled with elegant touches.
My mom has managed to seamlessly blend the more rustic elements of their home with a more modern flair and it all comes together in the most warm and welcoming way.
When they sold their home in Arizona, the new owners purchased all of it’s contents…furniture…towels…bedding…right down to pictures on the walls! Crazy, huh?
So, starting from scratch has been a bit of a daunting task.
But not only have they completely transformed this home in a very short period of time, my mom also managed to get it all decorated for Christmas prior to leaving to spend Thanksgiving with Heather in Georgia!
Everywhere she has lived, my mom has always made all of the pillows and draperies. She’s an amazing seamstress who, until recently, was still using the same sewing machine that she used to make her wedding dress almost 50 years ago!
But, this time, she decided to try out some ready-made pillows for her living room.
Not only are they so incredibly well made (even my seamstress mom was impressed!) but they are incredibly reasonably priced!
Mom went neutral in her Christmas decor and the colors in her new pillows blend in perfectly.
The tree absolutely sparkles and my kiddos were pleasantly surprised to find some presents under it with their names on them.
Each year my parents give them a new ornament and they were thrilled to have a little bit of Christmas fun even before Thanksgiving!
After I took these photos, we sat down for an early Thanksgiving dinner together. It was such a sweet time of laughter and fellowship.
Later on, as my mom and I stood in the kitchen slicing up the pumpkin pie, I found myself reflecting on the fact that while I’ve never lived in this home, it still feels strangely like coming ‘home’ to me every time we are there.
Save for this little Nativity scene (which was the same one we had growing up!), there is nothing that is from my childhood.
Not the same furniture, not the same dishes and not even the same Christmas decorations.
Yet, it still feels like ‘home’ to me.
And I realized in that moment, that my sense of going ‘home’ had nothing to do with an actual house, or furniture, or dishes or even Christmas ornaments.
My sense of being home has everything to do with the two people who raised me.
They are my ‘going home’.
Because we all know that the feeling of being at ‘home’ has less to do with a house and everything to do with the people who live in it!
“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
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