This past weekend, we stayed in our home away from home—cabin #11 at Standing Stone State Park, Hillham, Tennessee. It’s a small, rustic cabin without certain modern conveniences like television and internet. The leaves were turning beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. A perfect fall breeze stirred the hilly landscape. The slower pace of life in that short timeframe made me relax, bask in the much-needed time with my hubby and kids, and recharged my batteries—as wife, mother, author, employee, and child of God.
As I cooked and cleaned in our little cabin, and enjoyed activities so different from my normal routine, I pictured us living in a rustic home tucked away in the hills of Tennessee. The same as I did over the summer when we stayed in a suite on Sarasota Beach. Or when we visited a quaint harbor town in Maine a few years back. The gist of it is, I believe I could live anywhere as long as I had my family. Because to me, they make my house a home.
In parts one and two of What is a Home?, I talked about different styles of homes and how they match our personalities as well as reasons why people move. But no matter what city or town we live in or the age of the structure, what actually makes a house a home?
Humans were not created to be alone. That’s why God made Eve for Adam. “It is not good that man should be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) Whether we’re raising families, the kids are grown, we live with a relative or spouse, or we live alone, it’s people who make the transition of brick and mortar to a refuge. The folks of the community, our neighbors, our churches, our families are what fills the square footage with love and memories.
I encourage you this week to think about what makes your house a home. Show your loved ones appreciation this week by leaving a note of gratitude where they’re sure to find it or by cooking a special meal. If you know someone who lives alone, reach out to them. Show them you care.
We’d love to hear from you. What makes your house a home?
~Candice Sue Patterson is the author of Bright Copper Kettles and Silver White Winters. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart will release next year through Pelican Book Group. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons on a hobby farm. Visit her website for more information.