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Making a ‘House’ a ‘Home’

June 23, 2010

You can paint, decorate, remodel, fix up, put all your stuff out so the surroundings are familiar and all of that sure helps.

But what really, really makes a house a home is people. People you like is nice, but people you love is better. If you have people you love come to your house it will feel more like home when they leave. Even if the floors are sticky and the towels and sheets need laundering and the fridge is empty.

This past weekend was our first big family get-together at the lake, for Father’s Day. We put the cooler on the deck, filled with bottled water and soda and popsicles (guess which one the kids chose?). We set up the badmitten net and put a mister in a tree so anyone too hot could cool off for a minute.
We threw blankets on the lawn and even pulled out the pedestal fan for our littlest family member, Jae. At six months old she still needs some help staying cool.

We sliced an entire watermelon, fired up the grill, made baked beans, cheese grits, corn on the cob, a chocolate cake, a blackberry cobbler, blueberry muffins and fudge brownies. 

We didn’t have to call anyone to the kitchen twice!

We made pitchers of tea and lemonaide, set out bubbles and play dough, hooked up the Wii and set out some kid movies that our kids watched about 20 years ago. We pulled out bicycles and scooters and remote cars and such so they could wear out our new driveway.

We set out buckets of minnows and tubs of worms with fishing poles for everyone, and some guidance when lines got tangled and bait got stolen, or fish needed to be taken off the hook and thrown back in.

We grabbed life jackets and goggles for all the little ones.

and blew up the big tube for playing on the water.

Note – we did realize Grayson would drown if he fell in, from his life jacket floating away, and gave him a smaller one!

And they came and they ate the food and dirtied the towels and sheets, and got the floors sticky and we stayed up too late and we got up too early. And they left the doors open so we were trying to AC the entire state of Texas. And they loved on the new kitty (who thought they were all wonderful BTW.)

Then they all drove away as we stood in the driveway and waved, then we walked back inside our Home, feeling blessed.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2010 4:25 pm

    Sounds like oh, so much fun!! I would think everything is sufficiently “broken in”! And that last picture is fantastic–definitely frame-worthy!!

    Love and blessings,

  2. June 23, 2010 7:31 pm

    The Lakehouse … it has been christened. Yay!!

  3. June 23, 2010 9:22 pm

    Oh, I have been waiting to read about the first big family get-together at your new house. Now, it’s a HOME. I loved reading this. Your family reminds me so much of mine!

  4. Lisabeth permalink
    June 23, 2010 10:26 pm

    oh how sweet! what a wonderful writer you are Bev! What great memories you all will have of your family and the lakehouse!

  5. meg clark permalink
    June 24, 2010 2:43 am

    Oh Bev that all sounded just so wonderful!

    • June 24, 2010 9:52 am

      Meg, the next time you and your gang are here in Texas you HAVE to come play at the lake with all of us!

  6. June 24, 2010 1:19 pm

    Imagine the memories those kiddo’s will have to draw from throughout their lives, of the wonderful times spent at the lake, at their grandparents house. Blessed kids, blessed parents, blessed grandparents. 🙂

  7. June 24, 2010 5:50 pm

    I love the way you love your family!

    What a wonderful sounding weekend, and exactly what I imagine you dreamed of this past year while your home sat empty and waiting.

  8. June 24, 2010 11:03 pm

    The BEST kind of entertaining!

    I’d lost you during your blog move but glad to have found you again. I’ve enjoyed going back and catching up…just wish I’d read your tip about the electric staple gun before I recovered six chairs yesterday! My hand and arm…just ouch!

    Glad you are settling in…and your new kitty looks like she’ll be just fine!

  9. June 25, 2010 3:21 am

    And they lived happily ever after, amen. ;o)

    Love and hugs, Diane


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  11. June 26, 2010 9:54 pm

    So nice catching up on your blog. This is a terrific post! I’m glad this home is being used exactly as intended. You are blessed, indeed, but you know that. Thanks also for all your crafting tips. Lurve your sweet sewing room.

    • June 27, 2010 12:42 am

      Thanks Gretchen for stopping by for a visit – let’s pretend – us together, sitting on the deck, glasses of iced tea, catching up. xoxo

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