August 19, 2016

Remembering What Makes A Home Beautiful

Hi there!  I love going on vacation and coming back refreshed.  It's like hitting the reset button for me and I come back with a new appreciation for all my many blessings.  When I read this post by Seleta, I felt like she took the thoughts straight from my head and I wanted to share what those thoughts are.  Throughout our 9 month home search, I learned a lot.  With all the picture perfect houses all around us on Pinterest, Instagram, blogs, magazines it's really easy to feel the pressure to want the perfect house.  I am guilty of having thoughts of wanting the perfect Pinterest worthy home too, but I'm learning to let those thoughts go.

When we set out on our house hunt, I had a vision in my mind of us living out on a few acreages in a cute white house that I would design and decorate in a modern farmhouse style.  I feel like anything farmhouse is so idealized right now.  But in reality for us, with our jobs (which we are blessed to have) and other reasons which you can read about here, living farther out is just not for us.  So staying in our suburban neighborhood meant a different style of house for us.  And it bummed me out for a bit, but finding another home style I loved (a brick colonial) I felt excited and satisfied because everything else was right.  Sure, our new old home needs updating and long list of "to dos" and it's not a white house (although I think it is a great candidate to be a white painted brick colonial, but not sure our HOA would allow it :) but it's perfect for us.  Not only a classic, timeless style, but comfy and cozy and we've already had some great memories here this summer.


And one day when our kids are graduated and schools and jobs don't dictate where we live, maybe those home plans will come.  But if not, I'm okay with that too.  I really tried to chill this summer with major house projects and enjoy the time with my kids and we've had a really great summer!  There was a time when I would have hesitated to have people over until a certain project was done or the house was cleaned, but I let that go too.  We've had friends and family over this summer with things just as is and no one seemed to mind at all.  I know that those memories my kids will have are way more important then my kitchen looking picture perfect.

I find lately the people I enjoy following most on Instagram and who's blogs I read are those that share pictures of their family and the not so perfect house, but the beautiful life surrounding it.  I really enjoy seeing how people create a beautiful home on a budget or a DIY project.  Sure I still love looking at the really beautiful homes and getting ideas, but I try to remember that the most people don't have perfect looking homes.


This quote sums it up perfectly.  It's not the perfectly style home that makes it beautiful, but the love, joy and memories that fill it.

Happy Weekend!



9 comments:

  1. So perfect. We are house hunting and this is such a great reminder that the perfect house isn't out there, but I can make it perfect for us and our family, that is what's important.

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    1. This last move has definitely opened my eyes to what's important. Good luck with your house hunt! Can't wait to follow your journey :)

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  2. Love this Becky. So very true. What's perfect for one family/home may be totally different for another. While I love seeing the pictures of beautifully decorated homes, I often wonder if anyone really LIVES there!! I used to be one of those who wouldn't invite people over unless things were clean and just so, and then I realized we were missing out on so much!! And, truth be told that "perfection" actually made our guests uncomfortable. Not exactly how we want them to feel!!

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    1. Thanks Lauren! We do miss out if we wait for things to be perfect. I always love hearing your thoughts :)

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  3. Great reminder about "perfection" - Love this saying as well, "Don't let the Perfection be the enemy of the Good." I find that if you wait for perfect, life will pass you by.

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    1. So true Holly. Love this quote! Hope you're having a great weekend! Becky

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  4. This is such a lovely post Becky - thank you! It resonated so much with me. We are not living what we would call our dream house, but it made sense for us for this time of our lives and we feel blessed to have it in all it's imperfect glory. Your new house is SO gorgeous and I can't to see how you make it your home.

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa! I love your home and beautiful mature trees and landscaping. We are slowing making progress on our new to us home and things are really starting to fall in place. It's definitely been a journey, but we so happy with our decision. Hope you are doing well.

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  5. It took me a while to let those thoughts go, too. Over the years of raising my kids, I always felt our home had to be "perfect looking" so that the other kids wouldn't poke fun. All it did was was cause unneeded stress and worry. I later learned that my kids loved our home the way it was because it provided comfort, and that's all that mattered.

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