Love the Home You Have Challenge | Day 1: Home Gratitude
Today is day one (for me) of the #Lovethehomeyouhave 31 Day Challenge and the theme is gratitude.
It’s so easy to look at what’s wrong in our lives or our home. I know I’ve been guilty more than once of comparing myself to others, especially on social media, but I’m working on it. Aren’t we all?
For today's #lovethehomeyouhave challenge, I’ve walked through our home and reflected on all that has happened these last two months.
- We moved to this new space
- Transitioned a very routine driven toddler to his new surroundings
- Filled up a two car garage with forgotten objects from our previous house
- Dealt with workers coming to fix odds and ins seemingly every other day, all while trying to settle and make sense of "home" (who knew you had to do this with a new house?!)
It’s still too early to pinpoint any room as being more significant than another, because we haven’t been here long enough to make memories beyond the experience of moving in. However, I will say that after my walkthrough I was filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude.
I’m grateful that David and I were able to pay off enough of our student debt to be able to afford to live in a place like this. It’s cozy, quiet, and the community is warm. Of all the places I’ve lived, I feel the most secure here.
I’m grateful that we can now put Ezra to bed in his room, with the knowledge that we won’t have to uproot him again in a few months. The first night we were here he woke up every hour screaming and crying. He had this confused look each time I came in to comfort him as if to say "where's the room I'm used to?" In the morning I seriously wondered if we had made the right choice in moving here. Luckily, Ezra adjusted by the end of the second day and we all breathed a sigh of relief that we didn't somehow damage him.
I’m grateful for a backyard, though tiny, with enough space to start a family garden and room for my son to chase our little dog. So far, we've planted kale, collard greens, spinach, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and parsley. It may not look like much, but it grows fast and has already fed us four times in the past two weeks. One of our favorite activities (as of the last three days) is to go outside, water the garden, and David and I will sit on the porch while Ezra plays with the hose. I never thought watching a toddler play could be so fun!
I'm grateful for an extra unused room to grow our family (maybe? hopefully? eventually?). Only a few people are aware, but I consider Ezra our little miracle baby. I was told as a teenager that I would have a hard time getting pregnant and the same sentiments were echoed by my doctor shortly after David and I got married. After a year of no baby, we decided to save money and see a specialist when lo and behold a few months later we were pregnant! I even made David take me to the pharmacy to buy 4 different pregnancy tests just to be sure (overshare? no?).
Needless to say, whether you've been in a home for 1 month or 10 years there is always something to be grateful for. I've learned through this experience that home isn't necessarily the four walls that surround you. It's the family and people you keep nearest to you and the memories you all build together.
If you’re following along with me on this challenge, I’d like for you to take some time to think about what you are grateful for in your home. Whether you live in a 600 square foot apartment or a 6000 square foot house, try to look past the idea of what you think you should have and focus instead on the happy memories, or special moments that you currently celebrate there.
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