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No Place Like Home

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In sixty one years of life I've called thirty-seven different apartments and houses home.  Some of them have been very nice, and others not so nice, but what I've learned over the years is that it's not the home itself that matters, but the love that resides there.  You can have the most beautiful home imaginable, but if you feel unloved and unwanted when you are there, it's a miserable place to be.  Conversely, a small, simple dwelling can be the best of homes if  you share it with someone you love. 

 I've lived in houses that truly felt like I was living in hell because of what was occurring there at the time, and instead of waiting eagerly for Friday and the weekend, I would dread it because it meant being at home with someone who made my life miserable.  I've also lived in places by myself that were cozy but lonely for the lack of companionship or company. 


For the past seven and a half years I've lived in a simple manufactured home, now located in a rural area about sixteen miles from the city where we work, and although not luxurious or fancy, it's been by far the best home I've ever had because I share it with the most wonderful man imaginable.  His love for me, his friendship, laughter, caring, support and encouragement, makes home the place I want to be and eagerly wait for the end of the workday and work week  to be.  When we are at home Papa Bear and I almost always together, preferring each other's company and the company of our four fur kids to being with anyone else, anywhere.

I don't know what the future holds, or if we will be in this house for the rest of our lives, we dream about moving someplace greener  someday.  But no matter where we live, or what kind of house we have, I know it will be just fine because sharing it with my beloved Papa Bear will make it home.
 
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I'm linking up with Patricia's blog hop In Other Words
 where the writing prompt this week is the following quotation:
"A house is a home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul."

-Phillip Moffitt
 

8 comments:

  1. I didn't say anything horrible, I just did not proof read. Sorry!!!

    It is a beautiful love story. I saw that love in both of you when we met.

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    1. I have typos like that all the time, never fear, I can always delete for you, but I knew what you were saying! Yes, Papa Bear is most assuredly my soul mate, such a blessing to me.

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  2. Our lives are a lot alike...except for the marrying and children part. It really doesn't matter what the house looks like if it has love and friendship in it it is a heavenly place. Like you it took me a while to find/be in the perfect place for me. How blessed we are! It's good to see you again, thanks for sharing your story at In Other Words.

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    1. You are absolutely right, Patricia, it's never about the things or places in life, it's about what we bring to them, and what we share there. The love you share with your precious fur kids is as real and we have with ours, and I know your friends come to visit because they feel welcomed and at home there. When we find peace in ourselves, others are naturally drawn to it. It may have taken you and me a bit longer to work through the early years to get here, but it's all good in the end, and now I can look back and smile at where I've been. We are indeed blessed!

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  3. What a precious tribute to your life, love and home! One lday whose house i clean has a sign that says, "Truth is, I'd rather do nothing with you than anything with someone else!" She and her husband deeply love each other that way, and it shows.

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    1. Thank you Mimi! When you've lived in a house that felt anything but like home, you treasure what you have now all the more... and I do! Yes, that sign would be perfect for our house too, we aren't just dwelling under the same roof as so often happens in marriages over time, we are together, beside each other, every step of the way, and I wouldn't want it any different. I pray that God gives us lots more years to share!

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  4. I can so agree with your assessment.I lived in beautiful homes in CA but they were very cold and lonely-especially over the last couple of years. I am so happy that you have the home you always wanted. :)

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    1. Thank you, Skipper! It's amazing how my wants and needs have changed in the past ten years. Things matter so little anymore, who I share them with, and the cozy nest we've created for us and our fur kids means everything.

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