ramblings of an imperfectionist

We all know how crazy I am about playing house... for the past week I've been thinking about one of my favorite homes: the Openshaw home.  It's a darling house, thanks to my Aunt Kristen ;) But beyond its cuteness is a feeling there that I can't quite explain.  Honestly, I struggle to come up with a single word to describe the atmosphere found in my cousins' childhood home.  Comfort.  Peace.  Welcome.  Today in church, I heard something that struck so near and dear to my heart.  Something I'm sure I've heard several times over.  But for whatever reason, I listened with both my ears and heart today.  "Only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness."  And I realize the word I'm searching for is sacred.

Later in church we talked about the importance of the family unit, and this month's Visiting Teaching message is about nurturing the rising generation.  And it hits me again, that I want my home to "emanate the spirit of family."  For it is family that is central to God's plan of happiness.  Family is sacred.  I've recently come across Cultivating Home, a beautiful and inspirational blog.  I could read it for hours!  While I am indeed jealous of her farmhouse, I'm even more envious of the relationship she has with her children, and with God.  It reminds me to get on my knees and plead for guidance on how to strengthen my family and home... 

If I had to pick between my ultimate dream home (see here) versus staying forever in my little two-bedroom townhouse that emanates the sacred spirit of family, I would choose the latter.  *B


  1. I really love these thoughts. I have no doubt that your home feels the same way, even though I have never been there. Love you!

  2. Hmm . . . no comparisons or thoughts of your childhood home I see. I love this post! Perfect description of what I remember of my own home growing up. Kristen has captured that in her's though.

  3. I love walking into people's homes that have that feeling. I question if ours does, lol! That was a great post, glad you vistited so I could remind myself to let the Spirit dwell at home, the kids feel it and NEED it!

    :)Kelli & Kriti

  4. Thank you, Beth. Beautifully written.

  5. I was thinking your childhood home felt that way too! Thanks for reminding me...


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