About three years ago, I ran across this awesome printable from Brightsides Designs. “Small homes grow tight families!” It touched me so deeply because we had recently purchased our “small home” and were growing our little family in it. I just got around to purchasing this awesome printable last week, though. It’s currently in our entryway.
I’ve been reflecting on our little home a lot lately. We’re at a point where we’d need to move soon or end up staying for awhile longer.
I grew up in a large home with lots of land and lots and lots of kids. Even though there were so many of us, there was always somewhere (usually outside) to go if you wanted to be alone.
My own little family is very different. While we don’t live in a large city, we live in a very different environment from where I grew up–just 20 minutes away. We live in a lovely established neighborhood. We walk everywhere we can. We have friends up and down the street. But we often find ourselves shut safely and securely in our “small home” as we grow our family. And we really have become very tightly knit.
This is where we’ve learned that our kids really do have senses of humor. You know when they’ve gotten to the age where they can joke back with you! This is where we’ve had sleepovers in the living room. It’s where we’ve read countless picture books each night and chapter books over the summers. This is where we’ve joined together each night to read scriptures and say our prayers. And yes, it’s even where we’ve watched t.v. from the kitchen table… and of course it’s where there have been sibling squabbles, disagreements, and long, tiring days. But it’s been those times that we couldn’t really run away. We had to work things out together.
I know we won’t live here forever. In fact, there are many days I can’t wait to leave because of the small kitchen and minuscule bathroom. But it’s bittersweet to think about where we might spend our next chapter. I have to tell myself that no matter where we are–in a different house or living away from each other when the kids are grown–that we’ll still be our sweet, close, and loving family.