Tuesday, May 11, 2010

They're Coming!

Tomorrow I will see my son and meet his lovely bride-to-be for the first time, unless you count skype. I'm walking the line between going crazy getting the house ready and not wanting to be stressed and only trying to impress. Let's face it though, I want her to be comfortable and not run away screaming, so I am a little stressed. We don't have a fancy, decorated house. We have a small, cottage-y sort of house with lots of books and pictures and yarn and food and pets and too much stuff and every single craft my kids have ever made on display.  It's a bit like the Weasley's house in Harry Potter, but without the gnomes. It needs paint and some serious updating. Our spare room is an unfinished basement with fabulous foil insulation panels for walls.  But, there are roses and petunias and iris blooming, and there are places to put your feet up and relax and there is often music playing and something good to eat on the counter, so I guess it will do.

There is nothing like looking at your home through the eyes of a guest to put things in sharp relief though, and it is a struggle to keep perspective.  I have to remember that she is coming to see us, not the house, and we are so excited to meet her-it's like she's part of the family already. We love her even now. Hopefully our cozy little house will make her feel welcome and that she belongs. This is the house that helped to make Jeff who he is, so I hope she will feel that as well.  My heart will always warm to when my visiting friend from far away said that our unfinished basement room felt like a home while they were visiting. That's better than a compliment on the decor any day of the week.

Self-consciousness is a terrible thing, because when I'm not thinking about what someone else might think, or what sort of house I ought to be living in, I really like my house. Mrs. Weasley is one of my favorite characters in HP. The Burrow was the place where Harry felt the sensation of being home. My house does feel like a home and that always was the goal. It's enough. 

But I am going to go have a little late-night vacuuming session. Just for good measure.

8 comments:

  1. Your *home* sounds wonderful!! We have such a teeny tiny home, but it's us-- some really nice parts, and some issues in need of fixing up, but overall, comfy and inviting. (At least I hope the comparison fits in others' eyes!) And foil walls and all, I have to admit a tiny bit of envy for a 'spare room.' That's my biggest issue with our home- it's just a little too small if we want to have family or friends come visit. Someday, who knows?

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  2. Can I just say I LOVE your home. I know I didn't come by often but I always felt so comfortable when I was there. Home isn't about the fancy decorations it's about the love you feel when you are there. And there is lots of love present in your home!

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  3. Your home is wonderful. I'm so excited for you to meet your future daughter-in-law! What a fun time to get to expand your family. :)

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  4. Have so much fun with her. I heard Sara talking about her last night. It sounds like she is going to fit right into your family. I love being in your home. It has a feel that is very welcoming, so I am sure she is loving it.

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  5. when i grow up, i want a home just like yours.

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  6. Sigh. I seriously wish I could just click my heals and be back in your home. It bears repeating that we felt so at home during our brief stay with your family, unfinished basement and all! And I could spend all afternoon just relaxing in your beautiful addition. :)

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  7. i love the coziness of your place, kellie. i'm sure she felt it too.

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  8. I love the homey-ness of your home. It just wraps you up like a big hug and says come in and stay awhile. :)

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