Monday, July 16, 2012

Home is where the heart is

Dad and Dorothy in their new apartment
How did that ten day trip go so quickly? I just returned from Spokane where I was helping my dad and his wife, Dorothy, move and have a huge sale.

Dad and mom built a beautiful home 12 years ago when they returned from overseas ministry. (I have to tell you that story some time ... it is a beautiful one of the Body of Christ acting with honor.) 

Just a few weeks ago, Dad decided he was done with caring for a big home, a huge beautiful yard and garden and shoveling lots of snow. 

He and Dorothy put their home on the market and it sold in three days. And now they are mostly settled in their new lovely place.

While I was home in Spokane, a lot of people asked me, "Are you sad the house your dad and mom built is being sold?

That was easy for me ... "No, home is were the heart is."

So, my heart is ...

           with Dad and Dorothy in their new place
           with Jenny in her apartment
           with Christy in England
           with my brothers and sisters in Spokane
           (it was so fun to be with you)
           with Dave here (or wherever he travels)



My heart is so blessed to have a wonderful family ... wherever they live.






25 comments:

  1. Arlene StrombergerJuly 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    So true!

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  2. That was our family
    mantra, growing up
    and moving as much
    as we did!

    Your dad and Dorothy
    are so cute. How great
    that it all came together
    as fast and as well as it
    did.

    Welcome home!

    xo Suzanne

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  3. Moving so much between Romania and here... I don't have a "place" that I like, that's my home. It's true, home is where my family is. Wherever we're together, I'm content :) Now to sell this house and move on the island :)
    Lia :()

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  4. This is just so lovely, Glenda. And I'm so happy that your dad found a partner after losing your mom. And you're right - home IS where the heart is. And you've had to learn that lesson well with the many moves in your history. I've gotta say, however, that we're pretty connected to this last house of ours. We've had nine homes in our 46 years, which isn't a whole lot - but this one? Something about it speaks home to both of us in ways most of the others never did. So I guess our hearts must be here, right?

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  5. I sometimes wonder when it comes right down to it...how AM I going to feel when we sign this home over to another? This house was my home when I was just 9 years old till I married at 19 then became my home again after Mother passed 30 years ago. Thanks for reminding me that Home truly IS where the heart is!

    Love seeing photos of your Dad and his Love. Such a sweet couple. We love the woman my Dad chose, after losing our Mom, sooooo much! So happy you could spend time with your family.

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  6. ...pilgrims...just pilgrims, but it is hard to remember some times...

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  7. So sweet Glenda I love how cute they are> Yes we are blessed to have such great families! Have a beautiful week!

    xoxo
    Kate

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  8. Glenda--what a blessing that 1)you still have your Dad around and 2) he has a lovely new wife and 3) you could go help them move. Hope you recover quickly--that's a big job!
    Thanks for sharing this.

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  9. that would have been my question.
    i love your heartitude on that..that would be a hard one.
    you look like your day:)
    i was glad reading you were having so much fun.
    have you all been in the 100's? i hardly watch the news so i
    don't know what is going on around me...
    xoxo

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  10. I was asked that many times when my parents downsized two years ago. To me home is where they are. And the visible relief on my daddy's face was precious. Keeping up a big yard and worrying about house repairs was wearing him down.

    Your attitude toward life is so refreshing.

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  11. Oh Glenda, you are so right...home IS where the heart is! The day is coming, all too soon, when I'll have to leave Thistle Cove Farm but the memories, some of the animals, furniture and photos will go with me. Wherever God leads. Home is in my heart because that's where God lives.
    smile.

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  12. Great way to look at things Glenda. Mom sold the house I grew up in 6 years ago and although I was happy that she would no longer have to worry about things like lawn care and snow removal ~ I did do the ugly cry the day after she moved. We went back out to the house to pick up a few things from the garage and I took pictures of everything. I still miss it sometimes but I know Mom loves everything about her little apartment.

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  13. Hi Glenda - this is so true. We have moved alot over the last 24 years. Generally in the same area but moved home and I always told my children the same thing. Home is where the heart is. Great post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  14. Love this, Glenda! Home IS where the heart is. And I'm sure you have lots of fond memories of your childhood house - but, more importantly, memories of family who made your house a home. Have a great weekend! God bless!

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  15. You have a very well-traveled heart! :)

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  16. So,true and the perfect way to look at things. Trying to play catch up. With the kids home, it's hard to even find time to write these days much less read.

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  17. You are right. It's what's inside the home that makes the family. So nice that your Dad has Dorothy...and selling in 3 days? That has to be a record...unheard of around here!

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  18. it's so true....home is where the heart is.
    I'm still in shock that their house sold in 3 days.

    That's so much better than the 3 YEARS it took our house to sell. :)))

    yay for them!

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  19. Love that about "home" is where the heart is. So true!

    That's amazing that they sold their house that quickly!

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  20. Great post. My parents also sold their old house and live in a retirement home. Sometimes I drive with my children to the house where I lived. I tell. Great memories lifes in my heart.

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  21. Have an awesome weekend!!!
    Kate

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  22. Amen, Glenda, we certainly need to hold onto things (like houses) loosely, people tightly and stick with God like glue!

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  23. My heart is blessed in just the same way. Love this post!

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  24. I love your perspective! Thanks for sharing and keeping us grounded. :)

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