Speaking of her childhood home, author Madeleine L’Engle once said, “It is only there I sleep deep in the mattress.”
About a dozen years after we sold our last house, I ran into the woman who bought it. The lady confessed to me that it was the feeling that the house exuded that made her want to buy it. With time she had come to realize what she sensed was not the house itself, but he love and contentment our family brought to it.
In the end it isn’t the house so much as love that makes a home. A real family home is a safe haven for all who live there. Family photos and treasures passed through generations send a message that family is valued over possessions and convey a sense of belonging.
The warm embrace of family cradles each member securely, welcoming them home. I hope that I have helped to create a home where my grown children are often drawn. Once here, I hope they “sleep deep in the mattress” and wake renewed.