It's April 28, 2020. My kids have been locked up at home for 45 days now. Yes, that's right 45 days! Their last day out of the house was Saturday, March 14th. Through it all, we have learned to value the things money can't buy.
I have to be honest with you — I'm glad my family experienced this trial together.
I know I haven't shared much on the blog lately, and I promise to add more now that I've found balance in this new normal, but I really wanted to get going again with this message : HOME IS WHERE LOVE BEGINS.
As our country slowly opens back up, may I remind you how important it is to have a strong foundation. No, I don't mean the foundation of your house, but the foundation of your home. That's right — your home. I'm sure you've read quotes such as, "A house is made of wood and stone, but a home is made with love alone." Quotes such as this one always seem so cliché, but it is time to realize there is truth in these words.
As you get back to work, as you get back to running kids to and from practices, as you get back to the chaos of life (though I know it's been chaotic with kids at home!), please keep in mind the most important foundation of your life — your family — your legacy!
Clients often ask about our warranty on our foundations. Understandably, they don't want to purchase a house that may end up with a compromised foundation. They expect their builder to construct a foundation that will last for decades to come. (We use all-steel foundations in the homes we build! We don't settle for anything less! ;)) So, I have to ask you - are you settling for less in building the foundation of your home? Are you using sub-par material in making your house a home? If so, take this as an opportunity to re-build. Start from scratch and invest in a strong family foundation. It's never too late to work on your relationships at home.
You have the power to change the world at home! Speak life into your children and teach them to be kind. Teach them to choose love over hate. Be an example to them! And most of all, spend time with them. Not just driving back and forth from school and practices, but spend time with them doing the things they love to do.
Allow your legacy to live on through the strong foundation you build at home. When the storms blow through, when decades fly by, and when you're long gone, be remembered for building the home where love began.
I'll leave you with a few lyrics from one of my favorite Christmas songs by Nat King Cole:
"A house with love in it is rich indeed. Although there are a thousand things the house may need. The carpet may be old, the rooms so plain and bare, and yet it's beautiful somehow when love is living there. A house with love in it just seems to bloom as though the month of May were filling every room. So darling through the years, with all my heart I'll pray, a house with love in it is where we'll stay."
Sending love and blessings your way!