What makes a house a home?
for me it is very important to note that the home is an extension of our self, our family self, and so everything that educates and improves our families is affecting the home as well and its evolving, especially when the education is spiritually focused.
we have a little book in the table, standing in an easel and candleholders on its side, which contains old pictures of homes and their inhabitants, as well as quotes from different literature about the aspect of the home. it is a precious book called " feels like home" by Cheryl Moch, and i want to reprint a couple of quotes for you:
"Home is the centre and circumference, the start and the finish, of most of our lives..."
"To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends..." Samuel Johnson"
Where shall a man find sweetness to surpass his own home and parents? In far lands he shall not, though he finds a house of gold. " Odissey by Homer
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." The death of hired man, by Robert Frost
"In home-sickness you must keep moving-is the only disease that does not require rest" H. de Vere Stacpole
"Dine on onions but have a home; reduce your food and add to your dwelling." the Talmud
"We shape our dwellings, and then our dwellings shape us." Winston Churchill
"The beauty of the house is order, the blessing of the house is contentment, the glory of the house is hospitality."
"Beauty commonly produces love, but cleanliness preserves it." Joseph Addison
" Home is the question you finally answer,
home is the hollow you finally fill,
simple and clear as the rain on the rooftop,
gentle and strong as the sun on the sill.
Home is the habit you've never quite broken,
Home is the hearth where you warm your soul,
when everything'round you is coming to pieces,
Home is the place where your heart can feel whole.
Home is a mansion that echoes with memories,
Home is a room with a simple chair, Home is together and Home is alone,
Home is the place that you'll know when you are there,
Home is the place that you'll know....when you're there."
Home by Shelley Miller