Sunday, February 9, 2014

Home~Mosaic Monday

Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is. 
~Charles Schulz


That quote is much kinder than my mother's comment some years ago now, which was this: How you make this little dump (that's really the only exact word that I remember her saying ☺) look like something is quite entertaining. (Or words to that effect.) It was a source of fun for her to see the photos come up on my blog knowing the reality. I know the reality so very well, of course, but I decorate to make my life more enjoyable.

For me, home has become much more than decorations, though. Without faith, it would be merely a place to hang my hat/apron/sweater/keys... Without John, I shudder to think. Without kind neighbors who snowblow the drive, it would not be nearly so pleasant. There are so many factors that create home and community. What are some for you?

I am finally getting the chance to link with 
Mary's Little Red House for Mosaic Monday♥ 
and that feels like coming home!

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Edited to Add: Now John has written a poem for Diane (and it is a doozy), but I've never had a blogger write a poem for a post before until now. You can find it at Another Porch on a post called 
But Home. Thank you, Janet! ☺

43 comments:

  1. You have me chuckling here and reading out loud to Katie. Love the quotes, Shultz and your mom's. I also like your collage...

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  2. For me putting God number one in my life is the key. I had to learn that the hard way. Having Ken to share my life makes wherever I am home. : ) Home means warm and comfy and where I can wear my worst jeans. Home is safe and a happy place.

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  3. Home is where I lay my head, as long as my husband is beside me.

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    1. Love this. A quote for every wife's home!

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  4. "Home is where the heart is." An old saying but so very true!

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  5. I love your Sunday post and the song 10,000 Reasons. Our oldest grandson, at 3, knows the words to it too. Your mosaic is beautiful as it represents your cozy and love-filled home, Vee. Love is the key, and in particular, God's love, that makes a home a place you want to be, no matter how humble that home is. I like Charles Shultz's quote. It made me smile. Blessings. Pam

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  6. Our homes are our haven and we have decorated each to our own taste. Wonderful quotes to appreciate.

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  7. I love my home and enjoying decorating or even just moving things around on a shelf! I like to sit here in my living room and look around at my books and seashells...and things I've collected over the years. It is contentment and joy. (I did a mosaic today, too but I don't think Mary is having it this week. I'm glad you joined me with Mosaic Sunday!) HUGS!

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    1. Right! I see it as plain as day now. Oh well, I'll link this up next week, too, if I find that I have time. =D

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  8. So cute about your mother! I have loved every home John and I have shared. So thankful for him and my blog friends to share my days with. I always enjoy seeing your cozy home. Have a good evening, Vee.

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  9. Your Mother sounds like something else...lol...I had a mother kind of like that, too.
    Home for me means the race of grandkids up the steps to check the "hidey holes" for treats. It is the smell of coffee being brewed and a fire glowing in the fireplace. It is feeling safe from the snow and buffeting winds...and just knowing that family is safe and sound in their own homes. xo Diana

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  10. When I first married I truly did live in some little dumps, but never anything a little paint and TLC didn't turn into a cozy home.
    Your home is full of warmth and so many special heirlooms you've inherited!
    Your photos always reflect this.

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  11. Funny I just finished writing a Valentine's card to Mr Op and told him that he is my home. I love seeing your home - it makes me know that you are warm and loved.

    xo
    Leann

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  12. Hmmm.....I do chuckle at your mom's comment and can see where she was coming from. My house overall is rather a disaster, but there are little photogenic corners.....However, instead of thinking that I am faking everyone out, I prefer to think that I am pointing out (mostly to myself) that despite everything, there IS beauty and comfort and rest in my home. My favorite blogs are reminders that yes, we all have to live in the midst of imperfectness, but there are blessings along the way. I enjoy all your photos and imagine what it would be like to actually have a real visit:)

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  13. I know, I love my husband the same way. Any place that he and my Lord Jesus are is home to me.
    Great post! It was really sweet. Y'all stay warm. ~:)

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  14. Thankful for my dh, and my mom, and my plain old boring house. :) I think you decorate very well.

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  15. Are you sure we don't have the same mother? My sweet neighbors and God's grace makes our house a home as well has my sweet hubby of 40 years!

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  16. Well, I probably would be offended if my mother had ever called my house a little dump even if it was, and I know your house isn't! It's filled with love and charm and it always looks so cozy and inviting. That's way more than some homes I've seen. Frankly, some houses actually leave me cold because they DO look cold, they are so perfect and sterile looking. Like you wouldn't dare put your feet up and relax with a kitten or two (or 4) that shed. My house is far from perfect, but it is not just a house, it's a home filled with love where we feel safe and comfortable. I do enjoy decorating, but a home is about so much more than that.

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  17. My daughter once gave me a little picture with the words "Home is where your Mom is..." I well remember coming "home" as a child and being greeted by my sweet, always smiling, always welcoming Mother. I hope I have inherited this trait of true hospitality and can make anyone entering my "lived in" old farmhouse home feel warm and safe! Your home always looks so cozy and inviting!

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  18. I had to laugh about your mom's comment. My mom says my cottage is "boring." I guess that's because I didn't paint everything garish colors (purple, orange, bright yellow, etc.) in every single room.

    Home is where we are safe and loved. It is our refuge. And warm, personal touches are the things that reflect our personalities, interests, and values. I love your home and what you do to decorate, and I love YOU in your home most of all.

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  19. Vee,

    I think your Haven is wonderful! It is full of love for your family, for your heritage, for your God. It shows through in every post.

    It is beautiful, as are you!

    Deanna

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  20. Yeah, it's not house, sweet house, it's home sweet home. but oh, I love to fiddle and fuss.love the quote too.

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  21. Sadly Mary is away this week and so no Mosaic Monday link up!

    Your home looks warm, cozy and comfortable, Vee! What more could anyone hope for?
    My mother-in-law called my house a "museum" because of all the knick knacks I had all over..lol! In this house I pared down and most of my collectibles are behind glass doors in a display case. It also keeps them safe from the grandkids :)

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  22. Just read your last post and now I'm singing with Matt Redman...Bless the Lord, oh my soul! Love that song! It's the love inside that makes the home, for sure...but it's fun to make it nice for those who frequent the 'home'. And I can attest to your haven being warm and cozy and welcoming! I too have enjoyed every one of my homes...from the first wee cottage, to three different farmhouses. Each one soon became 'home'!

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  23. Home, the place where we can relax and unwind, where we can have an occasional bad mood and know we're still loved, but without faith and family, it wouldn't amount to much at all.

    Love this, Vee.

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  24. Love your home, Vee, i love mine too,. Grateful for it, and friends and neighbors. xo

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  25. Vee, your home is lovely! For me a warm, cozy feeling and having my family around! Enjoy your week ahead!

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  26. Any time I have popped into your post I have thought you have a lovely home. I see no dump there. Valerie

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  27. Pretty mosaic! I think your home looks warm and cozy from all the pretty pictures you show. Mothers can say the darndest things can't they! My MIL was very good at it!

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  28. First of all I have to say I just love your home and the way you decorate. And I agree with you too. While decorating is sure fun and makes the home look loved and comfy, it's the people living there, and visiting there that make it "home". I was soo afraid after leaving our home of 25 years, where we raised our kids, to live here, it would just never seem like "home" again, especially for my kids when they came to visit. But I am happy to say it does! Lots of the same comfy furniture helped, but really it is that man walking through the door on his way home from work, and the smell of soup on the stove or cookies in the oven, and grandkids bursting through the door shouting grandma, or one of my boys (men) standing in front of the open refrigerator saying, "what you got to eat mom?" that makes it home to me. And for me, the saying, there's no place like home, just couldn't be more true. Enjoy your day Vee!

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  29. Love that Charles Schulz quote. It made me smile.

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  30. Love the Charles Schultz quote and your mother's words made me laugh. I love to decorate my home with things I love and have collected over the years.

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  31. You put it so poignantly--a home is much more than the space it occupies. People ask me all the time, "how do you move to a new home when you just get this one fixed up?" Well, it's not the dwelling that makes a home and discovering a new community of friends is exciting. Your home reflects your faith and belief in family and that's what I'm drawn to, XOXO

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  32. Your home and how you decorate has always been beautiful. In my heart I know that it is a beautiful home and beautifully decorated. I know that I am not the Diane that John wrote the poem for, but it is a beautiful poem and I loved reading it.

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  33. As always, dear Vee, your posts are full of charm :) Have a delightful week. Hugs!

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  34. Vee, thank- YOU! ...now I'm touched:) God bless each home-maker and home!

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  35. I always imagine your home as a warm and inviting place to be...because you and John are there...
    Love, Mona

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  36. I always enjoy the pictures of your home decor. As a matter of fact it was what drew me here in the first place. You have a talent for creating little focal points that are just delightful. Keep doing what your doing. I wish I had the time. My place is pretty plain.

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  37. Hi Vee,
    I'm discovering that friends and family are what's comforting me. On my Mexico girls getaway, i even ventured out to try snorkeling. I'm branching out and trying new things. What have a got to lose? xo

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  38. I see I was in the edit! I'll go check on her blog and her poem. I wonder if John will be inspired by thoughts of Spring to write another poem! Tell him he's still tops in my book....my poetry book! Hugs to you both!

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  39. I need to go and take a look at John's poem. Sounds like it will be a great way to end my evening.

    I couldn't agree more with what you said about home, and I couldn't agree more with the inclusion of your John in it. I feel the same way about the man of this place. (And I love your mosaic. One of these Mondays I'm going to get it together enough to do one too, I actually like to play with stuff like that. Don't know why I never post it. )

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  40. I think you hit the nail on the head: home is all about love, all about caring, all about comfort and all about GOD. That is what makes brick and mortar come alive, truly. Hugs.

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  41. What a sweet post!
    Your mom must have been a gal full of spunk! :D
    Your house is lovely, and decorated with warmth and love. Oh, yes, a house is not a home because it is beautifully decorated. It is a home if it is warm and welcoming and a place of refuge. (A haven!) It is a home if it is a glimpse of our Heavenly home.

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