Last week Melissa Michaels from The Inspired Room kicked off The Love Your Home Challenge – Spring 2016. I decided to join in and refresh my house inside while winter and spring were playing tug-of-war outside.

Twice now the outdoor temperature reached 60 degrees, which is unseasonably warm in Minnesota! However, in between those days, snow gently fell and coated our landscape once more. Even so, the partial thaw of ice on our neighborhood lake hinted that the snow wouldn’t be sticking around for long.


Back to The Challenge …

On each Sunday during the four-week exercise, Melissa asks her readers to complete one small task a day to help us love our homes and find contentment where we are with what we have.

The first mission was to create a gratitude journal, and I happened to have a cute blank notebook tucked away “for someday.” It even coordinates with my copy of Melissa’s bestselling book, Love the Home You Have.



My current house is an easy one to love with its cozy Craftsman architecture and details. Even so, I loved our previous home — a small Cape Cod — where we reared our two children and filled it with happy memories. I was sad to move on.

So on the inside cover of my journal, I taped in a photo from Melissa’s book with the inscription, “Happiness doesn’t have just one address.” Next I wrote why I’m thankful for this home, this address, because it has served as a wonderful second launchpad for our two children from college to career.

Each daily challenge helped me build momentum, inspiring me to take on some extra decluttering in cupboards and drawers. Do I dare publicly admit to storing bags of burned out compact fluorescent lights for at least two years because I never remembered to take them to the county recycling building? Finally. Gone.

To celebrate my progress, and stave off the winter-again blues, I put on a clean table cloth and runner, set out my favorite vase, and drove to the grocery store to buy a bouquet of tulips. Yellow! Just what I was hoping for.



This is what home means to me: a peaceful place to gather with the people I love.



My simple efforts of tidying and freshening up our home were worth it all when the four of us sat down for a liesurely meal, followed with a generous slice of Gingersnap Crumb Pear Pie for everyone.


And here’s a photo finish of my husband, son and daughter while they’re drizzling on caramel topping and taking their first bites of pie — via the Waterlogue app as part of their blogging-mama protection plan.



Home isn’t only where our story begins; home is also where some of our happiest chapters of life are written.

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Tracie grew up with three sisters and a brother in a farmhouse surrounded by cornfields and relatives. She draws on that early foundation to write about her Christian faith, creative activities, and family life.

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  1. Thank you for a wonderful reminder to be grateful right where you’re at, and to make a home in the place you find yourself (even if it’s not in your own).

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