Home...the word leaves my lips in a soft flutter of love and yearning. Its a place that lives in my heart and feels like humid summer days, laughter, sunshine and unconditional love. Its singing, baking, snuggling, cooking...being together.
Home...its a place. Its a welcoming house, a familiar tree, a river, a highway.
Home...its a feeling. Its comfort, deep sighs, relief, collapsing, trusting, believing, knowing.
Home...its people. Its Dada, Momma, Nana, Poppy, Gammy, Grandma, Grandpa. Its Auntie, Bruncle, Uncle. Its D, Bubba...friends that are your family. Its every person, loved so deeply, you don't remember life before them.
Home...its riding shotgun into the sunset next to the man of my dreams, and dreaming together. Its comfortable silence and comfortable conversation. Its the absence of awkwardness and the presence of everything familiar.
Home...its a safe place. The safest place. A place to land when you've used up all your other cards. When you have no other place to go, its home you go. Because you know you will be taken care of. Its my parents rubbing my head in their laps, telling me this too will be okay. Its always been okay.
Home...its my daughter's smell and soft coos while I rock her to sleep. A soft kick from my unborn daughter. My head tucked in the spot made for me, just below my husband's chin. Its my parents' embraces and snuggles, that never get old, even as an adult.
Home...its forgiveness. Its fighting, and anger, and then making up.
Home...its sisters who know your heart in a way that no one else does. Its my husband who can soothe my anxious spirit with a simple touch. Its my two-year old daughter, who I am certain I have known for eternity. Its our unborn daughter who has already made our life feel complete.
Home...its praying for each other, rooting for each other, wanting nothing but "perfect" for each other. And when perfect doesn't come...cheering anyway.
Home...its lovingly creating a space to come home to for our own children. A place where they can land softly, and a place where they will learn and grow and flourish. A safe place, a happy place, a place that is laughter, comfort, forgiveness, rawness, fullness, empathy and, always and forever...unconditional love.