Home ~ Theme Thursday

When J. and I got married we could count on one hand the number of homes we had grown up in…combined.

Since we have been married? We have lived in Ann Arbor, went out to San Francisco, back to Ann Arbor, including a little stint in the lovely Ypsilanti. Then it was back to the Bay area, and off to Miami for a year or so, and back to San Francisco. Then we had a brilliant idea, “hey, let’s try out the midwest again, see if that snow is any more tolerable?” and headed to Chicago, and greater Chicago-land, for a bit. And I think we all know the answer to that question, since we hightailed it back out to the west coast pretty quickly and live, once again, in sunny California.

My point to all of this, besides the fact that we seem to be a bit nomadic (or part gypsy, I’m not sure which?) – we have had many, many, many apartments and houses. But I am a pretty firm believer in “home is where you make it.”

And my home is wherever my little family is.

It is where, if you listen closely, you will hear shrieks and squeals bouncing off of the thick, photo-covered walls. You will see little underwear-clad, tutu-wearing  ballerinas slide across the hardwood floors. You will smell the mingling scents of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and a crackling fire burning in the fireplace. And, if you look hard enough, you can always find some arms that are willing to wrap you up in a big, love-filled hug and whisper “I love you’s” in your ear.

I do love to travel and visit new places, but I also really do love to come home. It is the one place we can all just sit back, relax and watch the world go buzzing by around us.

At home

Find out where everyone else’s home (or heart) is over at Stacy’s.

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12 Responses to “Home ~ Theme Thursday”


  1. 1 MelodyA. November 13, 2008 at 4:06 am

    Beautiful, Carrie. I agree completely.

  2. 2 thelandofka November 13, 2008 at 6:39 am

    Love that photo and that window! I think I would go nuts having to repack the house that many times, but I would imagine you get used to…and aren’t pack rats like we tend to be. 😉 I do think you have to be part gypsy to move that many times, and I envy your ability to do that. 🙂

  3. 4 megan November 13, 2008 at 8:04 am

    what an evocative shot. photographic storytelling at its best.

  4. 5 Joanna November 13, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Oh yes, what a beautiful image…..especially in your processing. The muted colors really add to the mood. That window is exquisite.

  5. 6 Maya November 13, 2008 at 11:24 am

    That window is awesome! I would love to have that in our house!

  6. 7 Christina November 13, 2008 at 11:38 am

    THAT, my friend, was a beautiful post. Your home is filled with love. And, I bet you don’t want to move from that HOUSE for a good long time, too, as it is gorgeous! Love that window, love those girls, and love that photo!

  7. 8 killlashandra November 13, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    That’s a lovely picture. What a wonderful to window to have in the front room. You could do a lot of people watching from that window. 🙂

  8. 9 Jaimee November 13, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Oh my gosh…what an amazing window!

    We’ve lived in several different homes too already and I can’t wait to have one that I KNOW will be mine for lots of years to come! I hate not knowing where I will be in a year…But, you are right…home should be where the heart is…thanks for sharing that with us!

  9. 10 MGF November 13, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    What a great window to sit in front of.

  10. 11 Cara November 17, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    I love the window. I totally agree. I always look forward to going home, no matter where it might be.

  11. 12 arizaphale November 19, 2008 at 2:45 am

    Auuugh. I missed the Home theme and I thought it was a great one too. This is a lovely take on it although my home does not smell like fresh baked cookies…it smells like damp and dust 😦 Ah well, at least it does not smell like teenage boy any more….


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