At just about every possibly check out counter, there is a plethora of magazines telling us how to have lovely homes. I believe it appeals to the nature of women, the nature that God has given us, to wish for our homes to be beautiful and welcoming. However, when they fall short of "ideal," it is easy to feel like a failure as a homemaker. I appreciate looking at lovely ways to beautify my home, but am learning to let go of the "ideals" and replace them with what works best for our family and the way God has designed our family to work best. Having a beautiful home is not marked by how many untouchables or knick knacks that adorn a room, but if there is love there. Do our families feel warm and safe? Do they look forward to being surrounded by the things that make their home special? They may not mean anything significant to anyone else...and that is okay. Do they speak love and peace to those with whom God has blessed us? Thinking of home in a totally different way has caused me to make some changes...and more that are on the way. We do not own this home, so the changes must be non-permanent and I must work within the confines of the space that is available to me.