filling my home with the unseen

I like to decorate my home. I enjoy filling it with things that represent me and my family. I spend the majority of everyday within these walls, so I think about what I want hanging on these walls. I was reading recently in Proverbs about how the ‘foolish’ man focuses on filling his home with expensive treasures and on acquiring things. It made me start thinking about what I truly want to fill my home.

When my kids and Chris (and myself) think about our home there are certain things that I want to come to mind. When my kids have homes of their own one day I want them to remember what filled our home….not just the crazy things that mom hot glued to the wall, but what I really hope fills my home. It is a lot easier to hang a cute picture on the wall or make a fun pillow for the couch than it is to be intentional about what is unseen in my home. It is easy to see when the laundry is piling up and the floors need sweeping. It is not so easy to recognize when the unseen is out of whack.

So I am thinking more about the unseen in my home and thinking more about what I want overflowing from my home. Here’s a few “things” I want my family to think of when they think of our home….starting with a pic of my oldest when he was 2.

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  • angie - oh how i love this post. beautiful in every way! and oh, how i want the same for our home…to fill it with the unseen…what an amazing way with words you have, my dear!

  • Erika - I love your blog! These pics capture your aspirations for your family perfectly, and they made me smile. I hope to have a family as beautiful as yours someday. Thank you for sharing!

  • able mabel - This post is very touching! You nailed it!

  • Kelly - What a beautiful post!
    The photos that accompany your wishes are incredible. I could just pick up that little firecracker and squeeze her with hugs. That girl is so darned cute – and expressive – see the Forgiveness pout!
    Speaking of which… I was surprised you didn’t have creativity as one of your headings! You are gifted girl!

  • Carissa - Love this post. And is it psycho if that first picture of biggest brother hugging the teddy bear made me tear up. Something about it…something about how much he’s grown and how much that reminds me my oldest has grown. Anyways, thanks for sharing!

  • Pamela - Love the photos and the captions. I am sure that is exactly how your kids will remember your home. They look really happy.

  • The Motherload » Amy’s Notebook 03.23.11 - [...] am loving this reminder to fill your home with the unseen (@ Under the [...]

  • Courtney K. - This is so beautiful! I love the sweet, funny, poignant ways in which each picture captures the meaning of the word! This is beautiful blog, I am so glad I happened upon it today, and
    I can’t wait to read more! God bless your sweet family.

  • Charlotte - What an awesome post! BTW, I have been following your blog for a little while and I really love how your photos capture your family so well. It’s very inspiring. I hope I can someday learn to take photos like you!

  • Betsy - Amen. Beautifully “illustrated”!

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  • Brett Paesel - Wow. I loved these images — especially “Faith”. I’ve been thinking a lot about “stuff” lately and about how having children has changed my attitude about it. I know that’s not exactly what you’re talking about here. But it’s still seems to reflect a more “anti-stuff” frame of mind — an exploration of what’s truly important. Thank you.

  • Lisa - Way Sweet! I hope other bloggers will do one of these. It’s so sweet to see families thru the eyes of love.

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    I have just found your blog and am struggling to leave…he he! Love your posts…what you have to say and your awesome pics…but really LOVE this one!!!

    Take care,
    Georgia

  • Rita - I love it! Photos that make us dream, laugh, cry … travel on deep feelings! I love your blog! =)

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