Corners of My House : Corners of My Mind

Corners of My House : Corners of My Mind

 by Kristy Niemeyer

Family Room

Weekends are occasions to soak up the benefits of home. It could be simply sleeping in an hour or it may involve laying into put-off projects. I am choosing to take some Saturday home time to appreciate various corners of our house, our home for the last 19 years. Today I have zeroed-in on the NW corner of the family room.

Here I see just about everything there is to who I am. There are books, marbles, globes/atlases, strategy games, and limbs of the outdoors brought in. Windows open the view to where trees fill in the horizon. Everything I see evokes thoughts of various important relationships in my life. Behind me a fire crackles and I think of my husband who chopped the wood and built the fire – because he knew it would warm my heart as well as my hands. The books fall out of the shelves crafted by my dad. Enthusiasm for learning and a curiosity of the world beyond my front door infused in me by Mom prompted the purchase of said books as well as the globe. The content of these particular books and the games stacked on-top the shelf spurred precious times of collaboration and 24-7 co-habitation with my three beloved kids during the first 15 of the past 19 years. Binoculars sit there - always on the ready for a closer look at the back yard, from turkeys to herons and antics of silly dogs to kids hiding in the woods. I love living in the country. To me, there is little else, other than Scripture itself that puts melody on my lips to sing praises to God. The view out these NW windows is breath-taking, enough to refresh one’s outlook any day of the week.

This corner spreads into a room for family. Here family times with movies, fires, games, laughter, lectures, and lessons happen, more so with just my husband and me now. Here the walls echo with sounds of gaiety and celebrations as well as the playing out of disagreements that raising children brings. Here is where, for many years, sat extended family at Christmas time, sharing bits of their lives for brief moments. Here is where my dear mother-in-law chose to spend her last days. In this corner, family and friends came to visit her as she cherished everything this family room came to represent to her as well. The last few months of her life weren’t necessarily easy and the games changed from Carcassone to how-can-we-best-move-Mom-with-the-least-amount-of-discomfort. However, what never changed was the love and laughter. There is always a way to see humor and to share love. To me, that is an honor I treasure: to not only have been able to allow this unassuming lady the comfort of home to her very last breath, but to continue life with more fires in the fireplace, more games at the table, and more love and laughter with family (even when it is just the two of us). In this corner.

Mindy Olson Huls on February 13, 2016 at 09:07pm
Beautiful Kristy!
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