Life is full of the exciting unknown: new relationships and first jobs, faraway trips and unplanned adventures. Along the road of possibilities, home is your base. It’s your safe haven; the place that you and your family will always come back to. When you find your special place in the world, there are so many ways to commemorate your family’s journey in your new home together:
Heart Photo Collage: You know that home is where the heart is… so make sure that one of the first things you fill it with is photos of your loved ones! Gather a bunch of your favorite family photos and arrange them on card stock (thick, flexible paper) in a heart shape, cutting the edges as needed. After pasting the photos, place the card stock in a frame of your choice and hang it in your family room to look as you enjoy your first days at home together, from movie marathons and game nights to cozy weekend mornings.
Incorporate the Bible: For many of us, the Bible is an important part of the way we look at and live our lives. Several of our homeowners decided to show their love and devotion by writing Bible verses on framing posts of their home during construction or burying a Bible in their home’s foundation. However you decide to incorporate the Bible or verses that mean the most to you, you are sure to create a loving atmosphere in your home.
Change of Address Card: It is so much fun to let your friends and family members know that you have found your new home. There are many services online that allow you to design the perfect card to share your happiness (and new address!) with loved ones. Choose a style you love, whether traditional, simple, vibrant, or bold, and use photos and text that feel personal to you and your family.
Create a Time Capsule: Over the years, one thing is always constant — the love you share with you and your family in your home. Once you move in, have your family members write a letter about all of the things they are excited about and grateful for and place them in a sealed container. At the same time next year, open the letters and read them aloud to each other before writing new ones and placing them back in the capsule.
Plant a Tree: Your home is where you and your family will plant your roots and grow together, through all of life’s ups and downs. Plant a tree (or even a smaller plant like a rose bush) in your yard to symbolize the journey that you and your family will take together. Throughout the years, you will love caring for and admiring the growth of your tree or plant, remembering the time you sowed the seeds with your family.
Take a Yearly Photo: One of the first things you will love to do when you move into your new home is take a family photo on your front porch. Make it a yearly tradition! Every year, gather around in the same position and snap a photo to place in a scrapbook. Write captions and memories along with the photo that you will love to look back on as time goes by.
Home is hard to describe, but so easy to feel. It’s morning sunlight through the kitchen window, the smell of a fresh pot of coffee, a car pulling into the driveway, and seeing family curled up on the couch. Home means having a place to plan your future adventures — and a lifetime of memories to cherish along the way. We hope the process of moving into your new home is something you love to look back on!
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