Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Wonderful Place Known as Home


This week, I've been stuck at home, taking care of several little sickies. We literally haven't gone anywhere, due to a fussy baby with a cold and a case of the pukes with Emma. (although, I did escape to Target last night after my poor girlies were tucked in bed, where I found altogether too many fun things on clearance... but I digress).

Sometimes, that's what life is like as a stay-at-home-mom. Days on end at home, where you sometimes feel as if you've lost connection with the outside world and you start to wonder if the price of eggs might have gone up in your absence.

And sometimes, I can sense what some people are thinking when they discover that I'm a stay-at-home mom of three at the tender young age of 25, when they find out that I got married at nineteen and had children RIGHT away. "oh, the poor girl, tied down so young to a husband and a bunch of kids... doesn't she wish she could have experienced so much more? Travel, and see the world, etc. etc.?"

But, you see, what these sorts of people do not realize is that the world has come to me. I do not live in just any ordinary house, no, indeed!

I live in a castle, filled with princesses who daily find adventures of the most exciting sort. Why, just yesterday, a handsome prince came to visit us, riding atop a most glorious steed.
Sometimes, I live in the jungle, or a zoo, where ferocious animals of several furry varieties wait around the corners, ready to jump out and surprise you.
Occasionally I live in Paris (say that Par-ee, please), with little girls "in two straight lines", and we find ourselves strolling past the Eiffel Tower just as casually as you please.
And then there are the times when I live in a busy, bustling restaurant, with orders flying to and fro and customers coming regularly through the doors. It's not everyone who gets the privilege of living with two gourmet chefs who prepare you such culinary delights as Pear Cherry Chocolate Lemon Pie and Pepper Lettuce Onion Soup.
Sometimes I live on a farm, where the crops grow in neat little rows and I'm fairly positive you can smell the fresh produce ripening in the sun, waiting to be picked by little farmer hands clad in Hello Kitty gardening gloves. We have even come across the rare talking pig from time to time.
Once, I found myself in Africa, surrounded by elephants of many different shapes and sizes. I was able to watch two safari explorers chase a herd of zebras with my own two eyes. It was quite the thrilling experience!

So, as you can see, homebody though I may be, I certainly do not lack for adventure.

Someday, I hope to be able to really and truly travel the world and see and experience many different things. I pray that we will come to a season of our lives when we can do just that, with and without our children. But for now, I am content where God has me, here at home with my three little ones.

For, you see... I've learned that no matter what it is that you do, our horizons are only small if we imagine them to be so.


22 comments:

Jenn said...

What a great post! Loved it!

*jimaie.marie* said...

you are AMAZING.
i love this post.
so much.
xoxo!

the lady of the house said...

Talia! Wow! Loved this post - and I'm right there with you! It is most important to be content where you are and to trust in the Lord - Never doubt and know that he has a plan! Easier said than done but we must press on - who would know better than the Lord for our lives anyway?

molly june. said...

i love you all the more for this post! you are an amazing mama! i think we live in the exact same places, too :) hahaaa..weird.

Jerusha Abigail said...

Aw! So wonderfully sweet you are, sister! And what imaginative, adorable girls you are! Can I come live with you at your adventurous and fun house please?? :)

Sunny said...

Talia, you have such perspective and grace! I really loved reading this post! I need to remember to look at life the way you do. And your girls!! Their creativity is just astounding. What a blessing your family is. :)

RachelRuelas said...

i feel like i just read out of an amazing children's novel, Narnia or something like it... my mind traveled with you on all those lovely dashing adventures and to all those seemingly friendly places... you have a knack for writing my dear....

alyssa said...

I would totally trade you. :)

Kourtni said...

I'll be a home body with you... especially this week. Seesh. The sickies definitely overtook us. GREAT post. I love your style, woman.

Tristan said...

love this post :)

Band of Brothers said...

i LOVED this. what an amazing perspective. i love your imagination. i am a bit of a homebody too and truly enjoy living with my little critters that--have tails as long as yardsticks and wings as wide as pillowcases:)

Sarah said...

oh that is so sweet!

Megan said...

You know, your girls are so SO blessed. I think your perspective is awesome- and even more so knowing that God's placed in you such an obvious sense of joy for exactly where He has you. SO refreshing.

Sara said...

LOVE this post. Couldn't agree more!

Andrea said...

Talia - your inner peace and grace as you share your adventures of life with all of us is a gift from God. And once again you should journal all of this and someday (when time allows) publish it. We all hunger for your posts and would defenitely buy your book. :-)I will call tomorrow to wish Jeremy a happy B'day Hugs & kisses to all.

Kurt and Alisha said...

This was SOOO fun! I love your outlook on being a homebody because I am a bit of one too. Your girls have a fabulous imagination and you are a fantastic mother! I only hope to go on half as many adventures as you have when Zoe gets older. :)

Mom said...

Lovely post, my dear! I have often and long told you that you have the gift of writing; I am awaiting your first published children's book. You are so talented, you could do the illustrating yourself too! Love you and so excited to see you and all your adorables soon!!

Mommy Diffee said...

Oh Talia you are one of a kind =) You are refreshing, not a lot of young girls see things as clearly as you do, I love that about you!

Mommy Diffee said...

Ok I did not mean to call you "young", when I say young girls I mean from like 20 - 30 years old ... so me too! =) XOXO

Lauryn said...

I adored this post! I would never ever pity you for being a "stay-at-home" mom, locked up in your house. I so long to be in your shoes! The only thing I've ever known I want to do is be a wife and mother.

I can't wait.

sarah marie p said...

Oh, this is such a wonderful post! I love your attitude and your joyful heart! You are such an amazing mama! And all your adventures sound like so much fun! xoxo

*CPA* Su said...

And you are so very blessed Talia! I love your attitude and your faith. You are a wonderful mommy and I love that you share some of your adventures with us. :)