What Makes a House a Home? Conowingo, Md. a dedication

Real Estate Agent with Prudential Fox&Roach The Belmonte Group

As an avid blogger of Active rain, when I read there was a contest labled, "What Makes a House a Home?", it could not have come at a better time of year for me. I rarely share personal items about myself in blogging, but through this "What Makes a House a Home Blog", I will share a few personal items, and share a passion for a cause which has touched my home personally.

My house is made of the usual things you would expect to find in most normal buildings. Wood, rock, concrete, metal, and most other very usual construction items. My house is in many ways unique; it sits on 131 beautiful acres, build by Irish settlers over 150 years ago. My house is far from perfect, we have dust bunnies, a few leaks here and there, and 4 children to create chaos, on a regular basis.

A house, built of man-made materials, can be destroyed, in the blink of an eye by many natural acts of God, as hurricanes, tornadoes, or fire. Destruction of any home is a personal tragedy for anyone who it strikes. My home, was threatened by tragedy, not by a hurricane, wind storm or other natural disaster, but at the hands of a drunk driver.

Seven years ago this week, my home was threatened, not the wood, concrete, or metal, but the things that make a house truly a home, its members. My husband was taken from me tragically in an instant. Left with three small children, I knew I had to be the concrete, wood, and rock to hold this home together. Losing a member of the family so instantaneous, was in many ways like a hurricane had hit. I had to rebuild and whether the storm. I had to prevail the tragedy of loss, and as a family in our home, we did.

Seven years later, our house is a home. Our foundation is strong after the tragic storm had hit. We have rebuilt and prevailed, as a family, and a home. With a strong foundation, and 7 years of sweat and tears, we have moved forward in our home, and continued to remember what and who has made, and continues to make our house a home. In reading this blog, please remember the things that are the founadtion of your home. It is easy to lose perspective of how valuable and important your "foundation" is. Do not let a day go by without apprieciating it.

In Memory of my husband Craig Michael Zorn

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Comments (6)

Jeannie Kontis
Lancaster, PA
Wow, what a powerful post.  Thank you so much for sharing something so personal.  You are so right, we are so often surrounded by "houses" - but it's the people that live inside of them that make it a "home".  I'm so very glad your "home" is once again "whole", foundation and all.
May 23, 2007 03:00 PM
Danny Smith
Jeannie, I'm so glad that you an your loved ones have been able to endure such a tragedy and go forth as a family loving one another. Thank you for sharing part of that love and memory with us!
May 24, 2007 10:54 AM
Robert Cramer
Five Star Property Inspections - Belleville, IL

Gloria, What a great post!  I wish you the best, and always remember to remember, for it is what we remember, which keeps us alive.  Sending you a pyayer......

Good Luck in the contest!  You are already a winner. 

May 24, 2007 01:59 PM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Gloria.....   thanks for sharing this. I am sure it brought back memories. I am truly for your loss and I am so happy for you and your family, how you have rebuilt and have been able to move on. Great ending, in regards to what to appreciate and what to hold dear to you each and every day.

                                                                                                              jeff belonger

May 24, 2007 03:11 PM
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
Gloria-What a wonderful tribute! Your understanding of what is truly important to your home the love and will to go on in the face of a tradedy...How wonderful that you were able to rebuild your life and start  anew...never forgetting the original foundation of love that started your family. I am touched. Thank you for sharing!
May 25, 2007 12:41 PM
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174
Gloria - A tear causing tribute! Thank you for sharing your personal loss and the strength you have found to create a new home. Blessings!
May 26, 2007 04:46 AM