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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