The Lifegiving Home Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming

How much do I want to read more? 6/10

A nice vision of Home, as a way of life, to feel fulfilled.
A weird kind of book. To be the architect of one's own life and home.
To feel at home certainly is a deep feeling, and the author explores what it means for her, in all the details and its glory.

The Adventure Begins

a home environment filled with color and creativity and order, a welcoming provider of laughter and refuge, a space where memories are made and shared. Instead of creating us to live in a house of weariness and colorlessness, God has made us to live in a home full of soul-beautiful elements.

I wrote all of the above twelve years ago! That’s how long this book has been on my heart—and how long it has taken for it to become reality.

The Story of Home

Hosting literally hundreds of people as guests each year, we cultivated our rooms into refuges.
And so our home became a launching pad, a place of blessing, as we sent our beloved children on their way—hopefully strong, whole, and secure in the ideals, faith, and values that truly matter.


PART ONE - Thinking about Home


The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.

-- PROVERBS 14:1

In what ways can I make room for those needing a place to be creative?
How can I group chairs, couches, and tables in our home in a way that encourages people to spend time together?

Designed to Design

All people need a place where their roots can grow deep and they always feel like they belong and have a loving refuge. And all people need a place that gives wings to their dreams, nurturing possibilities of who they might become.

A home that serves all who enter.
A home that reflects our own tastes and the values we treasure.
A home that meets the needs of family and visitors alike, that fosters beauty and creativity.
A home where the atmosphere, traditions, and celebrations give life to the hearts, minds, and souls of those inside its walls.
A home that provides a lifegiving legacy that will last for generations to come.

What Makes a Home?

Each of us longs for a place to belong, a connection that gives roots to our wandering lives. Our hearts hunger for a community where we are intimate member.

The constructing of such a place was a way of seeing that my own heart, mind, and soul were filled up on a regular basis so that when I emerged from my home, I had resources to cope with the demands of my life.