this is home

This is Home

This summer has been a whirlwind! I’m having a hard time believing it’s almost October, and an even more difficult time getting used to the fact that we’re staying in this location instead of the “move-every-six-months” routine we became so accustomed to due to Brandon’s job.

There are a few things we’ll probably miss, like the excitement of moving overseas or to a different state and having the opportunity to explore the area — but I won’t miss packing. Or movers breaking our belongings into three pieces (RIP Target bookshelf). I’ve also loved making this place our home. When you have your own place, even the most mundane of tasks seem special (except cleaning toilets… cleaning toilets is always disgusting), because you know that it’s necessary to keep your household running. That’s the one thing I craved while we were living in corporate housing and unable to make those places our own. Now that we’ve been able to pick out furniture and paint colors, and take out our recycling, and have family over to our house, it’s pretty spectacular. Also, the dogs now have their own yard they can mark all over, even though Malcolm decides that he’s deathly afraid of it every few weeks…

This is home

When we were living abroad and all over the states, I kept telling myself that home was wherever my husband and dogs reside, and although that still rings true today, it’s also nice to have all of our shit in one place again. This may sound stupid, but I enjoy knowing where our Christmas tree is and being able to find my favorite pair of boots. It’s the little things that give me so much relief after worrying about forgetting my grandma’s ring in our flat in Scotland — or after that one time I left a bunch of personal paperwork in a hotel between moves. Arrrgggghhhhh. All of our stuff is here!

Seriously, the little things.


Filed Under: Lifestyle11 Comments
  • Amy – Toothbrush Travels

    Home is a feeling but that feeling comes from a variety of things.
    i can completely relate, i love moving and exploring but it’s so good to have all of your things in one place.
    Especially shoes.
    I can’t tell you how many times i missed THAT pair of shoes when i was abroad!

  • Julie

    Ha I actually just wrote the exact opposite to this post on my blog! :/ Settling down scares me.

    • Postcards from Rachel

      It’s not scary! I just think of this place as our home base. We can still travel and live abroad again in the future, but all of our stuff is here. ;)

  • Eternally WanderLyn

    I’m feeling the opposite. I’ve been in one place for far too long! I still have a little bit of time before I can just get up and go, but I’ll just relish in the fact that I don’t have to pack. I hate packing. lol

  • Sara Barnes

    I moved 9 times in 3 years, I know how great finding a place to settle down can feel! Good luck with staying put :)


  • Deepti @ Endless Postcards

    I love the idea of a home base – it’s definitely easier and more peaceful to the mind when you know that there’s a set place for everything. I hope you make a lot of great memories in your new home! :)

  • Madeline

    For me, moving to a new place is always very exciting. Good luck!

  • Abi

    Lovely photos! The last one is so sweet! Abi :)


  • Tatyana Z.

    I totally agree! After this summer it will be so nice to get out of bunkhouse housing and live in my space!!!

  • Chelsea

    I bet it’s such a transition, good and bad! I can’t even imagine!

  • Lix Hewett

    It sounds amazing. I can’t afford to get my own place so I live vicariously through posts like this.