Do you have a family room? Maybe it is your living room or kitchen where you spend the most time together as a family. Wherever that special place is, just keep in mind that this room makes memories and is the heart of the family.
In the home where our children did most of their growing up, we had a big square family room furnished with a large brown sofa that wrapped itself around one half of the room. We’ve had that sofa for 30 years.
A family room is a place of warmth, and in our case that is literal as a wood stove radiates its warmth in winter. In summer, I remember four little children standing on the brick hearth with the cold stove in back of them as they ‘pretended’ to sing together as they belted out the words to hymns.
It was a place to read aloud during the afternoons for an hour or two during homeschooling days as my children sat surrounding me. That looks like such a nice picture, and it was, some days. To be honest, our homeschool days didn’t always look as good as my planner, yet, I’d have had it no other way.
It was a room where my oldest two would watch their satellite video through Bob Jones University Press each morning while I taught the ‘youngers’ in the next room. Sometimes I’d walk in just as the sofa pillows flew across the room. Algebra??
When school was over, the toys came out for those young enough to still play and the room soon looked a mess filled to the brim with creativity and activity. Laundry piles lined the sofa and I started to fold or the child assigned the task.
Videos, popcorn, cookies, ice-cream, and such are memories of times spent in this wonderful room. Sometimes the memories are the best and other times our memories are ‘real’ as we all learned lessons of life.
“Remember, as far as anyone knows, we are a normal family.”
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