Home is where the heart is…

If home is where the heart is, then I have a few homes…

lkAs Mike and I continue to casually look for a future house to raise a family in, I can’t help but wonder a million different things, including, where do I feel at most “home”, or where can I.  I moved a lot in my 20’s, and by a lot, I mean A LOT.  Friends and family used to call me a nomad, I just liked trying new places, and nothing ever truly felt like “home”.    In fact, I’ve only felt a security of home probably twice in my life…..The first being my parents’ farm.  I didn’t grow up out in the country living of Blairstown, NJ, but it feels more homey toe me, then my childhood town.   In a busy world, the town and their farm bring me a feeling of peace and belonging .  It’s magic.

lk1It was a no brainer to get married there as well, the home of my family, the hometown who has stolen my heart now more then ever…

lk3960147_10152962429858659_8705383023309751619_nI didn’t grow up here, but I wouldn’t mind raising a family here, I wouldn’t mind at all….

11329845_10153344231333659_3555595581762420638_nThe other place without question, was Lake Hopatcong.  I had the pleasure of living there for a few years ON the lake, I was spoiled rotten…..but I had always loved it even beforehand.  I loved watching families share happiness on their boats, swimming in the water, dining at the local beautiful spots, living the “lake life” way.  When I was there, I felt connected to nature, I felt home.

1006357_10151872815363659_148616862_nOf course renting is different then owning, so both of the homes I lived on were on the lake.  I doubt I’ll ever be able to own a lakefront home, but it was a fun ride while it lasted.  I fell in love on the lake….

581556_10151872765793659_1762034717_nFound yoga….

1255496_10151872817453659_59932102_nFound our first home together….

10411129_10152613196068659_5310900636688769645_nI found and still find, inner peace.  There is NOTHING better then being surrounded by nature.  Will we end up by a lake and take our children on kayak trips, boating adventures, paddleboards oh my?  Or will we find land in a country town where we can have privacy and seclusion, and maybe a few quads?!  Only time will tell where we eventually land, but it sure is nice to dream along the journey.

“Home is wherever I’m with you..”

What made you choose your hometown?  What makes you feel, at home?

Namaste, and Rock On!

  13 Replies to “Home is where the heart is…”

  1. June 11, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Beautiful and totally reminds me of the song by Billy Joel, You’re My Home, which we played our wedding and still one of our favorites to this day 😉 xoxo

  2. Heather
    June 11, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Home is what YOU make of it…Home is YOUR story…home is the memories you will or are making in them, the good, the bad and the ugly! I love your story so beautifully put…. Me and my fiancé just moved into our first new home so i loved reading this!!!

    • June 11, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Aw congrats!!!!! and totally agree on the home part:)

  3. June 11, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I’m absolutely with you: Home is where my heart is. And since I met David, it is where ever we are. It is important to feel good about the spot you move to, but in the end it is equally important that when you move, you MAKE that place your home, too. I wasn’t very fond of the idea of a townhouse when we got to NJ, but it didn’t take long to make this our home and to figure out that it was a good move (pun alert :)) at this point of our lives. But, of course, raising a family, choices would have been a lot different. I like your preferences, we actually looked at Lake Parsippany, but didn’t find anything at that time. Good luck hunting!

    • June 11, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Exactly!!! I don’t like the apt we are in now, but I love how we made it our home. I’m not too fond of the town either haha but I hope we can compromise and find something homey for our future:)

  4. June 11, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Lindsey, I love this. I have lived many places as well. I feel like I have three home towns. Cape Cod, because I was born there and lived for a decade. For some reason when I cross the bridge, the “I’m home” feeling overwhelms me. Then Naples, FL – because I went to middle school, high school, and college there – and it’s the place were I experienced so many firsts. And now, the suburbs of Atlanta, because of my little ones:). It’ll always be their home, so it’ll be mine, as well. But I sure do miss the ocean.

    • June 11, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      Wow, you have had AMAZING homes!!!!!! I wonder where our home will be for our future little ones;) Thank you for sharing yours!!! I always miss the lake when I’m not on it, I know the feeling about wanting to be by water! xo

  5. June 11, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I have trouble getting that home feeling! I had it at our childhood home, for sure, but I’ve never ever had it at Blairstown, which is hard. Same with SF! Luckily I found it in Northampton because it seemed like it would never happen again! It’s so important.

    • June 11, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      I know, how could you not love Northampton though!!! I feel at home there too!! Dang work:( ox

  6. Eddie Staudt
    June 11, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I love all of these puctures you shared with us! Whatever decision you and Mike will make about where to settle down in a home of your very own will be the right decision. Both of the choices that you mentioned sound very appealing, Lindsay! I’ve been living in my current home in Bridgewater for almost 48 years. That ‘s a lot of years in one place!! My Mom and Dad and my brother Jim and I moved from Edison to Bridgewater in November 1967. I was in the fifth grade and 11 years old. My sister Kathie who turned 70 in Heaven yesterday was a nun and teaching 2nd. grade. I’ve seen Bridgewater grow so much over the years. My early childhood years in Edison seems like a lifetime ago. Good Luck to you and Mike with this decision making process. I hope it will be a fun experience. You have the most upbeat and optimistic way of looking at what lies ahead. That’s just one of the many reasons why we love you so much! 🙂

    • June 11, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Aw thanks Eddie!!!! I have no idea where we will land, but it’s fun daydreaming about! AND WOW 48 years!!! Well, I’m 36 in NJ;)

  7. Rea
    June 21, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Living a “lake life” sounds like a dream to me! You’re blessed that you’ve experienced it. I move quite a lot too but my heart always remains at peace in my hometown (my parent’s home). I now live in my husband’s hometown. I feel at home here but not as much as when I’m in my hometown. Someday I’ll be back there. Hope you find your “home” at the best time possible! 😉

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