Where is Home?

My parents are moving here.

I am thrilled they will be closer.  They have closed on a house here that is just 5-10 minutes from my house (they had previously purchased a lot with intentions to build, but found a house they love next door to their lot!).

However, it feels weird.  I grew up in Hot Springs.  I lived in that house since 3rd grade.  I had every birthday party in that pool in the backyard.  It’s weird that “home” won’t be there anymore. 

It’s strange that we won’t make weekend trips to Hot Springs to go visit them.  My aunt, cousins, uncle, and grandma will still be there…but it isn’t the same. We’ll have to stay in a hotel when we go back.

I can’t really put it into words, except that it feels weird. Hot Springs was always “going home.”

I’m feeling a little lost.

We cleaned out my bedroom a couple weekends ago.  Figured out what to keep, what to sell, and what to throw out.  I faced it like ripping off a band-aid….just do it – quickly.  But it wasn’t the most fun.  I mean, we got rid of things that had meaning.  Maybe not things we wanted around…but things that had memories (it all has memories, doesn’t it?).

I got rid of trophies.  Trophies I had worked hard to earn as a kid.  But I don’t want them anymore.  No one would want them.

I got rid of stuffed animals I held onto in the night.

I got rid of picture frames that held pictures of dear friends.

I got rid of the stuff, but not the memories.

I’ll always have the memories.  I’ll just have to adjust to the fact that the idea of home is changing.


  1. The summer I left for college was the summer my parents moved. I guess it worked better that way. I wish I could go back in time and just go in there again. I lived there my whole childhood and sometimes I just miss it.

  2. You made your momma cry…..I feel lost too. I guess the best saying is a house is just a house but family makes it a home. Your home will always be whereever we are…..

    Love you

  3. Aw! Having your momma so close to you again will be the best thing EVER.

  4. I was still living at home when my parents sold the house I grew up in. It was so hard! It’ll be nice having your parents close by though.

  5. That would be such a surreal feeling. Chris’ parents are moving out of the home they have lived in since he was in the 3rd grade. I’m sure at some point soon his mom will ask him to go through his old bedroom. It’s so sad. Chris says “it’s just a house”, but it’s so much more than that. It will be so nice having your parents close by!

  6. Oh man, that has to be hard. My family moved when I was in the 7th grade, so home became a new home, a new town…. but just remember, home is where the family is, and you can always take a trip to Hot Springs!

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