This is Home – A Place Where I Am Known

I Call This Home

HOME – Oh the familiar!

We all have various definitions of what and where home is. It is often associated with a feeling of welcome, knowing and comfort where one can sure find refuge. I have had the opportunity to call 9 different locations home in the past 10 years (*no, I am not a military kid*) and have learned many lessons along the way: some great,  others not so great times, and a few dreadful moments drizzled in between for good measure.

Born to a Jamaican mother, I made my appearance about 3 days after she landed in Trinidad. I migrated from the Caribbean island of Trinidad to the suburbs of Peachtree City, GA. From ‘burbs to the college dorms in East Point, GA to marry and be housed in a 1 bedroom rental town home that would temporarily house us till we moved to  middle Georgia, Milledgeville, GA  to be exact. This was right before our leap of faith to a 1200 sq. ft  cape cod home in the quaint farm village of Kingston, NJ, returning to Georgia to do it all over again. I think I know a thing or two about home.

I have been blessed with the privilege of experiencing so many cultures and mores in my 30 years on this earth. Many memories created along the way. Many diverse friendships forged that I will treasure for a lifetime. I sure do love HOME. The 1st thing that came to my mind when prompted to produce a picture of HOME was this:

Home

That smile and those eyes are home to me. In his embrace I am at home.

I am welcomed.

I am comforted.

I am known.

Wherever this journey called life takes us, I will always have my home with me…my husband, my best friend, lover,  and muse – Wesley. So I dare proclaim:


“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” – Ruth 1:16


 *This post was originally created  for The WordPress photo – a-day challenge.

Leave me a comment and let me know  – What’s home to you?

  • Ricci

    What a great post. This is a great reminder that home isn’t really where you are but who you are with that makes it home.

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Most definitely a reminder!

  • purelyessential

    Such perfect and beautiful words. A home is not made by the shelter over your head, it’s about the people that are there.

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Everyday I believe that more and more

  • Wow, I know what you mean about moving around a lot. I can’t even count how many places I’ve lived in the last decade! I did a lot of household hopping in college I guess…I agree though that home is a feeling. 🙂

    • Kimberly Bolden

      I agree Lydia!

  • I love this quote about home: “Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

    • Kimberly Bolden

      I need to print this and frame it. Thanks for the quote Aline!

  • PM

    Home is where the heart is, indeed! Love the post so much 😀 keep writing!

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Thank you so much!

  • Nikki @ www.MBAsahm.com

    Well said!! I totally agree, home is where your family is 🙂 In some ways that makes moving around so much more of an adventure!

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Honestly, It sure does.

  • Danielle K

    Home is most definitely where the heart is – and for me that’s wherever my son and husband are 🙂 Great post!

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Thanks Danielle!

  • I love this. I really have to re-think my “home” because now that I’m married, being with my husband is home. But I always like to think of my parent’s place in Canada – as home too. Ugh, torn! 🙂

    • Kimberly Bolden

      You can have two homes 🙂

  • Susan Moseley

    What a beautiful post. Home Sweet Home is where love grows and blooms with my hubby. I always felt my parents home was home, too. Where there are people whom I love that is also home.

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Susan,
      I absolutely agree!

  • What a raw and real post! Thank you for sharing and reminding me the importance of home!

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Rebecca,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. We all need to be reminded every now and again.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Home really is where the heart is 🙂 fabulous post!!! Thanks for sharing

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Thanks Courtney!

  • Joy Aletheia Stevens

    I’m a person who has literally lived my whole life in the same town. For that reason it can be hard for me to think of home being anywhere else. It’s good to remember that home is not a place really though, but rather wherever your loved ones are! Thanks for the post!

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Joy this is so true. Home is the familiar.

  • Heather Smith

    Man as I get a little older I get more sentimental – that’s your hubby right? When I saw him I thought of my hubby and got all teary! The embrace of a good man really is home…and of course their smiles and eyes! 😀

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Heather,
      That’s my man! Yes ma’am! We have to treasure our husbands continuously. They too help transform our houses into homes.

      • Heather Smith

        Oh I agree wholeheartedly!

  • Home is in God’s and my husband’s arms. Home is where I can be me, flaws and all, and still be loved!

    • Kimberly Bolden

      You are so right!

  • I just love this post! And I feel the same way. Whether we own a nice house with a large yard or live in a cramped apartment, it will always feel like home with my loved one there 🙂

    • Kimberly Bolden

      So True, Erin!

  • Jennifer Pritchard

    Love it, Kim! You’re a great couple. 🙂 My home is my boyfriend, Brendan and my little Chihuahua, Zoe.

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Cool. I have a chihuahua as well! His name is Oreo. He think he runs the house.