When I was a senior in high school, I took College English. One of our early assignments in the fall was to define a word. We each drew a slip of paper from a bowl, and the word we saw was our writing prompt.
The word I drew was “home.”
As I worked to define that word, put new feeling and meaning into those simple four letters, I realized that home is more than just a place to live, a building with walls and doors and windows.
I realized that more importantly than a physical space to sleep and eat and watch TV, “home” was better defined as the place my heart felt at peace, the place my soul felt accepted and loved.
And because I was a teenager in luuuuuv, that meant one of the ways I defined “home” was by describing my boyfriend and the things that made me think of him.
Since I actually married that guy, I’d say it was a pretty good description, even though he’s since given up winterfresh gum, his Dodge Daytona and the Notre Dame football team.
In the decade and a half since writing that short essay, I’ve realized and developed many other definitions of home. And today, one more “home” is coming to life.
The women who have created (in)courage describe their new site like this: “When we asked ourselves what kind of place we were building, we finally came to see it as a bit like a beach house. You can put your sandy, dirty feet on the coffee table, laugh late into the night with friends, and also hear God’s voice clearer than perhaps anywhere else. Life just feels more vibrant and real, as if you’ve stumbled upon a glimpse of heaven and it’s nothing like you ever imagined but everything you’d always hoped.”
The site is live today, and I hope you’ll go check it out. And instead of describing the site all over again, I’m going to tell you about the other women working on the project. Because, seriously, they have done a better job explaining (in)courage than I could do right now. Check them out. And check out (in)courage. Do it.
- Sara Mae at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee
- Nester at Nesting Place
- Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy
- Kristen at We Are That Family
- Jennifer at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
- Jessica at The Mom Creative
- Angela at Becoming Me
- Melissa at The Inspired Room
- Jennifer at Studio JRU
- Andrea at Under Grace & Over Coffee
- Angie at Bring the Rain
- Anne at Flowerdust
- Ann at A Holy Experience
- Amber at The Run-a-Muck
- Emily at Chatting at the Sky
- Ginny at The Thoughts I Think
- Heather at Heather Gemmen Wilson
- Robin at Pensieve
- Sarah at The Best Days of My Life
- Lisa at It’s the Little Things
- Tsh at Simple Mom
- Annie at Annie Blogs
But wait! Before you start clicking around, tell us: How do you define home?