By: Jackie White
There’s No Place Like Home
We all know there is no place like home. Dorothy of course may have said it first, but most would agree. For most of us, home is not a place, it’s a feeling. It’s a feeling you can feel in your heart. Its memories are woven into who we are today. Its imprint is significant and cannot be undone. That’s why when many us of think of home, we go right back to our childhood home. In our minds, we are kids again and we feel at home. The nostalgia of childhood conjures up many firsts like riding a bike, having a sleepover or leaving for college. The walls of your childhood home hold the memories and stories of a life gone by. Those memories and childhood experiences in many instances been orchestrated for you by your mom. She created and nurtured you through good and through the bad times. Her love was breathed into all that was home. As a result, the love of a mom is almost impossible to separate from the feelings of home.
The ability to create a home filled with love is one of the superpowers moms possess. Moms are the true CEO’s of their homes and their vision is steeped in the memories in the hearts of their children. Many moms are juggling a million things and may not even realize the impact their direction has on the family. The impact is real and is felt through her actions and love and thus defines how the family experiences home. It’s a fact that her love and care will overflow into the little hearts that she is raising and when those babies grow up, they will continue to feel that love.
Love is What It Is All About
It’s in the meal she cooks, the hug she gives, the words of encouragement she says or in the safety she provides. It’s the little things and it’s in the big things. It’s in all things. It’s just really all about love. Moms, just let your love shine through and your child will remember that. You don’t need anything fancy or a picket fence for your home. It just takes one thing and that thing is love. Your family will know that your love built their home when they look back and feel the love in their heart.
You Can’t Go Back
For most of us, it isn’t possible to return to our childhood home. The hands of time can’t be reversed and the details of the memories fade. But what does remain are the feelings and if only in our hearts we can go back home and remember the love that built our home.
A Poem for Mom:
Your Mother is Always with You
Your Mother is always with you.
She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street.
She's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and
perfume that she wore.
She's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well.
She's your breath in the air on a cold winter's day.
She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a
rainbow. She is Christmas morning.
Your Mother lives inside your laughter.
She's crystallized in every teardrop.
A mother shows every emotion .......... happiness, sadness, fear,
jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy,
sorrow... and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good
feelings in life. She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's
the map you follow with every step you take.
She's your first love; your first friend, even your first enemy, but
nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space...not
Thank you to all the moms who have put their heart and soul into building a home that will remain in the hearts of their children forever.
Erika Fehrenbach Prell is passionate about inspiring and educating, others on their path to complete wellness-mind,body, and soul. This desire led Erika to the helping profession of nursing, and she obtained her Master's Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2007. Erika specialized in cardiac surgery, largely influenced by her personal experience with heart disease. While she loved working with this population, her heart's desire has always been to impact lives on a larger scale and from a proactive, not reactive, place. The universe answered when her path crossed with Jackie and SoulShine was born. Erika finally feels she is walking in her purpose and is excited for this journey to unfold.