Home Is Where The Heart Is - This Is My Home

Where is home?

I have lived in three different countries during my life. I was born in Finland and at the age of 19 I moved to Switzerland and worked as an au pair for almost a year. It was great to get to know the country and the people. Sometimes I miss Switzerland, but I don't feel that I could move back there. After living in Switzerland, I moved to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. I had a great time studying, working and spending time with my friends. Stockholm is a great city if you are young and want to have fun. After seven years I moved back to Finland with my boyfriend and our son. A few months after our daughter was born. They are now growing up in the same place where I grew up. Now I feel that this is my home. Sometimes I feel Stockholm is my home too. I really feel that I could live there for a while again. My heart is in two places. The heart is where the home is or to put it in another way: my heart is where the homes are.

Right now it isn't possible to own a house or apartment in Stockholm. We are building a big house in the countryside here in Finland. It's really interesting and I can hardly wait for the day that we move into our house. I guess it will be in a few years, because we're doing most of the work ourselves and that takes almost all our spare time. Maybe we could have two homes in the future - one in Finland and one in Sweden. You never know. I wouldn't consider to cut my heart in two pieces to get what I want right now. Bon Jovi was right: "Who says you can't go home."

Our home in the future

The garage

Living in a garage

The most important thing for me is to be with my family. That's the main reason why we moved back to Finland. As our son was born, we wanted to see our parents and his grandparnets more often. With all those kilometres between us we couldn't visit Finland very often. Our son was one year old when we packed up all our belongings and moved. We started all over again. We moved to an apartment and started to build our garage. Then we moved into the garage and started to build the house. We've now lived two years in our garage. We have everything we need and it's not a small garage. It's actually our home. You don't need a big house to call it your home. The home is where the family is - and right now it's in our garage. Of course it will be great to move into the house and start calling it our home. The best thing about living on the countryside is to be able to open the door and smell the nature outside. That's life and that's how I want to live. Sometimes I just need a bit of Stockholm too to be really happy. You can buy a house but you can't buy happiness or a home. The home is where the heart is - even if it's a garage for a little while.

Me and my daughter in Stockholm

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sharmanlow 5 years ago

wherever my family is, that is where home to me is. nice hub!

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Made 5 years ago from Finland Author

Thanks! I think so too. I doesn't matter where in the world you live as long it's where the rest of your family lives.

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GoldenBird 4 years ago

Great hub Made! I loved your home in the countryside. You are right, it's love and family that makes a home. My best wishes.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thanks, GoldenBird. :)

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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

You are so right - when the kids are little it sure is good to be around family. That is home. You could write a whole hub about living in a garage. Alternate living seems like it would attract people. And having a house built is always interesting for many of us.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

I could write many hubs about building a house and living in a garage. I'm just not sure I'm capable of describing everything in English. Thank you for your comment, Dolores.

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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

What a great hub. You are so right, home is where the heart is, no matter where that is. We have been thinking of moving, but can't figure out where to go. I'd like to buy an RV camper, and hit the road. But then again, I know I would miss my grand daughter. Wish I could bring her with me! She'd get to see the whole US. Thanks for sharing your story.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you cloverleaffarm. You will always miss somebody, when you move from one place to another. It sounds exciting to see the whole US.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Home is where the heart is. Your daughter is adorable!

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Linda, it is. I was walking around in our garden today and I really felt at home and I had the feeling "this is where I belong". It was a very pleasant feeling. Thank you!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great message! I have lived in five different states and bottom line is my home is where my loved ones are...loved this hub and sharing.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you Bill. I really like living close to my parents and my extended family.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I have always lived in Nepal, but in Nepal I have lived in different places. My idea of home is where I find peace of mind.

I appreciate your point of view.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Vinaya, peace in mind is important. I love being home, but sometimes I feel restless. Now in springtime I enjoy every day just being home and close to the nature around me. Thank you for your comment. :)

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Your home is going to be beautiful when completed. My parents also built the first home that I remember living in by doing it themselves. There must be such a feeling of satisfaction to doing that! Being surrounded by family is also important so that your kids will know their relatives while growing up. I think that your choice is the right one for now. Home is truly where the heart is...and it appears that you have so much more! Congratulations! Voted up and beautiful.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

I feel the older I get, the more important my family is. It's so much work to build everything ourselves, but I'm sure we'll be satisfied the day we move into the house. Thank you!

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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

Hi Made, I am from New Delhi and we just dont have enough land out here to make big homes like you. But I fully agree with you about home and heart as Delhi may be so over crowded and hardly any land left for homes to be built but still if someone ask me to move to another city I would definitely say no.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

It's hard for me to imagine not having enough land. Only four percent of the land in Finland is used for buildings. Thank you for an interesting comment!

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

I'll always choose the place near my family.. They're all I have..

Very nice hub and your daughter is really cute and pretty!

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

unknown spy, I agree, it's nice to be surrounded by the family. I'm glad you liked this hub. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment. :)

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CrazedNovelist 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

That's awesome, Made. I'd love to visit Scandinavia one day. I hear it's really beautiful there. So glad you'll be surrounded by family, that's the best of all homes! :)

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

CrazedNovelist, I hope you get the chance to visit Scandinavia some day. Thanks for visiting my hub and leaving a kind comment. :)

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Beautiful hub - setting roots is always a great theme. I love the look of your house and the countryside. At my recent sail around Scandinavia I was so charmed by the coastline, the countryside and the landscape. I visited Helsinborg , Copenhagen and Oslo and vowed to return to these places in the near future... This will be a beautiful home - perhaps it already is... Good luck and best wishes!

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

I recently visited Copenhagen. It looked a little different than Finland. We have forest everywhere, but I like living close to the sea (between Finland and Sweden). We are still building this house. It's a long project and still much to do. We are in no hurry. Thank you, Docmo. :)

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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

It is hard being divided in where you want to be, but you are creating a beautiful life in Finland and your house is going to be amazing and so special as you are doing so much of the work. Very inspirational - all the best with your beautiful home.

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Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

It is interesting to listen your heart. House is meant for family not family for house. Nice thoughts,thanks for sharing your hub

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Fennelseed, it feels really good being in Finland. We are still building that house and we have been living in our garage for more than three years now. I'm not sure when we will finish it. We take one day at a time. Thank you so much!

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Deepak Chaturvedi, you are so right about that. Thanks for reading and commenting. It's much appreciated.

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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

I think your house is finished now and you are living on it. I agree to what you said, "homes are where the heart is." I have 2 homes and it´s difficult to choose which one to stay for the rest of my life. I would like to see how your new house looks like as it was already beautiful when it was not yet ready for living. Thanks for sharing Made. Good night!

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Made 3 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Thelma Alberts, we're still building our house. My husband has his own company and doesn't have enough time to work on the house. I have been working and studying for a couople of years and haven't had so much time to help him. Now I'm just working and our children are getting older, which means more time for me. I hope we can finish our house within a year from now. Thank you for stopping by to read this hub! :)

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