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Home; after the fire

Updated on March 20, 2012
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Retired counselor, 341 short stories published by FSU. I have 4 sons, love sharing photography, writing, love travel, sunshine, sea & Grace.

On July 1st 2011 my home was in a major fire. Now I am back in my house and starting to get it looking like home again. I am delighted with the open-plan kitchen, the lovely granite and tile - and love the newness of it... however, the newness has an emptiness to it.. so its a home looking for a soul.

The soul will come with being lived in; rather like our bodies. So, I am creating a new soul for my home with each day I live there, and each item of furniture or nick-knack I lovingly add.

I miss the old home though. After all, its where the last of my 4 sons were raised, where laughter lived (and tears)... where we had children's birthday parties, graduation bashes, hundreds of sleep-overs and a pile of shoes at the door...

I loved the old home. I loved how it had cared so much that it kept us warm and cool; that it was usually always receptive to our needs... and I really grieved after the fire.

But now, like life, there is a new birth, a new home and a new start. The children are grown, and its time to put away childish things.. so the home has a new 'classy' appearance.. and so we move on.

I hope you like my brand new home ~ just waiting to be filled with love and life!

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      Helen Lewis 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for your kind comments Mark!

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      Mark J 

      6 years ago

      Great that you are back home-I hope you enjoy many more years there making new memories.

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      Helen Lewis 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Thank you AliciaC.. yes, I do too! I think souls grow each day..so its only a few weeks old right now ~ ! :-)

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your home looks beautiful! I hope that it soon finds its soul and that you are very happy in it.

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      Helen Lewis 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Thank you so much Genna! I have never done interior design so I'm glad it goes well :-)

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Excellent photos. I am so pleased you are back in your home. I like the openness of design; the recessed lighting that adds to the soft, modern design; and the soft browns and cream colors offset with black as a contrast are attractive. I can imagine you will also have many peaceful moments in the Lanai. :-)

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      lainer 

      6 years ago

      loverly helen glad your back in your home xxx

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