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Our New Home, Part I

My new home.

Double cul de sac.
Three streets before ours shows the No Outlet sign.
Nobody will drive down our street,
to our circle, unless they intend to.
There is a front porch;
I’ll put my rocking chairs there.
There is a beautiful entryway
that I will decorate for each season.
I will sweep the dirt and rocks and dust away,
so my guests will feel love at first sight.
There is a picture window,
perfect to display a Christmas tree –
the red, white and silver one
that made our Christmas new.
There is a family room,
perfect to display a second Christmas tree,
the one I’ve always wished to add,
the one that will hold the ornaments
of Christmases past, present, and future.
There is a dining room that we will fill with conversation and wine glasses.
There is a kitchen with sprawling countertops,
a canvas for me to set out a buffet,
or make peanut butter sandwiches for lunches,
or open pizza boxes for a football team.
There is a breakfast nook that looks into the backyard,
a backyard that’s big enough for a game of catch,
a snowman family,
a trampoline,
and a slip n’ side.
There is a double wide staircase
where two people can walk side by side,
where someone can sit to talk on the phone,
where boys will walk past the master bedroom when they come home from the homecoming dance.
There is a bedroom that is mine,
for now only mine.
A bedroom where no one has died.
There is a writing nook,
a rounded studio basking in windows
where the sun will shine
and I will read and write and write and write.
There is a living room,
a wall to host my mom’s piano,
a gift to me.
There is a fireplace for stockings.
There are built-in bookshelves for bound journals.
There is a finished basement
with a bedroom for guests,
a bathroom for their privacy.
There is a sprawling, carpeted space
for a family of three –
or a party of four –
to have Friday night pizza parties, movie nights,
chocolate chip cookies, and sleep-togethers.
There is room.
Room to grow,
room to share,
room to love,
room to bless.
We are blessed to bless.

My new home.

Tricia Lott Williford

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  1. This makes my heart so happy…. For the person and family I stumbled upon , have grown to love yet have never met! In feel so happy my friend from far away 🙂

  2. Pure. Happiness. I bought a little pink house with a soaking tub and my name all over it, after my divorce. A place where I didn’t accidentally keep bumping into memories when I wasn’t ready to process them. It was an essential part of my journey from Act 1 to Act 2 and gave me the breathing space I needed to transition a bit further.

  3. Everyone has said it so beautifully in the comments already, Tricia. I’m really happy for your family, and congratulations in finding such a perfect new home!

  4. Congratulations! Cheers to this new chapter in your life!

  5. What beautiful words you have written as bittersweet memories make way for new discoveries and rest. Enjoy the manifestation of a new dream.

  6. So happy for you. Hopeful for your future. You are a blessing. Hope you will share a picture sometime.

  7. It sounds just lovely and like a wonderful new beginning. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and give you his peace!!

  8. so happy for you little mother…the lord has surely blessed you!…..[just as your posts have really blessed us…even though you don’t hear from me too often, i am on the side lines cheering for you!]… .love terry

  9. I pray for abundant blessings, inspiration, laughter, hope, love, and all things grand for you in your new home.

  10. Oh, so exciting and wonderful it sounds, your new home, just waiting to be filled with love and laughter and family and friends and new memories to be made. So happy for you all!

  11. His love truly does endure forever. How splendidly grand. My heart rejoices for your family!

  12. That sounds wonderful. Blessings to your new home! 🙂

  13. I am so excited for you! So excited, that when I read about your new home, I smile so big, that my cheeks hurt!



  14. Such a wonderful way to record the start of a new chapter in your life. Blessings my dear girl. Blessings.

  15. Can almost imagine what it looks like by your description of it!! Beautiful!!! With new memories and love to share.

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