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The Right Nest

We recently moved, kind of a whirlwind decision (I’m talking DocuSign from Barcelona, drinking vino tinto, and clicking my initials from another time zone) and suddenly here we are—home sweet home.

This house is just plain good—good bones, good energy, a good respite from the world. Remember being tucked in as a kid at bedtime? Dim lights, covers pulled up tight, a story read by a well loved voice, a prayer, and a kiss on the forehead? Well that’s how I feel in our new digs, tucked in.

The space is both welcoming and private, normally a contrast, but not here. The high ceiling and heavy beams in the main living area are like a good yoga instructor, constantly reminding me to breathe deeply, to root in order to rise. The kitchen island is so big that ships may drop anchor here. It is already a gathering place for hungry children, and thirsty friends. If I don’t host countless dinner parties here, I am the kind of fool that Mr. T would indeed pity. The dining room is great too, but with a kitchen like this, no one will likely ever see it, and I don’t mind that at all.

There is a screened-in porch that begs for a cold snap, a fire, or a booming Texas storm. For now, I go out early in the morning in my pajamas, and curl up on the sofa with my coffee and my devotionals. No one can see me, and I can’t see anyone. After having lived a girl-in-the-bubble life at times, this feels delectable, like a long stretch after a good night's sleep, toes curling, and a smiling sigh. You have to enter through a front courtyard, so there are no more solicitors or doorbells causing a dog bark cacophony. I can work for long stretches without distraction. My office has lots of natural light, tall bookshelves filled with favorite books, and framed faces of people who have changed my life. I need to work in a place that reminds me simultaneously of where I’m going and how far I have already come. For me, inspiration comes at the intersection of courage and contentment so I need to be intentional about my space, at my desk and in my head. I have been reading again, voraciously, like slurping soup from a bowl, forgetting the spoon. Usually if my mind is curious and hungry, it’s a good indicator that my soul is at rest.

My bedroom is hidden at the end of a long hallway, with plenty of buffer from late-night sleepovers, surround-sound movies, and pantry raids. We have enough space to spread out, but not so much that we forget why we like being together. Teenage moods have room to ebb and flow, and mom gets a mini fridge in her bathroom. Every mood can be mitigated with a hot bath and cold glass of Sauv B., I’m just sayin’.

When I first drove up, hot and grumpy in house hunter mode, I wasn’t thinking this was the house for us. I thought I had a certain style, more contemporary or more European, and this place is more craftsman, more wood, more mellow, more something. Like walking up and making introductions on a blind date, I just wasn’t sure. But just like blind dates can yield soulmates, stopping to pick up a real estate flyer can precipitate a new nest. Sometimes we just don’t really know what we are looking for, what we need, until we find it. The right nest, like the right lover, feels the same at the core—like coming home.

Restless girl may finally be in the mood, ready at last, to root.

Credits

Illustration by Joy Gallagher

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