I’ve lived in 7 different places during my lifetime, and every one of them, I still call ‘home’. We spent Thanksgiving week with my parents in Redding, California, and I remember commenting that I couldn’t wait to go home both getting on the plane in Maui and on our return trip as we boarded in Sacramento. Both places are home.
Iowa holds 3 ‘homes’, and possibly one of our favorites. You can read about our old farmhouse here. You can’t spend 7 years restoring a 100 year old house and not get just a little attached.
We’ve called Hawaii ‘home’ for 7 years now, and for the past 6 years we’ve spent Christmas in the islands. It’s not much of a hardship as there is usually some willing volunteer from our extensive families that offers to tough out the Holidays in our guest space.
This Christmas was a little different, the perfect storm arrived where everyone in the family was spending Christmas elsewhere and we found ourselves with no house guests for the season. It was a little sad, and made me a bit homesick for “home”.
You can imagine how delighted I was when home was delivered to our Maui door in a rather unexpected way this year. Back in November I signed up to participate in a “Christmas in the Country” gift exchange with other bloggers from around the US. Just look what arrived at my door a few days before Christmas:
Iowa! A basket, in the shape of Iowa, filled with all kinds of Midwest goodies. Roasted Field Corn, Popcorn on the Cob, Chocolate Tractors, and Salted Soy Nuts to name a few. Val Plagge of Corn, Beans, Pigs, and Kids had been given my name and she chose to send a little piece of home my way without even knowing how homesick I was this year! What a treat.
The Christmas in the Country gift exchange was just as fun on this end as well, choosing a Hawaii grown treat for the person who’s name I was given. Lucky that Kelly over at Old Blue Silo is a coffee lover – it’s one of our state’s specialties. Today, I just want to deliver a hearty thank you to Val for sending such a fun piece of home my way this Christmas.
Happy New Year everyone and may your 2015 be blessed.