5 Practical Things I Love About Our Home

Last week, we celebrated one year of living in the same place. I affectionately call our home “Little Blue” in reference to its sky blue siding and compact size.

Our home is so much more than a foundation and four walls.

It’s where we eat together, sleep together, dream together . . . Simply put, it’s a place we’re together.

But sometimes, it’s helpful to think about specific and practical things as well.



5 Practical Things I Love About Our HomeThere are so many things I love about this home we have shared this past year.

But for now, I’ll just share a few practical things that I love! Feel free to make your own list as you’re reading mine!

1. It’s old.

Our house doesn’t look too ancient from the outside . . .  Remember the blue siding?

But the inside features tall ceilings, long windows, and a pocket door that separates the living and dining rooms. The front door shows its years with an ornate wood design, and a piece of stained glass rests above it.

I love thinking about the stories that have been made in this house. My grandma lived here for years, so I have many childhood memories that took place here as well.

Although I’m sure I would love a newer house as well, I love the history that’s within “Little Blue”.

2. It’s in a small town.

I’ve shared before about how I love living in a small town. It’s wonderful to be able to walk virtually anywhere you need to go.

Sadly, we are still lacking a coffee shop, but there is an amazing place that sells Herbalife meal replacement shakes. And yes, they actually taste good!

We may never have a shopping mall or taxis, but we do have what we need.

And knowing all of the local police officers makes me feel a lot safer. #jobperk

3. It has a real backyard!

One thing that I’ve always found a bit sad about most houses in town is the lack of a yard.

I understand that a town would cease to be a town if we all had hundreds of acres apiece, but sometimes the lack of green just makes me sad.

Thankfully, we are blessed with a decent sized backyard. Admittedly, we haven’t spent much time there this year. But we love to dream about the possibilities.

A vegetable garden, a swingset, a koi pond . . . Our own secret garden . . .

It’s all possible!

4. It’s small.

Now I know this may seem like a negative, but hear me out.

Our home is just over 1,000 square feet. So it’s not tiny . . . but still relatively small.

I love that we don’t have tons of space to fill with clutter. Neither one of us are natural neat freaks, but we both love for our home to look nice.

If we had a room to devote to junk, I’m pretty sure it would be filled to the brim.

Now maybe years down the road, when we’re on kid number ???, I may be begging for a bigger house.

But for now, this is absolutely perfect.

5.  It has a laundry room.

Out of all the earthly things I could have chosen for my home, this is it!

I never realized the importance of a washer and dryer until Shawn and I moved in to a camper when we were first married.

Although camper living was a blast (especially as newlyweds), I hated dragging the laundry in a hamper from our camper to my parents’ house, then from our camper to my in-laws’ house . . . It was endless.

I have never been more excited to purchase something than when I purchased our washer and dryer.

True story.


Home is where the heart is, and of course, our home is so much more than these things listed above.

But sometimes it’s nice to take a step back, and remember to be thankful for things found in our physical world as well.

What are some things you love about the home you are in?

Do you ever find it hard to be thankful for your home?

Let’s discuss in comments!

Joyfully yours,

Melody Maynard

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer.”

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