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I sat outside on the hammock tonight, ignoring the incessant clatter of my to-do list. Since launching our new company (have you seen our Visual Creatives website yet? We're really pleased with it!) these moments have been few and far between. Travel, connecting, doing, creating: these are the new words of my days. But not tonight. Tonight I sat and…

Feeling at home in your home?

When I was ten or so, my best friend lived a few streets over and her home felt to me like my home. We'd ride our bikes back and forth at the smallest whim. I remember one summer hopping on my bike because "Benny and the Jets" was on the radio, and it was our favorite song EVER. It was still on when I burst through her back door and shared the last bars of the song with her. Of…

The Third Place and Home

? I got home this week. It's odd, really, because I've also been home all month. I've been home in our condo in Lexington, or on the lake in New Hampshire where I've spent nearly every summer of my life. I breathe in the fresh air of those places and my inner sense of being profoundly at home is magnified. And then I arrive back in Palm Beach Gardens, my own home, my real home. I love the process of…

Living at home

[caption id="attachment_1512" align="alignnone" width="229" caption="My father"][/caption] Five years ago today, I had my last conversation in this life with my Daddy. I don't remember the exact last words my father spoke to me, though I do remember his last words in general. Lying in his bed, he must have been imagining his funeral in the days to come. Being the practical Yankee that he was, this didn't bother him. Being the man in charge that he also was, he had…

What does home mean to you?

"I love it here, but it isn't home!" "This is my key to the front door at home." "Where do you come from? Where is home?" "Welcome home." How powerful our homes are! I watched Jillian bopping out the door the other day with her house key in her hand, labeled "Home" and I was suddenly overwhelmed with the thoughts of home. She's grown up here; the memories we make day in and day out are her concept of home.…

Searching for a gold medal at home: evaluate your passions

Home. There is no better word after a season of travel and a season of trials. Last night, David and I got to return HOME when we walked in the door of Christ Fellowship Church. It's fashionable to ignore, deride or hide your church, but I love my home. I love Christ Fellowship and its heart for the kingdom. Last night my pastor, Tom Mullins, spoke a message that went straight to my heart. Within five minutes I remembered why…

Sundays always surprise me

This is becoming a weekly habit...letting you all peek inside life in the First Place at the Saunders house! I felt like I was living in some sort of sociology experiment today, so I thought I'd share with you. We woke up to 2 extra teenagers in our house - both sleeping in our daughter's bed. Our daughter was sleeping in the family room on the couch. Not sure how that happened. We got their Dunkin' Donuts order: 2 plain…

Create Relationship Chemistry at Home

Mother's Day was a through the roof success at our house: I cooked brunch for 11 and hosted a second party for 30 in the evening. I got up early (for me), went to bed late, and am walking on sticky floors yet again. I generated four bags of trash in three hours, washed loads of wet pool towels and had a dog throwing up from all the bits and pieces fed to him by well-meaning but misguided guests. And…

The rhythm of life – time to slow down

Recently I read a post on Ron Martoia's blog about the rhythm of his life, and how he recognizes which activities are crucial for him on a daily basis. His post got me thinking about the rhythm of my own life, and over the past week I've been casually noting how I react to the ins and outs of my day. I don't know if any of this will interest you -- surely everyone has their own rhythm -- but…

A Short Stop at First Place

Ironic that even though I am passionate about life out in the community, those who know me best would say that my forte is life in the First Place, or home. I love bringing people into our home, sitting down to a good meal, and seeing where the conversation leads. Tonight I had my mom over for dinner and our back-door neighbors in for dessert. I loved watching the various personalities interact. And there were some interesting personalities! I’ve always…

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