Seven years ago, I wrote a song called “More Than Just A Home” for my wife. At the time, I was still newly married, no children, in college, living in a 4-plex, and writing music on my guitar in my spare time. I performed for a show called “Guitar’s Unplugged” in 2010 in Provo, UT. It’s one of the few times I ever performed one of my original guitar songs on stage.
I often spoke with my wife about the future home we would have someday with our family. I’ve always wanted to build my own home for my family. But more importantly, I’ve always wanted to create the atmosphere for a home full of happy memories, positive experiences, and a place our children can cherish and feel peace.
Since I didn’t have a home or children at the time I wrote this song in 2010, the lyrics are mainly comprised of my own memories of growing up, and what I hoped to have someday.
Now, seven years later, we have three children, built a home, sold that home, and are looking forward to another home where we currently live. The memories have began, the positive experiences are in full swing, and our children can cherish love and feel peace in our home. There’s still a long way to go, but as I reflected on this song today, I couldn’t help but feel gratitude for the blessings I’ve enjoyed. I have an amazing wife who raises our children with love and works hard to achieve her goals and fill her life with meaning, and beautiful children who bring never ending happiness and peace to my soul on a daily basis.
Is it perfect? No. Far from. Some days are terrible. But it makes the good days that much more meaningful and memorable.
I hope that when my children are grown, they can have similar positive memories of their own from their life in our home. And hopefully to them, our home will have been more than just walls and a roof, but a place where they can learn, grow, and become who they are for the rest of their lives.