"He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home" -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts". -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
"Home is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other." -Frederick W. Robertson
"Home is where we tie one end of the thread of life."-Martin Buxbaum
“Out of the dreariness,
Into its cheeriness,
Come we in weariness,
"Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,"
Be it ever so humble there's no place like home!" -John Howard Payne (1791-1852)
"Good homes are still the best source of good humans." -Neal A. Maxwell
"My friends are my estate." -Emily Dickenson
"There is no place more delightful than home" -Marcus Tullius Cicero
”Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.”
”Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.”-Charles Dickens
”He that has a house to put's head in has a good head-piece.”-William Shakespeare
”No man but feels more of a man in the world if he have but a bit of ground that he can call his own” -Charles Dudley Warner
”Where thou art - that - is Home.”-Emily Dickinson
”It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.”-Unknown
”May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends.” -Unknown
”And of all man's felicities
The very subtlest one, say I,
Is when for the first time he sees
His hearthfire smoke against the sky.”-Christopher Morley
"The house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.”-Gaston Blanchard
"A house is made of brick and mortar, but home is made by the people who live there."-M.K. Soni
"To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition." -Samuel Johnson
"He makes his home where the living is best." -Latin Proverb
"Your home is your refuge." -George Carlin
"Peace, like charity, begins at home." -
"Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration."-Charles Dickens
"A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience." -Sydney Smith
“You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right”.-Maya Angelou
”Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserve; it is life's undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe
”Peace - that was the other name for home… Home ought to be our clearinghouse, the place from which we go forth lessoned and disciplined, and ready for life.””-Kathleen Norris
”Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.” -Charles Dickens
”There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” -Jane Austen
”Home is a shelter from storms - all sorts of storms.” -William J. Bennett
"Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.” -Robert Montgomery
”I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.”-George Washington
“The home is the bottom line of life… It is here life makes up its mind." -Chuck Swindoll
And an ode to home improvement:
"Better it was to go unknown and leave behind you an arch, a potting shed, a wall where peaches ripen, than to burn like a meteor and leave no dust." ~ Virginia Woolfe, Orlando
Toasts to the Home
“No matter what happens in the rush of daily life,
May your home welcome you at day’s end
With comfort, peace and light.
May it beyour shelter
Throughout any hardships,
And may you know many blessings
In the company of loved ones and true friends.”
-Corrine De Winter
May blessings be upon your home,
Your roof and hearth and walls;
May there be lights to welcome you
When evening’s shadow falls-
The love that like a guiding star
Still signals when you roam;
A book, a friend-these be the things
That make a house a home.
“A home is built with peace and love
And not of wood or stone,
A place where happiness lives,
And memories are sown”
“May you always be blessed
With walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain,
A warm cup of tea by the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart might desire.”
-An Irish Blessing
“Crossing the threshold to enter the world
Take security and love, mortar of this home,
As your foundation today
Let every thought, word and action
Come from such a place of peace.
Upon your return
Release worry, fear or anger
That may have arisen while away
Breathe deep the familiar fragrance
Of sanctuary; wash your eyes
With the colors and sights that signal
Safe deliverance, once again,
-Arlene Gay Levine
Your house is Love’s house.
It is a sanctuary, a garden,
A safe haven.
May it be delightful.
May it be a home that encourages
Creativity and peace,
Togetherness and private time.
May it be an environment
That celebrates life, untidy and ever flowing.
May simplicity be honored in your house,
Valuing love above all else.
May daily chores and small moments
All be approached with reverence and with love.
Mistakes may be seen as lessons learned.
Kindness, forgiveness, laughter, joy,
And calm enthusiasm
Will nourish all who enter through it’s doors.
May all who visit leave refreshed.
May all who live in your house
Live in contentment and harmony,
Dreaming beautiful dreams,
Rejoicing in the wa things are.
More than bricks and wood,
Our house is made of memories.
More than doors and windows,
Our house holds good times shared.
More than rooms and furnishings,
Our home is filled with love.
“Blessed be this house
& all who dwell within.
May you eat well,
Drink to surfeit,
& make merry,
Lie down in contentment
& rise up again in joy.
May peace attend
Your comings & goings.
May happiness wait on you,
&upon this new hearth
May the kettle sing.”
We hope you’ll find pleasure,
Friends and family,
As you gather here today
To warm your new home.
Within these walls may peace dwell,
For a house filled with loved ones
Is what makes a home.
So come often, friends and family—
Welcome mat is out.
Come sit with us by the fire,
Make yourself at home.
“Let the sound
Brighten each corner
Of this house
And the strength
Lay the foundation
Of your dreams”
-Marilyn Huntman Giese
“Your new, yet unseasoned, house says welcome.
It asks you to look around—and listen
To voices that build it’s tradition.
Picture a bride once carried over the threshold.
Imagine small, mittened hands making a snowman.
Wonder at trinkets appearing in unlikely places.
Hear laughter and songs from holidays and parties
Now add your joys, your life, to the blend.
“We set up a household.
Hand and hand-
Heart to heart-
Speaking and smiling,
We made a house a home-
Seeking Spaces and places
For all that was packed and boxed.
Shifting and arranging,
We set in lace
And beautiful gifts.
Ordering and sort,
We made sacred space for God’s grace,
So this new home would forever embrace
The love that is shared within int.
On Entering a New Home
It may be cabin, villa, mansion
Palace, castle or cottage;
A house is a sanctualry
Offering safe refuge.
Warm and cozy,
Light and airy.
A homestead and a household,
A nest to rear the oung,
An interior to grow old in
And a perch where songs are sung.
A residence for laughter
Or tears of joy and sorrows,
Keeper of past memories
And path to our tomorrows.
May these walls and floors
And rooftop dome
Turn this humble house into
A gracious, love-filled home.
Bless the Beloved Old Farmhouse
This house has been home to all manner of things,
To creatures with tails and with feathers and wings.
Up high in the attic, or deep in the cellar,
How safe and secure is each little dweller
With nests in the attic, the chimney and floors,
Up under the beams and perched over the doors,
Evading the traps and all things that swat,
Residing herein, whether wanted or not.
Occasional reminders of those gone before
In creaking old floorboards and soft-closing doors,
The chiming of clocks that have not worked in years
By spirits unseen who are lingering here.
Two centuries of life have been shared in this place
But those who’ve departed always leave a trace.
No matter who lives in this stately old home,
There isn’t a chance that they’ll be here alone.
Now here I will welcome my family and friends.
Be at home in this house, whosoever comes in.
To share with me laughter and music and tears,
And don’t’ mind the others who’re living in here.
It’s weathered and drafty, but solid and true.
Today it’s my home, but I’m just passing through.
Please bless this old house, oh my dear Lord, I pra,
So the next generation can love it someday.
-Sandra E. McBride
May the walls echo
And the halls
Listen patiently to Life’s calls.
Though winds may blow
And rain rages upon the roof,
May this home weather every storm
And always be
Welcoming and warm.
Live Well Within Your New Home
As you step across the threshold
Take measurements in your mind
For this is where you will live, love, eat
Cherish each moment within these walls
Breathe beauty, art and love into this place
Let forgiveness and grace have their way
Hang garlands of mercy from the porch
Your light will shine bright to strangers.
-Gwyneth M. Bledsoe
A Prayer for Our Home
May the walls
Of our home
The joy of laughter,
The beauty of friendships,
And the soft, golden glow
Of hearts united in love.
Within the Four Walls
“I think that the most significant work we ever do, in our whole world, in our whole life, is done within the four walls of our own home”
-Stephen R. Covey
A Traditional Welsh Blessing
“May its windows catch the sun
And its doors be open wide
To friends and loved ones.
May each room resound with laughter
And may the walls shut out troubles
And hold in warmth and cheer.
May this house be filled
With joy in the morning
And sweet dreams at night.
May it be a home
Where love has come to live.”
We Pray This House
We pray that each room in this house
Will resound with the sounds of laughter and joyfulness,
That its sturdy structure
Will shelter us from the elements
And will be a refuge of peace from the trials of daily life.
We pray this house will become a beloved home
For all who live within its walls
And that constant faith and hopeful dreams
Will always be a part of its foundation.
Home is a place where we can be silent
And still be heard…
Where we can ask and find out
Who we are…
Where sorrow is divided by joy and multiplied…
Where we share and love
An Irish Home Toast
”May the roof above us never fall in
And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.”
If you sleep on it…make it up.
If you wear it…hang it up.
If you drop it…pick it up.
If you eat out of it…put it in the sink.
If you step in it…wipe it off.
If you open it…close it.
If you empty it…fill it up.
If it rings…answer it.
If it howls…feed it.
If it cries…love it.
More Than a House
It’s a place to raise your family,
And a place to laugh with friends.
It’s a place to put your feet up,
And rest at the work day’s end.
With space to store your treasures,
And space to make your own,
It’s a place to play,
It’s a place to love,
It’s the place that you call home.
-Andrea L. Mack
Grant that at home
Where we are most truly ourselves,
Where we are known at our best and worst,
We may learn to forgive and be forgiven.
“Where you come in to visit
Or just to rest
When you enter our home
May you be blessed.
Under the roof that shelters us
From wind and rain
We are thankful
We have a safe place to return to
When the day is over and dreams come again.
Let us always remember
Those who are without a warm space,
Those who are tired and alone,
And let us know how fortunate we are
To call these rooms our Home.
“May you have warmth in your igloo,
Oil in your lamp,
And peace in your heart.”
--Eskimo Toast, unknown
“It is difficult ot understand
Anybody without visiting his home.
Houses reveal character.
“May the light be always on
Wherever home may be
And our hearts forever lit with love
By each sweet memory.”
-Anne Calodich Fone
“Home is a feeling…
Of peace, comfort and satisfaction.
A sanctuary to rest, heal, and refresh,
Knowing this is where I belong.
“Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
By knowledge the rooms are filled
Withal precious and pleasant riches.”
-Proverbs 24:3-4, NKJV
“My kitchen is a mystical places. It is a place where the sounds and the odors carry meaning that transfers from the past and bridges into the future.”