I decided to write a “Home Blessing of Appreciation” in honor of our home Veronica. The blessing’s main purpose is to spend time to talk with your home and appreciate it for all it has provided to you while living there. Visualize the good times had and send love into each part of the home. I knew that this would be an important part of the process. We needed to let Veronica know what our intentions were so she could be part of it. So, I sat down and wrote the following in her honor. I was surprised at how much emotion I felt when writing it, but I was even more surprised at how much I cried when I tried to read it later.
Today we gather here in appreciation for our home and all that it has provided to us over the years. We would also like to take this time to give our home the right and proper name of Veronica, with gratitude we recognize her as a being a steadfast and loyal guardian of our family. While we haven’t previously recognized you directly for your honored role as house guardian, we want you to know that you have always been a true respite for every member of our family and to many other friends and family who have visited.
Veronica, as you have already felt, there have been changes in our family as we evolve and change. Our sons have grown into wonderful young men who are now commencing lives of their own and Kate and I have begun new paths on our life journey. The paths of our family have been taking us away from you as we focus and grow on the next stage in our evolution. With this change we are finding that our connection to you as our house guardian is also changing. We each have found that it is necessary for us to move on to find the next house guardian that is going to take us in just as you have done for us. We are now manifesting the perfect family that will take our place and take care of you for years to come.
Veronica, we are taking time now to recognize all that you have done for us and we do this by remembering each part of you and how you will always be a part of our memories and stories.
With Blessings and Gratitude, We Remember and Recognize:
The Yard and Outside Grounds
Veronica, we have spent many hours outside of you on the small piece of Mother Earth you occupy and are anchored in. We remember the grass, the trees, the flower garden and vegetable garden. We also remember the hundreds of friends and neighbors that have walked by on the street and path – each of them taking just a moment or two to appreciate the beautiful setting you can claim as your Earth. With Blessings and Gratitude – We Remember your Earth.
The Outside of the House
Veronica, we have been very lucky to have a home such as you that is in such excellent shape. The outside of your loving body has been the great protector in all kinds of weather. When necessary, we have cared for you by fixing damaged areas that threatened to weaken you. We have done this because you deserved to be cared for as you have always cared for us. With Blessings and Gratitude – We Remember your outside.
The Main Entry, Porch & Deck
Veronica, you welcomed us first by opening your front porch and main entry door to us. This doorway is the first place we became acquainted, the first place that greeted all our friends and family. Your front porch was a wonderful respite on a hot summer day or a place to run to get out of the rain. The deck on the back has been a place for many gatherings, a place to take in all the nature surrounding us, a place to look a the moon, a place that happily provided a place for many birds to perch and find food. With Blessings and Gratitude – We Remember your Main Entry, Porch & Deck
The Main Floor
Veronica, your main floor has been the heartbeat of the house. This is where we have spent countless hours talking, laughing, reading, listening to music, watching movies and eating the wonderful food that has kept us healthy and happy. The first room is the parlor and here we have found a simple silence that was great for reading, talking and being together on many holidays. Next is the living room where music and video were your primary responsibilities, but we also slept here when an extra space we needed for a guest or just a much needed nap was in order. The kitchen is the life-blood that kept us all full and healthy, but it was also a place of many conversations, decisions and changes. The garage entry is one of the most critical parts of your main floor. This portal was responsible for allowing us to transform from outside to in; to bring in food and take out waste; a place to leave our dirt and grime and to greet our family as they came home at the end of the day. Lastly we remember the main floor office. This room has had many purposes including a bedroom for an exchange student an office for a business and a sitting room. This has been a place of productivity and growth. The main floor bath room is by far the most used in the whole. We appreciate it each time we go through its door. With Blessings and Gratitude – We Remember your Main Floor.
Veronica, your upper floor can best be described as a place for healing and rejuvenation. With the three bedrooms and two bathrooms, you have seen us at our worst and best. You have kept us warm and cool. You have bathed our bodies and given us a quiet and safe place to sleep and dream. The upper floor is a place for us to escape and just be. With Blessings and Gratitude – We Remember your Upper Level.
The Lower Level
Veronica, the lower level is the newest part of you. You might still be getting used to having this part of you, but we have become very attached to it. What was once just an open space with cement floors and walls is now transformed into a place of creativity, rest, caretaking and a source for all the pieces that pump air and fluid throughout. The studio has been a special place for creating a multitude of artistic pieces with fabric and other mediums. The bedroom has taken care of our oldest son as he grew into being his own man (thank you for watching over him). The bathroom yet again has seen the best and worst of each of us – all without complaint. The utility room is another critical part of you. It has washed our clothes, cleaned our air, kept our food frozen and provided warmth in the winter and cool air in the summer. The storage rooms are those quite places in you that don’t get a lot of press time, but know that they are appreciated for the years they have watched over our precious belongings. With Blessings and Gratitude – We Remember your Lower Level.
Veronica, the garage has been one of the most versatile places in the whole. It has truly been a multi-purpose room. This space has not only watched over our cars and belongings, but it has also hosted several parties, been present for creating many projects and seen us goofing around enjoying your space and many occasions. While the garage can seem like the outside of you, it isn’t. It has meant so much to us to have this space to shelter us, protect us and have your doors opening wide to welcome us home or bid us adieu and we come and go. With Blessings and Gratitude – We Remember your Garage.
Veronica, thank you from each of us for all that you have been for us. We now ask that you help us find the next family that will find you and take care of you for many years to come. We are notifying the world today that we are searching for this family. We know that your beauty and wisdom will find the perfect family that can adore and appreciate you has much as we have. Thank you for all your cooperation during this time of transition and we look forward to celebrating the next chapter in your story.
With Blessings and Gratitude, We honor you Veronica.