I stumbled across this idea a few years ago when looking for a certain photo of Scout. We were living in a rental house with outdated appliances and a bathroom completely tiled in yellow. But here’s what I realized when I went through the photos: every image flooded me with the sweetest of memories. Meals cooked on the old stove. Baths given in the chipping tub. John Robert learning to walk on the stained carpet.
If you are in a place where you are struggling with your house, I have a simple assignment for you. I want you to go back through your phone and look at the photos. You can even search a few key words like “living room” and “kitchen” to narrow the search a bit.
What do you notice about the photos? Every time I do this, I am reminded of how much good was in that season. I don’t notice the tile or the formica countertops, the crappy oven or the stains on the couch.
Here’s what I always notice: the people. Come to think of it, I take very few photos of my home that don’t include people. People, wrapped in a home that is safe, warm, and well used.
Anyways, if this resonates, give the exercise a try. You might find it puts tired rooms in a new light