Saturday, November 24, 2012

"The House That Built Me"

"The House That Built Me' -Miranda Lambert

When this song first came out, I listened to it all the time. Every time it would come on the
radio I would turn it up really loud and just sing my heart out (and I am not a good
singer at all haha.) This song just has so much meaning to me in a lot of ways but 
some things were different.  My parents still live in the house that I grew
up in and I know they have no intentions of moving anywhere else.
I grew up in a really small town where everyone knows everyone.
I used to joke with my mom all the time when she'd want
my to go grocery shopping with her on Saturday mornings
and I looked like a mess. I would tell her I don't
feel like going out in public because no matter
where we go I will see at least 1 person I
know. In most cases it was 2-3 people.
She always laughed and said "owell."
In this song they talk about one house
but to me, when I think about 
"The House That Built Me" I
think about my house and
also my gparents'.

I grew up with my grandparents living across the street from us. I always tell people
that was one of the best things that has ever happened to me.  A lot of kids don't
have that really close knit bond with their grandparents and I am so lucky that
they helped raise my sister and I. They came to all our sporting
events, my grandpa took tons of pictures at every dance I ever went too.
My grandma would make us delicious breakfast and my sister and
I took turns spending the night on the weekends. My grandma
thought it was a good idea for her to stay on Fridays so my
I could have time with my parents alone and then
Saturdays switch and my sister could have time
alone with my parents.  

  Back to the song. There is a part that says "I thought that if I could touch this place or
feel it this brokenness inside me might start healing. Out here it's like I'm someone
else, I thought that maybe I could find myself. If I could just come in I swear
I'd leave, wont take nothing but a memory from the house that built
me." When I left home and moved to VA beach there was a lot
of times especially in the beginning that I missed my home,
I missed my family, I missed that small town where
I couldn't even go to the gas station without
someone saying "Hello." Part of me was
just missing everything I thought I
hated. When I eventually moved
back home for a few months
It all just clicked. Ohio, that house,
well it wasn't my only home anymore.

I had made my home in Va Beach too, but a part of my heart will always have a soft
spot for that house and my grandparents house as well. I remember writing
stories and reading them aloud to my grandma as she would clap when I
was done. I remember all the motorcycle trips my grandpa took me
on, he would always take the scenic route. The huge bonfires
my dad would build for birthday parties when my
family would stay at my house til late. I think
when it comes down to it we all will
always remember our childhood the
good and the bad and the house that
built us. I miss my small town
and my friends and family
but I have grown up
and made a new
home for myself
as well.

Every time I hear this song I fight back a tear, and you know what...thats okay :)



  1. so awesome that you lived that close to your grandparents. i always lived far from mine so we weren't that close. i know it will be different with my kids one day. :) happy weekend! xoxo

    1. Thanks girl :) I hope you had an awesome weekend!

  2. I love this song too! And how awesome that you were so close with your grandparents :) I always shed a tear when I hear this song and remember where I came from.

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, girl. Thanks for the birthday wishes! :)

    1. Such a great song! I had a great Thanksgiving hope you did too!

  3. My grandparents lived right around the corner from us growing up too and it was such a blessing! Sounds like you have some wonderful memories!

    1. Tons of wonderful memories that I am so grateful for<3 family truly is everything

  4. I loved reading about your grandparents. There's just something indescribably special about grandparents isn't there? GREAT blog by the way :)