Five Minute Friday – Here

by | Aug 6, 2015 | Five Minute Friday

It’s Five Minute Friday!

I’ve been away from this group for a few weeks. Oh, it feels great to be back! It where we gather on Twitter Thursday evenings for what we call Five Minute Friday Party (#fmfparty) to connect and have fun. We free-write for five minutes on a one-word prompt and share at Kate Motaung’s place. I’m amazed at what these friends write! Come join the fun!

Here we go!

This week’s word:



home rulesWalk in our front door on any given day, and you’ll likely trip over a pair of shoes in our entryway.

Our beds are often unmade.

Our bedroom could stand a fresh coat of paint.

A basket of laundry currently sits next to me in the dining room.

I have weeds in my flowerbeds.

We have more farm cats than we’d like, but my heart is drawn to care for them.

Our back yard’s fence is a corn field.

I swear we live on the dustiest road in Iowa.

That’s what’s going on here. And here is home.

I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

hereHere is where we give second chances.

Where we say, “I’m sorry.” Where we forgive.

Here is where we are far from perfect, and we’re okay with that.

Where peace is present, and laughter is large.

Here is where we encourage, and bless, and where we can be ourselves.

Where we live with a certain set of “home rules.” (See above.)

Here our walls are donned with scripture and photos of family.

You’d see at first glance what’s important here.

No, we don’t have the newest or best “things,” but we have what’s most important.

We have each other.

We do life together here.

And that my friend, is priceless.



What comes to mind when you think of the word “here?” I’d love to read your thoughts below. Join us for Five Minute Friday, even if you do it on your own, on a piece of scratch paper. It’ll do your heart good!

Have a blessed day!


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  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Loved this!

    Sounds a bit like our place, only we live on a dirt road in New Mexico, and if you walk in the door you’ll be bowled over by a tail-wagging slobbering pack of Pit Bulls.

    Who will then give you the most thorough face-washing you’ve ever had.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Sounds like a great place, Andrew! Dogs are much more exciting than shoes! Thank you for making me smile. Your words have a way of doing that often!

  2. denise

    really like this post.

  3. Janet

    Your house sounds a little like mine, only I don’t have a garden and no corn… But we’re making plans to spend the weekend cleaning, shampooing the carpet, and getting the garage ready to house both vehicles this winter. But I hope, if someone looked past the dust and the out-of-place shoes and papers, I hope they would see what you write of – I hope they would see that we do life, here, that we have a home here, that we are family here. And I hope, that any visitor would feel ‘that peace is present and laughter is large’. I love that. Blessings, Julie, on your weekend and to your family.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Thank you, Janet! I love your words here. You’ve really blessed me. I imagine others would see and “feel” the peace in your home and your love for family. Sounds perfect! I pray God blesses you this week. Thank you for stopping over and visiting!

  4. Ruthie Gray

    Julie! I have missed you! I look for you each week. Welcome back! I absolutely love you post. It made me feel all warm and comfie and, well, HERE.
    And this line: “Here our walls are donned with scripture and photos of family”. Makes me feel a kindred spirit and think of my own home. We do that too.
    From the laundry basket to the farm cats to the dusty Iowa country, you painted a perfect picture of where you are HERE.
    Signed ~ HERE in West Virginia

    • Julie Lefebure

      Oh, bless you, Ruthie. It’s good to be back. I’ve missed this community. How wonderful we decorate the same in our homes! Thank you for your words of encouragement and blessing. Much love to you today!

  5. Renee Ratcliffe

    Thank you, Julie, for this sweet, grateful perspective. Helps me to remember what’s really important and worth treasuring today.

    • Julie Lefebure

      Thank you, Renee. God bless you! May we remember that every day. I need it more than most!

  6. Tara

    Beautiful! That’s what I want my home to embody too friend. I’m parked right above you this week!

    • Julie Lefebure

      Hi Tara! I’ll check your words out too. Much love to you today!

  7. Anita Ojeda

    How beautiful, Julie! I love that you are so content in your here because you know it is a place to nurture and grow all who enter your door. May God bless you and your home!

    • Julie Lefebure

      Thank you, Anita. It has been good to be content here, and not be envious of what others have like I used to be! Here is a good and perfect place. Thank you for coming over. You’re a blessing!

  8. Rachel Q

    I love this! Here is where we let our soul breathe! Thanks so much for sharing with us and welcome back! 🙂 (Stopping by from FMF) ~ Happy Friday to you!

    • Julie Lefebure

      Hi Rachel! Your words always bless me. Thank you for stopping over. It’s good to be back!


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