I can honestly say I have spent some of my most enjoyable and memorable times at our friends house in Vermont. It is a gift. The house – the friendship – the love – the laughter – the food — the coming of age that has happened around that home is priceless. The fridge is covered with pictures and hand drawn cartoons of many of our trips. The easy clutter that has accumulated over a lifetime of good times is impossible to ignore – and yet it sits in the background, inviting you to make more memories. This visit, the house made me think about what it is that I am trying to make as the mission of Rivers and Roads. If we are changing our lives to have a store that is filled with things for the home – what is it that is going to make ours different and special. What has driven us to do it. I woke one morning with the mission on my mind, and crept downstairs and scribbled these words in the blank pages of the book I was reading.
“I believe that your home should be a reflection of your story. Where you can turn things you’ve enjoyed, into pieces that speak to you, if only you, and “found” things you discovered when you were having a good time with friends or family. It could be a rock, a squiggly stick, a pillow or a piece of furniture. It really doesn’t matter. If you choose your surroundings in this way what you have is yours; not a clone of someone else’s vision in a catalog meant to make someone else money. It’s not borrowed, not passing, but authentically you. Media, marketing and the homogenizing of our society tries to tell us we belong if our clothes and homes look like one another’s- but to me, that is all backwards. Yes, we can share ideas, borrow from others and recognize that we like a look; but it should still be ours. Telling your story; your likes, your history, your comforts – and pulling that all together is what creates an enjoyable environment – not a passing trend.
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.
We are to find, appreciate, walk, and share with others who we are.