Naming your home was common in the old days and is still practiced in other parts of the world.
From Estate names like Colworth House in Bedforshire, England, to Oughtdarra Cottages near Lisdoonvarna, Ireland, not to mention plantations and houses all over the United States; names give a place character.
I have a general fondness for naming and nicknaming things. (I know many people do!) From my children to animals and places, names help convey my love for them.
So naturally, for me, our home and farm has a name.
It’s Skylark– and the name was chosen years before a single item graced the blank dirt field it once was.
Chosen for several reasons- partly from the soul connection I felt with Sarah from Patricia MacLachlan’s Sarah Plain and Tall series, but mostly because of the skies and larks The Man of the House and I love so dearly.
Idaho skies are amazing…..
…and meadowlarks with their beauty and sweet song lift our spirits.
Years ago, renting a home on another farm, The Man of the House and I would arise early while our babies slept, slip out onto the porch and sit in silence together, just listening to the meadowlarks. It was a grand way to begin a summer morning, before our daily work began.
They happen to be ‘morning people,’ as am I (unlike my teenagers) and with their sunny yellow plumage, invoke cheerfulness simply by sight.
So Skylark it was from the beginning and Skylark it is. Whatever we make of our home, as well as our family, it’s through hard work, perseverance, loads of love, faith and enormous gratitude.
We thank God every day for the beauty of our home and for the blessing it is upon the soul.