Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I'd Like You to Meet...

If you have a moment, I'd like to introduce you to the old place today. Everyone, meet Hedge House- a rambling, resolute old wooden house surrounded by lines of creeping shrubs.

When I first heard a neighbor refer to the place as the hedge house, I thought they were saying "The Edge House". I loved it. The house is nothing but edges and corners and angles. Its hallway juts out with a sharp-edged turn. This room in the north corner (pictured below) has a strange interior configuration of corners and edges. So I was a bit disappointed when I realized the place is, in fact, identified by its "hedges"... not "edges". Edge House sounded very Agatha Christie. Hedge House sounded very bland and nondescript. Hedge House. Maybe that's what it's known as, but I wasn't feeling it. It's why I hesitated for so long to introduce you two.

And then it happened. I was listening to this song recently- a song I've become attached to since seeing Audra play live in 2010- and suddenly remembered it was one of the first songs I ever played in this house. As in, I recall this music echoing through the empty rooms when I was alone here that first day. The song draws from Psalms 139, which says:

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And You are acquainted with all my ways....
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me. 
You have hedged me... Hedge... You have hedged me behind and before... Hedge House. Suddenly, it all fit:

- A row of bushes or small trees planted close together
- Any barrier or boundary

verb (used with object), hedged, hedging
- To enclose or separate
- To surround and confine 
- To protect with qualifications that allow for unstated contingencies 
- To mitigate a possible loss by counterbalancing
Hedge House.

Maybe the house has been recognized by its untamed hedges for years, but I don't think that's why I ended up here, of all houses. I think it's because Hedge House has a purpose: to enclose, to surround, and to protect me and all who stay here. I think it's a physical representation of a spiritual reality. We are being hedged in, literally, in Hedge House.

You have hedged me behind and before...

It makes me tear up... and kinda give me chills... just to write it down for you. I recall how the years at Freeman House seemed, prophetically, almost, to revolve around just that: freedom. And it makes me wonder if my life at Hedge House will mimic the same, you know?

Anyway. Everyone, meet Hedge House. I'm excited to show you so much more in the coming days. There are even plans to open the place up and let folks stay in a suite and hang out, eat, and get acquainted. Wouldn't that be fun? I'd love for you to have the chance to fall for this place as much as I am.

Welcome to a new adventure, y'all. Welcome to Hedge House.  -Brin


rachel said...

I *love* the name :) hope you enjoy your new adventure dear Brin xx

Adrienne said...

It's the perfect name. God knew all about the hedge when He drew you to your new home. I can't wait to see - and hear - more!

Heidi said...

Perfect! Now you have to frame psalms 139 and hang it somewhere in the house.

Unknown said...

Perfect name!!! Love it!

Rebecca said...

I love it!

Jill D. said...

It's a GREAT name! I love it - like being wrapped in warmth and protection. Looking forward to more renovation pix!

Melodee said...

I also love the name! I can picture HH monogrammed linens throughout the house.

Gail said...

You need a house plaque Hedge House est. 2015.

Patsy from Illinois said...

It's nice to meet you Hedge House. Take care of Brin and her husband and protect all who enter. Thank you Lord for providing this house for Brin. She needed it I think.

Betty said...

Hedge House..I like it! God bless you and your husband in your new home!

Terri Steffes said...

I love the old fashioned sound of Hedge House. No one around here calls them hedges. I love the name! I love the song you found, too. Blessings.

Sherry said...

dear brinn .. God was preparing this home for you long before you dreamed of it. He has brought this home into your lives to use for His glory - and what a precious name for His protection and embrace. Hedge Home.

Patricia @ CorninmyCoffee-pot said...

Brin, to hear you tell it... It's like God named it. ..and He was waiting on you and Josh to move in there and He has established you both. Your family and that place-- for such a time as this.