Monday, September 17, 2012

Name Your Home

My Blogger friend and fellow Ozzie Dottie, says its good to name your house.
I agree with her.
My mother named our family small farm, Billilingra, an aboriginal word meaning running water.
We had a creek that ran right through the middle of our land. The problem with that creek was the terrible flooding right up to the edge of our house, during the rains. If not for being built on the crest of a hill, then it would have floated away. I was often fearful that this would happen, as I sat on the end of the bed, looking out on that expansion of raging torrents.
Since those times I have a dreaded fear of floods.

Our home here in Queensland is a typical Queens-lander.
Its fully timber and set high off the ground with a timber fenced basement underneath.
Built like this, air can circulate and keep the occupants cooler in those hot steamy sub tropical months. 
The structure prevents mold and mildew associated with living in this climate.

Since names are very important, I have chosen a name for our abode.
It is aboriginal ... And its name is now: Karinya as this means, Peaceful Home.

My prayer... That my home is ever peaceful, full of laughter and joy, welcoming all who come to its door.
As they leave may it be with an everlasting blessing...

“May The Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you;
May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
Numbers 6 :24-26

An Ozzie Song..
I've been around the world
A couple of times or maybe more
I've seen the sights, I've had delights
On every foreign shore
But when my mates all ask me
The place that I adore
I tell them right away

Give me a home among the gumtrees
With lots of plum trees
A sheep or two, a k-kangaroo
A clothesline out the back
Verandah out the front
And an old rocking chair

You can see me in the kitchen
Cooking up a roast
Or Vegemite on toast
Just you and me, a cup of tea
And later on, we'll settle down
And go out on the porch
And watch the possums play



  1. What a lovely home you have, and with a very fitting name! Your climate sounds very much like ours here- hot and humid for about half the year, warm and humid for a few more, and cool for a couple.

    1. Thats about is Shelley, accept for the diverse weather of either floods or bush fires. But everyone has learned to live with them. xx

  2. I'm so glad to have inspired the naming of your home, Crystal. And what a beautiful choice you came up with. I'm sure you will continue to make sweet memories in Karinya with family and loved ones... as you share the peace of God with all who visit.
    Dotti xxx

    1. Hi Dottie, Thanks for jolting me to do this, I've wanted to for ages. xx

  3. You have a very pretty home and I love the name you gave it! We don't do that too much over here but I've been thinking about a name for our home for a while. My special word for 2012 is Peace, and my home is the most peaceful place I know. I might become a copy cat and adopt Karinya for our home, since we live 1000's a miles apart it should be okay!

    1. You are more than welcome...Maybe there will be many houses called this. Praise be to God.

  4. I like homes set on stilts. The only time I've seen these were in Queensland on my journey there long ago. I like the name you've given your home too. Nice idea.

  5. Hi Crystal,
    I am so glad to see your uplifting writings every time I visit you.
    I love your home! It looks gorgeous and very neat!
    The name you have chosen for your house is perfect.
    If I had to call my home, I would call it: "RAINBOW."
    I love rainbows!
    Thank you for sharing your heartfelt comments in my blogs, Crystal!
    You are a super friend. Your daughter's birthday is soon coming up.
    Please, say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO FEMIA from me!!
    God be with you and those you love, my sweet friend, Crystal.
    In God's Vineyard,
    Poet Starry Dawn.

  6. Oh, it made me wish to visit your lovely home:) oh my, that is a good idea. Maybe I call my home " lovenest" want this home to be filled with Gods love. Beautiful lyrics of the song too. Thanks for showing us your home. I feel that i come closer to you:)

    1. You are welcome and always will be... blessings sent your way today.

  7. Dear Crystal, what a endearing thing to do--name your home. In the past, I've given names to the cars I drive and the computers I use, but never to my home. Now why didn't I think of that? The name for your home is lovely and I do visualize peace there. Now I need to think of an appropriate name for my home that will say what it has come to mean to me.

    Thank you for showing us photographs of your home. I never realized that there they were built on "stilts" or why this would be so. Oh, it's wonderful to learn about the whole, wide world. Thank you. Peace.

    1. Hi Dee, Let us all know what you name yours... I thought on it a lot.
      Love and blessings.. x

  8. That is a pretty name - how do you pronounce - Karinya?

    1. I say Ka-rin-ya. Some may say car-inya. I am going to have a timber plaque made with the name on it. xx

  9. That is a beautiful name for a beautiful home. I name everything...but have not thought up a name for the apartment. My last home was called Secret Haven. It was hard to find.:)

  10. Oh what a beautiful home and so comfy.. I love the name and what it stands for.. I hadn't really given it much thought on naming ours but you've given me something to think about..Blessings

    1. Let us all know if you find a name. I had an Italian friend years ago and their place was called Bella Vista (beautiful view).

  11. House of Peace, I like that!! I have not considered naming our house, but perhaps house of blessing would be a good name.
    Thank you for sharing at "Tell Me a Story." I am beginning to read your book. Today I go for a check up on my heart and will take it with me to the Drs office.

    1. Thats a good name also. I used to call a car I owned, My prayer chariot as it took me everywhere with Gods work. I have never felt as close to a car since. I pray all is well with your heart. xx

  12. What a beautiful name for a house. They say that what you call something eventually becomes it. Blessings to you and your home.

    1. Thank you Anne,I have never know that things become as called. Actually, in the Bible it does say, "As a man thinketh, so he is." xx
      So names and words are important.

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  14. Nice flowers, kitchen...really neat to see them

  15. What a beautiful name for a home. And your home prayer is so special. Now I'm trying to think of a name for mine!

  16. Hi Crystal Mary,
    I love that passage from Romans. It points me to having other people on my heart. Thanks for sharing this post.


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