“This home is the backdrop to simplify life, slow us all down, and teach our children about stewardship and the traditions that define our family.”
“All beautiful things work well together.”
“Every place I turn here, there is something that makes me smile.”
(quotes from Country Living magazine)
Before I get started on my day, I wanted to share another journal with you. I started this one about 6 years ago as a way to have all my homemaking inspiration in one spot. I use old magazines and photos to fill it with quotes, articles, lists, my own thoughts, and ideas. I add to it every once in a while, when I’m in the mood. I sit down with a glue stick, a pair of scissors, a pen, a stack of old magazines, and catalogues. Then I clip, glue, and scribble away! There are no rules! It’s all for me!
If you looked in it you would see the things that inspire me to make my house a home. The front cover is dark green and on it I glued this quote:
If walls could talk, we’ve often thought, what stories they would tell.
But if we’re slow to grasp the message of an open front door,
a clean-scrubbed floor, or a handmade object comfortable
with its age and imperfections, perhaps we’re just not
listening well. The language of a house is visual.
The soul of a house is memory. And it speaks to the heart.
(Here’s a peek inside:)
This is an article about the importance of raising kids to love nature.
The photo is of my Dad giving small Ethan and small Jacob a tractor ride.
“What feels like home?”
“As children, we were not busy making money, keeping appointments,
and meeting deadlines. Memories of our youth may bring to mind places
where we could enjoy simply being.
Bringing these memories to the creative process of design
may help make your house feel like a home—
the place your heart holds dear.”
Creativity and fiestaware!
Windchimes (because our homes extend to the outdoors!)
“Make time for you”
I loved the basket idea. . .put a bunch of things in it that appeal to you–journal and pen, stationary, flowers, a book, pretty napkin, etc, and have them ready in a basket, to carry to your special quiet place.
Aprons! “Every apron tells a story”
My friends Lea Ann and Joanna know about this journal and they send me articles sometimes. I love it when they jot little notes on the pages. . .I glue them in my book and a part of them is now included. It always surprises me how much they know me. Lea Ann made me laugh when she sent a clipping from a magazine about chicken coops! Joanna even had this journal at her house for a few months, to look at and add to. My homemaking journal is something I enjoy and it has helped me fall in love with feathering my nest. Don’t you think that a beautiful home pleases God? Homemaking is not a waste of time!
I encourage you to enjoy your HOME today– the smell of a burning candle, the warmth of the sun shining through your windows, the peaceful feeling of a quiet spot (even if you only have one like me, LOL). Make your home a feast for your senses——
taste (like an inviting bowl of candy), touch (a clean soft blanket draped on the back of the couch), see (photos everywhere), hear (beautiful music and the sound of your loved one’s voices), smell (coffee and bacon). . . . . .