“Everyone who has any talent at all in sketching, painting, sculpturing or carving, should have the opportunity to use that talent. The expression is important for the person, and can tremendously enrich the lives of other people. What can you do?” Edith Shaeffer
I spent a sort of lazy Saturday (but how can anyone be lazy with a large family?) and one of the things I did for a treat was to pick out some books from my shelves to nourish my soul.
Edith Shaeffer reminded me to put meaning and purpose into homemaking, with good meals and staying creative in an artistic way, because we have an artist God.
Reading Nourishing Traditions inspired me to make some small changes in my diet, and in our family meals. Good food=good health
Mary Jane Butters’ books are lovely and interesting for the women who enjoy making their country lives adventurous and beautiful.
I read with fascination, these old favorites of mine, and jotted down some notes in my journal.
“Eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They provide protein of the highest quality and all known vitamins and minerals (except vitamin C)” ~Nourishing Traditions
(what a blessing to have our own flock of chickens for fresh eggs. I’ve been frying myself 3 eggs for breakfast each morning, no toast, just eggs–so satisfying!)
A current favorite verse that “jumped” off the pages of my Bible this weekend::
TO SET THE MIND ON THE SPIRIT
IS LIFE AND PEACE
Caleb, our 7-almost-8 year old, brought home his art journal from school on Friday.
He is in 2nd grade.
I had tears in my eyes the whole time we looked through his book together.
His teacher gave all the students a notebook and every Friday she had a quote, or a question, or an assigned drawing for them to add to it.
By the end of the year, the notebook was full and a precious treasure for Caleb to keep.
Every page was an inspiration and I feel I simply must write to Mrs. Art Teacher to tell her so!
This was my very favorite page, the tears rolled down as I lovingly laughed over his precious writing:
I am so busy that I honestly don’t “do art” in a proper or impressive way. However, adding words and pictures to pages, sitting down to color with the children, watching a soul-inspiring movie, picking and arranging flowers, gardening, putting pretty little touches in the rooms of my home, even lighting a candle or placing cookies on a plate “just so”, does just enough for that creative part of my soul to satisfy! And I think my husband and children appreciate it, too, even if they don’t exactly know it!
Other very small “artful” ideas to beautify life:
a ribbon in Sarah’s pony tail
pretty painted toenails
a necklace and earrings
a vase of flowers in the chicken coop
filling a portfolio notebook with the children’s artwork
blogging and photography
a homemade card, with stickers and (maybe even) glitter
journaling EVERYTHING: gardens, books, daily life, quotes
homemade baked goods and satisfying dinners
collecting the dishes that YOU love (I collect fiestware, my sister loves Spode)
sincerely appreciating art from the children, and displaying it on walls, fridge, etc…..encouraging any creativity from them
small sewing projects
pressing flowers in the dictionary
Sending love and care to each of you on this day. Isn’t it amazing that God loves us all so very much, more than any we can even fathom. He has given each of us our own set of gifts and passions to develop and enjoy for His glory. You are you, and that is a gift to everyone you come in contact with. I am so thankful for each person that I have met here in blogland. This world is full of beautiful people and we need one another to uplift, encourage, and pray.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. I Peter 4:8