Like everyone else our family has been battling the flu. I don’t like to spend much time complaining about things like that, but I can’t pretend this nasty virus cycling it’s way around our family the past two weeks has not made me weary.
I am the kind of person who likes to keep moving. I love projects, getting things done and seeing results. If you have children and have had any type of illness this winter you know that life can change just like that. Your plans for the day can quickly change and turn into an afternoon of chicken noodle soup and fever monitoring.
Times like this I have learned to let things be as they are. To put my ambitions aside and let the current status of illness be what it may and ride it out. It used to be a lot harder for me to give up “my list” or “my day” but since my children have started school I have began to see how God uses sick days and snow days to nurture and sooth parts of myself and my children that otherwise can get overlooked in the rush of our day to day hustle and bustle..
All of this time these paste few weeks at home doing the small, one step at a time type tasks have been good for my heart. I realized something last week.
One of my greatest passions is the home.
When we were first married I thought it was all about the way your house looked and now I realize how much deeper the roots of home go beyond just its appearance.
I have been helping one of my friends with her home the past couple weeks. We have been purging and working on problem areas that cause stress for their entire family. My hope is, that when we are finished their home serves them well and they enjoy their home and points of tension have been removed. It has been really fun for me to implement ideas that I have learned over the years. Every woman I know wants to love and thrive in their home.
Whether you are a working, stay at home or an all over the place mom like me you want your home to be a refuge for your family and a place where they find rest after a long day.
I think my heart for the barn and our sale stems from that passion. It brings me pure joy to see women and men just like me being creative and buying things that are going to serve a purpose or bring beauty to their home and family.
I believe homes are important and they go beyond walls. I feel a sense of “home” every time I pull in the driveway at my parent’s farm. When I have the windows open and air out the house occasionally I will catch a scent that takes me back to my childhood home when my mother did the same thing.
My kids are still pretty young, but I love learning the ways that make them feel special and being intentional about pursuing their hearts. For my oldest it is hands down it is food and me cooking for him. Who knows maybe one day the smell of his favorite meal will remind him of home and give him a sense of comfort.
Homes are sacred and special and I am grateful to be a part of yours whether it be by design, the barn, or through the screen. Y’all mean so much to me and I hope that whether you are caring for sick ones today, repainting your bedroom, or cooking dinner you are thriving in your home and loving that special space.