Making Your Home a Haven {Week 4 – A Cozy Warm Kitchen}

Candles on  vintage tray with nuts and pumpkin on wooden background

This week is our final week in the Making Your Home a Haven Series.  I cannot believe how quickly it flew by!!! Here comes Thanksgiving and Christmas – oh my!!! But first – let’s finish off this month strong with… This week’s challenge: Focus on the kitchen, the heart of the home. Cook things with pleasant aromas like homemade bread, pies, and cookies. Don’t wait to have a reason to make something special – do it simply to show love to your family. Invite your kids and/or hubby to cook along side of you – make memories in the kitchen […]

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Making Your Home a Haven – Week 3 {Family Fun Night}

Clue

As a little girl, every night my family ate a home cooked dinner around the dinner table. We weren’t allowed to watch television and my mom always took the phone off the hook so there were no distractions. But on a few special nights, my mom would put a table cloth on the family room floor and she served dinner there. The change of pace, the ability to watch television while we ate, and a family game afterwards — made for much excitement in the eyes of this little girl. And so the apple doesn’t fall too far from the […]

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Making Your Home a Haven {Week 2 – Music}

Candles on  vintage tray with nuts and pumpkin on wooden background

Music. It has a strange effect on people.  Certain songs can flood our minds with good memories.  Others can touch a painful and tender place deep inside of us where we’ve been hurt and bring tears.  Others make us lift our hands in worship while other songs just make us all want to boogie! lol! Edith Shaefer says “There is a charm in making music together which not only stimulates interest and creativity, but which breaks through whining and fussing and clears the atmosphere.” Music changes the atmosphere of our homes. In our home, soft piano music plays 24/7.  Yes, […]

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What Type of Environment Are You?

dryer arriving

Welcome to Week 1 of the Making Your Home a Haven 5th Annual, Fall Challenge! Edith Shaeffer says: “We are an environment, each one of us. We are an environment for the other people with whom we live, the people with whom we work, the people with whom we communicate…our conversations, attitudes, behavior, response or lack of response, hardness or compassion, our love or selfishness, joy or dullness, concern for others or self pity – all these things make a difference to the people who have to live in our environment.” Have you ever considered that YOU are an environment?  What type of environment are […]

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Making Your Home a Haven Fall Challenge Is Back!

Candles on  vintage tray with nuts and pumpkin on wooden background

Welcome to the 5th Annual “Making Your Home a Haven” Fall Challenge. If you’ve been around a while – you know all about this series and might already have your candle going right now! But if you are a newbie – you might be surprised that I’m launching two series simultaneously – the first is the Reading Through the Bible Series and this month we are in the book of Genesis (find the printable bookmark and reading plan here)  and then the second is this new Fall Series. Oh friends, we don’t want to just read God’s word – we […]

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Unseen Hands

Unseen Hands

As I walked into my daughter’s bedroom, I picked up dirty laundry from the floor.  I carried it to the bathroom chute and dropped it in, then hung some towels and wiped up a toothpaste mess.  I proceeded into my son’s room for some straightening and then to my own.  Downstairs, I emptied 2 trashcans and a laundry basket and a suitcase from my husband’s business trip that week. Thousands of times, I’ve picked up dirty laundry, straightened towels and emptied trash cans – virtually unseen. Of course when I don’t do these things – everyone sees the overflowing trash […]

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The Women Living Well Book Club – Chapters 19, 20 & Conclusion

never seek to be someone else you are amazing

  Hooray!  We have arrived to the FINAL post of the Book Club.  If you missed a week – no worries – this Wednesday I will post all the links to the archived posts from the book club, so you have easy access to it. So let’s finish strong friends! First up – the final video.  In this video I discuss two things – 1.) I have received emails telling me what is missing from my book – so in this video I answer one of these issues (there are more that maybe I’ll consider writing on later) and 2.) […]

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The Women Living Well Book Club – Chapters 16-18 {My Struggles With Homemaking}

Chapters 16-18 My struggles with homemaking

Let’s Discuss Chapters 16-18 In today’s video I share my struggle to fit “homemaking” in, in the midst of homeschooling and blogging: (If you cannot see this video – click here) Think back to when you were a child.  Was there a home that you LOVED visiting?  Maybe it was your grandmother’s or an Aunt’s or maybe it was a friend’s house or a neighbor’s. What made that home seem special through your eyes?  Was it Pottery Barn Furniture (I love Pottery Barn by the way, so I’m not dissing it ) or the squeaky clean bathrooms – or was […]

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When Your Home Does Not Feel Like a Haven

When your home does not feel like a haven

In 2010, after finishing our very first – “Making Your Home a Haven” Fall Series – I wrote this post. I wrote this post because I know…I know that there are many who lit candles, prayed, tried to plan game nights and prepared cozy dinners …but you are discouraged.  Your home STILL does not feel like a haven. There is a self-talk that rattles around inside the brains of women – yes, even Christian women who long to live out God’s word in their homes.  I know because my brain does it too…and here’s what it says… {From the archives} […]

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Making Your Home a Haven {Week 4} & A Pottery Barn Giveaway!

Making Your HOme a haven week 4

We are to our final week of our Making Your Home a Haven Fall Series…and the holidays are almost upon us! First up, Thanksgiving and on the heels of Thanksgiving is Christmas!  And typically with the holidays comes decorating.  I so desire to make my home warm and cozy for the family. Think for a moment about how God has surrounded us in the fall season with scenery that is just gorgeous! If you live where trees change colors, the bright reds, oranges and yellows on the trees display God’s glory! Think about the crackle of dry leaves below your feet […]

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Making Your Home a Haven {Week 3} Plus a Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway

kitchen aid mixer giveaway

  This week’s Challenge:  Focus on the kitchen, the heart of the home.  Cook things with pleasant aromas  like homemade bread, pies, and cookies.  Don’t wait to have a reason to make something special – do it simply to show love to your family. Invite your kids and/or hubby to cook along side of you – make memories in the kitchen – test tasting, being creative, laughing and loving. Remember the importance of dinner time around the table as a family. Work on showing love to your family this week.   This is such a fun time of the year for cooking.  The holidays mean we […]

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Making Your Home a Haven {Week 2} Plus a 10-Pack of Games Giveaway

Game night

Welcome back to the 4th Annual “Making Your Home a Haven” Fall Challenge. You all are doing great!!!  Let’s keep the candles and prayers going this week and add in this challenge. Week 2 Challenge: – Plan a Family Fun Night.   Have a pillow party in the family room and get out every blanket and pillow in the house and be cozy with the kids and your hubby! Even if you live alone you can do this. Enjoy a cozy evening of hot cider and caramel corn.  Bust out some old fashioned games and take the time to savor these moments with […]

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