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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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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Making Your Home a Haven {Week 1} Plus a Year Supply of Yankee Candles Giveaway!

Making Your HOme a haven week 2

Welcome back to the 4th Annual “Making Your Home a Haven” 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. Enthusiasm and excitement infect other people: expectancy that God can intervene […]

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Making Your Home a Haven Fall Challenge is Back with an iPad Mini Giveaway!

Making Your Home a Haven week 1

Welcome to the 4th Annual “Making Your Home a Haven” Fall Challenge. If you’ve been around a while – you know all about this fall challenge and might already have your candle going right now! This year is going to be the biggest Fall Challenge we’ve ever had because – {cue the confetti} we are celebrating the launch of my JUST RELEASED THIS WEEK – book titled: Women Living Well ~ Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids and Your Home. And the publisher has teamed up with me to give out some amazing gifts to WLW readers!!!!  {squeal […]

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Making Your Home a Haven – Week 4 ~ Decorating

Making Your Home a Haven week 4

    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 winter season with scenery that is just gorgeous! If you live where it snows, the fresh fallen snow and icicles display God’s glory! Think about the crackle of ice and snow below your feet as you walk – the same crackle sound you heard when you were 5 you hear at 55. There is a continuity about the remembrance of the crisp air and the smell of pine that gives me peace.  In […]

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