-The Lifegiving Home
In our early years of marriage, I was so busy as a full-time college student, working part-time, and spending time with my husband around his schedule as a police officer (shout out to police wives everywhere- love ya!) that I didn't really focus on creating a home. But after Reed arrived and I landed my first teaching job, I really wanted to make our house feel like a haven for my family. The Life Giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming, by Sally and Sarah Clarkson, has been my handbook for the past two years in working through this process.
This book is AMAZING! It is soul food material not only because it is teaching me how to create a Christ-centered home for my family, but it also offers some really great parenting advice. The mother-daughter authors who organized the book provide home-making insights and parenting ideas for every season.
Sally and Sarah's love for Jesus is central to everything they offer. They hone in on themes of welcome, safety, knowledge and wisdom, beauty, relationship, nourishment, and rest.
"For children [and I would add, husbands], Convalescence can be a time of great tenderness, when despite their discomfort they know themselves to be highly valued and cared for."
Everyone in this home should feel very, very valued and incredibly cared for at this point in the spring. Moving on!
Each new chapter in the book presents a new month of beautiful reminders, ideas to connect with your family of any age, and seasonal approaches to creating an atmosphere of belonging and becoming in the home. I am still not a Martha Stewart, but I've come a long way. Check it out: lifegivinghome.com/