Wednesday, January 15, 2014

turning in

I put my ear up to the beehive last week, to listen to the gentle hum of the bees vibrating inside, staying warm. The mornings are bitter cold and windy, and it has my attention focused more back inside my home too, longing to tidy up and cozy up and settle in until spring. I confess there are days I long to just sit and knit, but for now I need to be content with a few rows here and there.

I've struggled with "decorating" our home ever since we moved here a few years ago now - other projects (or babies, as the case may be) always seem to demand the time and attention and funds I was going to give to painting and making this house more "ours." So, the furnishings are simple and walls still mostly bare, but these walls are ours and each passing season has me feeling more and more at home here. I've had a few good cleaning, tidying, and rearranging sessions over the past month, which always helps the same old stuff feel refreshing again. Mostly, I'm just striving for a peaceful home, one that calms and nourishes us even during times of stress. Just writing that down is a good start, I think. 




13 comments:

  1. A peaceful home is a very good thing and I like simple and sparse when it comes to furnishing and decorating! :)

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  2. No, really, that little boy is already THAT big?! Really?! Wow.

    And I can quite relate to this post. Matt and I have big plans for painting and making our place more "ours," too. But, there will be time for that. And if not I've been quite enjoying the adventures none the less. I did finally rip down a dreadful wallpaper boarder in my craft room. Really that just made it more obvious that I need to paint, but it already feels more like me.

    I've always thought your home looked quite inviting and comfortable in the little snippets I've been able to see. I think that feeling is so often more about the people that the fixtures.

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly with you, Beth! (And, yes, he is growing fast!)

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  3. Follow up: How long have you guys been at your place?

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  4. You place looks so much more calm than our ours! I have to shovel toys and bits of paper that Ev has been drawing on to find somewhere to sit eat night!
    As to home improvements they say that once you've lived with it for three months then you stop seeing the problems (thats why I've got two doors that still need painting!

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    1. Oh, don't be fooled, we've plenty of that here, too ;) We're in trouble, then, since we've long since passed the three month mark!

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  5. I think it's great your children have been the priority over decorating. That's a very good distraction to claim! Things will fall into place. The most important part is that you feel at home, peaceful and rested when in your home.

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  6. Decorating with children is more beautiful :)

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  7. I've always wondered who has kids and doesn't have a dog! Love the dog picture with baby in the high chair. That's our smaller dogs favorite place to sit!

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