Spending Time as a Family {Week 3 – Making Your Home A Haven}

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Welcome to Week 3  – Spending Time as a Family, Making Your Home a Haven 5th Annual, Fall Challenge ~ with WholeHearted Home joining in!!

When I was a little girl our way of spending time as a family was to either go swimming or go butterfly catching. All of us have gone swimming as a family but who has ever gone on an outing looking for butterflies?! We actually had a butterfly net for each of us and mounted the butterflies for display.

Once I had my own family we made some of new memories. I always liked the name of Gloria Gaither’s book, ‘Let’s Make A Memory‘ because that is what I hoped to be making with our children.

It isn’t easy. The work and even tension involved in raising a family is endless and it has to be an intentional thing to set aside time as a family. I hope my children will remember the fun more than the moments of stress because, let’s face it, that’s life and sometimes life is hard.

Here are some of the things we did to spend time with our children. What we did was usually simple but kids are amazing because they think even the little ideas are a ton-of-fun!!

Family Birthday Party

Keep it simple.

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There were nine of us. That meant that someone had a birthday, seven months out of the year. One month was jammed packed with three birthday’s, so we were ‘partied’ out before the month was half done!

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I cooked a special meal. That’s not too hard when kids love hamburgers or hot dogs.

Then I would make a homemade cake and decorate it. I don’t decorate the best but spending time with your children isn’t about doing things perfectly. It is about spending time with them.

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Taking Walks Along the River

Maybe you don’t have a river but have a lake, ocean, or park to explore.

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We had a small river at the bottom of our road. For 21 years, I would take the children for a walk down along the river and let them explore, catch crayfish, throw rocks, or fall in. Those are special  memories in my mind and hold a special place in my heart.

Do you spend time with your children outside?

Going on Family Camping Trips

We went on many family camping trips for many years. We camped in tents and later had a popup camper. Camping isn’t exactly easy but we would  have it no other way. It was the one way we could afford to go on vacation with our children.

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We have camped in New York State, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Vermont, Cape Cod, Maine, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and maybe that is all.

We have been through caves, to the Atlantic Ocean, lakes, mountains, rivers, hiking through the woods, and countless other adventures while camping.

We took two canues and had a great time on the water.

Not every moment was perfect but doing special things with your children will give them memories to hang on to when adult life gets tough.

Reading Aloud as a Family

Another thing we did to spend time as a family was to read books aloud in the evening. We started doing this when our oldest son was 4 months old. Yes, that young!!

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We would read fun books but we would also read more serious books as they got a little older about missionaries or famous people in history. Sometimes we read about people you would not always hear about in a normal history book.

There isn’t any child who doesn’t like to snuggle up with their mom or dad and a book. At least when you get them used to it. If children spend too much time watching TV or videos, they will have an extremely short attention span with books until balance is found.

Spending time with your children doesn’t have to be something complicated. For me even the simple was often overwhelming on top of the piles of laundry it took to keep our family running smoothly.

Simple is best.

How do you spend time with your family? Remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple is just as fun!!

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Sarah, Laughing At The Impossible {Genesis 18}

Laughing At The Impossible {Genesis 18}

“Is anything too hard for the LORD?” ~Genesis 18:14~

Three heavenly visitors dropped by Abraham and Sarah’s tent for lunch one day and encouraged them to have faith in the promise that they would have a son. If you have been following the story, this was the third time God had told Abraham that he would have a son.

Sarah, overhearing the men talk, laughed!!

At ninety, this was just impossible and Sarah just couldn’t believe it. This isn’t the whole story because if you look at Hebrews 11:11 you will see that her name is listed along with all of the other heroes of the faith.

“Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.” ~Hebrews 11:11~

After the guests left, Sarah continued to ponder their words that “Nothing is too hard for the LORD” and the Lord gave those words peculiar power which grew in her heart.

Does something in your life seem totally impossible for God?

Do you have a prayer seemingly going unanswered? Is it because you are lacking faith?

What if Sarah hadn’t changed her cynical, unbelieving laughter to power building faith in God to do the impossible?

God created our vast universe and the world we live in. He created things so tiny we cannot see them with our naked eye. Each day the sun rises and sets on time, the planets spin around us without crashing into the earth, and we just don’t even think about it – in all its complexity – yet He is a God who is all-powerful and intimately cares for issues that are infinitesimal in comparison to the vastness of creation.

It was impossible for Sarah to become pregnant but she looked beyond that impossibility and place her faith in God.

This is such a beautiful lesson on the nature of faith. Faith stands fast on God and not on the circumstances that look so bleak. Faith doesn’t stand alone or on nothing. Faith must have a promise to rest upon.

Are your finances impossible?

Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Do you have children who are challenging God’s grace by their lifestyle? Does it seem impossible that that child will ever change?

Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Does something in your life seem totally impossible for God?

Do you have a prayer seemingly going unanswered? Is it because you are lacking faith?

Does is seem hard to be what God wants you to be? Does is seem impossible to become that sweet and forgiving and loving lady filled with patience and grace toward your husband and children? When you know how nasty, impatient, proud, and selfish you can be; it can be hard to believe you can ever change!

Nothing is too hard for the Lord!!

Is there a friend who you want to see saved but it seems they will never trust Jesus?

Keep praying in faith because nothing is too hard for God!

Maybe you have been given a responsibility that you don’t think you have the ability to do.

Is anything too hard for the Lord?

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” ~Luke 1:37~

Sarah was counted faithful “Because she judged him faithful who had promised.” She rested her faith on a promise from God.

Do you have a situation that seems impossible? Will you trust God to do the impossible as nothing is impossible with God?

(If you have children, you might want to link with Debbie over at Bible Fun For Kids for her lesson on Genesis: Abraham and Sarah as you teach your children through the book of Genesis.)

Photo Credit: Used with permission from Debbie Jackson over at Bible Fun For Kids.

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Creative Ways to Use Pumpkins

I want to thank Tauna over at Proverbial Homemaker for contributing today for our Blessed At Home feature every Thursday here at WholeHearted Home. We are sharing about Autumn in our homes and families during the month of October as we exchange the warmth of summer for the cool crisp days ahead. I know you will be blessed by what Tauna shares.

Pumpkins

It’s fall, and that means lots and lots of pumpkins! We love all the different colors and types of pumpkins. There are so many things to do with them as well.

Here are some ideas for using pumpkins, just to get your creative juices flowing.

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Cook Them!

Of course, baking and pureeing pumpkins can be a tasty way to use them. Even after they have been recently carved or painted, they can be recycled in this way. Don’t forget to clean and roast those pumpkin seeds!

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Make a Turkey Family

The kids and I take our decorative pumpkins off the porch around mid-November and make these simple and fun turkey pumpkins. It’s a lot of fun!

Paint Them

Let the kids paint the pumpkins for a fun and easy craft. If you use washable paint, they can re-do them over and over! Painting patterns with small black or white dots or other geometric patterns is also a pretty way to decorate your porch. Check these out from Lolly Jane.

Create a Pumpkin Mantel

Use small pumpkins to decorate your mantel. All white pumpkins, like these at The Happier Homemaker, can make a simple but elegant decoration. You could also paint letters on them and spell the word THANKS or GIVE.

Make Candle Holders or Votives

A fun way to use the little pumpkins is to drill a hole in the top and put candles in them. They’re great for decorating bathrooms, mantels, or in centerpieces. Here is a basic tutorial at Practically Functional. You could also hollow out a larger pumpkin, fill it with water, and light floating votive candles for a fun decoration.

More Fun Ideas

What are some fun and creative ways that you use pumpkins each year? 

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How To Use Evernote For Spiritual Journaling + Linkup #113

How To Use Evernote for Spiritual Journaling {WholeHearted Home}

For years I have filled out journal upon journal with Bible verses gleaned from my Quiet Time with the Lord Jesus. I have binders and notebooks filled with evidence of what I find precious as I read through God’s Word.

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With my Whole Heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.” ~Psalm 119:10~

Recently I was away from home for an extended period of time and there just wasn’t room in my one small bag for my spiral notebook. That’s when I switched to Evernote for spiritual journaling!!

Evernote is a wonderful digiatal tool for more than just spiritual journaling. Its benefits are endless!!

The people from Evernote say that it is a place for “Your Life’s Work – For everything you’ll do, Evernote is the workspace to get it done!”

I have been using Evernote for at about two years but have just started to tap into its endless advantages. I got started when I read a post about Evernote by Michael Hyatt.

One of them is using Evernote for my spiritual journal.

I love the daily discipline of actually copying out Bible verses by hand. Nothing compares to it.

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When I homeschooled our children, they copied out the whole New Testament for copywork and handwriting.

There is something about writing out Scripture that slows my soul down and helps each word to go deeper into my heart. Even typing does that for my heart.

Why Use Evernote?

  • Evernote is digital
  • It can be downloaded to your desktop and used offline
  • It can also be used online from any place
  • It can be synched with any electronic device you own

Technology is amazing!!

You might use a free program like Open Office or one of the other variations of word processing available.

I find Evernote superior to anything else I have ever used.

That is why I chose it for my spiritual notebook.

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Once you have chosen to download Evernote you can get started with your spiritual journaling.

I have been “Reading Through The Bible” with Good Morning Girls and then “Blogging Through The Bible” each Friday. Having my journal typed has been such an advantage.

  • I journal everyday – there is no need to retype my journal when I draft out my weekly post. All I do is copy and paste.
  • Gather research with ease – with Evernote Web Clipper (Chrome Extention) I can grab and take snap shots of any article or picture I want to add to my “Note” for that day’s Bible reading.
  • Find everything fast – Evernote has A-M-A-Z-I-N-G search capabilities and can find documents, images, and text with lightening speed across all your devices.

  • Capabilities of working together – whether your friends are across the room or around the world you can share your “Notes” with them.

Now, is THAT amazing or WHAT?!

Putting Evernote into Action in Your Spiritual Journal

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Now that you are convinced in using Evernote for your spiritual journal, let’s put some action to what we know. That is the best way to get comfortable with something fast.

Set up a “Notebook” in Evernote for you spiritual journal. This will work no matter what method you are using for your Quiet Time. You might name it Spiritual Journal, or “Reading Through The Bible,” or as I did, ‘Blogging Through The Bible.”

Evernote is about “Notebooks” and “Notes.” Think of this as if it were your spiritual journaling binder. I have just one spiritual notebook in Evernote.

Then I have many “Notes” in my Evernote spiritual journal.

Each day, I am reading a different chapter of the Bible. I start a new “Note” for each chapter or each day. If you are using another method or plan, just name your note by date or topic. Simply choose something that will make your search easiest. That way the digital search engine in Evernote will speedily find any “Note” you need at a given time.

Eventually, my spiritual journaling “Notebook” will have a “Note” for each chapter in the Bible listed under each book. For instance, I will be able to search for my notes on the Tower of Babel rather than sift through a pile of notebooks and binders with scratched out hard-to-read handwriting.

What method are you using to journal your Bible Study?

You ARE reading your Bible, right?

Do you type out your notes for your spiritual journal? Which program do you use?

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5 Books I Am Reading in October

5 Books I am Reading in October {WholeHearted Home}

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I am a writer and a good writers find reading an adventure. Today I am sharing 5 books I am reading in October.

I am not a fast reader and my days are full to the brim with blogging and life. Nevertheless, it is so very important that I carve out even just a little time to read.

A Good Book is Inspiring

  • You to walk the deeper live with Christ
  • Grows your marriage
  • Boosts your creativity
  • Gives you inspiring ideas (writing fodder, if you write)
  • Is relaxing
  • Teaches you something you didn’t know

Just in case you were going to make your own reading list, reading blogs doesn’t count ;-)

I have kept my list short because like I said, I read slow. I did tell you that I read slow, right?!

5 Books I Am Reading in October

  1. With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray – I have read this book before and have benefited from it immensely. He ends each chapter with a prayer. I love this because it makes me long to be able to pray like that. Thankfully God loves even my simple prayers
  2. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman – Would you believe that I never read this book from cover-to-cover? I am intentionally investing in my marriage. Are you?
  3. How To Blog for Profit: Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup – I read this book through a couple times on a long road trip recently. There are many, many wonderful blogging tips to put to use. It is the kind of book you come back to over and over as you implement her ideas.
  4. Simple Blogging: Less Computer Time, Better Blogging by Rachel Meeks – This is a fantastic little book full of practical ideas. I read this book through twice on our road trip as it was pouring rain without much to see.
  5. Boost Your Photography: Learn Your DSLR by Katherine A. McEnaney – I am a wanabe photographer!! No, I don’t have a DSLR camera but it actually is helping me with the Canon Power Shot SX150IS that I do have. I read this book through twice (again on our rainy trip) and now some things are a little clearer than mud!!

What books are YOU reading in October? Have you organized them into a list or do you just pick up a book, read a few lines, put it down and pick up another book?

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The Warmth of Music {Week 2 – Making Your Home A Haven}

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Welcome to Week 2 – The Warmth of Music, Making Your Home a Haven 5th Annual, Fall Challenge ~ with WholeHearted Home joining in!!

I don’t know about you, but I love playing music in our home. It brings a warmth into our home and makes an atmosphere that uplifts our hearts to the Lord in worship.

This week, I am challenging you to bring soothing music into your home that will bring a calming peace of the presence of Jesus to your family’s hearts.

“O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth. Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised.” ~Psalm 96:1-4~

Music can affect your mood and spirit and it can stir your heart in a right or wrong way.

As my children were growing up, the Lord used music to speak to my heart and weed out what wasn’t pleasing to Him. I began to notice the reaction and responses of my children from the time that my oldest was 3 months old.

Ask the Lord to show you what music will be glorifying to Him for your family and home during this coming week.

I like playing hymns and hearing the words sung because they lift my spirit. They can also move my spirit to a depth of emotion as the song directs my heart to the Lord.

When You are Doing Housework

Put on some enthusiastic music that gets you moving. It will also cheer you up and motivate you when maybe you really didn’t feel like cleaning. The right choice of music might even change some grumpy children into cheerful ones.

If You Homeschool or Your Children are Doing Homework

Put on some calming music that will stimulate thinking. Studies show that the right kind of music improves learning. Try it. Children are amazing because they can concentrate even with something else going on (if they want to ;-))

Eating Dinner?

Make sure  your candle is still burning (remember the candle from last week?) and add some soothing background music. Calming music will help to discourage bickering children (and parents.)

Do You or Your Children Play Instruments?

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Encourage your children to take up an instrument if they haven’t already. Did you play an instrument when you were growing up? Start playing it again. It will be a good example to your children. You can also play instruments as a family at church or in a nursing home. Playing an instrument is a wonderful way of worshipping the Lord.

Yes, this is my trombone. I never touched one until just a few years ago. Do you have to play an instrument beautifully? I don’t but it does wonders for my heart!!

I have always remembered that Edith Shafer said how important it is to play an instrument as worship to the Lord whether you play well or not. I would quote her, but I can’t find the book :-(

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Keep the Candles Burning

Now that week one is over, you don’t want to forget to light your candle.

We are adding the new challenge of the warmth of music as we continue to remember to pray for the peace and calming only God can bring into our homes.

“Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.” ~Psalm 37:37~

The candle is just a reminder as it doesn’t really bring peace though it does make me feel peaceful and gives the home a warm glow.

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Did you light a candle this past week? Are you remembering to keep lighting it?

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I burned last week’s candle up, ran out of matches (a real emergency!!) and had to buy more!!

I am using up all my older candles and finding how encouraging just doing a simple thing to brighten up my home does for my spirit. It will do the same for you, no matter what your circumstances.

Here are some simple things I did to decorate. Simple. No Pinterest originality here!!

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I bought these mums and have them INSIDE where I can see them. My husband asked me who gave them to me. I told him, he did!! :-)

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I love the smell of cinnamon when I walk into a room. Just some simple ideas that take just minutes that bring warmth and an atmosphere that says, “You care” to your family.

God is making us a mansion in heaven and why not make our home a haven, right here where we are. It brings peace and calm into our homes though the world shouts disease, famine, wars, and torture.

We may not always have peace where we live, but just a little peace and calming will help prepare us should these things ever come to our doorstep. God will give us grace when we need it.

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Do you bring a warmth into your home with soothing music? If you do, when do you like to play it?

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Babel Began With A Heart Of Rebellion {Genesis 11}

Babel Began with a Heart of Rebellion {WholeHearted Home}

All of us have rebelled against God though we’d rather not think of it that way. Simply not walking in fellowship with God is enough to separate us from Him for all eternity.

It isn’t just that wayward prodigal child that has the heart of rebellion.

Each of us must consider our own heart.

This is a story of a group of people who rebelled against the authority and love of God.

“Nations that once feared God now ignore Him and despise His Word. Children from godly homes are rebelling against the faith of their parents. Not much has changed in the last four thousand years, since Babel.” (Answers in Genesis -The World in Revolt by Mike Matthews on February 4, 2008; last featured June 13, 2010)

This story is a warning against rebellion and a comfort to us to trust God for the outcome of our circumstances.

“And the Whole Earth Was of One Language, and of One Speech” (v. 1)

After the flood, God made it clear to Noah’s descendants to “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” (Genesis 9:1). They really had no intention of spreading out but instead purposed to stay together and pool their resources rebellion.

God had promised never to cover the earth with a flood again (Genesis 9:11). Instead, He uses other ways to curb sin in the hearts of men.

“And They Found a Plain in the Land of Shinar; and They Dwelt There” (v. 2)

Shinar is thought to be in the fertile land of Mesopotamia.

Rebellion has been the intention in each person’s heart since Adam sinned. God knew that it wouldn’t be long until people started to sin and rebel again.

“Let Us Make Brick, and Burn Them Thoroughly” (v. 3)

City building wasn’t new. Tubal Cain was a city builder before the time of Noah (Genesis 4:17-22).

There were no rocks in this fertile plain and they had to make bricks. This required baking the bricks and using mortar to adhere the bricks to each other.

“Let Us Build Us a City and a Tower, Whose Top May Reach Unto Heaven” (v. 4)

It wasn’t building a tower that was wrong, but their intentions were in total rebellion to God.

“Let Us Make Us a Name, Lest We Be Scattered” (v. 4)

They wanted to have a name for themselves instead of giving God the glory. God directly told them to scatter but they intentionally chose to stay together.

If you notice, not one single person who built the Tower of Babel is known by name. Instead God gave the tower a name which it has been known for during the past four thousand years.

Babel!

What confusion!

“And the LORD Came Down to See the City and the Tower” (v. 5)

Nothing escapes God.

There isn’t anything that we do that God doesn’t notice.

Often it seems like people prosper although they are living in total opposition to God.

He is a merciful God and wants us to repent more than He wants to judge us for our sin.

God came down and looked at the city and tower that the builders had made.

Then He stepped in and stopped what they were doing.

“Nothing Will be Restrained From Them, Which They Have Imagined to Do” (v. 6)

God has given man many talents, abilities, and gifts; but when they are not used for His glory and things are accomplished in a person’s own strength it is for his own undoing.

God doesn’t judge people with a catastrophic world wide flood anymore but often will stop a person before their rebellion has gone too far.

“Let Us Go Down, and There Confound (confuse) Their Language, That They May Not Understand One Another’s Speech” (v. 7)

What an incredible way of judging the builders of the tower!!

What a merciful God!

God could have used a catastrophic event that would have wiped them all out! Instead He caused them to all speak in different languages.

Language is such a barrier even today.

“So the LORD Scattered Them Abroad” (v. 8)

If you don’t want to obey God and would prefer to rebel, God’s got that covered!!

Jonah is another example where God redirected Jonah back on course and caused him to obey.

They wouldn’t scatter? God scattered them Himself!

“Therefore is the Name of it Called Babel” (v. 9)

God had the last say!

God named the tower and we don’t know the name of one single person who was involved in building the Tower of Babel.

We have a lesson to learn from this account.

God cares so much about our individual affairs that even if we choose to rebel against Him, He takes notice and will often give us time to repent.

I wonder how many of the builders repented when they experienced God’s judgment in confusing their languages? I’d like to think that even just one person did.

Are you allowing God to direct your path or are you living in rebellion? Do you have a child or person you know that you would like me to pray for?

Photo Credit: Pieter Bruegel the Elder – The Tower of Babel – This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art.

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Bringing Autumn Into Your Home {Blessed At Home}

I want to thank Naomi over at What Joy Is Mine for contributing today for our Blessed At Home feature every Thursday here at WholeHearted Home. We are sharing about Autumn in our homes and families during the month of October as we exchange the warmth of summer for the cool crisp days ahead. I know you will be blessed by what Naomi shares.

Bringing Autumn Into Your Home | What Joy Is Mine | WholeHearted Home

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”  (L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables)

Autumn is my favorite season of the year with winter running a close second. I really appreciate the cooler weather, the pretty colors and the foods we intentionally only eat during this time of the year. Oversized hoodies, falling leaves of red, yellow and orange and delicious soups warm my heart in autumn time. One of the best things I do at this time of the year is bring autumn into my home. It’s so easy, too! Let me share how I accomplish this.

~Colors. Autumn is full of so many beautiful colors: red, orange, yellow, and even brown. Pumpkins are the best way to showcase the orange of fall. Yellows can be found in squash and leaves. Fall flowers and leaves will highlight the red. Indian corn will accentuate the browns and some red. Just by placing these items strategically in and around your home will definitely bring autumn into your home. You can also add wooden sayings about fall and autumn subway art.

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~Aroma. Candles are a good way to add autumn aromas in the home. Scents of cinnamon, pine or apple work well. You can purchase cinnamon scented pine cones and place them in a basket in a room. A good autumn stew simmering on the stove and cornbread in the oven will do the trick, too. How about the baking of an apple pie or pumpkin bread? You can even make your own simmering autumn pot by adding citrus skins, apple slices, cloves and cinnamon sticks to a pot of water and let it slowly simmer all day. Just keep adding water as necessary. Its the smell of the season you are aiming for. Ponder of what makes you think of fall and place that aroma in your home.

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~Taste. There are just certain foods we delight in during this time of the year. I’ve already mentioned delicious stews and soups as a way to add the aroma of autumn to your home, however, they also contribute to the flavors we can prepare to bring the season of fall to mind. Fruit pies, pumpkin breads, cookies and apple butter are sweet treats common to autumn. We eat less hamburgers and hot dogs and more crock pot meals and casseroles. Autumn just begs for meals that warm our heart and fill our bellies. One of our favorite seasonal dishes is homemade Banana Bread Pudding. This recipe definitely brings the taste of autumn into your home.

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As the homemaker, it is my JOY to enliven our home with the beauty autumn brings each year. I love to embrace the fabulous colors, aromas and tastes bringing them into our home for our family to enjoy.

Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” (Elizabeth Lawrence)

How do you bring autumn into your home?

 

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BioButtonNaomi is a daughter of the King of kings. Joyfully married to her best friend. Mother to four lovelies with one sitting at the feet of Jesus. She loves photography, blogging, being active and creative. “Every day should be lived to the fullest unto the glory of God. There is JOY in that.” You can find Naomi blogging at What Joy Is Mine, where she encourages seeking JOY in every day life by God’s grace through His Word and life experiences. She also drops in on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram when time allows. “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:18)

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At the End of the Season + WholeHearted Wednesday #112

At The End of the Season {WholeHearted Home}

I am in a period of transition in my life right now as just days ago, I totally became an empty-nester.

We are at the end of the warm days of summer. Days that we often thought were too hot. How we long for the long days of summer in the middle of the winter!!

When you get to the end of the season of motherhood, you want to look forward with anticipation, not focusing on your failures, and teach those good things that you learned through your imperfections.

I have been doing a lot of reminiscing and often I remember more of my failures as a wife and mother than I do my successes. I suppose that is normal?

Basically, it has taken me all the years of raising our children for me to get my act together!!

Are you worried you’re never going to get your act together?

Do you wonder if your life will ever go smoothly?

I do!!

Looking Ahead

At The End of the Season {WholeHearted Home}Painted Rocks, MI

You may have these same thoughts as you look ahead!

  • What will my future hold?
  • What new ambitions should I go after?
  • Should I work?
  • Should I continue blogging?
  • Should I have some sort of ministry or just serve my husband?
  • Will I be left totally alone?

God wants my total trust in Him as I look to the future.

And He wants your trust too for whatever your future holds whether you are a single woman, mother, grandmother, or widow.

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6~

Moving On to an Unknown Tomorrow

Moving On to an Unknown Tomorrow

George Beverly Shea used to sing a song called, “I Don’t Know About Tomorrow . . . I just live from day-to-day . . .” As in any season of my life, I don’t know about tomorrow.

I am moving on to capture a dream that I have had since I was young.

I wanted to become that Titus 2 woman who would encourage younger women.

So, here I am looking into my tomorrow that I don’t know about with anticipation for it instead of anxiety over it.

Yes, it makes me very sad that the end of the season where seven children filled our home with noise to have ended.

I hope to pass on what I have learned, not so much because I was nearly perfect, but because I wasn’t. perfect. at. all!!

I have learned so many lessons that helped me to grow in peace and patience because those were qualities that I did NOT have.

I hope to continue to share them here on my blog as the months and days keep moving on.

What would you like me to share about to encourage YOU in the middle of your season?

Moving On!!

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Welcome to WholeHearted Wednesday Linkup #112

You are all so AWESOME to have keep linking up while I was on a break!!! I will try to visit as many as I can this next week. I have missed soo much!!

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Back in July, I shared about the importance of taking a blogging break. I thought it was so important to occasionally take a blogging break that I shared HOW to take a break HERE. If that weren’t enough, I shared about WHAT to DO on a blogging break HERE!!

But guess what? I’m back!!

And blogging will be better than ever for this DIY blogger type of girl.

So, stop by often as I share new things as I get my routine going again after having hardly any internet last week.

Would you like to keep up with me? WholeHearted Home Happenings weekly newsletter will arrive in your inbox each week with a little note from me and a list of posts from the past week (or so.)

If you’d like to follow me on Facebook (Hey, “LIKE” me ;-) ) you will find my page filled with tidbits of interest. Oh! And then there is Pinterest!!

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Making Your Home a Haven: A New Season

Making Your Home a Haven A New Season {WholeHearted Home}

Three years ago I started off blogging under the name, “Haven of Rest” because that is exactly what I wanted my home to be. I will be joining Courtney Joseph as I am just not so very original to have come up with my own fall challenge. There is something special about connecting with other ladies who have the same desire to calm their homes and make it a haven.

Welcome to Week 1 of the Making Your Home a Haven 5th Annual, Fall Challenge ~ with WholeHearted Home joining in!!

Copper Harbor, MI - WholeHearted HomeCopper Harbor, MI on Lake Superior with the ‘wonderful love of my life’, September 30, 2014

A New season Brings Change

Fall isn’t any different as the cooler weather brings crispness to the air as the leaves change to brilliant colors of yellows, oranges and reds.

The color of the trees aren’t so brilliant this year as we enjoyed one last fling of summer as the temperatures soared into the high 80s.

Then it rained.

The leaves drooped and fell to the ground. The ones left on the trees are not as bright and many are a faded green.

I Am In a New Season of My Life

The empty nest thing is definitely here as a few days ago I left my grown children in northern Wisconsin.

The leaves are sort of expressing a change in season as if the trees know that my life has drastically changed!!

Ways that Life Brings Each Us into a New Season

  • Maybe it is a new baby
  • Or the sudden change of your child into the active two’s or three’s
  • Maybe it is a new job for your husband (or you)
  • Or a move to an unfamiliar town or church

So, though your home might be bustling with energy and trying your peace and patience, you too might be in a new season of your life in some way.

I wasn’t always patient and often my day unraveled as the hours and high level of energy of my children slipped slowly by on some days.

I did learn so much through those years and mostly it was how to walk closer to God through it all.

My Challenge for You This Week: That God works Peace and Patience into Your Heart and Haven

  • Before you get out of bed each morning: Thank God for giving you breath and ask Him for grace for the day as you place your feet on the floor. Pray for each member of your family. Thank and praise God for everything.

  • Make your bed (before heading for the kitchen for coffee – better yet, water)

  • Exercise for just 15 minutes: You will help tension and stress to ease (and it wakes you up too!!)

  • Get in God’s Word: I am reading through Genesis, 1 chapter a day, 7 chapters a week with Good Morning Girls and “Blogging Through The Bible” on Fridays.

This is the second year that I have joined this challenge but the first year that I am sharing about it on my blog.

I am lighting a candle on my kitchen table to remind me to pray for peace and patience in my home. I didn’t go out and buy a candle, I am using one I already have. 

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I think my photography skills are lacking, don’t you think?! Working on that one!!

Old habits die hard and I can still create and environment where peace doesn’t rule when my patience runs thin.

Just so you know, I am NOT perfect, though the Bible encourages us to live perfect.

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” ~ Jude 1:24 & 25~

I fail constantly – even though there are just two of us.

I walk as closely with Jesus as I possibly can in each given moment but am prone to fall if I don’t keep my eyes on Him and abide in His presence.

What about you?

What changes are happening in your life, bringing you into a new season?

Do you feel like your emotions are droopy at times?

Keep your eyes on Jesus!!

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