Home, it can have so much meaning. Home is where the heart is, home is where you can always go. Home is comfort, home is safe. Creating that inviting environment where even your guest feel at home.
I think back to the years before my kids were born and see all the wonderful times I was able to create that inviting space for guests that have come to stay. We have had a few people come to stay at our home for a variety of reasons, but whatever that reason we have striven to create a welcoming place of salvation for their rest and relaxation. I was always amazed at their reactions on a weekend morning when my husband had cooked up pancakes and bacon (I am not the breakfast cook in the house, he gets full credit for the amazing pancakes). The look of awe over something that happens each weekend for us, it is pretty much a given that pancakes will be made on at least one morning of the weekend. It is this type of environment that everyone can feel welcomed as a part of the family.
Though I have a smaller house than some I have worked to create an inviting space. A space where my kids love to play and the adults can sit and chat. We used to love hosting game nights where we would host a dinner then spend a few hours playing a board game at the kitchen table. After having kids it seemed to be set aside. After reading The Lifegiving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson I aspire to bring back those inviting events I have let slip. It has reminded me the importance of gatherings and celebrations.
This book is filled with the amazing ways that Sally and her husband Clay created this loving and inspiring space wherever they were. Sarah’s take on things as her child is a true testament to the creation of the home. Each chapter offers insight on a different month of the year, though I recommend reading this book as a whole the first time because there are so many wonderful tidbits that would be great for any time of the year.
There are things to come for my household after reading this book. I have started a notebook of ideas for my lifegiving home. There are some simple things that I have already crossed off my list, such as having tea and coffee readily available for any visitor and the continuation of weekend pancakes.
As my children grow I am sure there will be more we will implement, like musical lessons and celebrations of achievements. I am not wishing the time away to get to those, just planning ahead for all the wonderful things to come.
Sally and Sarah have done an amazing job in creating this book that helps me feel at home in just reading about the ways they have setup their home wherever they were.
What have you done in your home to create a lifegiving space? Let me know in the comments, I would love to share more ideas on creating a lifegiving home.
The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming
There is also a companion guide to help you work through the book, I do not currently have this book but may pick it up at my next opportunity.