Do you ever have days where you feel so incredibly blessed that you can barely contain your joy? I sure hope so! Well, I'm having one of those days! Why? Absolutely no reason in particular; there is no big check in the mail, no fancy vacation to look forward to, or no party to attend. I am just so acutely aware of all that the Lord has blessed me with and my heart just overflows with joy!
We are having such glorious weather on this late October day. Vivid blue skies, white puffy clouds, and the occasional leaf can be seen dancing gracefully to the ground. Every window in our home is open and the gentle breezes are coming through, curtains rustling, fresh air being welcomed in. As I read my book and sip my tea a sense of deep gratitude flows over me. It is my prayer that I never become too busy or too preoccupied that I can't stop and appreciate these blessings. One of the biggest gifts you can give yourself is to develop an appreciation for the seemingly little and ordinary things of life.
I am such a creature of habit, as are most of us are, I believe. I love the ordinariness of my days. Our home has a rhythm as does each member that resides within. There is nothing I love doing more than being at home and caring for my family...... nothing! I am a born "putterer" and I love nothing better to walk about the familiar floors of our home thinking of ways to "cozy" it up.
Adding a small basket of colorful mums can always brighten up our table as well as our mood! Baking a delicious loaf of banana bread not only pleases my family taste's buds, it will also welcome them home with a wonderful, pleasing aroma. Fluffing pillows, washing quilts and polishing furniture until it gleams are all such little things, but they are all acts of love. Delicious stew is bubbling away on the stove while golden, buttered biscuits are ready to be placed in a basket which contains a beautiful embroidered cloth. Silver shining, candles lit, heads bowed in prayer. Clothes hung out to dry and then lovingly put away in cedar lined drawers, big fluffy towels to dry off with, warm afghans to cuddle up in and the fireplace glow to read by. These are just a few of the things that bring so much joy to my heart. These are the things that money can't buy. These are the things that are created out of love. These are things that make a house a home!