Oct 23, 2014

Make Your Home a Haven From the World - Day 19

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Say I love you often.  Don't hesitate to let your family know how much you care about them.  And more importantly, show them through your actions that they are the most important people in your life.

*This is a 31 days series:  Make Your Home a Haven From the World.  I will be writing on this topic every day for the month of October.  Click on the link on the sidebar to read the previous day(s) posts.

Make Your Home a Haven From the World - Day 18


Early every morning, before anyone leaves for work or school, we gather our family together to read from the scriptures.  Some mornings it's rushed and there is little discussion afterwards.  But other mornings, we get into great discussions about praying, or listening to the spirit, or following the Prophet.  It's amazing!  I love the spirit that it brings into our home.  I know the Lord blesses and strengthens our home and each individual member of our family when we read from the scriptures daily.

*This is a 31 days series:  Make Your Home a Haven From the World.  I will be writing on this topic every day for the month of October.  Click on the link on the sidebar to read the previous day(s) posts.

Make Your Home a Haven From the World - Day 17

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Using a nice tone of voice when you speak to others is something I've been trying to teach my children a lot lately.  It makes such a difference in the way you say something if you say it softly and with patience vs. sarcastically or harshly.  The outcome in communicating with each other is so much nicer when you use a nice tone of voice.  Family relationships can become stronger as we speak in kind tones and the spirit is more abundant in the home.  I love this scripture found in Proverbs 15:1 "A soft answer turneth away wrath:  but grievious words stir up anger."

*This is a 31 days series:  Make Your Home a Haven From the World.  I will be writing on this topic every day for the month of October.  Click on the link on the sidebar to read the previous day(s) posts.

Oct 22, 2014

Make Your Home a Haven From the World - Day 16

(Norman Rockwell - Thanksgiving Dinner)

Family traditions definitely make a home feel like heaven.  You know, all those fun things you get to do with your family, the things you look forward to...  For example, every Friday night we do pizza and movie night.  The tradition started for us over six years ago.  My husband was away from home doing some training for his job for about five months, but he got to come home every weekend.  So to celebrate having him home, we started having pizza every Friday night.  Then we'd eat treats and watch a movie.  To this day, we still do this and it's the perfect fun start to the weekend.  

We also have holiday traditions.  Like... we buy a REAL Christmas tree every year and we hunt for it together as a family, the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving.  We watch "White Christmas"  every year while we decorate the tree.  For Thanksgiving, it's usually just our family, but the tradition is to make a whole weekend worth of Thanksgiving food so that we can have left overs for days!  This way we don't have to cook for the next four days and can just enjoy the holiday weekend.  

We created a new tradition a couple of years ago to go camping at the same place every July.  We ride horses, go fishing, roast marshmallows and Star Bursts.  It's tons of fun.  

Traditions don't have to be based around holidays though, just like how I mentioned that we eat pizza for dinner every Friday night, we also do chores around the house every Saturday morning.  We read scriptures as a family every morning before we leave the house.  We go around the table at dinner time and share two things that we're grateful for (Usually.  Sometimes we forget.)  Traditions are just things you do all the time together.  Routines.

I think traditions bond family members together.  They create lasting memories and a feeling of family unity.  That bonding, that family unity, those memories, they make those walls that surround you and your family, feel like heaven on earth!

*This is a 31 days series:  Make Your Home a Haven From the World.  I will be writing on this topic every day for the month of October.  Click on the link on the sidebar to read the previous day(s) posts.

Make Your Home a Haven From the World - Day 15

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I love the powerful influence for good that music can have in the home.  

On school days, as we're all hustling and bustling around the house to get to school/work on time, I like to play a classical music/Mormon Tabernacle Choir kind of blend on Pandora.  It calms a bit of the bustling going on, and my momma/wife heart hopes that it will send my loved ones out into the world filled with the spirit and ready to conquer all the adversary throws at them each day.  

On Saturday mornings, as we're crossing off each and every chore that must get done, we play some Taylor Swift or Selena Gomez stations on Pandora to keep us in an upbeat cleaning mood.  It makes you want to dance with a broom or scrub a little faster.

As I tidy up the house during the week, I like to play some Ella Fitzgerald or Bing Crosby on Pandora.  It's fun, classy, calming...  it makes me feel like I've stepped back in time.  It's my happy housewife music.  :)

Good music can do so much to bring us together as a family, help motivate us for good, and bring the spirit of the Lord into our hearts.  Man, I'm grateful for the role that music plays in my home. 


*This is a 31 days series:  Make Your Home a Haven From the World.  I will be writing on this topic every day for the month of October.  Click on the link on the sidebar to read the previous day(s) posts.

Oct 14, 2014

Make Your Home a Haven From the World - Day 14


I love this painting by Norman Rockwell.  What a welcoming crew that soldier has there!  I think it's important to be intentional about our greetings in our comings and goings with our family. 

Hug them and tell them you love them when they leave.  Wish them luck with whatever they have going on in their day! When family members come home, be careful not to carry on with the ever growing to-do lists.   (I'm not always perfect in this area.)  Stop what you're doing, acknowledge that your loved one is home.  Tell them you missed them.  Kiss their cheeks.  Ask them about their day.  Heck, put on a little lip stick or brush your hair a little before your husband gets home from work.  Bottom line, make your loved ones feel important, whether they're coming or going.  What a happy place they'll hate to leave, but love to return to at the end of every day!

*This is a 31 days series:  Make Your Home a Haven From the World .  I will be writing on this topic every day for the month of October.  Click on the link on the sidebar to read the previous day(s) posts.

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