Beautiful, intentional spaces, Nurturing relationships

Happy New Year!

My kitchen in the morning is one of my favorite places to be. Sunlight is streaming in, reflecting off the snow outside. The beauty in this moment takes my breath away.

It’s 14 degrees outside, but I am warm and cozy as I sit at my breakfast nook. The L-shaped banquette bench was built over the baseboard heaters, ensuring that my buns stay toasty as I sip my morning coffee. God bless the wizard of wood who built them for us last year!

See that pen cap by the bench? (It’s just to the right of the dirt and the dog hair.) It landed there during dinner last night. Beanie was playing with a pen, and that piece shot off, hit me, and landed right there on the floor. We laughed and laughed at her reaction! My favorite people gathered around my favorite place enjoying a simple dinner and each other’s company, another blessing that I cannot soak in enough.

2017 was tough. I had one of the worst stretches since I was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines six years ago. I had a scary reaction to a new medication, but my neurologist was quick to make a change again. After all of that new medicine was out of my system, I felt reborn. A bump in one of my oldest meds gave me some pain free stretches, and I brought out the paint again! Bathroom, kitchen, some furniture! I admit, I overdid it, but how wonderful was it to create again! An HM attack hit me during The Hubs holiday party for work, and I’ve been limping along (literally) ever since.

This is one reason why home is so important to me. It is a sanctuary where I can hide when I feel bad and a canvas where I can create when I feel better. In 2018, I want to focus on peace and purpose in my home. Yep, that probably means cleaning and decluttering before decorating. Stress is a big HM trigger, so this also means cleaning and decluttering myself too. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” I have My Utmost for His Highest and a couple of the Love Dare books to read through. I’m ready and willing.

Wishing you peace, purpose, and joy in your home in 2018.

It’s good to be home.


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