Thursday, August 16, 2018

Intentionally Homemaking (updated)

      A Little Place

  "Where shall I work today, dear Lord?"
"Where my love flows warm and free! "        
 He answered and said, "See that little place? 
Tend that place for me."

I answered and said, "oh no, not there!
No one would ever see. No matter how well
my work was done, Not that place for me!"

 His voice,when He spoke, was soft and kind,
He answered me tenderly,
"Little one, search that heart of thine, 
Are you working for them or Me?"

Author Unknown.

Ru-ru's Cello

Lately, I have been giving some deep prayer and thoughts towards my life, home and family.  In the past few months during a very busy time of our lives, I have found myself just getting things done and rushing to the next item on the list.  Accomplishment was the only focus I had by hurrying here and there.  I took a step back and thought over the last few months of the special moments of all the things that I should have been doing in each of my days here at home.  It so easy to become so busy that you loose your focus.

After much thoughtfulness on home-making, I realized that home-making has to be lived intentionally each day.  Intentionally creating a lovely, joyful home atmosphere, simple living, and intentionally cherishing every detail with our children.  Maybe it is to intentionally teaching homemaking skills, or old fashion ways to my daughters.

Ru-ru working on school.

  Even during my busiest moments, I must intentionally apply these things that I desire for our home and into our lives.  Intentionally getting back to simple basics of home and homemaking.   Guarding my time wisely because, just like life once its gone there is no getting it back.

La-la has always loved playing with balloons and balls...I am so thankful this little girl still loves to play. ~ intentionally taking the time to notice her.

There is so much I want to intentionally do each day.  I have found writing in my journal of my thoughts, and prayers towards it is a good start. To get my thoughts, my heart and my prayers together in one place.

Early to bed and early to rise is a good place to start as well. Rising very early will take a toll on you if you're not use to it.    It's my job to discipline myself in rising early before my family awakens.  Rising early will give me my quiet time to gather my thoughts in prayer and reading. It will ensure that my home and family will be well cared for intentionally.   

 Fulfill your time with how you want to live in your home. Is it an old fashion way? Is it to instill homemaking in your daughters hearts? Is it creating a home of love and joy? 

Live each day focused and intentionally while keeping your heart & mind on the Lord. 

Gathering, sewing, teaching, coloring, walks, holding, noticing, playing, smiling, laughing, reading, canning, teaching or whatever it is make every detail in our everyday life intentionally.

One question I ask myself is; how do I want to be remembered as a mother?  One who rushes through her day marking off a to do list or one who intentionally makes each moment of each day count and one that leaves a lasting impression on my family?  

This life of homemaking, of a stay at home mom, of a wife, of a keeper of the home...Do it with passion!

Share your heart with me,
Simply Farmhouse

What you do in your home is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven to our Lord.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Rest & Worship

Sunday, a day I look forward to each week.  I have the honor of teaching 16 precious little souls in my classroom each Sunday. (ages 8-11)  Sunday's a day to worship with my family and receive the help that my soul and heart needs to continue on with the strength and encouragement I need. Through the touch of the Holy Spirit each Sunday and  in our daily prayer that carries us through what comes our way. 

In between services we rest and enjoyed the afternoon home. My hubby takes a nap, my heart is always on my home while attending to my family needs, our daughters enjoys reading or napping during this Sunday day of rest.In a couple of hours we are heading back to the church for choir practice followed by our evening church service.

It has been a long while since I came on here to pour out my thoughts and hearts to my sweet readers.
I have to admit that our lives has been unbelievable busy.  In my time of prayers I have been asking the Lord to slow down our lives.

However, there must be that time of refreshing and that comes when we attend church. There must be a time of worship unto Him.  Oh by the way, I am learning the cello with my daughter, not to play for others but to dedicate it in worship unto the Lord.  Couldn't you imagine playing beautiful hymns such as 'How Great Thou Art' , 'Amazing Grace,' and It is 'Well with My Soul' while fully meditating and worshiping  Him alone. 

In all that we do, do it for His Glory!
Simply Farmhouse

Psalms 95:6 - O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Managing The Home

 I love reading early 1900's home making books.

Here are some quotes from a 1907 book by Mrs Beeton Household Management. I hope you enjoy reading them as I have.

*One cannot have his money and spend it too. Money has a limited purchasing power.

* A penny saved is a penny earned: The wife/husband who will not count every penny, will never have her/his longing satisfied until she/he makes every penny count. 

*When a wife is an early riser it will contribute largely to good house management she who practices this virtue reaps an ample of reward both health and prosperity.

*When a wife rises early it is almost certain that her house will be orderly and well managed.

*Frugality and Economy are virtues without which no household can prosper.
We must always remember to manage well on a small income for it is highly creditable.

*Always managing little and turn it into more. When we manage small things well, we will be fitted for the management of greater things.

  Do you arise early? Do you plan and schedule out your daily task? Do you make wise decision to spend the money wisely and frugality?  Is your home clean in order and well managed?  Our your meals planned and served on time? Is your children loved and well taught about God and manners?

Love your home, make it a home for the ones you love.

Simply Farmhouse.

Proverbs 24:3-4 - Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Front Porch

 A place to gather and slow your life down to the speed of an rocking chair. 
Or maybe swing your cares away on the front porch swing.

Front porches say welcome to all who approaches it. Our pastor stopped by one evening and upon entering our home and said, "Your front porch just simply says home." What a good feeling to know that my porch speaks home and rest to our visitors!

When I was a little girl, the front porch was used often, and it was apart of our lives.  We didn't have AC when I was younger and after a hot day of cooking, cleaning, canning and working in the garden the front porch was much cooler than the house was.  

We would sit out there hoping for a cool breeze to come by to cool us off.  
It was a place to simply enjoy the slow life of rocking or swinging on the front porch. 
To catch up on the latest news people would just drop in.   

Our grandparents loved sitting in the front yard each evening. They enjoyed watching
folks drive by, because back then you knew your neighbors. 

Neighbors always dropped in to visited with our grandparents, it was a time of sharing the latest
news or events that would fill the evening.  It was a time to share stories from the good old days.  All the children who played near by would stop to listen to the stories. 

We have come a long ways from these simpler times of just 
dropping in and visiting on the front porch.

Simply Farmhouse

Monday, July 2, 2018

The New Mini Magnolia Blossom House Plan

Mini Magnolia Blossom House has less square footage to keep it affordable. (please note when cutting the square footage it is impossible to keep the original layout. But the exterior is the same!)

This mini Mag is 1723 square feet with a breeze way and an attached garage.  The cost of this plan is $495.00 and as always any modification to this plan or any of our plans are free.

To see the room sizes clearly just left click to make it larger.

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