Thursday, October 11, 2012
thoughts on home
If you were to ask me in the beginning of my marriage about what makes a home I would've told you that it was all about reaching a certain level of martha stewart type of perfection. While I credit her for teaching me the joys of living a beautiful life I also know that I took it all way to seriously.
As I've grown older I've learned a few things. I find that I LOVE being 40! I would never EVER go back to my younger years. I like being more grounded and maybe even being able to relax a little bit about crumbs on the floor.
Three years ago I started a garden. Just that alone has changed my life! I never knew that carrots were so sweet and fragrant and so much better tasting from the garden than from the grocery store. I take such pride in picking things from my garden that I've started from seed. I now know that your hands smell amazing after picking tomatoes and that rosemary adds the warmest and most amazing flavor to roasted chicken and pot roast. And if you pick fresh basil with your tomatoes the scent is intoxicating together! It's no wonder that the flavors blend so beautifully in a caprese salad! As I learn more and more I find myself attracted to seasonal eating- enjoying tomatoes and green beans during the summer and parsnips and potatoes in the winter. The more I learn the more in love with it all I become!
And then there's the kitchen. My FAVORITE thing in the whole world to do in the fall when the evenings are dark is to have the whole house tidy and picked up before my family gets home. I'm not saying perfect- just tidy. Then I enjoy having something simmering on the stove that makes that house smell warm and inviting- like when I was a kid, or like I remember my grandma's house being. I buy big bags of tea lights from IKEA whenever I'm there and put them into all sorts of glass containers around the house before everyone gets home. Then I make sure to have french cafe radio, kari jobe radio, or hawaiian music radio playing on pandora as my background music. I try to have everything done as much as possible so that I can greet my family with big hugs and kisses as they each get home. While I finish dinner the girls sit at the bar and do their homework. Then we sit together as a family to enjoy our dinner together as much as possible and my girls talk our ears off- especially our youngest!
The other thing I LOVE and I mean ADORE is making a cozy home. We live where it's grey and drizzly all the time so I really am attracted to anything cozy. I pile layers of furry pillows and thick, nubby blankets into the living room and during the summer we added a gas fireplace which is a dream all its own! In my dream world I have time to sit by that cozy fire and enjoy a book. Unfortunately that rarely happens but I still want it to!!
After the kids go to bed my husband and I crash in front of the t.v. We have all of our favorite shows on the DVR which we enjoy together. Ha! Who am I kidding! My husband enjoys them wall I'm sound asleep!
We live a very simple life but I've found that's what makes me happiest. That's all that I can handle. Life is ugly enough out there and I want my home to be a safe refuge for the people I love.