A Whole Hand and Making Your Home a Haven 2013: Week 4

I didn’t plan to take a break from blogging and the challenge, but Cozycakes Cottage was filled with the hustle and bustle of family.  My parents were visiting (hurrah!) so I focused on them.  We celebrated Halloween and Munchie’s birthday.  She’s a “whole hand” now.  I can’t dwell or I get a little teary-eyed.

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Top that off with soccer practice and games, language class, a classroom party to organize, volunteering at school, and all the day-to-day things (like grocery shopping, cooking, and folding laundry).  Sometimes you don’t realize it until you’re dog-tired, but it adds up to a lot.  I’m not complaining…it was a good kind of busy.

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With my parents here, my home definitely felt like our haven.  We walked Munchie to school, took long walks with Duke, watched movies together while slurping root beer floats, played lots of games…

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We had an intimate birthday celebration for my peachie girl, my dad built Lego towns with Munchie, my mom and I shopped and cooked together (and I often sat on a counter stool watching her create magic in the kitchen), and more.

Much happiness in the home.  I feel fulfilled.  ♥

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Now that things have settled down, it’s the perfect time for me to focus on week 4 of the Making Your Home a Haven Challenge.  It’s the last challenge, but I plan to continue through the holiday season (more on that later…wink!).

For Week 4’s challenge :

  • Imagine – plan – Decorate! The holidays are almost upon us.  Ann Voskamp says “Creating is good theology.  In the beginning God created.”  Be creative as you make your home warm, cozy and inviting for the holidays.  Give thanks to God for the home He has given you to create a haven for your family.

You don’t have to decorate for Christmas yet (although I’m tempted to and think it’s great if you do!).  But you can certainly add a bit here and there to create an inviting space for the season.  And maybe you live alone or don’t have many people stop in during the season–that doesn’t mean you can’t create a haven for YOU.  I’m putting Munchie’s little tree in her room since it brings her such happiness and she prays by its twinkling lights.  I’ve set our table with autumnal décor and china.  And I’m keeping my candle lit when I’m home.  It’s a steadfast reminder for me to pray and give thanks for all the blessings bestowed on us.

Remember, as Courtney states, it’s not the things you do or don’t have that make your home a haven–YOU are the key to making your home a haven.  🙂

***How do you decorate for Thanksgiving?  Or do you hold out until December and just decorate for Christmas?***

♥ Danielle

Other posts in this series:

♥ Making Your Home a Haven 2013: Week 1

♥ Making Your Home a Haven 2013: Weeks 2 & 3

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