The sound of our home right now is empyrean. The kiddos are finishing up some school reading, while Paul and I also enjoy some reading ourselves.
This is a FIRST, in a LONG time!!
And it feels so good. Curly Cook finished all of her reading for the day, so she is quietly coloring (something she also hasn’t had time to do very often, since we left Costa Rica in July).
Tonight I realized that although our temporal futures and housing are a bit uncertain, our hearts need not be. This moment, right now, is precious and I’m so thankful I didn’t give into indulgent whining, or my own personal temptation, to tune out life by simply watching a show tonight. Instead we quieted ourselves down and read! Oh how sweet!
I’m reading a book for my Mother’s University class this month and one of the authors beautifully describes the feeling I’m feeling in my home right now. She said. . .
“In autumn we celebrate the gift and rhythm of home and harvest, and we turn again to the work that makes home a place of abundance. . . [and] to gather in can also mean to keep out what would compromise the life we want to create in the spaces of home. . . The point of home is to be a refuge for the soul, a place where beauty can be encountered, truth told, goodness touched and known. It’s why home needs hush as well as bustle, silence as well as song. The point of home is to shelter lost and weary people, draw in the lonely, cover the grieved. And the point of autumn preparation is to make a place where souls can be sheltered, grown, nourished, and healed even in the bleakest of physical or spiritual winters.”
~ Sarah Clarkson, “The Lifegiving Home: Creating A Place of Belonging and Becoming”
I’m truly thankful for the opportunity I have to be learning something so beautiful, during what could be considered as just a time of limbo. Instead, I’m finding my life is being richly blessed in more ways than I could ever have expected.
A hearty thank you to each of you for your prayers. I attribute these opportunities to you, as well as my heart’s desire to do more and be more than what my circumstances provide. I am seeing our combined faith in action! What joy this moment needs to be treated as!
“Faith is a strong conviction about something we believe—a conviction so strong that it moves us to do things that we otherwise might not do. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
I am excited to listen to General Conference this weekend!!! I have several questions written in preparation for it. I am also working to have my heart, mind and hands open to receiving what is needed of me next. 💕