Wednesday, January 26, 2011

'Homecaring'


Good afternoon Folks ~ I thought I would do a post on 'homecaring' since several of you mentioned what a nice way of putting taking care of chores that we have to take care of each and every day. I first read this term in the book 'Simple Abundance ~ A Daybook of Comfort and Joy' by Sarah ban Breathnach. DH saw this book and thought it looked like a book I would enjoy. That was in Sept. 1999 and I have enjoyed it through the years.

I will post a few excerpts here about the subject of 'homecaring'. May you be inspired. You might want to get a copy of this book for yourself. It really is inspiring and encouraging in different areas of living our lives.

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"Home is where we start from, T.S. Eliot observed. Today, a century after he was born, "home" is the place where many women are longing to return, if not literally, then figuratively. Begin believing that the time, energy, and emotion you invest daily in the soulcraft of homecaring -- carving out a haven for yourself and those dear to you -- is a sacred endeavor.

A house is who you are, not who you ought to be. Jill Robinson.

The sacred soulcraft of homecaring is creating a comfortable, beautiful, well-run home.

No matter where or how you live, look upon your home through the eyes of Love. Walk around the rooms and offer thanks for the walls and roof that safely enclose you and yours. Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that, at this moment, all you have is all you truly need.

An ancient metaphysical law says that we can never leave any situation that causes us discomfort until we learn to love it or at least to see love at work in it. I had many lessons to learn about order. Now I know in my heart that my small house is the perfect teacher. What good would a larger house do me if I couldn't keep a small one tidy? (Boy, this sure is the truth for me.)

"A beautiful home is an education in itself, but it is not made in a day; it must slowly grow," said Lucy Abbot Throop, who wrote on decorating in 1910. Today, look for the lessons your home is waiting to teach you through love. Make it as cozy, charming, and comfortable as you can with the resources you now have, and it will become a joy to live in. ~



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When friends enter a home,
they sense its personality and character,
the family's style of living -
these elements make a house come alive
with a sense of identity,
a sense of energy,
enthusiasm,
and warmth,
declaring,
"This is who we are;
This is how we live."
Ralph Lauren


Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL

8 comments:

Becca's Dirt said...

That is just what I needed to hear today. That all that I have is all that I need. Your post is a blessing today. Thank you for your prayers.

Darla said...

I am truly thankful for our home...not quite as cozy as I would like for it to be, hubby is a slow 'mind changer' unlike me. Although it is pretty much tidy with 4 kids in the house....lovely post.

L. D. Burgus said...

It is so true. You create and recreate you home to share who you are. The character and style is who you are. Nice post.

sweetbay said...

I love these quotes. They are both beautiful and wise.

tina said...

I bet your home is most comfy and welcoming. I think people who love their homes are awesome folks and well grounded. It really shows when someone loves their home too. You can tell even from the outside.

the Goodwife said...

I really like this post. :0)

Corner Gardener Sue said...

In my previous comment, I had written that it irks me when I see HGTV shows where folks are looking at houses to buy, and when they are in big functional kitchens, say they don't know how to cook. I then stated that I should be thankful that we were able to update our still small kitchen last March. I then deleted it because it sounded negative. Now, I'm fessing up, and thinking about the things in your post. I have such a problem with clutter. I need to look with more positive eyes at each room and do what I can to make it the kind of home I want to live in, small kitchen and all.

Thanks, FlowerLady!

gld said...

Great food for thought!

That picture is just the epitome of cozy, charming, and comfortable.

I believe you have achieved what that book is talking about in your cottage.