Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Lindy's 3rd Birthday A.K.A. Terri Embraces Homemaking!

This beautifully decorated CareBear cake and homemade apron signify a monumental shift in my life. I used to often say "I'm not good at crafts", or "I don't like to cook", or worse "I need to get out of this house and find myself". After years of denying my creativity within my home, and insisting that I must have an identity to express outside of my home, I have learned the pure joy of creating beauty at home. Through creating beautifully arranged meals, sewing, decorating, and yes, even cleaning are all ways to make our home more lovely. What better way can I serve others? I used to believe that stressing myself to the max to serve others (church, school, friends, extended family) was good and right. But, I was neglecting those closest to me and giving my best (behavior, prayers, thoughts, efforts) to people outside of my home. This is backwards, and I think that most of us women have this all messed up in our brains. Poor hubbies and children! I highly recommend Edith Schaefer's book "Hidden Art of Homemaking" which our church ladies went through last summer. Kent, mom, dad, grandma, Kelly, Erin, Christa, Jill, Renae, Brenda- thank you for encouraging me to cook, sew, decorate, clean, make cards, shop wisely, and beautify my home. God has really been faithful to us in this area. Please pray that I can continue to be faithful in my efforts. Gardening is next for me to dive into. And look for a future blog about my battles with Mount Washmore. Arg.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

My first blog (Isn't it cute?)

Here we go. I think that this is really my style. No going to the post office to send out letters or pictures of the kids, just staying up late in my living room after the kids have gone to bed, and describing our life to the general public. I think I can do this. Woo-hoo!

Here are the kiddos on Memorial Day. We went to a lovely service at the Post Falls cemetery with my parents and grandparents, and then headed to Silverwood for the afternoon. For those of you who don't know, Silverwood is the local amusement park just north of where my parents live, and we have passes this summer (thanks mom!).