The days spent with a precious daughter and granddaughter who traveled far to see me this past week were beyond joyous.
Loving on them, caring for them in my own home, reaping love and hugs and endless conversations...blessed beyond words.
Seeing my own home through the eyes of a daughter is a wonderful thing because I too often miss what's before me, you know?
Too often our homes becomes a shell we live in, though lovely in display we forget to truly look and be thankful for what we have. My girl felt embraced by simple beauty, grounded in safe surrounds, LOVED by the atmosphere of welcome and invitation. I shall treasure her words and not take my humble surrounds for granted any longer.
Reminded me of this stitchery from last year, designed because I love 'home' and all that can bring, all that can offer if we're open to receive.
I popped the pattern back in my shop, just in case...
Samplers always direct my thoughts to the simpler times of home life, when what mattered was how you felt at home - not overawed by stuff or pomp and ceremony, but by arms stretched wide to receive a little child, wild flowers in the garden and a kettle on the boil for a friend come to visit.
Guess that's why I love them so much.
When Anita was here we talked and talked for hours, sharing the past, the present, and hopes for the future. She both inspired me and made me laugh so much my ribs still hurt, yet at the same time Anita welcomed and invited my counsel in her own life.
Many times Blossom would join us and there we would be, a mother and two daughters, two little grandbabies close by, unraveling motherhood, wiving, and homemaking mysteries together. Over a cuppa we delved into almost every topic of life and shared our thoughts unhindered by criticism.
We loved on each other, we loved with each other, we gave love, we received love.
And respect, so much respect. How proud I am of these young women, and how much I am learning from them.
Over a cuppa we women relax, open up, comfort, encourage, and occasionally solve the problems of the world...well, perhaps not solve, but we certainly have a plan. We laugh, we cry, we forgive, we mend.
Reconnecting with family and friends and making time to sit without distractions and ENJOY each other over a cup of tea, that's a suggestion I made to the sweet members of our Gentle Domesticity Facebook group this weekend.
Simple things can be life-giving when the busyness of a daily grind has swept your breath away or when loneliness surrounds you. Perhaps you're in need of some down time with a cuppa and a friend too?
A warm brew, a slice of cake, a smile, an ear to listen, a laugh over silly things...sound good?
This week ahead I shall be preparing my heart and home for another daughter to arrive from far away, and much of what Anita shared about 'home' will be forefront in my thoughts.
How is your heart with regards to home?
Are you in need of afternoon tea with a friend or two?
Will you bless yourself and stop the clock for a few hours to simply enjoy time together?
Here's a free teapot pattern you can stitch, something simple and sweet that could become a tray mat or tea cosy...whatever puts a smile on your dear face.
My friends, enjoy this day, give thanks, breathe deep, embrace goodness.
You're worth it.
Both patterns are here in my shop.
Have a blessed and beauty-filled week,