Hello lovely friends,
What a journey it has been to bring this new digital magazine to fruition, both within my heart and in the practicality of preparing and writing.
I think over the past year our generation has been drawn back to home in a way we previously may not have considered - as a place of security, comfort, retreat, creativity, sustenance, relationship and gratitude.
I began my own journey to expand on, and share about, the joys of the gentle domestic life back in 2014 right here on the blog and can honestly say that during the ensuing years since that first gentle domesticity post was published I have fallen more deeply in love with my role as a homemaker and wife. I have drawn so many times on the memories of childhood, raised mostly by my grandparents in their tiny three-room flat, oblivious really to the wealth of homemaker knowledge being lived and worked out right before my eyes. Many are the moments when my heart yearns to go back and thank Nana for the simple life skills she taught without intention, skills which to her were part of the everyday rhythms of life and yet to me today are treasures to ponder, re-learn and cherish.
The Homemakers Heart magazine is fruit from Nana's legacy in my life, and also a celebration of the many wonderful women who have lived, and now live simple lives in humility, kindness, encouragement and a deep abiding faith in He who provides for each of us.
Jesus told His disciples "freely you have received, freely give" and that verse has long been carved on my heart. He was sending out His disciples to be His hands and feet within Israel, to preach what He had taught them, to be His example in a needful world. (Matthew 10:5-8) I'm very conscious of all the Lord has done in my life, of the blessings and gifts He has bestowed on this quite unworthy woman who did not embrace Him until her early 30's - and as a designer I've tried to give as much as possible whilst still making a living (the Proverbs 31 woman is a wonderful example of this)...but now I want to give in a slightly different way.
My heart has always longed for a peaceful voice to soothe and calm my active mind and over-abundant adrenaline problems and for almost thirty years the Father has occasionally brought across my path godly women who became mentors and encouragers when I needed them most, all the while drawing my eyes to Jesus and away from themselves.
The Bible tells us we are not to stay babies in the faith, but need to eat the solid food of Scripture and grow strong from it, maturing in such a way that by our own example we become a light for Christ and a voice of hope in a world gone mad. I'm not an evangelist, not a missionary, not a preacher...but He did gift me with the ability to write and design, and stirred my heart with the deepest desire to encourage women of all ages, social backgrounds and beliefs, to embrace their homemaker heart and build strong values and rhythms within their walls. Women are nurturers by nature, and often we think of that in the sense of raising babies and young children - but a nurturing heart has no expiry date. We are to nourish and nurture all the days of our lives, and we are to encourage and help each other along that path day by day.
I hope to publish eight issues of The Homemakers Heart this year, each one a FREE gift to you, dear homemaker. Use the link below to download the first issue.
I'd really appreciate your feedback (just leave a comment on the blog) and I welcome letters pertaining to any of the topics and projects inside each issue, from which I shall choose a few to publish in subsequent issues of the magazine.
You can easily save the magazine to your computer or a USB drive, read it that way or print it from home, a library or through an office supply store.
But if you have a tablet or iPad did you know you can download the magazine to Kindle or Books and read it that way? You'd still need to save the file to your computer or a USB drive for printing the pattern sheets at the end (if you are making the projects) but just for reading and saving each issue through the year this is a wonderful way to do so.
Send the magazine attachment to yourself via email after you have downloaded it to your computer. Open the email in your Ipad or tablet when it arrives and click on the PDF (see below)...
Click on that and scroll through the options until you come to Kindle or Books.
Choose the one you want to save the magazine to. In Books it will stay in PDF format and save quickly.
In Kindle you will be asked for permission to change the format from PDF to Kindle and if you accept then it will take a little while to come through but will then be available in your Kindle app (though you may need to click sync in the settings first).
I downloaded the magazine using Kindle and Books and both worked perfectly.
I do not have a tablet, only an iPad, but I'm assuming it has similar options to download the magazine and keep it on your tablet as the Kindle app is free and available to all.
Before I go today there's a few last minute things to let you know. Subscriptions to my new block of the month "Simple Days" closes on January 24th and will not open again until 2022. The BOM runs for 9 months and arrives at your email inbox on the 25th of the month as a very detailed PDF file.
Use the link below to sign up by the 24th or read more about it.