Welcome to the monthly discussion of A Life Giving Home! I hope you had a chance to read the March chapters in both the book and study guide. If not feel free to catch up and join the discussion later! If you don’t yet have the books click below to order them:
Update on Previous Goals:
WHEW! How are we already 1/4 of the way through the year??? Man the first part of this year FLEW by. We are still working on our routines. I got our Accountable Kids system set back up, finally. We even added a board for the 2-year-old. Obviously, he is too young to do too many chores but I want to get him in the habit of using it. In the past, this chore system has really helped our entire day run smoothly so I’m hopeful it will be the catalyst to get us back into good routines.
I still need to discuss Sally’s three rules and her list of manners with my kids and incorporate those into our behavior expectations. I just haven’t had a chance to do that but I hope to this month.
In the Book:
March is all about finding or cultivating beauty in the ordinary. I have to admit I’m not great at this. This chapter is full of ways to cultivate beauty in your home environment and explains why this is important. I love that Sarah uses Anne of Green Gables to illustrate seeing beauty in everything around you and cultivating a sense of wonder. That was the first thing that struck me reading that book. I definitely want to cultivate this sense of wonder in my children.
I love at the bottom of page 88 where Sarah describes this process as finding “the good, true, and beautiful, ” or “whatever is lovely.” I often encourage my children to set their mind on the good, right, and lovely. Sarah goes on to suggest and explain a variety of ways you can find beauty with your family from cultivating it within your house to finding it outside or in activities with family.
In the Study Guide:
The study guide seems to emphasize routines and rhythms for the basis of cultivating beauty. Sally also encourages rest during the transition from winter to spring that is characteristic of March.
The At Home In The Word section is full of encouraging and inspiring scripture as well as prompts to get you brainstorming ways to creat beauty! I encourage you to spend some time working through this section if you haven’t yet.
What I Tried:
We spent a lot of time this month working on our environment inside our home and outside on our property. I wouldn’t necessarily say we have achieved beauty yet but we are making progress. We got the last of the boxes unpacked, many things put away, and a few items hung on the walls. We still have a good bit to work on but we are getting there and feeling more settled in.
Outside, we worked on cleaning up the yard of sticks, leaves, etc left over from fall/winter. We set up raised garden beds and have started buying seeds and planning our gardens. We planted rose bushes in the front of the house and reorganized that garden bed so it looks nicer. My husband trimmed the fruit trees and did some basic cleaning up. We got the chickens set up in their yard and house and hubby made a bee stand for the bee hives that are almost ready to set up (not necessarily beautiful in the traditional sense but it brings me joy!).
We have also been working on our rhythms and routines. As I mentioned above I got our Accountable Kids system set back up. It is sort of a combination of a chore chart and a daily schedule. I’m hoping it helps us get back on track as well as it worked before.
We didn’t watch or read any of Sally’s suggestions this month but I am compiling all of the suggestions from the book, study guide, and resource website into a wishlist of books, music, and art to acquire over time!
My Thoughts and Going Forward:
I didn’t get a chance to try as many suggestions from the book this month as I would have liked. Although we did start several things (like the garden – I am going to let each of my kids plant a small bed or pot with something of their choice as well as the veggies and flowers I’m planning). I really want to start incorporating the Sunday tea time Sarah describes and will be working on that in the next couple months. I will also be looking for some places to take my children on nature walks. Unfortunately, my road is not good for walking so we will have to load up and go somewhere to do that. I am planning to find music to make playlists and incorporate into our daily life more often.
Looking Forward (April):
The April chapter discusses the pilgrimage of faith and how life, home, and routines train children up in their faith. I will discuss this more thoroughly next month but I have already picked out a few things I plan to work on in April. I want to be more intentional about family devotions and prayer in the morning and evening. I plan to use Our 24 Family Ways in the morning and Pilgrim’s Progress in the evening for read aloud and devotion before bed.
We already have some special Easter traditions that I think make this month special. The kids seem to look forward to them! I forgot to put out our Lent wreath this year with everything else going on but we will do the other things. I would love to do a traditional Seder meal but that will probably have to wait until next year.
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In the next week read through the April chapters of the book and study guide. Choose at least one suggestion from the book to try with your family. Join us here April 29th and share your thoughts from the chapter, what you tried, and what you plan to do going forward.
Want to read more from Sally? I am currently reading her new book written with her son, Nathan Clarkson, Different. I will be discussing it here on my blog when I am finished. Feel free to read along and join the discussion!