Our house is 114 years old. It’s cold and drafty in the winter unless there’s a fire going, but it also stays cool in the summer. The rooms are small and there’s no closet space or storage to speak of. We have about 2100 square feet total on three floors, so we get our daily exercise up and down those stairs;) It’s not perfect, but I do love it.
One thing I love about it is its uniqueness- rooms were added on here and there over the years, so I’ve never seen another house exactly like ours. And it is totally lived in (haha, we have five kiddos running around)…no worries about damaging anything here! I also love that the rooms are small and cozy and that for some reason everyone has to be in the same room at the same time:) Though we have been remodeling for seven long years, we still aren’t completely done. And we may never truly be done, yet I’m totally okay with it. Because home really has nothing to do with our house.
We created physical goals for our home in 2012 and completed them at the end of 2013. Though I am a little late to add our 2014 plans, they include fencing our property, adding more raised beds in my garden, and building a detached garage. Those things will take time and may or may not actually get accomplished, but the goals below are ones we want to be sure we work on all day, every day in 2014:
Designing a comfortable environment for our family, free from clutter and stress
Creating a place where the love of Christ is evident in the things we say to each other and do for one another
Fostering a love for learning that continues throughout a lifetime and is interest led rather than guided by a curriculum or "standards"
Encouraging intentionality as well as living with purpose and passion
Building each other up with our words and deeds and also encouraging one another
Honoring the desires to play and create as frequently as possible
Finding joy in every day
Creating a healing home for foster and/or adoptive children who have experienced hurt
“What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn't a school at all.” ~ John Holt
time spent with friends,
classes with our homeschool group and outside play,
games, books, and housekeeping,
cooking, artwork, sign language,
a trip to the library,
Little House on the Prairie (for the littles),
animal care (hens, horses, cat, dogs, and bunnies),
the older girls' egg business,
pretend play, acting out fairy tales,
cupcake baking (M.)
and animal science for all.
That's not all, by a longshot...just what I can remember off the top of my head;)
Linking up here. Hope your week is joyful!