Hi friends! It feels so good to be back! Back you say?! For those of you that are regular readers around here, you may have noticed my absence last week. Our entire family came down with the worst sick bug we have experienced to date! The hubby used some of his first sick days in 10 years, and we all looked like death warmed over. Thankfully we are on the road to recovery now, but even yesterday I was still feeling over taken by the sickness, and wondered if and when this nasty virus was ever going to leave! While being sick is never easy – I mean who likes to involuntarily stop in their tracks while their body tries to fight off disease. By day 2 I tried to embrace the inevitable and realize my body needed some rest. While I was laying on our couch, getting the much needed rest my body was requiring, I couldn’t help but look around our living spaces and do some reflecting.
While my body was regaining energy, I was feeling a bit refreshed myself. I was soaking in our cozy, farmhouse decor, looking around and smiling at all that had been done to make this house our home, and I was reminded of a quote I had read that really rang true to my hearts desire when it came to decorating our home. The quote came from one of my favorite bloggers new book at the time, Love the Home You Have by: Melissa Michaels from The Inspired Room.
As I laid on our couch, shivering in my own flu symptoms, and taking care of my sick family around me, I couldn’t help but feel this as I allowed our home the chance to serve us. So many times my efforts are put into pouring in to our home, fluffing the couch so it’s cozy to plop onto. Picking up everyday piles that collect as we carry on with work and school. Doing the dishes and wiping down the counters so things are clean and put away. All investments I put into our home to make it a welcoming place for my family, and anyone else who happens to stop by. But rarely do we get to stop and sit back for a moment, and allow our homes to serve us. You see last week when we were all sick, and had no energy to maintain daily routines, the only thing I could do was stop and be still. But it allowed me the chance to look around, and lean in on that cozy couch I fluffed all the time. To put empty soup bowls and dirty mugs with left over tea remnants in the sink, that soothed our throats and tummies while we tried to get better. All those investments of pouring into our house came full circle when we were sick, and our home offered us a place of comfort and rest so we could get better. As I laid there and looked around our home, I felt refreshed because I was in an environment that inspired me and welcomed me in to rest, so I could regain my energy to go back out into the world. Something, that in the busy everyday life can get over looked. So the next time you think it’s silly to fluff those pillows, or buy that pretty frame that makes you smile, or re-arrange your furniture for a room re-fresh, remember that as much as we serve our homes, they are truly there to serve us. That they really welcome us in for refreshment, and offer us a place to rest and regroup, so we can put our best selves forward. I’ll be back tomorrow to share more on that cute little farmhouse table in between our chairs. The newest addition to our Living Room.
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