Hearth And Home

Τhis is the place where I write about my efforts to create an inviting and inspirational home base of operations.   A country place with lots of children is a wonderful place to be.  It is a challenge to keep house well sometimes, but it is always worth the effort.

Peace and order are two things that help calm the atmosphere at home, even when there are lots of children and a husband that works from home.  But peace and order are best achieved, I have found, with good planning and hard work.  Sometimes in the midst of the work, there has to be some relaxed measures so that love and fun can thrive.   An atmosphere conducive to learning can co-exist with family harmony and industry.   It is helpful to have “a place for everything and everything in its place,” but then there is the follow-up effort to put the things in their places!

But in the midst of homeschooling books and papers, stacks of board games and baskets of toys, there can still be elements of beauty and relaxation.  Whether a vase of flowers, an inspirational sign, beautiful photographs or an antique piano, elements of beauty are important.  Both adults and children can appreciate beauty, and be inspired to be creative and productive.  And in the midst of creativity and productivity, it is important to take a coffee break from time to time!

On the guest house porch. Relax with a cup of coffee…