First of all, thank you so much for all of you who have celebrated with me this week over the Design Mom feature! I shared it yesterday on my Facebook page and Instagram but I wanted to mention it here as well. Some of you are new here because of that feature and some of you may have no idea what I’m talking about…
Our home was recently featured here and I share about my philosophy on living with kids, creativity, and my job as a decorator. Gabrielle Blair, aka Design Mom, was so kind through the whole process and y’all she is absolutely the real deal. I’ve been following her blog so closely since I submitted my pictures for a possible feature and I have to say I’m learning a lot from her about this whole blogging thing. She posts so regularly and I don’t even know how she does it, but she also posts so authentically and personally. Even though she didn’t have to, I felt like she spent time reading my blog and getting to know us before featuring my home. Anyway, the whole thing was just one big gigantic happy exciting thing. I’d love for you to check it out- you may have seen all the pictures here before but the words I shared may be a little something different.
Next, I just wanted to briefly mention Christmas decorating! I’ll be a part of a Christmas homes tour next week that I’m very excited about so I’m saving the “glamour shots,” for that day, but I did want to share a little glimpse with you and show you one of my favorite traditions we have.
I grew up doing a weekly Advent wreath with my family and this is a tradition Paul and I have decided to continue with our own kids. Throughout the years we’ve tried a few different things, including some short daily devotions beginning Dec 1st, but honestly those are hard for us to keep up with. This year I wasn’t quite sure what we were going to do when a Facebook friend posted a link to this weekly Advent devotional. Its so simple and perfect for the ages of my kids (2, 5, & 7). There are additional activities for during the week but I think we’ll mostly be sticking to the Sunday evening devotionals. We already had the wreath and I just set it on the table along with some candles stuck into glass candle holders. While the candles aren’t the traditional colors, its what we already had, so I think it will work just fine.
Lastly, I’ve said it before, but I’m just not a big seasonal decorator. I like to design a room well and then just leave it alone. I don’t like to rearrange or tweak very much and I know this makes me a bit of an oddity among home-decor loving people. But I do have to say, as far as Christmas decor goes, I think the reason is just that it stresses me out a bit. I end up sort of feeling like I’m only doing it for the sake of other people or to create this elusive magical feeling. I find I’m more overwhelmed than joyful and more focused on all the stuff than on anything that actually matters. A little like my new hilarious friend Gayle. Have you seen this yet?
We have been quoting and laughing about Gayle for days around here. I mean, she’s just hilarious. But of course the reason it’s so funny is that there’s a little piece of it that I can relate to. This is my first Christmas having this blog and being on Instagram. So while I am doing the usual decorating and I’ve pulled out the twinkling lights and added in a few new ornaments for the year, I want you to know that I’m doing everything I can to stay true to what I came here to do- for both beauty & purpose. I’m taking part in this big Christmas tour of homes next week and I’m so very honored to be joining in with some blogs I absolutely love and admire and have looked up to for a long time, but I’m approaching cautiously and tenderly. I do feel the pull toward crazy-Gayle-ness sometimes. I feel the pull toward “I’m going to be in a big blogger tour so I need to show everyone a perfectly decorated Disney on Ice home tour!!!!” But then I remember that you come here for a reason and I never intend to take that lightly. I want to share with you my home and our traditions and maybe even a few ideas, but I never want to lose sight of the purpose.
Thank you so much for reading. Hope you’re having a great week!