What do you think makes a house a home?

For us, it is the people and the memories that we make together.

You see, when I started this blog, I knew that the last thing I ever wanted to do was create the impression that my house is always decorated, clean, with all laundry organized and put away.

Because let me tell you…NOPE! This is my laundry room on a good day.

I do love doing projects and it is a passion that God’s given me, but the “stuff” will never be more important than the people that are within the walls of our home. So I hope you feel encouraged when I tell you that it is OK to not always have it all together!

This was our first meal together in the new house. Let the memory making begin!

Don’t get me wrong, I may be more relaxed when the laundry is all put away (but really, when is it ever?) and there are fresh vacuum lines in the carpet, but let’s remember to take time to slow down and BREATHE. Soak in those moments with your precious family and spend those quiet moments with the Lord. He created the Sabbath and it is a GOOD THING to slow down.

To not fill in every empty spot on your calendar.

To create those boundaries and margins in your life so that you can just be present.

This is my study book. Do you like the coffee stains and preschool pickup tag that is stuck on the front?

I just recently finished this study. It is Priscilla Shirer’s study, Breathe. I went through this with a group of ladies at church and it was very convicting. If you feel overwhelmed, I would encourage you to grab a copy and go through it. Leave some space for Him and for those things He has called you to. It’s ok to say no sometimes. The world we live in may make us think that we have to “do it all”.

But mamas, no. Give yourself grace. You’re doing a great job. ๐Ÿ™‚

Back to making our house a home. I tell my girls several times a week that “people are more important than things”. When they are having a sister argument over a toy, that’s when I like to remind them of this.

“People are more important than things.” I probably said those words at least once while they were playing Barbies here.

So, yes, I will be sharing lots of fun decor finds and DIY tutorials with you. But please hear me when I say that filling your home with love and memories is so much more important that the cutest pumpkin that you will ever find!

Even if it is on sale.

So let’s make our houses feel like homes together! ๐Ÿ™‚

Joyfully Restored