happy friday friends! the day after christmas and i can’t believe it is over can you?
i really hope you got to take some time and slow down and be present in the moments.
it is hard to do in the days we live in .. at least for me
i think as i have gotten older and lived through so many “sad” christmas’s that the meaning for
christmas has become more about the finished work on the cross and the freedom
that i now have in christ.
practicing daily to trust, let go, make courageous choices rather than fearful ones…that sort of thing
a spacious and free life being chased by God’s beauty and love…now that is the mindset i want to have as we
enter into 2015!!
ok…our Etsy shop is closing at midnight on december 31 and leading up to that we are offering 20%off
on the entire shop ( excluding customs )
To begin the 2014 holiday house walk from the beginning go directly to Jennifer Rizzo.
hello…welcome did you guess who the surprise house was?
it is lilypad cottage! To begin the walk from the beginning go directly to jennifer rizzo
i am super nervous and excited to have you over…crazy right?
i am most comfortable behind the scenes aka…wallflower this is risky and vulnerable but to be afraid and do it anyway
well that IS what living courageously means to me besides this is just SO fun to be a part of sharing our unique personalities in our homes and give JOY and encouragement to others
come on in…would you like a cup of hot chocolate…coffee? i have christmas music playing and candied pecan & pumpkin pie candles burning my kids get told they smell like syrup or pie at school…i always laugh i may have a candle burning addiction…hmmmmm
i like to feel cocooned. safe. i am learning that neutral, woodsy and words do that for me home is good..but to me..the heart is above all things that is what i love to talk about
decorating a home for Christmas is a lot of work and time so with that in mind we decorated our home to keep everything up all winter long when we take the tree down it doesn’t look overly christmas
i believe laughter is medicine we do it a lot in our home Elf is one of our favorite christmas movies and it just made sense to use buddy’s famous words and what sums up winter more than SNUGGLING?
i am so happy with the balsam hill flocked tree. i wasn’t sure which to choose flocking or not but i think we made the perfect choice for our ornaments and the comfy feel we wanted
compared to the last two years our mantle is very subdued and we LOVE it
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love I Corinthians 13:13
2014 has been a year of overcoming, taking risks, battling the giant fear, forgiveness and new beginnings BIG changes. big. i want to remember every christmas this specific year God’s faithfulness provision and protection
isn’t it really about being present? i have to prACTice this every.single.day this lindsay lettersprint is one of my favorite gifts from my brave friend lissa..xo
i LOVE my bedroom it brings me real joy to come in here. i answer Etsy convo’s from here every night:) someday i will share why this wasn’t always the case it is a God-story
when i read the book atlas girlby emily weirenga it truly changed my heart i saved these words for our vow renewal STORY does that doesn’t it? puts skin on words and goes out and heals people thank you emily for being so brave to share your story..xo
one of my favorite things is my drop cloth bedskirt that my mom made for me since it is custom she could make it long and full you just can’t find that in store bought bedskirts i
ok…aren’t these pillowcases from house sevendarling? i couldn’t resist getting a pair for grace
it was lovely having you over!! thank you for spending time with me and i pray that whatever your circumstances God’s LOVE finds you right where you are wrapping His arms around you tight and that you know KNOW know that YOU are not alone!…xo
hello everyone! it’s me tiffini over at house of belonging
i will be short and sweet because if any of you are feeling frantic being torn by being a working mom & just a “mom” mom like
i have been lately
i took this last weekend and inserted some rest time for me one of the things i wanted to do was have a sit-down dinner with the kids
i wanted a SIMPLE PUMPKIN CENTERPIECE for the table
i wanted it to be FALLish not HALLOWEENish for this occasion
i remembered seeing a flower filled pumpkin on the cover of a magazine a few weeks back!
here’s what i did
i ran to the local grocery store looking for creamy white flowers. mind you we are in rural missouri so there isn’t markets everywhere
and the flower selection was scarce
mini roses were all they had in a white. CHECK
i had a pumpkin from our visit to the pumpkin patch with the grandkids. CHECK
i hallowed out the inside
filled it with water
trimmed the stems down
and arranged the flowers in the pumpkin
we had leaves already so we made a little “blanket” of leaves to sit the pumpkin on
added a couple of our small pumpkins around. CHECK
simple and pretty
at the end of the day it is those faces that matter
it’s not how fancy or expensive or perfect it seems
just taking a little extra time to make the table pretty
to be thankful to be able to sit around a table of food and enjoy one another
-you could use fall colored flowers or leaves
-you could use a white pumpkin or the brighter orange
various size pumpkins
-you can paint the pumpkins
-you could setup a little vignette of fall goodness and add in some halloween touches for the night
it will take you through until thanksgiving..just keep changing it up a little
have a fun and safe halloween…i think we are having a little fire pit time with smore’s and hotdogs
what plans do you have for halloween night?
see you next month:)
ohbe sure your following our INSTAGRAM@houseofbelonging
we are getting ready to open a newly re-stocked t-shirt shop and ALL shirts will be ready to ship!
perfect for holiday gift giving:) image credit @honeyholden and @lydialovesmarcus
good morning! i have been MIA on the blog .. sorry! life is happening..that is a good thing
but i miss writing and i am FULL of stories
to be honest i just don’t have a lot of extra time with working the business
but God has given us a testimony…out of a “test” that has been over 15 years long
with much grace and vulnerability i am going to begin writing our God- story…here
yes…old people still kiss
and no..it isn’t a “movie screen” shot but it
is every bit as precious to me!
our grand babies will be here in 2 days! it has been 8 months since we’ve seen them
they live in florida
20plus hours in a car with 5 kids! not sure i could do it
can’t wait to take lots of pictures and share them with you all!
we have LOTS of new signs in the sign shop
have you seen them?
aedriel and us have collaborated on some and they are beautiful
christmas is around the corner…i know
i sigh too but this year i am not getting all caught up in the hype
keeping it simple
i don’t share much on our home but i thought i’d share a peek at our first real living room set
we have raised 5 kids and never had 1.) money and 2.) why buy new furniture with 5 kids right?
times have sure changed though since we raised our bunch though
we went to ikea and i am sold! #ikea
things are very well made and affordable enough for the average family
even if you save up for it piece by piece like we did
we have a NEW SHIRT SHOP
this has got to be the biggest news
peeps are still trying to buy shirts from our Etsy sign shop
they are no longer there
i think we have hit the busiest time of year …grace is back in school …dakota is getting settled up in minnesota at his new job and the crew and i are hard at work sign making & t-shirt pressing…much like santa’s workshop hi ho hi ho its off to work we go and there is not one morning that i don’t wake up grateful for new beginnings!
i am anticipating going back to minnesota soon… but in the meantime we wanted to share what is new around the house of belonging
here are two of aedriel and house of belonging’s collaboration signs…gorgeous right? we can so seethese in nurseries everywhere..you can customize them too! each of our signs are hand-crafted upon order
this sign is puts into words the season i am in and i don’t want to forget i had nikki create it hoping it would inspire your heart too…
here is our newest christmas sign but i believe you could have this up all year long! if you want a sign for christmas decorating .. like thanksgiving week you need to have your order in no later than or we cannot guarantee delivery…bummer right? um ok…if only elves really did exist
would you look at this gorgeous little boy! his momma @blondemamalove told us he picked this out all by himself pairing it with his “church shoes”! he is quite the little trendsetter
you can click here to order signs and/or here for our NEW SHIRT SHOP ( shirts are no longer in the Etsy sign shop )