sitting here in paint clothes my breath smells like coffee unwashed hair all thrown up in a messy bun..my list of to do's is literally a mile long with launching MOXIE..getting orders caught up... dishes dirty are forming roots on my counter...i just nod my head when the kids are talking to me and sleep... well i blink and it is another day...somedays..ok many days i say WHY can't life be less busy
self says.. remember you have a book review...oh yes - add that to my list. a bit ago jeruselum asked me if i would review her book A Homemade Year : The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together. well long story short - the book came in the mail and it had me at the cover -- look at it will you? ADORABLE! a mix of fun fonts & color. quotes at the beginning of each chapter which i looove. the photography ( by jeruselums sister judea) is stunning..infectious. easy to read--whimsical...useful and understandable and before i realized i was smiling:) relaxing into the book was effortless. Jeruselum engaged my momma heart..my yearning for connecting with God and my people..my family. p.s. i love the smell of new books...i mean really love
this book is like holding the controller. it lets you change the channel from "shoulding" to wanting. i believe women have a deep longing to create heart and home but are torn between home and work...even when the work is out of the home for all of us home business moms!
well girls..only WE hold the controller!
jeruselum takes you on a year long journey in the frame of a liturgical year and most importantly from her experience. she's done all of this. she knows!
we are making that wreath this week...btw:)
Jeruselum gives us permission to celebrate in the midst of laundry,dirty dishes, children and the scarcity of this crazy world. it is ok to go back to a simpler time and immensely enjoy our upturned faces to the sun and inhale deep the fragrance of life. to enjoy our children..our homes..our gifts of creating and cooking
why have those things become an inconvenience?
The Homemade Year gives you way in which you can not only GIVE to your people but CONNECT with them over TEACHable subjects.
this book is the perfect companion to a heart longing to take her family on a year long journey - the journey of daring to live greatly in your piece of the world with your persons. giving you some new tools to use on how to get to point a to point b.
with so much of the "church"today using guilt and shame to get action from the people this excerpt was a breath of fresh air...Jeruselum commented on a quote from Penny Carothers...i've always elevated the lives of others above my own spiritual aspirations...this mistaken believe parallels my long-held view the spirituality has to look a certain way to be legit. Jeruselum went on to say-- i loved reading those words because i too have gone through seasons of thinking that legitimate spirituality only fit into one very tight fitting box. my prayer is that A Homemade Year is the kind of book that will free you from just that sort of mistaken belief, from the phantom one-size-fits-all box. instead i hope this book inspires you to seek and experience God in a different way at your own pace. this book is meant to act as a guide, to encourage, and to teach - but never to induce guilt, to depress, or to intimidate.
the book makes me long for the kids to be little again. looking back i would create more sacred connections in the everyday with homemade blessings. I will use this book throughout the year and it is a perfect gift to give my daughter to use with my 4 grandbabies.
I would LOVE to give a copy away to one of my FRIENDS. simply leave a comment of one simple past time that you would like to bring back i will announce the winner on friday
jeruselum is the auther of the blog jolly goode gal. it is a sweet place:)
oh...i did finally brush my teeth..xo
A Homemade Year:The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together by Jerusalem Jackson Greer ©2013 by Jerusalem Jackson Greer, images by Judea Jackson Used by permission of Paraclete Press, www.paracletepress.com