Saturday, January 17, 2009

While I've Been Away

{Artist: Carl Larsson}

I am enjoying a slower rhythm this month. Like all of you we were very busy in December. I am one of those people who will say yes to a certain number of obligations, but when I start to feel like it's all to much, I retreat completely. This usually happens to me in January after all the busyness and celebration of our *birthday season*, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I long to rest.

January is a month of introspection and introversion to an extent. A time to draw inside, cozy up and re-access life here in our little cottage. I often wish that we celebrated "Boxing Day" here in the US, I would fit right in. There I am the day after Christmas, boxing up and clearing out, getting ready for a sparkly new year.

January is a month of few school obligations, there are no sports for us, no extra classes. I love that. It gives me a chance to spend a lot of time at home decluttering, organizing and creating a tidy home full of those things that are beautiful and useful.

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." ~William Morris

I spent the whole day yesterday with the *assistance* of some wonderful helpers, reorganizing the closet that my hubby and I share. It is a walk in, but small and very quirky. Boy, did that feel good to go through every inch of it and pass on what we no longer use. It looks so tidy and pretty.

The children's rooms are another area that I try really hard to keep up on. I truly believe that we do no favor to our children by letting them have *so* much stuff. My daughter constantly needs reassurance that she *does not* need to keep every little thing. I really hesitate to let her buy toys or stuffed animals because she becomes very emotionally attached, then she will end up with a room piled high and the inability to separate herself from these things she *loves*. We are really trying to talk to her little 5 year old heart about what's important. I was very proud of her last week when she passed on a paper bag full of little stuffed toys, it was very hard for her, but she is assured that these will bless another little person very much.

As part of blessing my home this month, I am going to do some painting. It's been awhile and I am tired of some of darker colors we chose a few years ago. I have one very long wall that is a dark rust color, that I think will become a lighter camel color. I want to do this in the dining room especially where we don't get as much natural light. Lately, I have been very interested in Swedish Country design. Sweden gets very little daylight during the winter months. Their use of lighter colors and woods helps to reflect as much light around the house as possible. I love that. I have already painted the kitchen a beautiful butter color (not yellow, but a warm beige) and I really love it, even on the grayest, icky Washington day, it glows.

I am inspired by what these ladies are doing this month.

Michelle at Be Still is decluttering and clearing out.

Amy at Amy's Humble Musings and Sandi at A Mother's Musings are doing the 12 week challenge.

Artsy Mama is getting creative with color.

Stacy at With Great Joy is memorizing scripture all this year.

I hope and pray that each of you is having a wonderful January. I will end this month feeling refreshed and recentered, and ready to take on the busyness of the rest of the year.

I can hardly wait to get to vegetable gardening!

Have a blessed Saturday. In God's Love, Tami


  1. Good to see a blog post from you today. You were missed! :)

  2. Glad to see you back. All the new colors sound wonderful. We don't live far from you...just a bit north and anything inside that can brighten up the gray of winter is a blessing.
    Would love to see pictures when your done.
    And I love the feeling of freshly organized doesn't last long around here...I live with pilers ;o)

  3. its going to look so bright and ary when you get finished paiting..
    I love that picture, huge window filled with plants..
    have a great weekend..

  4. Ladies, thank you for the kind words.

    Sandi, I just edited the link to your blog, initially I typed Sandra. Now it says Sandi. Sorry for that.

    Have a blessed day, the sun is trying to shine here. YAY!


  5. So glad to hear from you again. Like you, the paint has come out! I finished my oldest son's room on Friday and my youngest one's room is on tap for this week. I am decluttering with a fury. So much stuff and so many people without. It just doesn't make sense to pile it away.

  6. I really enjoyed this post-I have been trying to declutter here, but haven't gotten as far as I had hoped by now. Your post inspired me to keep at it. That pic at the top of your post is so pretty. Holly

  7. I love the feeling I get when I clean out unncessary stuff! I love starting new years with new space and new pait and new attitudes! I'm glad you are getting the time to do it.
    I've tagged you so stop by my blog and play along!
    Blessings to you for the new year!

  8. It still feels warm and cozy here, as usual.

    Welcome back.