Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Looking Forward to a Year of Peace and Quiet!

{Hello from Miss Brenna Evangeline who turned four last month!}

Welcome to The Homemaking Party! Whew! I don't know about you but this. year. This year. I don't really know what to say about 2016. It was a really tough one for us. Not relationally---praise God for that!! Just financially, emotionally---2016 just took it's toll on our family and I was not sad to kiss it goodbye!!

But 2017!!!! Oh yes! I have such hope for this coming year. One thing--the biggest most wonderful thing I'm going to do this year is a whole lot of nothing. Ha!! Well---nothing that I don't want to do. Do you ever just need one of those no-obligation years? I need one now. I'm gonna take it. {Watch this space to see how long this resolution holds out...hahaha!}

One beautiful thing about my husband is that he knows me well. Without even meaning to sometimes, he just does things that especially bless me and are meaningful in huge ways. This year's Christmas presents are a great example. He just chose things he knew I'd love and in so doing, he ended up getting something to represent each thing I'm going to make a priority this year. Totally didn't mean to---he's just awesome like that.

First was this new Kitchen Aid mixer. He won it in a drawing at work---can you believe it? Apparently, there's a drawing for one every Christmas season. So awesome! He'd bought me a red one back in 2005 or so but with constant use for a family of 11, that old girl is really showing her age. To me, this new mixer represents a renewed desire to provide wholesome nourishment for my family---and not just with food.

Secondly, he ordered this set of letter writing materials from Lost Art Revived. It's the Jane Austen Letter Writing Society Kit. How awesome is that? That's a second priority for this year---to keep in better contact with my pen friends and even establish some new pen pal relationships!

Third was this calendar. Jamie has bought me a new calendar every year since our first Christmas together. It's just a tradition that he started and I love it! He always picks one with beautiful artwork. What I love about the scenes in this one is that they're all peaceful and idyllic representations of American family life. One of my goals this year is to keep this calendar as empty as possible!

Next are these sweet Pioneer Woman bowls. They are one of the many things that I collect and display in my home to make it peaceful and inviting. These represent my desire to strive to create a comfortable place for family and friends to rest.

Finally, this beautiful Victorian-themed bookmark. One of the main things I want to fill my time with this year is reading lots of wonderful literature. I'm even hosting a Victorian Reading Challenge on my literature blog, Belle's Library.

In reality, I have no idea how this year will look! It could be a year of wildness and craziness bigger than I've ever seen! I suppose my resolution isn't so much to force a year of nothingness---but to be careful to leave my schedule and emotions free to handle the things that come my way unexpectedly.

Thanks so much for stopping by The Homemaking Party! I can't wait to see what you've got to share!


  1. I love the gifts you received from your husband. He did good! Have a great day!

  2. Sarah, love your gifts AND your plan for the year! Can't wait to see how that works out. Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2017!

  3. What thoughtful gifts! You are a blessed lady.

  4. Your gifts are lovely! So very nice! That calendar is especially nice!

    Thank you for sharing such an inspiring post!

  5. Your sweet husband sees your heart. I love that. Every one is perfect for your goals and desires. Amazing.

    2016 was my year for sitting still on my back porch. Listening. Only doing what I had to do. It restored my heart and my strength. This followed a long, long season of stress, death and grief. G-d was so good to grant me this time. I pray you get to experience your respite, my friend.

    Now that the season of rest has passed, I'm refreshed, renewed and full of ideas and energy for the year ahead. Visiting your blog and seeing how you express your creativity always inspires me.

    Blessings and shalom to you and your family.

  6. Thanks for the lovely party. Hope your holidays were wonderful,

  7. What a lovely collection of gifts your husband selected for you! I hope you have a peaceful year in 2017.
    Blessings, Leigh

  8. Love your gifts. And I have the same Pioneer Woman bowl on the bottom lol. :)


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