I’m siting here tonight, my home filled with the smell of bread, my husband happily wood carving in the chair next to me, my babies deep in sleep in their room and I know that life is good. Although a bit of the holiday stress and drama did finally reach us in the last few days, it took only a quiet family day to shake it off and move on again. Life has resumed. On Monday, work and preschool will be back in full force. Little Man and I will start-up our normal daily routine and time will trot along again. But there is an air of change, something is different here and I like it. I’ve mentioned in my last post that this year was our first year with a clear intention of moving projects along, creating our homestead and pushing past complacency and grabbing all our challenges and running with them. So we started down the list on January 1st while the kiddos were napping!
This is our tiny TINY kitchen :
I mentioned a few months back how we were in the process of getting rid of quite a bit of possessions. A big part of this was to free our home of clutter and getting rid of things we just didn’t use or need. But another reason was the simple need for space. The kitchen was our first battlefield. Like most, we were big into small kitchen appliances, kitchen gadgets and the like. We love to cook so any fancy kitchen tool designed to make our cooking experience “easier” would always grab our eye. But we found out quickly that all they would do is crowd our counters and cabinets. So we started getting rid of things… and more things… and finally, we got to the point we were dreaming of : Letting go of enough stuff to take down the upper cabinets.
And what a difference it makes! Just imagine freshly painted walls, new oven fan and 150 year old reclaimed barn wood open shelves filled with my grandmother’s antique dishes! And that light… So much light!
Today, my husband continued with our kitchen project and I finally got my window shelves to start my indoor herb garden :
The shelves are removable so that in spring, I can move my herbs and plants outside and get access to the window. Those gorgeous pieces of wood are some of the pieces of reclaimed barn wood we got a few months back. I can’t wait for tomorrow : Planting seeds with my baby girl. Dreaming of plants, fresh herbs and microgreens makes the dead of winter seem less austere.
Slowly this house is becoming the home of our dreams. To many, our cramped little corner of the world may seem unseemly, but for us, it is filled with all we hold dear : Our love for each other and the world we’ve created around ourselves. It may be small, but everyone is welcome!
Have a wonderful night every one. And Happy New Year again. xo