The Art of the Ordinary – Life Giving Home Series

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Welcome to the third month in the life giving home series! In March we are going to talk about the art of the ordinary. What an amazing topic to talk about together.

Because let’s be honest with each other, being a homemaker has a lot of mundane days, ordinary moments and just normal every day life tasks that need to get done. So how do we find beauty in these ordinary moments? How can we enjoy the mundane tasks and glorify God in the ordinary?

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More about The Life Giving Home

Before we dive into the next chapter of this amazing book, let’s take a closer look at the entire book. What is it about and why should you read it?

The life giving home was written by Sally and Sarah Clarkson, they are mother and daughter and wrote this book together. They take turns writing a chapter and it’s really nice to read the perspective from two different writers, who have very similar thoughts.

In the book, they talk about how to create a home that is fun to be in, a joy to be a part of and that gives life to those who come into it. They take you on a journey of creating a lifegiving home, but do so in small and manageable steps.

Trying to transform your home within a month is exhausting, overwhelming and absolutely impossible. But changing one or two things each month will transform your home and life completely. And that is what Sarah and Sally try to accomplish in this excellent book.

March – The Art of the Ordinary

March focusses on the ordinary, and I couldn’t think of a better month to focus on ordinary than this month. You know why? Because Spring still hasn’t arrived, but the holiday season is long gone. These are the days in which we experience a lot of mundane moments.

So what do you do in March, when you are kind of stuck in the every day life?

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Focus on making every day moments more enjoyable

One of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family, is make your every day life more enjoyable. And it doesn’t even need to be something super special. It’s about making those mundane moments a little more special.

  • Turn on some music. Something that always does wonders in our family, is turning on some music. Music truly sets the mood. So especially when you feel like the day is kind of boring, turn on some fun music, dance with the kids or spend some time to worship. You will instantly feel better!
  • Light a candle. I don’t know why a candle makes everything more cozy, but it definitely does! Light a candle during dinner, even if it’s just simple mac and cheese. Or light a candle when you are reading a book to the kids. It will change the atmosphere in the room in an instant.
  • Read a book. Something our children always love to do, is read a book together. So when the day seems to be dragging by, grab a book, cuddle up on the couch and read it together. It’s a great way to connect with your children as well!
  • Make your favourite drink. Enjoy 10-15 minutes with your favourite drink. Make a cappuccino, tea or whatever you enjoy and just enjoy it. Sit down on the couch, take your time and maybe watch the children play or read a chapter in a book. it’s amazing what that little intentional time can do for your mind.
  • Bake something. Get the kids in the kitchen and bake something fun! Bake some bread, cake or cookies and enjoy the moment of being together in the kitchen. It’s a great moment to teach the children as well. Teach them the difference between 1/2 cup and a cup or count together while you put in the eggs. I love using times like this to make school a little more interesting.

Start planning for Spring

It still seems like a long time before Spring will show up, but it actually comes quicker than you’d think. So start planning what you want to do in Spring.

Do you want to plant a garden? Make sure you know what you are going to plant, when you are going to plant it and where. Then start purchasing all the seeds you need and start preparing the ground. There is a lot you can do in March for your veggie garden, without actually planting the garden yet.

Do you want to go to specific events/places? Start planning those trips now before it’s the end of Summer and you completely forgot to do what you wanted to do. Look for new places around your home town you would like to visit, figure out the perfect time to go to a zoo, etc. It would be even more fun if you turned it a fun project with the kids and create a ‘Spring bucket list’.

Go outside more

After days, weeks and maybe even months of spending most of your time indoors, it’s a great time to start going outside more. Take advantage of those rare days where the sun shows itself. Prepare the garden for the new season that is just around the corner. Or go on a hike and enjoy the last cold days where the trees are bare sticks, before they start to show all their beautiful Spring colours.

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