Creating a Lifegiving Home
Sally and Sarah Clarkson’s The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming is an inspiring guide to creating a special home atmosphere that is a haven for family.
I’m a longtime fan of Sally’s, ever since I discovered her books as a new homeschooler. Her “wholehearted” style of homeschooling appealed to me right from the start. Now, she and her daughter Sarah share how this “wholehearted” style translates into creating a loving and peaceful atmosphere in the home. This “lifegiving” atmosphere makes the home a safe haven for family, a place to be encouraged, nourished, and nurtured.
The premise of The Lifegiving Home really speaks to me as a stay-at-home homeschooling mom, but even moms who work outside the home, or single parents can glean so much from the advice and ideas Sally and Sarah share. The bottom line is that no matter where home is, it should be a place that provides more than just shelter–it should be a place where children and families blossom, and where a firm foundation is built to help face the outside world with confidence and calm.
I especially like the format of The Lifegiving Home. The heart of the book is the second section: ‘Seasons of Home,’ which is organized month-by-month into seasonally themed chapters. With a focus on family rituals and celebrations, this book is brimming with inspiration and ideas for practical things that anyone can implement, and also with anecdotes and examples from the Clarkson’s home.
In our business of life, we plan all kinds of things for shopping, work, blogging, and other “worldly” obligations. How often do we plan our homes with purpose? My takeaway from The Lifegiving Home is that we need to give the atmosphere of our homes the same care and time that we devote to everything else–not just tangible things like room arrangements and decor, but the rhythms and rituals that make the home environment one that flourishes. Sally beautifully compares the home to a garden and says that like a garden, the home must be planned: “With a garden, the more ground that is planted, the more yield to the crop. Similarly, the greater care we take with planning our days and years, the more productive we will be. Great works of life art don’t just happen. They must be imagined, planned, and worked on before they become a reality” (p. 44).
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