A Meatloaf Scented Candle?

6 ways to make your home a haven

How do we make our home a haven? As I posted yesterday, I recently reflected on my childhood to examine what made my childhood home comfortable and peaceful.

I came up with several factors that made my childhood peaceful!

What Made My Childhood Home Peaceful

Everything had a home. Although our home was small, my brother and I knew where everything could be found, and where to put it away when we were finished with it!

We didn’t let stuff sit around, when someone else might be able to use it. When we brought something new into the home, we re-evaluated what we owned, and often gathered up things that we didn’t really use, and gave it to a local charity.

Relationships were more important than stuff. Our home was tasteful, but very simply decorated. My parents wanted our cousins and neighborhood children to feel comfortable playing in our home, without worrying about our rugs or furniture getting soiled or hurt.

Family members were considered valuable and to be honored. The decorations on the walls in each room included photographs of immediate and extended family members.

Books and games were strategically placed in several rooms to encourage creativity, reading, and ways to spend quality time with other family members. Maybe that’s why I spent so much tome reading to my children, and playing games with them!

The house smelled good. My mother was an excellent cook! She loved to try new recipes and rarely made the same supper twice. As my brother and I entered the house after school, the aromas from supper simmering on the stove, or in the oven, filled our home. It is a wonderful memory that I have of my home being a haven. Good smells are comforting.

I, on the other hand, am not a good cook, and do not enjoy trying new recipes.

I do, however, like my home to smell good. Brisket scented candles seemed out of the question, so I try to light a fruity candle, or use air fresheners. Or I will put some ‘from the package to the oven Pillsbury chocolate chip cookies‘  in the oven, to make the house smell good.

Tomorrow, I will post pictures of things in my home that help to make it a haven . . . at least for us!

free printable

In our home we agreed on some non-negotiables. I have been asked by readers over and over again to share them—so I have answered your requests and made a FREE Printable for your home with Bible references. You can also find them in my new book, along with 21 ways to lovingly raise your children without regrets!

 

Bonni is the author of Mom By Example

About Bonni

What happens when a Jewish girl from Philadelphia falls in love with and marries a Christian hog farmer from a small rural town 85 miles from her home? Well, in my case, I became a Christian, but struggled to be the loving wife and joyful mother to my 4 young sons. This blog was born in order to share one tip a day that I learned, that could now help other moms learn to handle life with patience, grace and joy!

2 thoughts on “A Meatloaf Scented Candle?

  1. Hi Bonni! Just saying hello since I just stopped over for the first time via Kelly’s Korner! I moved to Philly last summer for work and so I’m checking out the blogs of the PA ladies! Looking forward to reading more about you & your family in Lancaster 🙂 blessings!

    1. Hi! Glad that you took the time to comment! Hope that Phila. is proving to be a good fit for you!! I f you ever want to visit Amish country :), let me know, we’ll give you a fun tour!

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