Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Farmhouse Christmas

 Simplify.  My word of the year, actually more like two years. I've been on a quest to simplify so we can create more time together as a family, and so I can make myself more available for the things and people that matter most. This simple approach has carried through to our Christmas decor as well, and it feels so good!


Everything you will see here is pretty basic.  A tree, stockings, a little fresh greenery, and that's about it.



Sometimes we get ourselves worked up over the craziest things.  Or maybe that's just me, but I knew this year needed to be different.  Having both kids in school this year has been an adjustment for sure and it's also been an eye opener for me.  This year hasn't been the easiest for us, but I find peace in knowing God always has a plan even when we don't understand, and we will be stronger for it.


Even though we've been simplifying for a while, we were hit with some tough stuff this year that set us back a bit.  We know we can only look ahead, God always knows what he's doing, and I know he works all things together for our good.


 It's so important to us that our children know and understand the true meaning of Christmas.  It's one thing to talk about it and read about it, but it's something else to actually live it.  We want to live it and set an example that will stay in our children's hearts forever.  This takes work and it means being super intentional with our time.



I love decorations and creating a cozy home for my family, but I can't let it consume me.  I've been there before.  I've been the crazy lady who won't let her kids touch the tree because the ornaments won't be arranged the right way.  Not fun. For any of us. I've also poured so much of myself into decorating and shopping and events in the past that there was nothing left of me to give.  My kids were not getting the best of me, and I was certainly not being intentional with my time.


I mean seriously, how can we be teaching our kids all about baby Jesus and the importance of Christmas while we are showing them something entirely different with our actions?  Kids don't miss a thing, do they? 


So anyways, I'm sharing with you our Christmas home tour, in it's tidied state.  If you ever watch my Instagram stories you know this house of ours is very lived in, but I straightened it up a little for you today.


 This year our tree is a little bit of everything.  Mostly handmade ornaments and keepsake ornaments that we've collected over the years.  The kids helped and we filled it as full as we could get it!



It's definitely a tree that makes us all smile. :)


My mom gave our kids these stockings years ago and they love them.  I tried to do the whole matchy matchy family stocking thing, but these bring us so much more joy.  We do have little mini stockings with our initials in the hallway though, I'll show you those in just a second.


The addition of a wood stove to our living room wasn't something I was thrilled about at first, but now I love it.  I can't imagine not having it actually.  It's so warm and cozy and heats our entire house.


We use it all day every day in the winter so that means this area of our house stays a little dirty at all times.  It isn't the cleanest heat ever, but it makes me feel like Ma Ingalls when I stoke the fire up each day, and then I can't help but smile. Have I ever mentioned how much we love Little House on the Prairie around here?  I think that's another reason I've fallen in love with natural living and making our own cleaning products.  Ma Ingalls never used Scrubbing Bubbles.



If you've never watched the pilot episode, you must! It's the perfect Christmas show to watch as a family.  We watch it every single year and our kids really love it too.  Talk about simplifying, yeah they had that down.



Speaking of natural living, I thought I'd share a couple of our favorite Christmas diffuser recipes.  There's nothing like the scent of Christmas filling your home!


These were shared in our private oily group along with a zillion more, but these are a couple of my favorites.

Baby it's cold outside blend:
3 drops Christmas Spirit
3 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce
1 drop Cinnamon Bark

Three Wise Men Blend
3 drops Frankinscense
2 drops Myrrh
2 drops Ginger
2 drops Pine



Here are the little mini stockings I was telling you about.  I just love them.  They add a little Christmas charm to our hallway.



And here's Jake in his Christmas sweater.  Poor buddy gets chilly this time of year.




Before we head to the kitchen I'll go ahead and apologize for the lighting.  This week has been so cloudy and gloomy so I had trouble getting bright photos.


It's definitely cozy weather though.  The kind where you just want to curl up with a blanket and Netflix. :)

  Not too much going on in here, it's very simple.  The table runner might be my favorite along with the candle sitting in Roby's grandma's china dish.  The candle is just for looks, I won't be lighting it.  I'm looking into making my own candles because I do kind of miss them. Surely there's a way to make healthy ones.  Maybe.







I switched out the lavender for these little faux trees.  There's something about a tree in a crock that's so cozy and serene.  Maybe that's just me, but I love it.


This little Santa goes on our stove every single year.  It's one of those meaningful Christmas doodads, not because its valuable, I bought it at the dollar store, but because it's the first Christmas decoration I ever bought when we bought our first house.


We had moved in around this time of year, and I remember buying this Santa and placing it on our stove before we had even unpacked boxes. It made our new house feel like home.  We have a picture of me bathing Audrey in the kitchen sink and you can see the Santa in the background.  I need to find that so I can share it.



Usually I change the chalkboard, but this year I didn't. This is my favorite Bible verse and one I read and cling to each and every day.  Anytime someone comes over, they notice it and read it, even if they don't say anything.


"...whatsover ye do, do all to the glory of God."

I need this reminder on a daily basis.  Even when my day consists of cleaning house and doing laundry, I know I'm serving the Lord because I am serving my family.  I am doing his work, and so are you, mama!




This is probably our most used room in the house.  We are always gathering in the kitchen.  Even though I like to keep clutter at a minimum, I still like to keep things that I use most often our on my counter.



This little table belonged to my great grandmother.  I remember it well even though I was really young. She kept it by her bed.  I'm grateful to have it in our farmhouse now.




I'll wrap up by sharing a couple more views of our Christmas kitchen, and wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! 








I hope you all enjoy this time with your family and let go of the small stuff.  Our time is so precious, lets make it count and lets cheer each other on!  I love you all and thank you so much for your support and friendship!

Merry Christmas!