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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Keepers of the Home Meeting for June..













Good Evening dear hearts.. 
So happy you dropped by.. 

Another first Saturday of the month here in New Brunswick and another Keepers of the Home meeting.. 

It was a lovely morning.. 
I must begin by saying that I kind of forgot to take pics most of the time but we do have a few.. 
Several had left before I remembered.. 
sorry.. 
There was a wonderful turnout for it.. 
Some new girls that we are so happy to have with us.. 

We started off by cooking breakfast together as usual. 
One Keeper blessed us with some homemade muffins which went lovely with our bacon, eggs, and toast.. 
Just an ordinary breakfast this time.. 
But very good..

I took a bottle of dandelion jelly for them to try out.. 
Susan liked it good enough to take the rest home.. smile.. 
Then I had to get them to try my lovage straws.. 
We put them in our tomato juice and it just gives the juice a nice celery flavor.. 
If you would like the herb then I  know you can get them at the Co-op in Sussex.. 
A few others took the leaves home to dry for their soups and salads.. 

There was lots of coffee and tea while we had another little lesson on our Christian homes.. 

We have ventured into the entry way or mud room or foyer... 
Whatever you desire to call it .. 

This is the room that says welcome and we used our 5 senses.. 
Looking the word entryway up in the Bible and in Exodus 35 -15 it talks about the entryway into the temple and how it smelled of incense and oils.. 
We discussed the sense smell..
And how it is the first thing that meets you when you open the door.. smile.. 
Every home has it own smell, eh? 

There are many ways to have a fresh smelling home.. 
You can find some tips HERE..
An entryway contains things like sneakers, hockey gear and such so it takes a bit of work. 
As for the pinterest board I will keep adding to it so keep checking.. 
OK?

We then chatted about our other senses and how they worked in our homes.. 

We talked about sight and how we would try to get some scripture up on our walls . 
Hopefully, in the Fall we will make some crafts with scriptures on them..

Our favorite is the verse .. 
As for me and my house we shall serve the Lord.. 
Joshua 24-15
A nice tidy entryway is certainly on all of our agendas... 
And organized, too.. smile.. 
Here is a link for way back when I first started my blog and it was not very professional, believe me..
Please excuse the poor quality pics and such.. smile.. 
But it is a few scripture decorating tipS and you might like it.. 
You can find it HERE.

The next sense was hearing and how lovely it is to come in and hear lovely music, the laughter of the family or just sweet chatter..
Not a blaring TV or family arguing..  
The entryway can be such a place of blessing as each morning we try and hold hands and pray a blessing for the day upon our children and even their friends as they stand in the door and wait.. smile.. 
I had to share about how touching it was for me to visit my daughter and hear her in her entryway praying a blessing of the day upon her boys.. 

In I Samuel 1- 12, 13 it talks of Hannah praying in the entryway of the temple.. 
Praying for a child.. smile.. 

The only thing we came up with for taste was to leave a bowl of mints somewhere. grin..
Perhaps you have one ???  

But really the one that is not so obvious but perhaps the most important is how your home feels when the door is closed against the world.. 
Do your children feel their mama's arms welcoming them home after a day at school? 
Does hubby feel the love from his family as he closes the door on another workday out there? 
Do friends and strangers feel the welcome of your home? 
The love and joy and peace that only God can bestow on hearts and homes can be felt first in your entryway.. 
Not a very deep subject but just a few thoughts.. 

So...
 That was that and we moved on to making some homemade cleaners.. 

Fabreze recipe 
In a spray bottle from the dollar store pour in a funnel 
2 cups of water
1/4 cup of Gain Fabric Softener
1 T. baking soda
Shake well.. 
It really works.. 

Homemade Spray Cleaner.. 
1/4 cup of dish soap  (Dawn)
1/4 cup of white vinegar 
2 tsp. Borax
3 1/2 cups of hot water 
essential oils of choice and amount to suit you.. 
I love lavender.. 
And perhaps a drop of tee tree.. 


Thyme Disinfectant.. 
2 1/2 cups of water 
handful of thyme 
vinegar
 a squirt of Dawn soap
Simmer the thyme in a pot with the water for a couple of hours.. Strain through cheesecloth or a coffee filter .. 
Pour into a spray bottle.. Add the soap and top it up with the vinegar.. 
I loved the smell of the house while this was simmering away.. 
Reminded me of an Italian Bistro.. grin.. 
It worked well, too which I found amazing as it is a tea color.. 
On one site they talked about the scientific proof of the disinfecting power of thyme.. 
Kind of good to know.. 

There was also a recipe for Homemade Laundry Powder found HERE..

And one for Laminate Floor Cleaner that I found Here..
And the Spray Air Freshner is on my Pinterest Board above.. 

Most of the girls made Fabreze and then a little stamped tag to hang on it.. 

We had also brought plants for an exchange which was a lot of fun.. 
There was all kinds.. 
Even white lilac bushes..  

All in all we had a wonderful morning with lovely fellowship.. 

Thanks so much for dropping by.. 
This is our last meeting for the Summer until we have our annual overniter at our cottage in St. Martins in July... 

Have a blessed weekend and thank you to all you girls who come and help so much with everything.. 
I appreciate you all.  
And thank you for your sweet notes.. 
Hugs.. 



14 comments:

  1. What a fun time you ladies had this morning. I love the study you did on the senses and how they relate to our homes. I bet they can't wait until the sleepover in July now. Have a blessed Sunday Faye. Hugs, Pam

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  2. I am so envious of your Keepers of the Home group. How I long to have something like that, here. I have used homemade cleaning products for many years, mainly due to having eczema on my hands and sinus problems that prevent me from using commercial chemically laced cleaners. I will have to try the homemade Febreze, for sure.

    Thank you, so much, for sharing your group! I love it!

    Grace & Peace

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  3. Thanks for sharing all the recipes. I must try the Febreze one.
    Have a lovely Sabbath Faye.

    Felicia

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  4. I would love to be there and come to your meetings. It looks like a lovely group of ladies. I will have to try the homemade Febreeze!

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  5. What fun, and you make such lovely things and learn so much. Ohhh, Faye, I have to pray on this and maybe one day I can make the trip! Especially to St. Martens. (sigh) xoxoxox

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  6. Good Evening:)

    Loved all the recipes, will have to try some, particularly the Febreeze. I would love to go to your meetings, they sound like so much fun with great Christian fellowship:)

    Have a blessed Sunday!
    Kim

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  7. Such lovely smiles on the ladies faces, this was a very enlightening post!
    Thank you so much for all the sharing from your heart!
    Hugs and friendship!

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  8. I also wanted to say how much I love your new header photo, just love the lupines!

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  9. sounds like everyone had a great time. I will be trying out your floor cleaner. Like you I love hardwood floors, but they are hard to keep clean.

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  10. Faye,
    This is a little off-topic first. But you are Anne Elliot from Persuasion. She has a compassionate and empathetic heart that looks to the needs of others first. She is gracious and kind. That little quiz is so totally correct.

    I wish you were nearby, and I could soak up the wealth of Godly instruction in those meetings. There is nothing like it here. Such a mentor you are. I am really going to take those ideas to heart. What a wonderful lesson! I would not have gleaned that knowledge from God's Word about the temple. I have to admit, my entryway is a small landing, and I don't put much thought into it. I am going to try and put into practice what you taught, not to mention to make some of the cleaners and home sprays (dogs- love 'em; don't want to smell 'em). I do grow thyme in the summer. Good info.

    Thank you, thank you, Faye, for being a dear mentor from afar...
    Love,
    Heather

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  11. What a wonderful time had by all.
    I to so wish I could actually be ya one of your meetings.
    Dreaming is fun.
    Woolie Blessings

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  12. Dear Faye,
    this sounded like a most INTERESTING Meeting this time - I would have thoroughly enjoyed it.
    You are a great inspiration and leader.
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  13. I want to move to your town so I can go to your meetings, they sound like a lot of fun and so informative, too!

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  14. Thank you for the recipes. I would love to be in your group.
    Blessings,
    Carla

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