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..
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..
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..
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..
That was that and we moved on to making some homemade cleaners..
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
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..
2 1/2 cups of water
handful of thyme
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..
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