Monday, August 21, 2017

Slow Goodies Winner!

Thank you for all of your sweet comments on my book post! Congratulations to Amanda Heebner!! You won the goodies! Please send me an email at thehomespunheart {at} hotmail {dot} com with your address!

Happy Monday!

Rest in Him

Sitting at one end of my dining table during a quiet afternoon moment, this thought came to mind and I quickly wrote it on my chalkboard to ponder, meditate on and think about.

Rest in Him with quiet trust and humility.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Slow Lane Photo Index Part 1

When I'm reading a book or looking at a blog with photos, I find myself wanting to know things about what is shown in the photo. Where can I find that recipe? Where is that? What is that? What prompted that photo? Why is that photo meaningful?

As I mentioned yesterday, I'd originally hoped to put a catalog or index of the photos in my book in the back to answer all of those questions for any curious minds like mine out there. In the end, I wasn't able to make it happen with all the other challenges we were running into - so, I'm going to attempt to make it happen here!


Let's start with this cover! I still love everything about this - I submitted this concept idea and asked for a nice font for the lettering and this was definitely the easiest part of the whole book!

I did actually write a post about the cover and how it sort of evolved and the details of each of these photos here. This post includes links to blog posts that included the featured photos.

Dedication page: This SLOW sign was spotted on an evening Family Night walk along a trail in our area.

Table of Contents facing page:
* Breakfast for dinner: I had ordered the fancy bread from a homeschool fundraiser of some sort and added it to bacon and scrambled eggs for a yummy dinner that was so simple and yet full of beauty!
* Slow Day: Rachel snapped this photo of our outside school session one day. I was dictating spelling words!

Introduction facing page:
* Strawberry Picking
* Pumpkin Choc Chip muffins: Fall is definitely top on my favorite times of year! This tray photo came from this post and you can find the muffin recipe linked in this post! Paper plates and napkins were a fun find at Hobby Lobby that year!

Page viii:
Biscuits: Sunday morning breakfast with homemade strawberry jam one Spring right after I finished painting my kitchen cabinets!!
Cotton: Getting lost on the way to the pumpkin farm led us by this field!

Page 2:
Samuel laying in the grass reading his Bible: the beginnings of my love for slow days were days like this. A picnic on the driveway that turned into an afternoon of reading, being thankful and the sweetest, most beautiful memories.

Page 6:
Canning jar cookies: sugar cookies made with a canning jar cookie cutter {from World Market} for a fun baby shower treat!
Leaves: A friend sent me some crispy and beautiful leaves from Pennsylvania one Fall and I had so much fun taking pictures of them! Love that leaf smell!

Page 11:
Beach: A short stop at the beach becomes a pause for slow and memories in the midst of our ordinary and busy days.
Breakfast Picnic: Slow Day picnics have become a hallmark for us in pausing and are some of my favorite times.

Page 12:
Shells: miniature shells in tiny hands = so sweet! Same outing as the beach photo just above.
Tea Party: When a friend calls and is close and lunch is near we pause and celebrate and serendipity is found and enjoyed! Same day as the breakfast picnic just above this!

Page 17:
Lavender: a few sprigs is all I've ever successfully grown - but these were so enjoyed!

Page 21:
Weeds in front of water: a family night walk with the sun setting makes these weeds look artistic somehow!
Stripey straws: Choosing to create Fall even when it is hot outside! Our first Fall picnic one early September! Little milk jugs are from Shop Sweet Lulu.

Page 24:
Slow sign: Same photo as on the Dedication page and from the same family night walk shown several times already!
Leaves in wooden crate: Another view of a box of leaves received from a friend with more Fall colors than we get!

Page 28:
Nature goodies: a fun nature swap we participated in - these were some of the goodies we received!
Enamelware cup of tea: enjoying some simple warmth on our annual jaunt to pick apples!

Page 31:
Watercolors: Some Slow Day fun with those nature goodies from the swap pictured above!
Apples on tree: Another memory from our apple picking adventure - blue sky, green leaves and red apples!

Page 34:
Roses: From our front yard - I could not find a post that included this photo!
Yellow Butterfly: Spotted during our apple orchard visit!

Page 37:
Grain Sack Pillows: re-doing our school table with free paint and a gift card to Etsy for a large grain sack has served us well for a couple of years now!
Orchard Picnic!

Page 41:
Breakfast on our screened porch: could not find this photo featured in a blog post! But either way, pancakes and flowers from the grocery store made a regular routine into something special!
Covered Bridge: Following a sign for a covered bridge led to this adventure on the way home from picking apples!

Page 44:
Rocks on log: A Slow Sunday outing where my children played and I read nearby. They collected these rocks and I saw beauty in them!
Rainbow Leaves: collected at the covered bridge above.

Page 49:
Breakfast Shadows: Back-to-School breakfast 2012!
Fall Tea Tray: Pumpkin cookies, candle, Fall leaves - beauty!

Page 52:
Wisdom Hoop Art: a little back-to-school vignette.
Shoes on Dock: Slow Day beauty! A walk to the neighborhood dock for breakfast led to bare feet, exploring and memory making!

Well I'm not even 1/4 of the way through the book - but here is the first batch! I've had fun working on this, hope you enjoy it too!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy 1st Birthday Slow Lane!

One year ago yesterday, this little stack of printed pages landed on Amazon. It has felt at home there for an entire year now and has made its way into hands, homes and hearts. Today I just want to celebrate God's faithfulness in bringing this to completion - there is no way it would be in print without Him for many reasons.

So let's have some fun!

First, I wanted to remind you that there is a great set of slow freebies/printables here!

There are several used copies available on Amazon for less than the retail price - so this is a great opportunity to get a copy if you are still looking for one for yourself or to gift!

Aaaaand, let's do a little giveaway! I would love to send one of you a made-by-me Slow cuff bracelet, set of little flags for your slow celebrations and a mini clipboard with slow prayer for display in your home or office! To enter the giveaway, please just leave a comment on this post including a way to contact you if you win! Winners must be within the US please for shipping purposes. Tell me your sweetest blessing in slowing! Comments will be accepted until Friday night!

One thing I had really wanted to do in the back of the book was an index of all the photos and some details behind them which ended up not happening. So, I'll attempt to get that into a couple of blog posts soon I hope!

I also have a printable for you today as we reflect on slow and where we need to hit the reset button in this area and this includes me!

Thank you, friends, for your support of slow! So happy to be on this journey of slowing with you! To God be the glory great things He has done!

* This post includes Amazon affiliate link.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back to School: Heart

Over the summer I've spent a fair amount of my study time looking at verses pertaining to home, dwelling, households and more. One morning during my quiet time, I landed on Colossians 3 and it jumped out at me as just what we needed to start our school year. I'm sharing with you in case it is a blessing to you today as well!

Colossians 3:15-17, "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

I initially ended up here because I was studying the word dwell. But I thought the verses before and after added so much depth and beauty that I began studying those as well. Then when I looked at them together I saw how much they exemplified what I wanted for my children and our home. Let's take a look!

First, we read, "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts..." I must allow His peace to rule. For something to rule, it has to be given utmost authority, respect, honor. And to let it rule: let it be the authority, the dictator, the guide, the law that governs. I also think of the relationships in our home: are they ruled by the peace of Christ?

" thankful." Isn't that the key to so much of life? Being thankful shifts my focus from upset and unsettled and gives me a heart and focus of contentment.

"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly..." Another key is letting {allowing/choosing} God's Word to set up house in our hearts. Is the environment welcoming, inviting, receptive? Does His Word find an open door, a friendly "Come on in!" greeting? Is my heart soft? Also, to dwell richly - think about that: not to dwell poorly, not scanty or in grungy conditions. It makes me think of lavish, abundant, quality, has depth and breadth. It is a feasting more than a snack.

" you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom..."  This is a sharing from the overflow of the Word dwelling in my heart. Teaching is a natural companion. II Timothy 3:16-17, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." Also: teaching and admonishing from a place of resting in Him, letting His peace rule and dwelling richly in His Word.

"...and as we sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude..." There is thankfulness again! I want to teach this to my children! I want to start our day with His Word and with singing.

And I love that the next part reminds that whatever we do - all should be done in the name of Jesus giving thanks to Him!

It sounds like a recipe for our upcoming school year:
* Let peace of Christ rule
* Be thankful
* Let the Word dwell richly
* Do everything in Jesus' name

This is the secret to making it through another school year no matter how our children are educated: school, homeschool, co-op, whatever! We can't do any of it without Him but with Him in charge - He can do anything.

Excited to see how He works in and through us this year!

Printable Happy First Day of School banner
Printable First Day signs
Ruler runner inspiration {mine is made of Christmas wrapping paper turned around backwards!}
Ruler wreath 

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