Webster's defines "abode" as a temporary place to abide or dwell; a habitation. Our homes may be old or new, humble or grand - it's all relative. As long as we are mindful that our earthly dwelling is temporary and we use it wisely, our home is truly a blessing to all who gather under its roof.
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. (Proverbs 24: 3-4)
|"Home for Thanksgiving" by Grandma Moses|
Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Friends who know me well also know I skip past Halloween, so that gives me lots of time to decorate our home with fall stuff. This Grandma Moses print is especially poignant, as I remember a Moses print hanging above on the wall behind the dining room table in my grandparent's home. I think it captures the true essence of welcoming family home for the holidays. It's not about having a grand home or setting a magazine-perfect table, but the joy of seeing family and friends gather together. I snagged a copy of this from eBay for $3.50 the other day - can't wait for it to arrive so I can frame it up and move the mantel forward another step toward the holidays.
Of course, these days there's almost always something cooking or baking as I plow my way through old and new recipes for rib-sticking, heart-warming foods. (Yes, last week's focus was on health, which means avoiding the fattening and rich foods of the holidays. It's not a paradox I cook up a storm, but then send plates of goodies with Mr. Official to share with his staff and co-workers - a few nibbles and bites for everyone means no lasting harm to anyone's waistline or blood sugar levels. This week's bake-a-thon is turning out cinnamon pumpkin pull-apart bread, pumpkin-spice baked donut holes and sour cream chocolate chip bread. Mmmm, mmmm, good.)