Cultivating Home – Oct 2018

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Kids Live Here – Rebekah Crosby

When you step through the front door of our home, it only takes a second to see that kids live here. And that’s not because it’s messy (though it is often messy), but because at ten years into this parenting gig, I am learning to see the beauty of this small space we share.This is my home, and my husband’s home—but this is our kids’ home, too. And home, for them, is puzzles and games in limbo on the floor, sheets stretched across chairs for today’s Best Fort Ever, a dollhouse with tiny furniture continually being set and reset, and the sunroom—our first home-improvement project—serving instead as a playroom filled with toy bins and art supplies.”


Putting Myself Aside – Natalie Ogbourne

“When my kids discovered boot hockey, it transformed hospitality at our house and shifted something in me. I’ll always prefer a little ambiance, but I saw the value of simply providing a place—a warm kitchen to crash in between games or a window to watch from as parents waited until the last possible moment to pull their kids away from the ice.”


Episode 45 // Cultivating Home – Rebekah Crosby, Lindsey Cornett & Lynne Patti

This episode dives into October’s topic—Cultivating Home—with conversations about what the most important things are in creating a home space that reflects your family values. On the first half of the show, host Emily Sue Allen talks with Lindsey Cornett and Lynne Patti about finding purpose in cultivating home for our families, as well as some practical tips about how to accomplish home tasks with little ones in the mix. The second half of the show features current Writer in Residence Rebekah Crosby, mama of two girls, and co-creator (along with Lindsey Cornett) of The Drafting Desk newsletter. 


Leaving My Baggage Behind – Jennifer Van Winkle

“I lugged my suitcases up the stairs to the second floor of the flamingo pink bunkhouse, where I politely begged pardon as I lumbered over to a vacant bunk. I unpacked my clothes into the empty chest of drawers, smashing 30 pairs of underwear into a submissive corner to make room for all the shirts and jeans. I unrolled my sleeping bag over the mattress, puffed my pillow and placed my photo album on the nightstand. I set about recreating my Oregon home in Australia, and the anxiety dissipated as my things surrounded me with familiarity. I didn’t realize how much faith I put in my possessions to fend off homesickness until it all came crashing down.”


Happy to be Home – Corey Wheeland

“After my divorce, when my daughter, Zoey, and I first moved into our apartment, the two of us often commented that it felt like we were living in a hotel since we had the chance to ride in an elevator every day. It felt so fancy getting to push a button and watch the floor numbers count off and hear the ding ding when we arrived at our final destination. But this novelty quickly wore off, as I constantly found myself irritated that I just couldn’t carry the groceries into a house with just a few steps, or that when we were running late, waiting for the elevator (or even running down several flights of stairs) to take us to our basement parking garage often made us even later.”


When Does A House Become A Home?  – Lindsey Cornett

A house does not become a home when we sign a lease or make the first mortgage payment. We do not fall in love with pro-con lists. But, when? Is it when we figure out which light goes with what switch? When we walk to the park the first time, or pull a birthday card from the mailbox? Maybe the first time we wave to a neighbor who knows our name? My ideas about home continue to evolve, but for now, my backyard is my favorite place in the world, and there’s one thing I know without a doubt: to be welcomed to the neighborhood is to be loved.”


The Essence of Home – Patty Scott

“Sometimes it helps to step back and think through how I am cultivating home. Over our years together, my husband and I have talked over our family purpose statement. We started doing this about 15 years ago. During one of our first conversations laying out purpose for our family, he mentioned wanting our home to be a sanctuary for each of us. Beyond that, he wanted to share what we cultivate in our home with others, so they felt that same sense of welcome, safety, and rest when they visited. This introverted man, who would (admittedly) live in a cave if it weren’t for me, said all that. I was floored and blessed.”


Episode 46 // Home & Belonging – Robin Chapman & Vanessa Hunt

This episode explores October’s topic–Cultivating Home–with discussion centering around creating a sense of belonging within our homes. In the first half of the show, host Emily Sue Allen chats with Robin Chapman about belonging and how to encourage healthy relationships between the people in our homes in both big-picture and practical ways. In the second segment, Emily talks with Vanessa Hunt, mother of two and co-author of Life in Season (affiliate link), about the ways our hearts are connected with our homes and how we make home a sanctuary for our families.


Rest For the Extroverted, Weary Mama – Heather Lobe

“Through a series of hard events, I became a single mama when Emmett was two and a half. I was determined to provide him with structure to counterbalance the changes in his life and to make sure he felt secure. After work and school, we have play time, dinner, bath, stories, and prayers, in that order. He is in bed by a set time every night. This structure has served us well for the almost four years. But one part of our week’s rhythm was not working.”