Oh, girls. This book. This book. It is such a treasure.
Sister Madeleine of Paraclete Press sweetly sent A Homemade Year to me a while back but I only just had a chance to give it a good look this past week while planning our new school year. I’m kicking myself for not cracking it open sooner.
You know how sometimes you run across a book that just touches your soul and makes you want to give God a bear hug and then serve him a giant slice of homemade pie? That’s this book.
Basically it’s a book about celebrating the liturgical seasons and instilling your home with rhythm and tradition but I have several books that fit that description and none have touched me the way this one did. Truly, it’s been a long time since I’ve savored a book the way I’m savoring this one. It’s full of breathtakingly beautiful pictures, thought-provoking personal stories, and inspiring, lyrical reflections. It’s the perfect book for fall, actually.
It’s so good that I kind of what to insist that each and every one of you purchase a copy. Would that be so wrong?
(Quick note for my Catholic readers: the author is a Protestant so you will need to adjust some of her suggestions to make them follow Catholic tradition.)
Speaking of fall, can you believe it’s almost upon us? That’s just crazy talk. But it is, and The Dating Divas are ready as always with a bunch of fun, fall date ideas! What would we do without those girls?
Don’t you just hate it when you spot something and instantaneously fall in love with it but know that you probably shouldn’t buy it? I saw this basket recently and immediately knew that it would be perfect on my kitchen table but alas, $38 for a wire basket probably wouldn’t be the most prudent purchase I’ve ever made. I’m hoping I can find something similar at a local antique shop, though. Charleston secondhand shops are to die for.
Are you noticing a theme here, girls? I’m all about lovely time-worn things these days (no pun intended). Flawless things don’t stay flawless for long in our lively home so maybe it’s a self-defense mechanism. ;)
Be. Still. My. Heart. That is all.
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