{i n h a b i t} the beginning

 It’s been bumping around in this noggin of mine for awhile, but I’ve been back and forth a dozen times about the format. After a week of slowing down and preparing this nest of ours for the slower winter months, it all started coming together…in a single word:

{ i n h a b i t }

The word itself somehow slows me. It implies stillness, not frenzy. In the hustle and bustle of busy family life, I often find myself disconnected from the steady cadence that brings warmth and meaning to our days. And I’m relearning that habits make it easier to inhabit – to really dwell within these walls and engage these beautiful ones entrusted to my care. Fully dwelling here does not happen by chance. It is too easily trampled by the unending list of “to-do” that can weary, body and soul. Through the coming cold gray, I would like to make this space a bit warmer, and what better way than with kind friends and creative conversation. At each week’s close, we’ll gather round the kitchen table (you’ll be able to link to your own space). All are welcome. Bring your words and pictures along. You’ll be needing them. (You may tap out a post just for this purpose, or, if you prefer, link to a relevant post in your archives). We’ll be talking about comfort and cadence, traditions and time, hints and habits. Refreshment and ritual for turning our homes into places we truly inhabit. So bring your grandmother’s muffin recipe or that great idea you had for displaying your little Picasso’s paintings. Perhaps a new tradition is taking root around the family table, or you rearranged to make that nook under the staircase a bit more inviting. Let’s slow down. We’ll linger the whole weekend through. Why rush? I’ll look forward to seeing you on Friday for the first go-around, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll answer your questions in the comments.


21 responses to “{i n h a b i t} the beginning

  1. sounds like a lovely idea!

  2. What a lovely homely word “Inhabit” is. I shall ponder on what that means to me I think . To truly inhabit a moment, a space and feeling…
    Wonderful idea!

  3. I can’t wait to share. This post invoked such a longing in me… I need to seek the definition of that word more fully. Thank you for the opportunity to do so!

    I got your comment on my blog, by the way. It is a pleasure to meet you as well…

  4. I like this, I like this very much…I need to chew on it a bit though and figure out just how it would fit for me…but, I very much want to participate. I think this is going to springboard into something very good.

  5. This is definitely a very nice idea.

  6. What an energizing idea. I dearly love coming to this space. You write so beautifully. I love the way you describe “inhabit”. I am looking forward to this! Thank you. Peace, Angela

  7. count me in! sounds wonderful.

  8. Wow! I’ve been shyly following you for a month or two now (you kindly commented on one of my posts), and I am so impressed. I love your ideas, how organized you are (lists are awesome), and how more often than not your writings make me think. Thank you. And I am very excited for this inhabit series. What a thought provoking word.

  9. Absolutely wonderful idea. I’m so glad you went with this.

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