Since getting married, I have come to believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where most of our conversations take place as we make and eat meals, play games, do homework, pray for each other and the food ( the food really needs it:). But the other day I looked at my fridge and saw it in a whole new light. First of all, the pure fact that I have this large box inside my home that not only keeps things safely cold and conveniently cold, like drinks, but also freezes my leftovers and other food to be ready to cook, well that is simply amazing! That means I have abundance!! I have food left over! My kids don't go to bed hungry (unless they don't like dinner). We have choices of what to eat and when, this week or in a month. When I think of the mothers throughout the world who have very little to no choice of what their babies eat, or if their bellies are full, well...
That is just the inside of my fridge. Now to what I noticed this week, the outside. You see the outside of my fridge is also full. I realize my friends who have magazine cover homes will cringe as I admit this, but it is full. Let me take you on a tour. On one side I have a magnetic flash light from a lesson a friend shared. We are the light of the world, let us shine our lights.
I have a magnet that says "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." This quote was used frequently during the Great Depression. It has helped me regain perspective many times when I have let my wants take a forefront over my needs.
We have an invitation to a wedding. Someone wants to share the beginning of their family with us!
I have an invitation to a baby shower. Another precious little baby has come into the world and I get to help celebrate!
There are multiple pictures made by my kids. Preston watched a tutorial on line by Jan Brett, and I have to say his picture turned out pretty amazing. Maybe he will grow up to be an artist. There is the paper plate sun by Derek, made in our co-op preschool. The sun makes me smile and so does our preschool. I wish all grades could be a co-op school like our preschool. It has been so amazing!
There is a picture of our family by Brennan, my two year old. Although no one else would ever know what it is, I do.
There is this set of plastic magnetic gears. There is a motor in the main one and as the kids put the gears in different places they can really get things going. Nearly every kid that has spent any time in our kitchen (and they usually do, because that is where the cookies are) has spent time with those gears.That has been one of our all time favorite toys.
There are the magnets that were pictures that Garrett made in school and they turned them into magnets. I love those! What he drew in elementary school is very different than what and how he draws now, and those are glimpses back to simpler days.
On the other side of my fridge is our family calendar. Admittedly, some days and weeks, I just don't even want to look, because it is so everlastingly full. Some things I want to be at and others not so much, but each has their purpose. There are also birthdays and holidays and fun events.
My fridge is not for the faint of heart, or for the magazine cover, but it is a huge part of the heart of my home and it is thankfully, full.