I have this thing about candles.
I always, always have a food-scented (never floral or perfumed) candle burning (with a too-high-flame, too close to flammable things, according to my husband) when I’m in my kitchen. It’s a guilty pleasure. Currently, I’m burning one that smells orange-y, a lot like spice cake in a jar.
Last week, on the day my book came out, that same husband of mine got me a candle to celebrate. He’s such an enabler. It was called Sugar Cookie and I burned it day and night.
Sometimes I throw my kids for a loop and actually have real life warm sugar cookies on the counter when they get home from school and not just a yummy candle to fake them out.
There’s something special about candles that makes me feel warm and happy and like my house is clean (clearly, it’s a psychological thing). Their ambiance and fragrance make our house feel like home. And that little flickering light in the kitchen is like a beacon that beckons my family to gather around, slow down, and stay awhile.
I’m not a gourmet cook, but I love having my family around the table. They get hungry, so it works out well.
That table –with its spills and no frills — is the hub of our home. It’s the place we break bread and then we Break Bread. It’s the place that connects us.
We all know home is about more than comforting scents and delicious meals, it’s about creating a place where our kids want to be. A house that brings them home. A place that says you belong, your safe here. A home that grows grateful kids.
I want to have a life giving home.
And I’m so glad my friend Sally Clarkson, mother and mentor to thousands of moms, is helping us create one with her new book, The Life Giving Home. She and her daughter share their story: a story about a home where a real family learned to flourish, grow, and belong. Together they offer a treasury of wise advice and spiritual principles to help you create a place for all that is beautiful, good, holy, and foundational to life.
This book is broken into bite-sized, month-long pieces that help you break up the year into manageable and thoughtful ways to make your home a place of belonging and becoming.
There are practical tips and ideas for celebrating, creating lasting memories, ideas for hospitality with your family and God-centered traditions. It’s not a Pinterest-y book about perfection or having a home like someone else’s. It’s about creating the space for joy and love, a home that is your family’s favorite place to be.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence when you buy my book, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World online, nearly every retailer recommends A Life Giving Home. Because raising grateful kids starts with exactly that.
And maybe a candle that smells like sugar cookies.