Making Your Home a Haven Challenge – Weeks 1 & 2

With all the craziness of trying to get the materials ready for Nigeria and then helping LBC  get a few things ready for their annual fundraiser, I was more than ready to join Courtney over at Women Living Well for the Making Your Home a Haven 2012 Challenge.

Then I got stuck on the first challenge.

Go buy an extra large candle and light a candle everyday in your home. I will be starting mine in the morning! But you can start yours at dinner time. Do what makes sense for your family. I will be placing mine in the kitchen – the main hub of my home. Each time the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for peace in your home.”

Well, I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of candles. I used to be, but not anymore. I hate all the breathing in all the chemical “stuff” they dump into the air. Add to that three little boys who are home all day, and cats who get into everything, and lighting a candle is way more stress than it’s worth. So, that was pretty much a no go.

So, on to week two…

Play soft music everyday in your home. Choose worship, classical or another form of peaceful music that the family enjoys. I’ll be playing Christmas music! Focus on using peaceful words and maintaining peaceful relationships. Work on gentleness this week.”

OKAY! I can totally do this! In fact, we’ve had the Christmas music playing since the day after Halloween!

My favorite Christmas album (alright, it’s really a cd, but it seems weird to say that) is Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. I like all their Christmas music, but this is my favorite – has been as long as I can remember! We’ve also been listening to the Mannheim Steamroller Holiday channel on Pandora as well.

It’s been fun to listen to it with the kids this year. M & S have recorder class at co-op and N is trying to learn along with them at home (I knew all those years of band and music lessons I had would come in handy some day. I’m playing along with them as well.) They love to listen for the recorders in the pieces and try to figure out the other instruments as well.

Stop back next week to check on our progress as we work to make Our House a haven!

What are you doing to make your house a haven during this busy holiday season?