Hidden Art Friday

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We’re in the midst of a cross-country trip right now, having driven through seven states (with just three more to go) in order to visit our families and celebrate our 10th anniversary!  This week I had high expectations for the day we spent visiting Christina and her family, hoping we’d come up with a joint HAF post for your delight and encouragement.  Instead, we spent all day talking and encouraging each other while occupying our seven children (while the husbands were at work)!  Somehow the blogging didn’t happen…can you imagine why not?

I always love spending time in Christina’s home because she gives such thought to glorifying God through and in her home.  While she could certainly blog more eloquently on the topic, I’ll just mention in passing one of my favorite things about her living room.  Christina puts great thought into every object on her walls and shelves.  I actually took the above picture while trying to work out the lighting for a picture of all of our kids on the couch, but I happened to capture her mom’s old (first edition?) copy of Edith Schaeffer’s Hidden Art, the inspiration for our Friday posts!

Are you reading anything interesting this summer?  I’m halfway through Hallowed Be This House by Thomas Howard (Elisabeth Elliot’s brother), which Christina gave me a couple months back.  During this visit, we discussed book lists and reading ambitions, and I thought I should clarify for those who might envision me as this supermom who reads deep books every day that the majority of my reading is light, mainly children’s lit, or shorter articles rather than long books.  That’s my life stage.  It takes me a long time to find the time to read long classics, though I hope to get through a few while we have grandparents and aunts and uncles entertaining our kids in the next couple of weeks!

Yesterday I got the chance to spend time with Martha, perhaps my dearest Titus 2 mentor, who turned 80 last week.  For as long as I can remember, we’ve celebrated our shared birthday month by taking each other out for lunch.  Over the years, Martha has encouraged and exhorted my mom and me, and this week she kept coming back to the importance of prayer–for safety, for the health of our children, for healing of illness, for wisdom in life decisions, for spiritual growth.  She is so faithful in sharing examples of answered prayers in her family’s life, and I came away so excited!  If we young moms spent more time with the older, wiser women in our lives and churches, I believe our lives–and our children’s lives–would be greatly enriched.  Do you have a grandma-aged mentor in your life?

And as a side note, I just want to send a huge thank you to those of you who have taken the time to tell us when a post has encouraged you or inspired you.  Often we spend hours on a post, and when we get an encouraging email or see that one of you has shared it on facebook, it means so much to us!  Thank you for reading and encouraging us.

May you have a fun and refreshing weekend, and we’ll see you next week for Hidden Art Friday!

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2 Responses to Hidden Art Friday

  1. Anna says:

    Emily, Anna and Bethany – I just wanted to let you know how inspiring I’ve found all of your posts, ever since I stumbled across your site a few months ago. I can’t tell you how much your thoughtful essays have made me think deeply about motherhood and home-making. (I have one child, a son, 18 months.) I very much respect that the content of your blog flows from your deeply held Christian beliefs, but you might be interested to know that I am Jewish, and also I work outside the home as a lawyer in NYC, though only part-time after the birth of my son (and I’m thinking of making changes to allow me to spend more time at home, partly thanks to your inspiration). I thought you might be interested to know that your writings are profoundly inspirational even to someone who is not a Christian and not at home full-time. Thank you so much for creating such a positive site!

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