Have You Seen? {August 19, 2018}

Welcome to Have You Seen? We’ll review last week and share other posts from around the web. Enjoy rest and renewal while you cozy up for some soul-food reading.

Last Week’s Theme: Homemaking

A Page From My Kids’ Playbook by M’Lynn Taylor—”I’m a horrible homemaker. Exhibit A: we’ve been in our house for longer than a year, and I still haven’t made an effort to thoughtfully hang things on the walls. There were random nails left here and there by the previous owners when we moved in, and I started a little game to see if I could cover each of them with something from my collection of outdated home décor we pulled out of storage. Since I’m a slow, indecisive decorator, that’s pretty much how things have stayed!”

The Light Is Dawning {Book Club} by Amy Young—”I love sections like the one we read for today in Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorryby Fredrik Backman. We read Chapters 9-17. In the middle of Chapter 9 when I read: ‘And Elsa should have understood this from the beginning. She really should have understood everything from the beginning.’ I thought, Me too, Elsa!”

Decorating Hacks for Cross-Cultural Living by Laura Bowling—”Most of us have a vision in our head of how our ideal home will be decorated. Bold colors or comfortable furniture or a gallery wall. But cross-cultural living, as we know, comes with its own unique circumstances, and all of the decorating tips and tricks and ideas we find online can sometimes lead to homesickness and an intense longing to meander through our favorite home store. So how do we decorate our home without tears or frustration while settling into a new culture? Living in multiple apartments in multiple countries taught me a few hacks to decorating my new home while learning a new culture.”

The Day I Bought a Rug {The Grove: Homemaking} by Kelly Delp—”I spent about 6 years living in apartments with no artwork, no bookshelves, and no throw pillows. I had a bare minimum of dishes, silverware, and coffee cups. I didn’t even buy furniture. I was not about to invest in this space. This was not home. I did not want this to be home. And outfitting my apartment like a home might indicate to God that I was green-lighting Him keeping me here. And I did not intend to give him any ideas!”

From Around the Web

Traveling and Wondering if Mice Climb

Gourmet Expat Food: When Dinner is Popcorn and Bananas

Culture Stress, Home, and Space, the Final Frontier

You’re Doing It Wrong

I Could NEVER Live Abroad

Finally, How to See the Gifts You Didn’t Ask For

And Now for Next Week

The theme is….

Our hope is that the themes this month welcoming you to the field and to Velvet Ashes are full of life and light. This process of peeling back layers of our hearts and the new places we call home can feel lonely and hard. We are here to surround you as sisters who might be old pros or just a few steps ahead.

This week we are moving out of our homes to the culture around us, the hidden gems and areas in desperate need of redemption. Does settling in and learning about your new culture feel daunting? Come spend time with our community this week as we share our experiences of enculturating through the blog posts. Share your humorous (or not) entering-a-new-culture stories on Instagram this week with the hashtag #VelvetAshesEnculturating. Don’t forget to stop by The Grove as we wrap up the week with words of grace and opportunities to learn from each other.

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