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Homemaking is NOT the art of having a perfect household.

If it was, this new series would be entitled “My Failures at Homemaking.”

To me, homemaking is the art of doing whatever you do to make your living space {house, apartment, etc.} a HOME.

The definition of a homemaker:

n.
One who manages a household, especially as one’s main daily activity.

Notice it DOESN’T say: “One who makes everything from scratch AND has a perfectly decorated house AND never has laundry waiting to be folded AND…AND…”

Each of us as homemakers are just trying to do the best we can to create a place our family feels at home. And that looks different for everyone.

That’s why this series is called “Attempts at Homemaking.” These are my attempts to find what I can do to make our house a home.

I have so enjoyed Courtney’s series “Making Your Home a Haven” – her challenges are a great place for EVERY homemaker to start.

My attempts as of late have been focused on creating a peaceful, inviting environment in which our family can live, play, interact and just be.

Lighting candles, clearing clutter, putting first things first…

And wouldn’t you know, the day Courtney challenged us to focus on the kitchen, this lovely thing ended up on my door step…

{photo: DaySpring}

This BEAUTIFUL Ever Grateful Pitcher is part of DaySpring’s Ever Grateful Collection – a gorgeous line of table and serving ware that fits this season perfectly. Not only did I receive this pitcher the day Courtney pointed our focus to our kitchens, but it was also the day the 30 Day Giving Challenge started AND the first day of November – a month filled with little celebrations of thankfulness we mark on our calendar each day.

I may have teared up a bit at how all of these things lined up together. God’s little way of telling me to be “thankful for simple graces.”

I know some will use this as decoration in their home, but my first thought was to make a fresh batch of lemonade and serve my family from the gorgeous hand-painted pitcher.

It hasn’t happened yet. I will attempt again soon.

Still, this pitcher – this reminder to be grateful EVERY DAY for things big and small – has enhanced my attempts at making our kitchen a more welcoming place.

Even if only because it makes me smile every time I see it. And a smiling mama is much better than the alternative…

Would having this pitcher in your home make YOU smile? Or maybe something else from the Ever Grateful line?

The GENEROUS people at DaySpring are giving one lovely reader a $50 shopping spree to their online store!!! {shipping not included}

I know YOU want to be that lovely reader so let’s get you entered – I LOVE giving stuff away!!!

To enter, just hop on over to the DaySpring Online Store, look around, come back here and tell me how you might spend that $50! Can’t wait to hear your ideas!

For extra entries, do one or both of the following and come back to tell me in a separate comment for each:

*Follow @DaySpringCards on Twitter

*Like DaySpring on Facebook

*Tweet about the giveaway and include @DaySpringCards and @homewiththeboys in the tweet

This giveaway will be open until Wednesday, November 10th at 9:00 p.m. CST.

Winner will be chosen by random.org and announced next Thursday during another installment of “Attempts at Homemaking!”

Disclosure: ย I was provided with a pitcher to review by DaySpring.ย  All opinions expressed in this post are fully my own.

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All of these thoughts on homemaking being said, I DO love to try all of the “arts” that are commonly associated with homemaking and I had the pleasure of receiving a wonderful line of DVDs from Franklin Springs Media called Homestead Blessings that cover many of these arts. Look for reviews of each DVD as the “Attempts at Homemaking” series continues in the next few weeks!

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You are always welcome at Home with the Boys โ€“ please join us on the journey!