Welcome to the 28 Day Challenge to Fill Your Home with Love! I’m so glad you’re here!
You can sign up and get the emails sent to your inbox at the end of this blog post. But before we get there, let me ask you a question — When you walk into your home, do you breathe a sigh of relief, or does your stress level go up?
Does your heart fill up with something like “yay, all my favorite people are here and look at everyone’s smiling faces!” Look! Even the dog is dancing as you all break out into song!” (Ha!)
That might actually happen in an episode of Fuller House on Netflix (which I’m not afraid to say I enjoy watching! Haha!)
But in real life, if I’m honest, that’s not what happens when I get home. It feels like I go from the “rush of busyness” at work to another round of busyness at home. I’ll hug and ask my kids how was school and then it’s a bunch of TO DOs:
- Please empty your lunch box, guys!
- Do you have homework?
- Are you hungry?
- What do you want to eat?
- Can you please start your homework?
- Baby, please go change for gymnastics, we’re leaving in 10 minutes.
- Did you guys NOT empty your lunch boxes?
- Alexa, what’s the temperature? (It’s actually been COLD in Houston!)
- Ok, guys, please grab your jackets. We have to go!
Are we all THAT BUSY?
Sometimes, while all this is going on, I try to send out a few emails, do a load of laundry, dishes or vacuum upstairs. At some point, we also let our dog, Ella, outside then negotiate with snacks to get her back in.
We rush out the door and sometimes grab an afternoon Starbucks (because momma needs some caffeine and sugar!) Everyone has sports practices or whatever, and by the time we get home, it’s often 9:30pm.
Sometimes, I drop the kids off at their sports and come back home to cook, so we have something ready when we get home. Shout out to my beloved Instant Pot. Other times, we just grab something on the way home.
Guilty Mom Moment
By the time we wrap things up and everyone’s ready for bed, I’m exhausted and inevitably end up with a “Guilty Mom Moment”:
Does my family know I love them?
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Have we been so rushed and stressed, always busy, doing all the things, running around, scarfing down food on the go … that we never stopped to, you know, LOVE each other?
Is this normal? Are we all living like this?
The other day, I had a conversation with my sister and she said “no.” Their home life is different. She works from home and her hubby works nearby. By 5pm, everyone’s home and they don’t have any other plans but to … be home.
My husband said the same thing about his home life. He grew up with two, full-time working parents, but they’d be home by 6 or 7pm and that was it. Dinner, homework, chores and bedtime. Maybe he’d have time to play with neighborhood friends. But that was it.
So whether you can relate to my hubby & sister’s “home by 5pm” life or my current “uber busy life with sports till 9pm,” I’m willing to bet that we could all stand to fill up our homes with a little more love.
The challenge, for the next 28 days, will be very simple (because I honestly don’t have time for anything else! LOL)
28 Day Challenge to Fill Your Home with Love!
Week 1: Let’s get started!
- Day 1: Write a Note
- Day 2: Share a hug & a prayer
- Day 3: Apologize & Affirm
- Day 4: Bring home (Valentine’s) treats! (or make them yourself!)
- Day 5: Give your family a CHORE FREE DAY!
- Day 6: Unplug Yourself
- Day 7: Say Yes … to your family
Week 2: Your Love Story
- Day 8:
- Day 9:
- Day 10:
- Day 11:
- Day 12:
- Day 13:
- Day 14: (Happy Valentine’s Day!?)
Week 3: Love Your Kids
- Day 15:
- Day 16:
- Day 17:
- Day 18:
- Day 19:
- Day 20:
- Day 21:
Week 4: Family Love
- Day 22:
- Day 23:
- Day 24:
- Day 25:
- Day 26:
- Day 27:
- Day 28:
That’s your overview for the 28 day challenge. I’ll come back and update it as the posts go live! But for now, let’s get started with Day 1:
Day 1: Write a Note.
This love note can be on a plain notebook page or a thank you note you had on your desk. If you’re running errands and can grab a cute Valentine’s card, great! Can’t do that? No problem!
The challenge for today is to write your family a sweet note and let them know how much you love them.
You can write one note for the whole family or small, individual notes for each person. Alternatively, you can leave a big note on the fridge, or give it to them during dinner. You can slip them in lunchboxes, too! And the note(s) can be funny or mushy and sentimental.
It’s up to YOU!
For more on Day 1, visit this post.
And congrats on joining the challenge! Let’s LOVE!
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Special note: This 28 day challenge was inspired in part by the 28 Day Writing Challenge & a blog post on ways to fill your home with love by Fabulessly Frugal!
I love the idea of writing notes. I used to do this with my kids, and they would in turn leave me little notes. Sometimes I would find one on my pillow when I’d go to bed at night. I saved them, tucking some into my cookbooks for bookmarks (– showing my age here! I realize most people use online sources for recipes these days.) My kids are all grown and on their own now, but years later I still love coming upon those little notes, written in children’s hand.
Karen, I also use notes my kids have written as bookmarks in my Bible or books I’m reading … maybe I’m showing my age, too?! LOL! But the kids are 13 and 9, so hopefully we have a few more years of notes to go! And I still love getting birthday and other cards from my parents! <3
Thank you so much for sharing this. I loved your post,
I’m so glad you loved it! Thanks, Patti!
This is just awesome!!!! We are sort of on the same wavelength. I love your challenge too! Can’t wait to read them all. Keep up the good work!
Thanks, Karen! I thought the same about our themes. I can’t wait to keep sharing and learning together!
I love your idea, especially for this month. Are we too busy to notice love or just take it for granted? I have construction paper here beside my desk, I can just cut out hearts at make my notes everyday, I’m doing it on Pinterest and adding Bible verses on love. I will gladly sharing this, visiting from #Write28Days.
Thank you so much, Rebecca! And I love your idea of using the construction paper you already have! Let’s share more love!