Since the day I first typed the words "Brave Grown Home" into the title bar of this space I've been pondering-- perhaps even wrestling with-- the true definition of a brave grown home. It seems it could be a very broad concept if one did not sit down and contemplate it for theirself. But seeing as it's a space I created, it only seems necessary for me to narrow the concept to that which I deem fitting so that this online extension of my heart and home serves its purpose justly and hopefully sparks some wonder and inspiration into passers by.
Firstly, I felt it of most importance to determine what this space is NOT. Because much of the attraction to my site is my shop, I've felt somewhat bound to the idea that this must be a business space only, and therefore I should take the necessary steps to 'business-fy' every nook and cranny. But the more videos I've watched, worksheets I've filled out, and lessons I've taken on such practice, the more cold and empty the whole process felt. Hollow paralysis set in as I tried to figure out what type of business like things I should say to constantly be selling myself and my work.
However... Truth is, I did not create this space with the intention of opening a business. It was opened instead as a sort of treasure chest, a place for me to store my most treasured thoughts as I journey my way down the winding road of motherhood and beyond. Remembering and rekindling this purpose, I've made the relief laden decision that the business has become an unintentional but fun sprinkling atop my original purpose.
So with that decision made, I've finally regained the ability to think warmly of this space as a place to pour out and share. But there are a few intentions I feel necessary to outline in order to decide for myself... what exactly is a Brave Grown Home? Mind you, the answers to the questions concerning that outline are birthed from a place of highest ideals and hopes, while the reality is most certainly less romantic or full of splendid ease. So if you read them and think them much too lofty for such a small person as me or space like mine, I do hope you'll forgive me of my zeal. But it seems that possessing such high hopes is the best way to keep that kindling aflame in a soul so eager to be brave and better.
What is a Brave Grown Home?
A home culture built contrary to the world. A family striving to center upon God's Word rather than the earthly standards swirling just off the front porch. A place where peace, tradition, and belonging are practiced as paramount. An intentionally crafted haven guarded against the angry spinning of the world.
What does a Brave Grown Home look like?
FULL. Full of life. Full of adventure. Full of healthy ambition. Full of wonder. Full of acceptance. Full of gift honing. Full of creative pursuits. Full of discussion. Full of forgiveness.
Who can cultivate a Brave Grown Home?
Anyone with the deep set intention, really. My perspective will be that of a long term homeschooling and homemaking mother of 4 boys, married to a police officer and living in the suburbs. However, any sweet soul will do just right if their heart so allows. Whether she be married or single, young or old, mother or not, city gal or country girl, or even, dare I say, a gentleman with deep seeded and true intentions himself.
Who may want to share in this Growing Brave journey?
Families or individuals intent on more life and less world. Those who long for their home to be a mini-retreat and not a burden. Those seeking peace and purpose, not material emptiness.
What is the spirit behind Brave Grown Home?
A wonder-seeking spirit. A hope-filled spirit. A Jesus-adoring spirit. An imagination-drenched spirit.
What will my central focus be on my end, as the crafter of this Brave Grown place?
My meager yet whole-hearted attempts at the expansion of our 'fullness' of life within the walls of our home. My tripping and stumbling journey down the path of wonder in the here and now. Our family's hopeful seeking of peace and hope as we try ever so intently to build and better our family culture.
...And that's that.
As much as I sometimes wish I could create a space of practical solutions, or delightful tutorials, or ingenious business savvy, I'm afraid that's just not a gift of my personality. But I am somewhat gifted at spilling my heart and scribbling my thoughts and seeing life through my unique lens. So those are the things I'm best suited to share.
I do hope as I become braver in sharing that you'll find some morsels of encouragement to ponder now and then.
I'm very hopeful for the future here and my prayer is that God will use this small corner as He will.