Monday, August 6, 2012

Giving away three spots in Jeanne Oliver's e-course!

It's no secret that I have a deep love for home and hospitality.  The hospitality part took it's own sweet time in coming to fruition. I'll explain; when I was a new bride, a family member referred to my pristine apartment as "sterile."  It broke my heart a little bit, because I realized that it was true... I would scour the place from top to bottom, nothing out of place, and everything staged perfectly all. the. time.  (Who wouldn't love that, I thought?) But it was a home severely lacking in warmth and the hospitality department, plus it took a ton of stressful effort and upkeep on my part to maintain that "image." And I have no idea why I wanted it in the first place.  Nobody was happy!  

I'll admit that I'm a natural clean-freak comparatively, but what I do now, I do out of pure enjoyment for my own self and as an act of sweet service to my family.  I can quickly tell when I'm crossing the line and need to relax a little bit... not make the bed... leave the dishes in the sink and give someone much-needed face time.  In the early days of motherhood, there were always toys strewn about and spills to wipe up, and though it's always been mostly clean, it's not been "sterile" for a long time. It became "lived in."  And suddenly... I realized what was really important...

Hospitality.   
I've become passionate about creating an environment where others are made to feel comfortable, while maintaining the balance that still makes me comfortable.  (A clean house.) Somehow that balance of others first, yet not neglecting what makes my own heart sing achieves an environment of warmth.  I've come to realize it's perfectly fine to let guests leave their shoes on, not use coasters, and throw pillows on the floor among other things.  In fact, it makes me happy to see others at home, helping themselves, putting their feet up...relaxing and enjoying themselves!  (I wrote about it a little, here.)
And that's why I'm so excited about this e-course.  

Jeanne Oliver writes, "I believe that everyone should be surrounded by beauty in their homes and that shouldn't have to do with how much you spend.  I think sometimes we can get lost and distracted with everything that comes at us each day.  Sometimes things can look so perfect and we as women may feel inadequate.  It is time to exhale and delight in your home. It is time to open your doors because of what is inside of you...not what is inside your home."  

Don't you love those words? 

This five week e-course includes weekly videos from five amazingly creative women, over 50 project videos to watch on things like gardening, cooking, gift giving, and decorating, tips, beautiful house photos, and my favorite part- posts about how these women made their homes a reflection of their hearts!   

Jeanne says, "This course is about loving your home, loving your family and blessing those around you....and having fun doing it."

Can I get an amen? You can read all about it in full, including FAQ, here. 

Right now, Jeanne is offering this course at a special price of $58.00 but she is offering three of you precious LMM readers a free spot.   (Class begins on October 22nd.) 


In order to enter this giveaway, please leave a comment letting us know how you strive to make your home a reflection of your heart.. or how you'd like to make it that.  I'll announce winners by Friday and I'll be offering another giveaway that day as well!



84 comments:

  1. oh holy cow! how much fun would that be?! we are facing a possible move for a job {sound familiar?;)} and all i can think about is that where we may go is UGLY and i like pretty! not the house, or any details, just that i like pretty and how would i live in ugly?! ha! i think God gave us that gift, to make beautiful surroundings, afterall, isn't He the ultimate decorator?

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  2. ooh that sounds like fun! my new mantra is that i have too many interests to keep a spotless home! if i am open in sharing my interests and hobbies nobody will think twice about the dust & crumbs because we'll be knee deep in the garden or studio & having a great time (and sharing our hearts in the process).
    your home comes across sooo inviting in the photos - full of light and warmth and no clutter! i would love to win a spot so i can learn more - isn't this every woman's longing!
    blessings,
    olivia

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  3. I am constantly re-decorating and switching things up. Love to use lots of pictures of our family and change them out with the seasons so we can remember what we did last year as a family. I really hop to take this class, Jeanne and all of those ladies are so talented I'm sure this course is gonna be full of inspiration!

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  4. I try to always have some home baked good in the house and lots of pictures. I have to say that I'm sort of in a rut. I've been in a rental for the past 2 years while waiting on our house to sell in another city. There is enough floral wallpaper to drive a woman crazy. I can't seem to decorate my house how I want it because it would clash drastically with the house itself. Any help would be appreciated. I this this class would do the job. Dreaming of the day when I can once again decorate my house just how I want it.

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  5. i think part of people feeling at home in your home is that it's clean and at the same time doesn't feel like a museum. what a struggle! i'm constantly reminding myself, "we LIVE here! it's ok for it to look that way!"

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  6. That's amazing!!! Well I live in about 200 sq ft of space and I'd love to learn to be happier with that and not so much feel the need to have it perfect all the time but just for it to be comfortable and just enough of 'us' to make it a real home

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  7. this is really sweet. honestly, my house looks nothing like i would like for it to look. i blame it on money. but i want to look past the way it looks and be more hospitable... i'm an introvert; i need extra help in this department. in other words, i totally need this. : )

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  8. I am constantly moving things around and decorating for the season. I would LOVE to win this class. Thanks for the opportunity. :) Be blessed.

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  9. I get stuck in the "comparison wars" and compare my lack of creativity to other people and their homes. I want our home to an inviting, homey and relaxing place that is safe for our friends and our kiddo's friends! I have realized that taking care of our home is a balance, not spending time cleaning so much so that we aren't caring for actual people, but on the flip side realizing when our home is in chaos is can be a reflection of what may be going on in our hearts. Would be interesting to do this course!

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  10. I feel called to be more hospitable, but it scares me to death. I need help.

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  11. Ohhhh! How my heart resonates with this! Would loVe this not for myself, but for my daughter. I was the sterile house mom, and it took years (I'm 46) to learn differently. My 27 yr old daughter and hubby are expecting their first baby. I often pray she will be more relaxed and comfortable with others in her home, and not worry so much about having it just so...like I used to.
    Blessings!

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  12. I would love to open our home, but I married a man who likes to have everything out where he can see it...so he doesn't have to LOOK for anything. And we have three toddlers...

    I sure hope the class will cover what to do with all that! :)

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  13. I grew up in a home that was beautiful but we weren't allowed to touch anything or sit in certain rooms. Unfortunately I am not as relaxed in my home as I wish I was. I don't entertain out of the fear that things are not "perfect". I worry too much and miss out on enjoying family and friends in my home. I would love to be part of this class. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  14. What a fabulous giveaway! I no longer try to make my home perfect like in my younger years. I strive for comfort and a reflection of things we enjoy and use. A look unique to our family. ♥

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  15. Truly A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Home truly is where the HEART is! We bought our home 7 years ago, planning only on this being our starter home and moving within 5 years. Of course, due to the economy, we are still here! We are actually in the process of redecorating Ava and Caroline's rooms and a few other rooms in the house. Perhaps the 7 year itch? First thing I do for inspiration is come to your blog! My mom and I love you LMM! And I adore Jennifer Rizzo and Jeanne's blogs too for inspiration.

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  16. Oh I SOOO NEED this! our home is very basic and I do try to put love it in but I do get caught up in the comparison trap, dumb huh?!! we are very blessed to have our little home and I just feel like I want to keep changing elements all the time. For me, I want my home to be cozy, inviting and says family! thank you so much for the chance :)

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  17. I, too, get caught up in the compare cycle. As an avid blog reader and Pnterest lover (well, addict) it can be SO easy to see the after picture, the staged photo, etc. and feel inadequate in my own home. To that end, I need to just open the door and open my heart without constantly apologizing or worrying about the state of my home. That said, I still want my home to reflect my personality and tell a story about who I am. I would love a chance to be part of the e-course. Thank You! gallagherdeb@earthlink.net

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  18. Honestly after 12 years of being married and having a home this has been a prayer of my heart and I feel like I am just now learning how to make my home more hospitable and to speak more of my heart. I am still in the process of learning this, this would be a great opportunity.

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  19. We are expecting our third boy in september...and I would really like ideas how to keep the house comfortable for the family as well as guests. When you have little ones its hard to not let there stuff take over so I could definately use the extra help from these wonderful ladies:)

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  20. Oh this course looks like it's exactly what I need right now. I have been struggling lately with feeling like my home is my haven, and as an introvert/wanna-be-hermit, I need that. I just need some kick in the pants inspiration. I long to extend hospitality to my friends and family, but I feel like I live in such chaos most of the time (I WISH I was a clean-freak!). My family just assumes it's because our place is small, but really it's becauase I don't have it together. One day I want my home to reflect the calm, peaceful haven that I want it to be. I want guests to sense that as soon as they walk up to the front porch. That's perhaps a tall order with 2 preschoolers in the house ;-)

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  21. I have finally learned to let the kids rooms be messy. Not full of trash dishes or any other nasty stuff, just messy, Legos on the floor trucks set up in a pretend construction site, books on the bed. These things are the stuff of life, they are fostering creativity in them.I also cover my entryway walls in snapshots and random things we love. I do the dishes once a day. My husband hangs his trophy deer on the walls (gasp ) every time a man comes in our home they are shocked! But it has to reflect us all.

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  22. i'm learning to show my heart through my home by making it as beautiful as I am able by being creative, and by adding elements of fun. I used to have a more stuffy house, but decided this did not represent me...I am a mommy to three and want my house to reflect my heart..my kids and husband.
    I am learning to relax and have fun and when others come over they always say how comfortable and at home they feel.

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  23. Now that the kids are gone (most of the time) and I'm an empty nester that has grandkids over lots, I would look forward to having a new look and feeling for my house. I've taken her other two courses so I can only imagine that this one will be great. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  24. Family is so very important to me. Do when I decorate I try to keep my family in mind. There are lots of photos sprinkled throughout. Our faith also is very important and I try to weave that in as well. Nothing makes me happier than when a friend comes over and feels comfortable enough to kick off their shoes and put them up on the sofa. That makes me smile.

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  25. Being a southern girl, I lays make sure to have fresh baked goods ready at the house for my guests. I would love to learn more hospitality ideas!

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  26. What an amazing course - I would love to take it just to rekindle my heart for hospitality ... as opposed to entertaining! We always say that our home is a gift from God to be shared with others - humble though it may be. I try to be 'company ready' with quick fix meals in the pantry or freezer and I love it when folks just drop in - which is a huge leap for me because I used to think everything had to be 'close up ready' for good hospitality to happen. Dealing with chronic illness and a boy who's the poster child for ADHD kind of squelched our longing to open our home, but lately I've been having more good days than bad health wise, and our boy is growing and maturing into such a great young man and my first thought is ... who can we have over for a meal! Love it!

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  27. Wow- Do I really need this course! With three kids and many jobs along with my busy husband, I often fall out of love of being the one that needs to keep the house together--- I get frustrated at myself b/c others do such a great job keeping things under control and guest worthy. My neighbor and amazing friend always tells me, I only invite her in my house when it's open house worthy--- altough that's when I'm most comfortable, I often forget that others can see right through me.... I need help in finding my self so I can move forward and be a part of a happy home :) PICK ME :) THANKS!!

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  28. This sounds like an awesome course! I often strive to have a "perfect" home, often putting off my children due to cleaning or decorating demands I put on myself. Reading your post makes me take a step back and realize my priority is having a happy family not a "perfect" house! I aim to enjoy improving my home for my family, not being a slave to it.

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  29. My "perfect" home happens when my kids are all here, and having fun together! I am always asked to cook one of their favorite meals, because no one makes it like mom does!

    I'm sure this course is going to be amazing, knowing what these lovely ladies can already do!

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  30. I have tried to make our home a reflection of my heart by filling it with beautiful reminders of God's love for us through art that displays some favorite verses, chalkboards with bible messages, and other signs hand made by LMM herself that awake my heart with fullness and gratitude. I try to appeal to our senses with flowers, candles, and vintage books--since we are readers: )I have gotten rid of things that aren't purposeful or beautiful to us as our space is somewhat limited but I always try to remind myself of how blessed we are with what we have. Love is served up here in that space and I am blessed. I know it shows: )

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  31. Making my home my own has been a twelve year journey. We moved into my husband's childhood home while it was still filled with his family's things. Slowly turning it into a reflection of who I am has been painstaking and challenging at times. My happiest change has been the recent family photos up on our wall. I walk by them everyday and smile at the faces beaming down at me. I love it! Photos are such an integral part of who we are and I LOVE them. This would be such a fun opportunity to learn and grow into even more of who I am in my home. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  32. Well now. Let me just say that I love to use found treasures to decorate my home. I will always make room in the car for curbside finds. I have though been in my new little home for a little over an year now. In that time I have had to have two surgeries. And then saturday working on organizing, fell down the basement steps. Twisting my ankle. I was going to put up my new " OLD " wood door headboard. But the Lord has other plans for now. I have a love for the natural woods and the warmth they bring. Mixing the found pieces with thrift store bargains that just need a little TLC. It works and I help keep items out of the landfills. I would be tickled pink to be allowed to participate with all of you. And man what I could learn.
    God Bless
    Vanessa

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  33. How fun! Our cottage is a home in that it reflects us in every corner...and is always in process, just like us. And the door is always open......

    What a fun giveaway...I'm sure it will be a great course!

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  34. Oh how I have looked longingly at this course and each talented contributor! Keeping our home in balance is the constant challenge as seasons and needs change..being deliberate, intentional and just plain smart with creativeness and maintainence are skills I want to grow constantly...Your honest sharing and beautiful creativity Sasha is a constant blessing and joy to me..love from Adelaide Australia

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  35. I really want to win this As a mom of 5 small children my home is a reflection of a bad day at toy r us it in no way reflect my heart, besides that I love my kids. It causes me to not have people over because of the way it looks I want it to reflect welcoming and invite people over have it clean.

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  36. We just bought our first home (which we move into at the beginning of September), had our first baby in May and I just became a stay at home mom two weeks ago. As we prepare to move into our new home and adjust to these major life changes I have been trying to find a balance in spending time with our little one, housework, volunteering, etc. This course sounds very interesting and I wouldn't mind some ideas on how to make our new house a home!

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  37. What a cool-sounding class! We have been in our home for almost five years and I don't feel like it really reflects "us". I would love to get some tips for incorporating more of our style into our decor.

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  38. I think my husband and I are kind of trapped in that sterile environment thing at times. At the holidays, I love making everything special, but in everyday life, I know I need to loosen the strings more and just enjoy daily life!

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  39. It's a challenging journey I have been on to conquer the hospitality part of it. I was raised in a prestine household(no shoes on the carpeting much less furniture and our living room/dining room were like a museum). I so want to always have my home open and inviting. I do believe that my home is an on-going process but reflects our family very well. Unfortunately we have had to move around quite a bit so I try to not to make big changes in decor all at once. I think this class might help me open up more.

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  40. Oh! I would love to take this course. Inviting people in when I'm not ready (or should I say when I don't feel that my house is not ready) is something I really struggle with. I'm trying to change this and have my home become a place where people are welcome and feel loved.

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  41. I am in a bit of a hospitality slump! I love to have people over, and yet over a crazy busy summer it hasn't happened. I have given devotions on the gift of hospitality and the need of loving people in our homes, yet it has been lacking in my own life. So it is time to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk and this course would be such a blessing to get me over the hump. I hope I win!

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  42. I love sharing my gift of hospitality but sometimes I think I put too much pressure on myself in trying to make everything perfect. I love to decorate my home so that it's pretty but comfortable for my family but I think I could use some pointers with that as well. This class sounds like so much fun. I really think I would love it! It involves everything I love...family, friends, decorating, cooking.

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  43. This would be a god send in terms of timing. We are currently packing up our 3 kiddies, 1 dog & 4 chickens to start a new home in MA. I am hopeful that we will have visitors constantly. But I am a type A personality. And with that can get hung up on the small details and forget about the bigger picture ie: people came here to see YOU not how clean your bathroom is! Lol. So any tips, insight, etc that I old gleam from this series would be a blessing!

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  44. I am a new wifey so this would make life so much easier! I feel like I get caught up with everyone else's apartments or homes which makes me forget about what we are blessed with. I want to make our new little apartment feel like home to us, with the love that I pour into it and also what love that comes out of it.

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  45. I would love to learn more on how to show my creative side in my home and reflect who I am to make my home a sanctuary for my family! This course sounds awesome!

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  46. I try to have a picked up home, fresh flowers, and some sort of snack to offer..thank you for the opportunity!!! Jennifer

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  47. There are so many days when I say to myself "OK, TODAY is the day! Today I am going to organize - for good - make my home more relaxed and cozy and neat ENOUGH so that no one is stressed out. I wish to learn the perfect balance on how to have my home this way... i want to be less OCD (!) and more ok with toys on the floor or dishes in the sink without the worry that (Gasp!) Someone might stop by and what would they think!? (I'll tell ya what they'd think - they'd think i was a MOM!). My Mom always said "friends should be coming over to visit YOU and not inspect your house" and I want to FEEL that - because it's true!
    Every year, several weeks throughout the year we are a host family to either English Soccer coaches or Brazilian Soccer Coaches and I want them to feel at home, feel at ease and feel warmth. I know you can teach that to me!
    Teach me! I would Love to learn! :)

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  48. I've been frozen with fear at decorating our home. I need to learn to listen to my heart and not be afraid to take chances. I dream of visiting Italy and the warm colors of yellows and reds are what speak to me.

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  49. on the head. I too, have shared with your struggles. It's a constant battle of imperfect/perfect home. While my home is not considered perfect, it is lived-in. It is warm. It is realistic. It has a personality that matches what we exude as a family. However, I would love to be educated on balancing the perfectly, imperfect home!

    Tanja
    rtherbig@msn.com

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  50. I try to have several pictures around the house of our family and have even framed my child artwork. When having guests over I love to have home baked goods. I think that making food from scratch is a way of showing hospitality and your love for the person.

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  51. Funny you should ask...I've been thinking about this alot lately. My home is far from sterile, in fact it's almost too lived in. It feels very cluttered and full of stuff! I'm constantly dreaming about a home that is warm and welcoming and is a reflection of who I am, instead of saying "hi, I'm a stay at home mom and my life is utter chaos". I would love to take this class.

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  52. I want to be a part if this class, I even decided to just go over and sign up, but I truly was "a day late" and the class is now $10 more. Although I am sure it is absolutely worth it, as we start back to school (a senior year for one and college for another) on our VERY tight budget I feel very guilty spending $48....and now $58 for something for me, probably not going to happen! Love your blog, thanks for all the inspiration and the great opportunities! kbender@esu7.org

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  53. I'd love to take this class- how fun. I can relate to "Mrs. Huse Clifton" about have 5 small kids and lots of toys everywhere. I feel like I'm always doing laundry, telling the kids to pick up their toys and cleaning sand and crumbs off the floor. I'd love to relax more- especially when guest are over.

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  54. I wish I was better at opening my home to others. Every time we have company, I stress about how the house looks, if it's clean enough, and what people will think about the flaws. I struggle with perfectionism and housekeeping and often avoid or procrastinate when it comes to decorating and cleaning.

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  55. We raise our family in the home my husband grew up in...that his father built himself...on land that he bought from his father-in-law. Over the last 10 years we've been non-stop remodeling & updating the house (which we do all on our own) but it still never feels like MINE. It's not really the style I'd pick or the location I'd like...but it's what worked and the idea of sticking with our roots has appeal. I'm 100% sure though that we'll NEVER move so the inspiration of getting to start fresh and pick out what we've grown to like just isn't there. I do my best to spice it up, but we'll live with all the little mistakes we made while building the house and will unfortunately always have to mask them or learn to embrace them. This class sounds so motivating and full of fresh ideas from different prespectives. That's what I need some outside perspective! Can't wait!

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  56. I love to see the pictures of your home...the colors...the way you decorate. It looks so comforable and enviting. I struggle with entertaining. I am always nervous about how my house looks or what I don't have or what needs to be changed or fixed. This class sounds like it might help me relax and just enjoy what I do have. Thanks for the chance!

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  57. Oh, this is so timely. I just told my husband yesterday that if I were to do a ladies' Bible study at our (hopefully) new church (that he may pastor), I think I'd teach on hospitality. Not that I've arrived, but because I want to study it more. There are so many aspects, including using hospitality toward exposing faith to unbelievers, but especially to our own families. Also, we have been living in temporary quarters for almost a year, unable to practice hospitality to others as we would like to, so this would be a great preparation for our new home!

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  58. this class looks soooo good! i've had to work really hard this year to make our house a home, since i know we're not in this house for long.

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  59. I do OK once I get people in my house but I have a hard time issuing the invitation for fear of being turned down. We also have a small house so it's not easy to have more than a few people over at a time.

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  60. I am about to move into my first "home"!! So this would be perfect for me! I've been in an apartment for a loooong time, and a townhouse for the past 6 months but it has just never been home! I will finally have a back yard....for gardening!....and just my own space so I think I will finally feel at home! This would be perfect to help me decorate! Thank you for awesome giveaways!!

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  61. I can so relate to this topic! I have been told my house is too perfect or "sterile" as well-it took baby #3 and zoloft for me to relax on that one. I am still trying to work out a balance on that one. I am curious to know what insights this course may offer. Thanks for sharing!

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  62. This is a great opportunity to learn from from this line-up. I have a problem with dicision making when it come to what my style there are so many choices!

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  63. I try to have as much laughter as I can and try to take nothing too seriously (except the serious stuff!).
    I love looking at various blogs (and yours is truly my very favourite) and books but need to start putting into practise all those things that I keep thinking are good ideas - I need to get off the computer and do it, ironically and e-course could be the very thing that spurs me on.

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  64. What a neat-sounding course! I'd love to win. My home isn't always perfect but it's a reflection of my style and I try to regularly welcome people in and make them feel at home.

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  65. thank you so much for the opportunity to win this e-course and sounds like this class would be a true blessing. It's a constant struggle for me to balance my imperfections in my home with my desire for perfection, living with active boys and opening my home up to friends and family.

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  66. I've read her blog and I love what she has to say. We've got the "lived in" thing down at our house, but I'd love to learn ways to simplify the upkeep.

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  67. we've been living in our country home (a 100 year-old farmhouse with three acres) for three years now and i am always overwhelmed with how much upkeep there is in home-ownership, especially in a home that has some age. when it takes four hours to mow our yard, i don't have a whole lot of time to think about how to elevate our living space. if i could get outside advice that would just make my year! i would totally LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to take this e-course!!

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  68. With children ranging from 1-10 in our house of 5, I feel like a home of "beauty" is on hold right now...at least, aesthetic beauty.......beauty shines daily from the faces of my cherubs! And even though this sunshine of faces is lovely, I do currently feel "stuck" in a rut with the surroundings of our home. This can be frustrating at times, especially when my "vision" of our home looks NOTHING like what I really see! UGH! I would LOVE to hear more about how to achieve this...especially on a budget! Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!

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  69. Home is where the heart is. I want our home to be a place of refuge, a place of comfort. A place we can't wait to get to after a rainy day, a cold day, a bad day. I also want our home to be a place where we can feel free to be ourselves. When my girls and my husband say they are going home, I want them to have a smile on their face and feel warm inside. I would love a chance to further create our home into a true place of comfort.

    Thank you for the chance!!

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  70. We just purchased a foreclosure home a little over a year ago and have worked very hard to get the necessities done and now I need help figuring out what to do inside & make it comfortable but not sterile - I to tend to want everything in it's place and all the dishes put away, etc when people come! I would love to learn how to creat a warm comfortable home!!!

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  71. My husband and I have made several international moves during our first few years of marriage. It has been hard to build a "home", when we weren't in any one place for a very long period of time. But I like to display artwork (ours or someone else's) and pictures wherever we are. We are still praying for a place of our own, and I am looking forward to that day. I would love to have a home that is peaceful and calm, and a refuge for us and visitors as well. I would also like a home that is organized and simplified, but that also has rich use of color. Not quite sure how to accomplish all that though, one day at a time I guess :) Thanks!

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  72. I am a 42 yr old single mom to the most incredible young man I know. He happens to be five years old and the JOY of my life. Like I enjoy reminding him, - along with Christ Himself, he is by far the best gift I have ever received. Long story short, he is the child of my heart although not 'of' my flesh. God made a family of us even though I would never have guessed or dreamed this path for my life - it just would not have 'occurred' to me. Thankfully, God's Word is true and His promises DO NOT fail - His ways are not ours - nor our thoughts His - His are so much higher, purer, and literally so far above and beyond ANYTHING we could ever think or imagine. So, that's kind of how/where we are in our journey. A tad 'late' in life, I have found myself the 'physical' head of a household of two - desperately longing to make our 'house' (apt) a HOME - (warm, loving, INVITING - first and foremost to my son - I want our home to be one of - if not his 'very' favorite place(s) to be - as well as a place he feels perfectly comfortable, confident, even eager to bring/invite others. I am actually embarking on yet another never expected endeavor this coming year and facilitating a class/group of primary learners for our local Classical Conversations Community - with Jacob as one of my 'students'. So, that means our home must serve not only as 'home': eating, sleeping, recreation - but we need to also create/incorporate the provision of home office (I do contracted admin work + my lesson planning, etc), our personal school/education area for our independent 'school' needs - the main challenge I foresee being to somehow include/incorporate each of the desired/required elements while somehow maintaining the inviting, comfortable, comforting atmosphere in a CLEAN, non-cluttered, highly functional/'lower' maintenance kind of way! :) Sound worthwhile? We're up for the challenge! :) Thanks, J & J

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  73. I would so love to win a spot in this e-course. My challenge room will be my kitchen. I'd love to paint it white, but my husband is in love with the cherry cabinets. I need help and these talented ladies probably run into this problem all the time. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  74. I would love to, and have started, making our home a reflection of us... and we do have toys strewn about most days... but thats our life right now with a three year old! I am trying to declutter the things we don't love and keep the things we do love around. I want people to come into our home feeling welcome and feeling the coziness of our home, and I want them to leave feeling happy.
    If I don't win a place in this course, I'm still going to sign up for it... it sounds like exactly what I've been needing to tie everything together in my home. xo!

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  75. This course sounds amazing. Currently our house feels very plain - mostly due to my exhausting desire of wanting things to be perfect while on a budget. Sadly our home remains lifeless with no reflection of our personalities or what our family is about. I would love to have the cozy, quaint house that is lived in, yet ready for having friends over for playdates and chats over tea. Definitely signing up for it even if i don't win :)

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  76. I am very interested in this course. I suffer from grandideasthatnevercometofruition-itis.... I have frames to distress, furniture to repaint, things to hang, sew, craft, etc. But real life prevents all of my fabulous ideas from taking wing. Therefore, my house is an undecorated mess. :( I love being hospitable and enjoy others enjoying my home. I want to enjoy it, too. :-)

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  77. I would love love love to attend this course. I feel like I am kind of at a cross road with my life and house and would love some guidance on how to bring more "come on it and sit awhile!!" to my home!! Thanks LMM!! You rock!

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  78. I just clicked over and read this course writeup! Oh, it sounds so good! I would love to be a winner! One way i delight in decorating my home is through scriptures either in cross-stitch, calligraphy, or plaques--I feel this reflects my heart the best to neighbors and friends who may come in to visit. Thanks for the chance to participate.

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  79. One way our family shares our heart with guests is to invite them to join us in singing hymns around the dinner table or being part of family devotions with us...we don't want to leave out these special times just because there is company around, and they end up enjoying the memories made.

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  80. As a single person, I think it's really important that I not think of hospitality as something that only families can extend. I try to be welcoming to others and enjoy their presence in my home even when sometimes I'd rather just hibernate by myself! I LOVE the idea of this course and would like to incorporate the ideas into my home.

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  81. I would really enjoy this course! As a 20 year old, married mother of a baby girl, my home has been put on the back burner for sometime now. Getting married so young, we had a lot of people give us things (like their old couches and frames, and rugs, etc) so it is hard to put "our stamp" on things. Things look pretty disjointed around here, and i dont really know how to fix it! I dread having people over because of the constant fear that my house isn't "good" enough. I grew up in a not-so-clean house and I dont want my home to be like that. We LOVE having our friends comeover but we mostly stay in the backyard because our house is just so blahh. My husband is the bread winner in our family and I stay home with our sweet girl trying to be useful on the day to day duties. PLEASE help me become that woman that i want to be! -Lindsay

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  82. What a blessing this course would be! I am teaching myself how to get my home ready and be hospitable without the stress I experienced in the home I grew up in. I love for friends and visitors to feel like they have fallen into a safe and comfortable place. I try not to major on the minors and try not to make everything perfect. I just want guests to feel loved and cared for. I would love to learn what these ladies have to teach. My mom has passed away and I don't have anyone's "brain to pick"! Thank you for the chance to win this! Debbie

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  83. This would be so wonderful for me! I struggle w/ the aspect of keeping my home organized and decorating it. I think a big reason of that is because my husband is in the military, and we move so frequently. Every couple of years I get a completely different house. Never the same layout. Never the same amount of rooms or space. Decorative/creative/artistic things are something I love and appreciate, but they do not come naturally to me at all. I have a much more analytical/mathematics type mind. Give me a spreadsheet and numbers that need crunched, and I'm happy for hours! lol It would certainly be a blessing to get as much help and advice as possible. I want my home to be a place that I can be proud to invite people over to and that feels warm and inviting.

    On a side note, I want to thank you for your honesty in your posts. When I read about your spiritual struggles, I can so relate! I've tried making it a goal of mine this summer to really strengthen my prayer life. I hope I am making progress. Now I need to work on reading my Bible more faithfully. My Pastor said one time, "Praying is how we talk to God. The Bible is how He talks to us. If we keep praying and asking Him for help, how do we expect Him to answer us if we're not letting Him speak to us by reading our Bible?" I'm so glad that we serve a loving, forgiving, patient God, because I fail Him over and over, but He always sticks it out with me! :) God bless you, girl!

    Rebekah

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