In February, our Mom's meeting involved travelling to various homes to see another person's "set-up" for homeschooling! Doesn't that sound like fun? I loved the opportunity to have a peek at how someone else does school and to hear how she organizes and runs things in her home. We visited 3 homes. Part of the fun too came in riding from house to house with each other. Lots of good time to talk.
A few years ago, I changed our dining room into a school room. We just weren't using it often as a dining room and it made more sense to change its function. This thinking outside of the box has been a great change for our family. What wasn't working as much is the large furniture also in the room housing china, crystal and silver. As I'm talking with friends, I begin pondering other changes to our room - simplifying it even more and making it more functional for our homeschooling.
After talking, a friend sent me a note letting me know she had found a table that she thought was what I was wanting. (Simple and plain). She was right - it was perfect. So we then prepared to get rid of our current furniture. Our friends own a store selling furniture so they came to take ours away and also bring the new table. Here is a peek at our dining room/school room.
This is our room with the table cleared of books - and also before I had wiped down the pad on the table. (The pad helped keep the table in "pristine" condition.)
I don't think I mentioned, but this beautiful table arrived as a gift! :-) Thank you precious friends! My sweet friend listened to a prompting from God and completely blessed me with this gift!
The room seems so big and empty now without the extra furniture. I'm really enjoying the space! I would like to add some more shelves of some sort - especially something to hold a lot of the boxes of projects and things that I use for Eliana and the younger boys. I'm hoping that perhaps our furniture will sell and we can use the money to put towards some additional storage. Until then, I have time to ponder what would work best for us.
I'm thankful for the change in our space. I am hoping to continue to work through our house to simplify our things and make our space more livable for us. I'm thankful for friends with generous hearts! I'm thankful for a Father who loves me and provides all that I need and often what I want too!