Many thanks to Meredith over at Sweetness and Light, who kindly shared the beautiful "pocket of glow" that she has at her home!
As a stay-at-home Mommy, I have come to appreciate more and more the need for these quiet places in our homes where WE can stop for a moment, recouperate from the stresses of the day, spend a quiet moment with the Lord, and not be quite so... assaulted... by the visual clutter that is strewn about by our kids.
What I have also noticed is that my children -- even though they are the ones who make the messes! -- gravitate towards those places in our home that are peaceful and less visually assaulting as well. I will often find one of my girls sitting in the chair next to the radio, for example, with a clipboard in hand, quietly drawing.
My goal is to have places like this all over our house where the kids can retreat, be quiet, read, think, and not have to deal with the constant chaos around here (and with our humble little abode, that will be somewhat of a challenge...)