Home Enthusiasts

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You longtime readers may remember that last spring and summer I was praying for paper so that the printing company that prints our curriculum could print America the Beautiful. That was a huge problem, and God graciously provided what we needed.

The paper shortage doesn’t seem to have affected the companies that send out catalogs and sale flyers. Whew! It seems that we are finding even more of those in our personal and company mailboxes than we did before supply chain issues became such a challenge.

I was amused at the address on one we received the other day. It was from a furniture company and was addressed to Notgrass History or Home Enthusiast. Home Enthusiast? I had not heard the term before, but a quick Google search reveals that I am behind the times. I quickly found an article asking if I was a Home Enthusiast. Okay, now I see. If I like to visit garden centers, home centers, and lumber yards on Saturdays, I might be a Home Enthusiast. If I enjoy doing home projects, then I’m a Home Enthusiast. Did you know that there are 111 million Home Enthusiasts (yes, you spell it with capital letters) who are over 16 years old in the United States today? I read it online, so it must be so, right?

After skimming the article, I realized that I probably am one of those 111 million. I like changing things up. When looking through family pictures from a decade ago, it’s fun to think, “Oh, I remember. That shelf used to be downstairs” or “You know, that wallpaper wasn’t so bad after all.”

However, when I saw that sale flyer the other day, my mind quickly turned to the best meaning of Home Enthusiast. You are a Home Enthusiast. You have made lifechanging decisions in the past to be enthusiastic about the people who live in your home, and you continue to make smaller but very important decisions every day. Bravo. Thank you for being the best kind of Home Enthusiast.

May the kindness of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

Unless the Lord builds a house,
They who build it labor in vain;
Unless the Lord guards a city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
It is futile for you to rise up early,
To stay up late,
To eat the bread of painful labor;
This is how He gives to His beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Psalm 127:1-3

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