Hearthside Gatherings: Why the name?
I wanted something that was inviting and had a homey feel to it. I explained my reasoning in a blog post back in 2011 called "This Ain't Your Grandma's Kitchen":
The main reason that I named my blog "Hearthside Gatherings" is because of the image that comes to mind when I think of what the hearth was in a home: a place where the family gathered together, maybe for conversation, games, cooking, or perhaps reading the family Bible. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed his homes around a central hearth, because that was typically the main gathering place for families back in his day, and he felt that it was an important design element in a home. Before central heating, a fireplace or wood stove was likely to be the main heat source in a home, and was a family's only way of surviving a long, cold winter.
Another example of this same philosophy of the hearth can be found in a snippet I read in The Old Farmer's Almanac:
"Before woodstoves became mass-produced in the mid-1700s, the fireplace was the center of the home. It provided warmth, a place to cook, and an area for family and friends to socialize. In early America, your house was often referred to as the "hearthside".
-Old Farmer's Almanac 2013 by Robert B. Thomas, No. CCXXI, p. 115
So, there you have it. Welcome to my virtual hearthside!
A little about me:
One thing you'll notice when reading posts in this blog: I have a lot of interests. A LOT. I have undiagnosed ADD, and the attention span of a goldfish. I enjoy cooking and baking, design and architecture, art, music, movies with a historical basis, gardening, sewing, housewifing, husband encouraging, organizing, shopping, antiquing, and so much more. You'll find posts on all of these topics, in no particular order.
I am thankful to have a wonderfully supportive husband who encourages me in everything I attempt. I love being married to my best friend and faithful protector. And I love that we have a mutual faith in our God. He is truly a blessing in every way in my life.
As I get older, I am finding myself drawn to the simplicity and peace of times gone by. More and more, I like to find comfort in Scriptures by applying them to everyday life, and I hope to inspire others to find the Scriptures in their life, too!