Harvesting Home looks to plant seeds of growth

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The rise of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home orders has produced a lot of side projects such as new cooking recipes, decorating, renovating and other activities. 

The website, Harvesting Home, is another project birthed out of the extra time spent at home by Jana Williamson.

“It’s something that kind of came out of the extra time at home,” Williamson said. “We (her and her husband, Byron) kind of laughed and said you run out of TV shows to watch and projects to do. This is something I’ve thought about for a long time, but for me personally, the Lord’s timing is perfect and I looked back and saw there were things I needed to learn [about making an advice/creative website].”

The website will communicate advice on a variety of topics such as home decorating, cooking and morale encouragement in ways that honors God, hard work, integrity and family growth.

“It’s going to be a website that has a blog on it featuring topics people are interested in hearing about (based on a poll),” Williamson said. “Everything from home decorating, home/time management, hospitality, health, etc. It’s really going to be a variety of topics. We’re looking to have some videos going along with that to have some conversations on the different topics.”

As the website grows, Williamson hopes to bring special guests from the community on board to share expert advice on the topics and a variety of products that she has found to be helpful.

“It’s not just about me,” Williamson said. “It’s about communicating those different topics and connecting people with other people who have experience in those areas.”

Williamson said the message behind Harvesting Home are found in Psalm 1: 1-4 “Blessed is the man[a]who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.” [ESV]

Williamson hopes to encourage others to build their homes on a similar foundation of faith.

“When you walk in His word and faithfulness, you’re going to reap a harvest of blessings with that,” Williamson said. “That’s in my heart and hope to communicate the family and faith connection. Obviously, with our (hers and Byron’s) years of ministry, that’s something that’s always been on my heart.”

Harvesting Home’s logo features an outline of the Williamsons’ home, which is part of the inspiration behind the website. The recent move into their home and renovations also played a part in inspiring her project.

“Moving to this house, the heritage and the history the house has had through the years and the families that have lived here with the connection to the community has made an excitement for home renovation for me,” Williamson said. “The remodeling and making it something special that we can share with others [is big]. 

“Growing up I’ve lived all over and my inspiration comes from my mom as she, no matter where we lived, created a home that was welcoming, a safe place for us, loving and kind. It was always open.”

Williamson’s father teaching her integrity, hard work and a great work ethic played into who she is today and she hopes to share some of that advice with others.

“That’s where ‘Harvesting’ comes in,” Williamson said. “When you harvest something, that means you put some work in ahead of time. You’ve had to plow the ground, plant that seed, nurture it and grow it for it to bear fruit or bring forth the harvest. But there is also time of cutting down and pruning for that plant to grow.”

While Williamson’s beliefs and advice is always based in her faith, creating a website and utilizing social media allows her to reach women from outside the four walls of the church.

“The topics are going to be based in my faith, because that’s who I am,” Williamson said. “But I also believe there are people out there and topics that are of interest to me that will bring in other ladies we can reach through home-decorating, time-management and all of those different areas: Health, wellness, marriage, raising your children, etc. I’ve learned through a lot of mistakes through the years. 

“It’s not because I have all of the answers by any means, but hopefully we can share on the things we’ve learned through our journeys.”

Byron’s support for Williamson’s side-project also helped push her to taking the leap of faith in starting the project.

“When I told him about it and something I thought I wanted to do, he was very supportive and I think that really pushed me to take that risk and next step,” Williamson said. “I also made a commitment at that time I wanted to do it and I wanted to do it well. I want to do it right and I don’t want to rush. I’ve been working on it for about six weeks now, if not more.”

As part of doing it right, her “lofty” goal is to have three posts a week in different areas and videos will come based on the articles she writes.

Tentatively, her first video, article and photo gallery will come from preparing for the Christmas Tour of Homes last December.

“We have quite a few pictures from that and I think we will do a Christmas in July video,” Williamson said. “We will talk about getting ready for the holiday season. We will show some pictures from our house here and some history. We will probably also have some ‘Cooking with the Kids’ videos, too.”

Harvesting Home will have a website (www.harvestinghome.com), Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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