Sunday, June 28, 2015

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 118 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

We have been having a heat wave in my area.  Actually, depending on where you live you are probably having record-breaking temperatures too.

We don't have central air-conditioning but hubby took pity on me and brought an a/c.   It's only good for one room but I am SO thankful for it.

Especially since we're going to have more record-breaking temps this next week.  I have to admit that I am already tired of summer and it's barely begun!   ;)

I've been trying to convince myself that it's really not that hot out, but no matter what my mind tells me my body tells me something different.

Too hot to sit at the computer, too hot to go anywhere or do anything.

But the way I figure it, no matter how miserably hot it is outside and unusually warm inside (and let's not forget the humidity), I don't have to sit there and dwell on it and whine about it all day.

It kind of makes me think about how much "heat" trials and difficulties can add to our lives.  God uses those difficulties to grow us, and build us, and make us more like Him.

I figure if I am going to go through something difficult ANYWAY, I would rather learn from it, and grow from it, and learn to trust my God through it.  

I'd rather go through it with God's grace rather than be dragged through it kicking and screaming.

Even in the midst of the miserably hot fires of difficulties in our lives, we can always find SOMETHING to be thankful for.  Even if we are only thankful that it's not worse!

So whether you are feeling the heat of the sun or the heat and stress of pain or trials in your life, try and stay cool by remembering to be thankful for the blessings that you DO have!

A thankful, cheerful heart will go a long way and help you make your home sing this week.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today!



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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Making Your Home Sing Monday


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 124 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

This linky party always seems to sneak up on me, haha.  I used to write my posts during the week and be all prepared and ahead on them, but I haven't had the time nor inclination to be so organized for awhile.

As it is, I fell asleep watching t.v. and woke up to go to bed.  Then I remembered the linky party and wanted to make sure and get this up.

I do so appreciate your commitment to linking up and all your wonderful posts and so let's get this party started before I fall asleep at my computer.  

Because I really need to either fall back asleep or have some ice cream.....  ;)

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today!



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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 120 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

Hope you all had a great week and fantastic weekend!  We always hope or expect our weekends to be wonderful, right?

Whether it's a traditional Friday, Saturday, Sunday weekend or whether our "weekend" falls during the week.

There's generally the relief that the work week is done and the hope for a relaxing, peaceful, energetic, amazing, fun, uneventful, peaceful weekend (depending on what you like to do on the weekends!).

The weekend is when many of us recharge our batteries and enjoy such serious downtime.  It's also when some kick it into gear and tackle a to-do list that's been building all week.

Some miss having a routine and schedule and so look forward to the structure of the work week. Bless you, whoever you are.

However you enjoy your weekend, I hope it's been a good one and that you find time to make your home sing this week!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today!



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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 98 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

I have spent the last few hours basically lying in front of an air conditioner, and I finally pulled myself away long enough to write this post. 

Summer is here if the weather has anything to say about it!  Hubby went out (with my blessing) and bought us an air conditioner.  We have never had one and have always relied on fans instead, but the older I get the less I like the heat.

Of course, we won't have a/c in every room but hey, it's better than nothing!  So I am going to go back and enjoy my air-conditioned-induced coma and y'all go ahead and link up!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today!



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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 98 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

It is now almost officially June.  Whoa!!!!!  It seems like just yesterday I was looking forward to summer and now it's nearly here.

Even though I don't homeschool anymore I still appreciate summer break.  How can you not?

Good weather, longer days, and I have more free time!  Wooohoooo!

So bring on summer!!!!!!  I am going to pretend it's here already.....and that way I will get a longer one.   ;)

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today!



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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 111 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

It was a busy weekend for the youth in our church.  They participated in the 30 Hour Famine event, which means they fasted for 30 hours and raised money to fight hunger.  This is a World Vision event and it's amazing to see the effect that it has on the youth (and adult leaders) and how committed they are!

They turn over their cell phones and start fasting at noon on Friday, and then they break the fast Saturday night.  They stay at the church Friday night and all day Saturday until after their break-the-fast meal.

They play games that are famine related and that are fun and challenging and also thought provoking. They have discussions, listen to a great speaker, awesome worship, and they spend several hours doing a service project on Saturday morning.

Anyway, my family all participates in the Famine but I had a bad week with my back this week, so I spent a large part of the Famine at my home, lying down on and off.

Seems if I sit too long or am on my feet for too long without lying down to rest, I get a really bad backache.  My physical therapist and I are working on this problem, lol!  My chiropractor gave up on me I think, haha.  Anyway, my regular doctor didn't like the progress I was making and sent me to PT.  And now you know as much as I do.  ;)

Usually during Famine weekend I am EXHAUSTED, but this time I don't feel that way, obviously because of all the lying down I was doing.  There's a lot to be said for lying down (minus the back pain, of course)!

So, I am going to assume that most of you are probably borderline exhausted and haven't slept since you were twelve.  So go take a nap, lie down with your eyes shut for 10 or 20 minutes (or however long you can spare), or just lie down with them open and read a book, watch t.v., or stare out the window at your neighbor......I don't care.

Just get off your feet (set a timer!) for a few minutes and recharge your energy and make your home sing this week!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today!



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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Are Your Habits Helping You Or Hurting You? & MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 115 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

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Sometimes I fool even myself.

I don't like a messy kitchen, and so I pretty much always clean up my kitchen after every meal.  It's a habit.  I REALLY don't like waking up to a big mess and so I make sure I clean it as I go so that it's clean when I go to bed.

But sometimes.......sometimes I just don't feel like doing it, and so I tell myself I'll just let it go until the morning.  I PROMISE myself.

But I know myself, and I know that I won't be able to do that.  Yet still, I convince myself that I will.

I can't tell you how many late nights I've spent out in that kitchen, cleaning it up because I couldn't bear to face it in the morning.

I've cleaned it up at midnight.

I've cleaned it up at 2 a.m. when I woke up to get a glass of water and wound up cleaning the kitchen instead.

I've cleaned it up when morning was just a FEW hours away just because I didn't want to wake up to a messy kitchen.

Why do I do that to myself?  Why cause myself so much grief?

Because I'm working harder, not smarter.

Because instead of keeping to my hard-fought habit of keeping my kitchen clean, I will occasionally try and revert to my old messy habits.  But my mind won't let me do that anymore.  At least, not for long.

I could probably have the kitchen cleaned in the amount of time it takes me to convince myself that I don't want to do it.

I like a clean house but I can make excuses just as good as anybody.  I can talk myself out of cleaning just as good as anybody else too.

But the thing I have learned is that my established habits will take over and talk me back INTO cleaning.

Not always because I think we all deserve to goof off sometimes.  But usually.

So if you are having trouble keeping on top of things around your home, I would encourage you to establish some habits.

Perhaps you don't like the idea of being chained to a habit.

Did you ever think about the fact that you are already chained to habits?

If you get up without making your bed - that's a habit.

If you change your clothes and toss them on the floor or a chair instead of putting them away - that's a habit.

If you leave your dishes in the sink for days or leave your makeup all over the bathroom counter - that's a habit.

So you are already chained to a habit and it's up to YOU to decide which habits you want to be chained to.

You can be chained to habits that keep you from having the level of cleanliness that you want, or chained to habits that give you more peace of mind and more freedom to do other things.

If you don't mind the mess, then you don't mind the habit and maybe this post is not for you, unless the mess is causing problems in your life.  In that case, or if you DO mind the mess, then your habits are hurting you and not helping you.



Your habits can be chains that bind you or chains that free you.  It's YOUR choice.  Establish some habits today that will make your home sing!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today!



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