Sunday, December 14, 2014

Shopping and 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 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.


I had all sorts of plans to work on a blog post for this linky party, then I had to leave my house for most of yesterday and today (which will be yesterday by the time you read this).

We had pipes replaced on the inside of the house and I can't stay here when wood, sheetrock or spray spackling is flying around.  It affects my asthma in a negative way.

So the down side is that I was away from home a lot.  The up side is that I was away from home a lot.

I got to go out to lunch (without feeling guilty about it)  and go shopping for several hours.

As a rule, I really hate shopping.  I do have my moments where I love shopping for certain things. But, generally I am not one of those gals who can go to the mall and shop and shop for hours and just LOVE it.  Nope.

Shopping gives me a headache.

Even as a teen I hated to go to the mall.   Pretty sure my mom was thrilled about that.

Generally, I prefer to go to the store, find what I need, and get out.  I don't like trying on clothes either.

What I really need is someone who looks just like me who will try on clothes for me.  I need a twin.  And not just any twin.  A twin who loves to go shopping. Then SHE could try on all the clothes and I could see if I'd look good in them!

Let's just say that "let's go shopping" is not something you hear me say very often.

As you can imagine, I am VERY popular with all my friends and someone they gladly call whenever they want to go shopping.

Or not.

I also am pretty frugal and so I don't really like spending money.  MY money anyway.  I'll happily spend yours for you.  Just sayin.

But I digress.  So anyway, I killed time eating and shopping and occasionally gave dirty looks to people who drove like they own the road, which is basically what I do every day (minus the shopping).

So what did YOU do this weekend?

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!  Click here for more A Day In The Life (of a pastor's wife). 


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Day The Snowman Died & Other Unrelated Stuff



So last week I told y'all to come back and visit me to see what I was up to this week....and then I didn't post anything!

That's kind of like someone inviting over for the evening and then you show up only to find they aren't at home.

But it is STILL this week so I guess it's o.k.......right?

Sometimes I think I need to have some little kids puking and pooping on me so that I can have some interesting posts for my blog, ya know?

However, my kids are grown and I'm pretty sure I would NOT be amused if they did either of those things on me.

So, puking and pooping aside, here's a few random things for you this week:

1.  I broke one of my favorite snowmen.  And here's the thing, I have NO idea how I broke it.  I really don't.  So I'm thinking the little guy just decided to go bungee jumping off the table.....without a bungee.

2.  Apparently I have NO idea how to spell bungee as the spell-check told me it was wrong so I had to look it up.  Somebody at some point had to make up the word "bungee" so it just seems fair that I can make up my own spelling of it.



3.  I was heartbroken.  Sort of.  (About the snowman breaking, not about misspelling the word "bungee.")  I went to the thrift store and there on the table was another snowman just like it.  It was almost creepy in a way.  Then I brought that one home and THAT one broke too!  O.k., not really, but it wanted to.  Also, I apologize for showing you the snowman's innards......it's slightly immodest and might even be considered rude.  In my defense, he didn't seem to mind.

4.  I will never go bungee jumping.  Ever.  Everrrrrr.    E.V.E.R.

5.  I gave my poodle a hair cut this week.  I really do not like cutting her hair and I'm pretty sure SHE feels the same way.  When I break out the cutters she runs and hides.  I'm trying not to take it too personally.

6.  I like even numbers.



7.  So, back to my poodle.  I cut her hair and then afterward I was combing it, and I accidentally pulled it with the comb.  She lets out a yelp and I looked at her and said "Well, sorry, but YOU'RE the one who wanted long hair."  She was not amused.

8.  I STILL like even numbers.

9.  I wanted long hair my entire childhood but my mom wouldn't let me grow it long. I had to wear it really short in a "pixie" cut.  I imagine the fact that I cried and screamed whenever I had to wash my hair or comb it had absolutely NOTHING to do with her decision.

10.  Did I mention how much I like even numbers?


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Day In The Life (Of A Pastor's Wife) #12 & 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 104 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 struggled with finding time or making time to write on this blog.  So recently I thought that I might just sometimes write about what is going on in my day or that week.   Make it more personal and/or lighthearted in a way and also make it easier on me.




However, I didn't have anything prepared for today, so here are some of my thoughts or things that I posted on my personal facebook page this past week:

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(I had watched a video of someone using a lighter to "cut" someone's hair) and so I said to my hubby:

"I'm doing this the next time I cut your hair......we can film it and then have it to show to the fire department and the medics when they come and ask what happened."


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Somebody should buy me a puppy. Or a mini horse. Or maybe a pickle.

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I was hanging up a Christmas garland and went to the laundry room to get a clothespin (to secure it to the metal structure, hidden behind leaves but secure).

As I went to get the clothes pin I decided to throw in a load of towels, so I tossed them in the laundry. Then I ran upstairs to the kitchen to get some vinegar to add to the laundry.

Once in the kitchen I noticed my laptop sitting there and sat down to look at facebook for a bit.

Then I remembered the clothes pin and went back downstairs to get it.   My hubby stopped me with a question about something unrelated. After answering his question, my eyes lighted on a box of Christmas decorations.

I carried the box upstairs and the next thing I knew I was setting out Christmas decorations, changing out table covers for more Christmassy ones, and asking my husband when he was making popcorn.

Now here I am back on facebook and I realize that I STILL haven't got that clothes pin that started it all. I blame YOU people.

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I am so tempted to put a fake tree in the bathtub just to surprise people when they visit........except that I'd never be in there with them when they saw it so it sort of defeats all the fun. But still......

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Listening to a four pound poodle growl is about as scary as being dive-bombed by a butterfly.  You just can't take it seriously.

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 My dishwashing gloves betrayed me tonight. When we got together they promised to honor my desire for cleanliness, obey, and keep my hands dry. You had ONE job, gloves.

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So basically, the above was my life this week.  I hope you'll stop by later in the week to see what else I'm up to!  ;)    How was  YOUR 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!  Click here for more A Day In The Life (of a pastor's wife). 


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Living Proverbs 31

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

"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 110 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 hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving.  We sure did, but it's really thrown me off in regards to what day it is.

Frankly, it's a good thing my husband is a pastor or I would probably have forgotten to show up for church tomorrow, lol!

I know I'm not alone in this.  We went to a friend's birthday party tonight (Saturday night as I write this) and a friend of ours asked my husband "Tomorrow is Sunday, right?"

Even with all of that, I didn't really connect that it was Saturday until I got home and sat down at my computer.  Then, the date hit me and I realized I had to get this meme up!

But before I get this party started, I just want to say that we have snow on the ground, it's very cold outside, it's nice and warm inside and Christmas vomited all over my living room.

I am hoping that eventually I will be home long enough to get my house decorated.  Otherwise it's going to be a long Christmas as I try to live with half unpacked boxes and Fall and Christmas decorations lying around everywhere.

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, November 23, 2014

"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 114 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 week is a holiday week.   Are you ready for it?

I have my turkey chillin' and thawing in the fridge.  The menu is all planned out and the food purchased.   

My home is pretty clean so I don't need to be having a cleaning marathon to get things ready for company.

But am I thankful?  Are YOU thankful?

So often we can spend so much time preparing our homes for an event that we forget to prepare our hearts.

How is your heart this week?  How is mine?  God has blessed me with so much, starting with His Son, Jesus Christ.  My precious family, my home, health, love, laughter, friends......

It really puts things into perspective when you think about everything you HAVE instead of thinking about everything you don't have.

This week, remember to be thankful and 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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Sunday, November 16, 2014

"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 112 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 last week was pretty busy for me.  I started to tell you why it was so busy but it just got all lengthy and involved.

Let's just say that my mom is now living just minutes away from me, instead of several hours away.  It is so wonderful to have her so close again!  So last week was filled with lots of phone calls, paperwork, visitations, decisions, and a long drive (some of it in the snow!) to pick up my mom and bring her back home again.

We have found her a really nice place that is able to give her the attention and level of nursing care that I cannot provide.  I feel so blessed to have her so near!

I have been busy helping her unpack and helping her to settle in.  So busy, in fact, that I nearly forgot to get this linky party up.  So let's get this party started!  :)


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, November 9, 2014

"Go Tackle Your Ugly" & 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 110 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 been "entertaining" myself lately with doing little extra cleaning "missions" around the house.

This past week I've been doing the extra cleaning in the kitchen.  I pulled the fridge out (hubby helped!) and cleaned behind it, cleaned the coils, and gave the inside and outside a very through cleaning.

I cleaned cupboards and the pantry and even cleaned the greasy stove hood filter.  See?





DON'T JUDGE.  ;)



Years ago we had used a small velcro strap on the fridge door to keep our toddlers out of it. After the kids got older we pulled off the strap but the sticky residue part of it was still stuck on the side of the door. 

I never really tried hard to remove it because I didn't know that I COULD.  I had tried to take it off with a minimal effort but it wouldn't come off.  So all those years it has remained on the door, an ugly eyesore that I eventually got used to.

Yesterday, I made a paste of baking soda and vinegar to clean the greasy stove hood, and I decided to try the mixture on the leftover velcro sticky stuff on the fridge.   I had to apply a little "elbow grease" but it worked and it eventually came off!

I had to ask myself, why didn't I try a little harder to remove it before?  Instead, I put up with something ugly for years because I didn't think I had a choice, when all I really needed to do was work a little smarter and a little harder at getting rid of it.

Image courtesy of marcolm at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What ugly thing are YOU putting up with today?  

But sometimes we don't have success because we are coming at it from the wrong direction. Sometimes we just need to ask ourselves some questions to figure out why something isn't working. Maybe the problem is a work problem, or a problem within the family or with a friend.  Sometimes it's something within ourselves that we need to sort out but not sure where to start.

Personally, I always think that GOD is a great place to start!  He knows us better than we know ourselves.  But sometimes, it really is something as simple as something in the home not working for us.

I am the LAST person who should be giving decorating advice, but if it's a decor problem, try to figure out why it's not working.  Ask yourself some questions:


  • Do I like the color?  If not, can you dye or paint it?
  • Do I like the style?  If not, have the styles changed or have YOU changed?
  • Is it working for me?  If not, why not?
  • Do I like the size or scale of it?  Maybe you can make it taller by putting some books or something under it, or make it smaller by adjusting the scale of items around it.
  • Does it seem to "go" with everything around it?  If not, try moving it somewhere else, or move the items around it.
  • Do you LIKE it?  If not, WHY not?  Do you associate it with a bad memory?  Or is it indicative of someone else's taste but not YOUR taste?
  • Is it time to let it go?  Sometimes it's just time to let go of something.  Remember, you don't have to let go of the memory of a beloved item.  But it's o.k. to let the item go and keep the memory.
  • Are you bored with it?  Maybe you should put it away for awhile and try something new in its place.  You can always bring it out again in six months or so if you're ready for a change.  Or, again, maybe it's just time to let it go.

Sometimes all we need to do is to try something new, try a different direction, a fresh approach, or a different point of view.

Sometimes we put up with the ugly just because we're USED to it.  

Don't get used to it.  Don't give up yet.  Today's a new day.

Maybe you DO have a choice.  Go tackle your UGLY again and see if you can make something beautiful out of it, and 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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I am linking up to these linky parties:

 PhotobucketStrangers and Pilgrims on Earth 
Living Proverbs 31

marriage mondaysWhat Joy Is MineTeaching What Is Good Messy MarriageFamily Home and LifeWise-Woman-Builds 125 Titus 2 Tuesday Button Photobucket