Sunday, April 24, 2016

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 116 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 always say that summer is my favorite season but I forgot how much I love spring.  Don't you?

I love how the trees start to grow their leaves again and green up, and daffodils, tulips and other spring plants pop up in all their glorious beauty!

I also love the ability to open the windows and I love the sunshine (when it's not raining April showers to bring May flowers.....).

The days are getting longer which means I can go to the store at 7 pm at night if I need to and not be going in the dark.

The days always seem longer in springtime.

Because of this, I have to plan my days well.  Otherwise, they will just slip away from me in "playtime" or in vastly underestimating how much time I really have for projects, etc.

Darkness falling has always been a cue that night is coming on.  During spring and summer it is easy for me to lose my sense of time as I work away at something (or play away at something) and I have been known to be totally shocked when it's dinner time and I have nothing to show for it.

I pay close attention during spring time.  I set a timer as a reminder so I don't get carried away.  I start dinner earlier and take my cue from the time on the clock and not what's happening outside the window.  

I take a good look at my cleaning routine and see if anything needs to change, and I try to give the house a good cleaning!  I also rearrange my furniture and/or just change up my decor and lighten it up for spring and summer.

Springtime always seems to be filled with hope and new beginnings!  Springtime is awesome!  Open those windows wide and let in some fresh air and make your home sing today!

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

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 109 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.



Oh I totally forgot to post the linky party last night!  So sorry!   Thanks for your patience and 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, April 10, 2016

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party: Choose Your Friends Wisely


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 116 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.



Image courtesy of nenetus at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


My son has gone to a movie with his friend and his friend's dad.

It's like old times.  Except my son is now 23.

Having friends who are willing to speak into your childrens' lives is awesome.  Why? Because:


Friends Support You

When our kids were growing up, they knew that it wasn't just mom or dad keeping an eye on them. They knew that their behavior would be reported back to us, because we CARED.


We CARED that our children behaved in public or when visiting a friend.



We CARED that our children were respectful to adults when corrected.



We CARED that our children followed the rules and expectations when in someone else's home.



We CARED that our children knew to follow the family rules, even in someone else's home.


Because they knew we cared, our friends cared enough to support us in the raising of our children.

For example:  we had a rule that they were NOT allowed to use a computer when playing at a friend's house, for two reasons.  1) We didn't allow our children on a computer without a filter and 2) They were there to PLAY with their friend, not play on the computer.

We had a rule that they were not allowed to watch a dvd they'd never seen before at a friend's house without calling home for permission.

Our friends would call us and say "I suggested that your son and mine play on the computer and your son told me he wasn't allowed" or a friend would call and say "I wanted to let the kids watch such-and-such a movie but your son said he needs permission from you..."


Friends Back You Up


We appreciated having friends that backed us up.  We appreciated having friends who supported our values, even if our boundaries were drawn tighter than theirs.

We appreciated friends who could support our values in front of our children by not being afraid to correct our children when necessary if we weren't around, and sometimes even if we were!

Our kids knew that we talked to other parents and they talked to us.  We knew what values and boundaries our friends had as well.

Some of my friends' children had looser boundaries than our kids did.  Some even had stricter boundaries.  I know....hard to believe, huh?   ;)  

But we all supported one another as best we could by not tearing one another down in front of our children, and instead made sure we built one another up.  

If my child privately complained because a visiting friend's parent wouldn't allow his friend to ride his bike off the sidewalk, or watch a G-rated movie, or eat potato chips, etc.,  I backed that parent up. 

I explained that they were making the best choice for the child because they knew their child best, and it was a decision made of love and often, much prayer.

By strengthening my friend's boundaries and expectations for their child, I strengthened my own boundaries and reaffirmed my own commitment to raising our children to the best of my ability.

I am sure my kids probably thought they had a LOT of moms and dads growing up!  ;)


Friends Love Your Children Like Their Own

The awesome thing is that these friendships mean SO MUCH to my kids today!  Something painful happened years ago involving a friend of mine and my then-25 year old son cried over it. Through tears he said "She was like a second mom to me all the years I was growing up."

Recently, the father of my son's friend dropped by our church for a visit.  Our children were thrilled to see him as they hadn't seen him in awhile.

When the kids were growing up, our male friends teased our boys and kept them from taking themselves too seriously and encouraged them to be brave.  Our female friends reminded them to use their manners and encouraged them to be gentle.


Friends Become Like Family

Sometimes friends become your family.  They become the support and the encouragement that you need to keep plugging along, and the balance that you measure against to make sure you aren't "losing" it.

They become a blessing not only to you, but to your children as well!  Choose your friends wisely, for they are a reflection of YOU!



Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.  
(Proverbs 13:20, NLT)


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, April 3, 2016

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 113 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 am pretty positive that each time a new month begins, I come on here and comment on how quickly the time is flying and say "I can't believe it is now (insert month here)."

Well, far be it from me to disappoint so let me state for the record that time is flying and I can't believe is is now April.

No really.  I can't.

We've had some beautiful sunny weather this past week.  I suspect that we will soon make up for it rainy weather because, after all, "April showers bring May flowers" as the old adage goes.

I do love me some flowers so I guess I'll have to put up with the rain.

Same as in life.  Sometimes we have to go through some difficult times before we see the blessings.  

They are there but sometimes we really have to look for them and see beyond the rain.

If you're walking in the rain this week, hang on!  Don't miss the blessings of spring because you are so focused on what's coming down that you aren't able to see what's coming UP.

Look for the SON.  Your spring is coming!

I hope y'all have a great week and let's bring on the party!  :)

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

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 147 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 just had a lovely day with my family!   We have such busy schedules, especially the kids, so I love it when we can all get together and hang out!

One son works days and the other works evenings so it takes a big of planning to coordinate our schedules.  Our son and daughter-in-law only live about five minutes away from us and we see one another at church but we have to be intentional if we want to spend any length of time together.

Are you being intentional about spending time with the people you love?

Sometimes our day will get away from us if we aren't intentional about how we are spending our time and who we are spending it with.

You only have so many hours in your day, so make them count!

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, March 20, 2016

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 113 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.

Saturday (today as I write this) was a work-day at our church.  Lots of people were outside working on the grounds.

Because my back has flared up again these past several weeks I wasn't able to work outside, so I chose to work inside instead.

Even cleaning the nursery and sorting through toys can be tiring.  Who knew?  ;)  I'm glad I wasn't alone.  It's always fun to work with friends, isn't it?  It makes the work go faster.

I wound up falling asleep on the couch tonight.....way before my normal bedtime.  I work up just long enough to write this post and then I am going to bed for real!

There was a time when looking forward to going to bed early on a Saturday night was unheard of for me.  Now it sounds awesome!  I must be growing 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, March 13, 2016

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 130 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.

Not a lot to say today so let's just 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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