Sunday, August 30, 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 105 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.

So I just wrote about half a post and then I decided I was too tired to finish it tonight so I deleted everything.   I probably should have just saved it for another time but too late now, lol!

So all you're going to get is this paragraph here saying "Hey, how ya doing?  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, August 23, 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 119 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 hate to be the one to point it out to you but summer is nearly at an end.

Actually, for some of you summer IS at an end because your children are back in school.

I have one week left of summer and then all of my school-year church ministries start up as well as my after-school caregiving, so I am going to be much busier.

The only thing I am ready to have end is the hot weather.  I am so OVER it.

So I say bring on the fall because I am ready for some cooler weather.

I just wish we could bring on the fall without all the fall-related activities.  I am not yet ready to have my schedule ramp up.

My mind and  body are still on summer time.

Plus, my summer was VERY busy and not very relaxing due to my mom's illness (and nearly dying), my two months of physical therapy for my back, and some other things that happened.

But I am very thankful to the Lord that my mom is still with us, and I cherish every moment I get to spend with her as we almost lost her, as I said.

Summer isn't always relaxing, even though we often have this hope and expectation that it will be.

I suppose we get that from our childhood, when we expect summer to be just one big playtime.

So then we carry that expectation into adulthood and sometimes summer can be a let-down.

But I still love summer because......hello, sunshine and the days get longer!  And I can wear shorts!  And flip flops!  And it doesn't rain for awhile.

Except now, as I said, I am sick of the heat and want some cooler weather.  I just want cooler weather with nothing on my schedule.......and days and days of absolutely nothing to do. Wouldn't that be nice?

I suppose I would get bored, but it might be kind of nice!  ;)   Oh well!

On the other hand, fall means cooler weather, rain, the leaves changing colors, and days where sometimes the only thing you want to do is curl up with a good book.

Hmmmm, fall may not be so bad after all!   

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

MYHSM Linky Party & Not Working My Plan



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 108 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.



Last Monday's post I mentioned that I was going into a busy week.


I said that I was going into my week with a list and a plan.


I said: 

"But having a plan is important too, because it puts you in the driver's seat.  You may not always be in control of the vehicle, but you'll have your hand on the wheel!  You'll also have a purpose, a destination, and a plan of how you'll get there."

Nice words.

Too bad I didn't pay attention to them.

I really didn't.

I managed to get a lot of things done that I had already committed to.  Our church had a big children's ministry event that I had committed to, and so I helped prep for that the day before and then helped run it the next day.

I managed to run errands, make phone calls, and on a couple of days I helped some people  that I had promised to help or kept appointments that I had made .

I also made sure that I visited my mom.  I even fed my family occasionally.   ;)

What I didn't do was work my plan.  I didn't even glance at it.

When I was home I managed to do the laundry, make the meals, and clean up the kitchen after the meals.  These were NOT on my plan because they are just sort of expected.

I even managed to clean one of the bathrooms.  ONE.

During the week, I made sure that the main living areas were picked up and neat.  

I vacuumed and, as I said, I only cleaned one bathroom.  


I did not dust.  I did not vacuum downstairs - only upstairs.   
I mopped the kitchen floor and one bathroom floor, but did not mop the entry hall floor or the other floors.


In short, I did what I could and what I had time and energy for, and I let everything else go.

Sometimes we get tired after a long day, and maybe we just need to rest.

I made sure that my family had clean clothes to wear, food to eat, and ONE oasis of a bathroom to retreat to.   ;)

And really.....that's all we needed!

Although I got a lot done, I still didn't get to work my plan.  So a lot of things that I WANTED to do had to be let go in order to do the things that I NEEDED to do.

Sometimes I can get over ambitious with my plans, and I suspect that you can too.  

Some of us need a plan because we need to know when to start.  And some of us need a plan because we need to know when to stop.

In my case, my body told me it was time to stop.

This will be another busy week.  I may select one small "want" a day that I desire to accomplish.  And I might not.

Not gonna worry about it.  Just gonna make sure that the needs get done, and if I have time for the wants then that would be awesome.  If not, there's always next 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, August 9, 2015

Do You Have A Plan? & 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 106 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.


Last week I had BIG plans to get stuff done around here.  I had lists of things that needed doing and projects I wanted to work on. 

I was even excited when last Monday rolled around because I had a plan.  

Then, as you know often happens, God......and life.....had other plans.

The week looked fairly free at the beginning.  I only had one dentist appointment that week, and also had an appointment to get my allergy shot on another day.  My schedule was wide open.

So far so good.

Things started popping up, a friend needed help with something, one of my sons needed help with something else, another friend had a situation with her daughter and we spent hours dealing with it (some of that at urgent care), I had to drive someone somewhere......one thing after another.

My days took on a life of their own.

One day I left at 9 a.m. and didn't get home until 6 p.m.  And THAT was the day that I originally thought I'd be able to spend at home.

And then, of course, I am still visiting my mom in the nursing home. I basically go every day and have for months because she's been so ill.  She is now slowly recovering and regaining her strength. (She is now out of the hospital, by the way.  Praise God!)

Last week I was tired by the time evening rolled around and didn't feel like attacking my list very much.

But let the record show that ONE of the things that week involved ice cream with a friend and another involved a pedicure.  Both things were unexpected and unplanned, but hey, if you call me up and say "Do you want to go for ice cream?" or "Do you want to go get a pedicure?"  I am THERE for you.

So now we come to THIS week.

I have at least one thing every day this week.

Some of you are thinking "One thing every day?  She only has ONE thing??????"

But some of these "one things" are going to take a few hours every day.  As in three or four hours. At least.  Some will be longer, some hopefully shorter.

I'm still going into it with a plan. And my list.

But I'm also going into it knowing that my plan and my list needed to be flexible.  As long as the important things get done, the minor things can wait.

People are more important than plans, sometimes.  Not always, because some people will suck the life out of you with their unimportant, never-ending "needs" that are really wants that they want YOU to meet or needs that they want YOU to take care of because they don't want to.

But having a plan is important too, because it puts you in the driver's seat.  You may not always be in control of the vehicle, but you'll have your hand on the wheel!  You'll also have a purpose, a destination, and a plan of how you'll get there.

So what things do YOU have to do this week?  Do you have a plan?


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, August 2, 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 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 last week just flew by.  In fact, this whole summer is flying by.  

It always does.  It was never long enough when I was a child and it's not long enough now!   ;)

I am just going to try and SLOWLY enjoy what's left of summer and I hope that you do too!

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, July 26, 2015

Windows of Beauty and 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 107 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 Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My mom has a beautiful view from her hospital room.  I like to point out the view to her, because I think that sometimes she can get caught up in all the machines and tubes and stuff.

She's sick, she's tired, and it's easy to see what's right in front of you and think that THAT is all there is.  The pain, the medicine, the machines.

But right outside her window is that beautiful view.  Now granted, there are roads and buildings and cars, of course.

But there's also a huge amount of trees and there's that glorious sky and its ever-changing colors.

Not only do I point out the view for her but I like to see it too.

I need to remind us both of the beauty that is going on outside that hospital room, and the God who created it.

It's easy to forget that there's a WHOLE world out there when your world feels like it stops just at the barrier of the walls of a hospital room.  Because that's all that she can see, unless she looks out the windows and beyond.

What about you?  Where does today find YOU?

No matter what your circumstances are today, don't forget to look beyond them and appreciate the windows of beauty all around you.

They could be actual windows that show forth all the glory of God's glorious creation.

Or windows that reflect the grace of someone who is kind to you, the strength of someone's love, the trust that you have built with someone you care about, or the precious hugs of a child.

They could be windows that show you humor, and loyalty, and fun, and laughter.

Windows of joy that fill you, windows of faith that strengthen you, and windows of hope that renew you and carry you through.



If you find yourself focusing on the pain or the weariness or the difficulty in your life today, just don't forget to look for those windows of beauty that are there just beyond your gaze.

They are there.  All you have to do is lift your eyes and look for them.

So LOOK for them and make your home sing this week.

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I am linking up to these linky parties:

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The Life Of Faith

Living Proverbs 31

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Friday, July 24, 2015

It's Not A Bald Patch - It's Air Conditioning




This is what happens when you are grooming your dog, take the comb off to clean some hair out of it.... get distracted and forget to put the comb back on again.

It's not a bald patch - it's air conditioning.

#baldspot     #nohairdontcare


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