Sunday, December 19, 2010

Making Your Home Sing Monday

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Pretty sure you are all busy! I know I am. I went to the mall to get something for my hubby and parked about a million miles away. First I found something I liked but the size was wrong. Then the size was perfect but I didn't like the color. Then the color and size were good, but the fabric was all wrong. I finally found something that I liked and would work.

I waited in a very long line and finally became the second in line. There was a woman who was in the front of the line. The clerk finally finished with her last customer and so this woman was next. The clerk turned to ask someone a question before taking her next customer.

However, the woman in front on me had waited long enough and wasn't waiting any longer, I guess. She just set her stuff down and walked away. Within a minute the clerk was back at her post and able to wait on me.

Had that woman been able to wait a minute more, she would have been able to get what she wanted.

How soon is too soon to give up? How long is too long to wait?

Sometimes there are things we are hoping for and praying for that never come because God, in His Sovereignty, has something else planned. But we know that we can trust Him to do what is best.

But sometimes, we just have to wait awhile. Sometimes we just have to be patient. Sometimes we must wait and not give up, not lose hope. Just because we don't see evidence of Him working doesn't mean that He isn't. We don't have to understand everything that He is doing in order to be blessed by it.

Long ago, God made a promise. In His time, that promise because a reality when God sent His Son Jesus, to be the Savior of the world. A tiny baby in a lowly manger was the answer, the Hope that had been long awaited.

This week, I will be getting ready to celebrate His birth with my family. I don't know if I'll be blogging again, but if I don't, please have a very merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sometimes I Talk To Myself

I am pretty sure that you know that sometimes I talk to myself.

Sometimes I even send emails to myself, so that my emails can talk to themselves. For that matter, sometimes my blog talks to itself.

Hey, I come from a long line of people that talk to themselves.

I also homeschool. Now you know that when we have a parent-teacher conference I have to stand in front of a mirror and ask myself questions, which I then patiently answer. Hey, that's what I'm paying me the big bucks for.

Earlier, while searching for something, I stumbled upon a blog post that I wanted to read later. I know that some people "bookmark" things but I have no idea how they do that or how it works. So, I resort to emails.

I copied the blog URL and decided to send an email to myself with the blog link, that way I could find it later and finish reading it.

After sending myself the email, I was horrified to learn that not only had I NOT sent the blog link to myself, I had sent it to a company who had earlier asked if I'd be willing to let them advertise on my blog. I get those from time to time, as all bloggers do, I imagine.

At this point in my life, I am not interested in advertising on my blog. However, sending them a link to someone's blog post was not how I had planned on "answering" their request. Though I do hope that they enjoy reading the article and learn some safety tips!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Making Your Home Sing: Time Is Passing

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Can you believe that Christmas is almost here? Me neither. It seems like just yesterday it was summer and I was wearing flip flops.

People still wear flip flops around here, even when it's raining. Shorts and flip flops. I've even seen people wearing shorts when there is snow on the ground, although I haven't noticed any flip flops. Doesn't mean someone's not out there wearing them though. Such a rebel!

Last weekend we were walking around The Lloyd Center and I stopped and watched the people ice skating. I love watching people ice skate. It just seems so winter-y and reminds me of laughing people, a warm fire and hot chocolate with marshmallows.

I have been sick this week and so haven't been blogging. However, this is the season of Hallmark Christmas movies and other old favorite movies, such as White Christmas or It's A Wonderful Life.

I have also curled up in front of dvd's of when my children were little. Oh my! What precious times those were, and they disappeared way to fast. Now my oldest is in college and my youngest will be graduating from high school this year.

I also enjoyed seeing videos of my dad again. Now I only get to see him in pictures, or hear his voice on dvd since he went Home to the Lord three years ago. I am so thankful for the videos that we have of both him and my children.

This week my oldest returns from college for his Christmas break and I imagine I will eventually be feeling better because I don't plan on making a career of not feeling well.

So I plan on making my home sing by enjoying my precious family and treasuring our time together these next few weeks, which will be all to short before our oldest returns to school. I will also toss in a Christmas movie or two while I'm lying around here waiting to feel better. Life is good!

I hope you will make your home sing this week by making some memories that you can put away in your heart for the time is passing all too quickly!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

In The Name of Freedom, Thank You Daddy

This is an old picture of my beloved daddy. He was a Pearl Harbor Survivor. He was there at the bombing and said he had a job to do and he did it. He never held any prejudice later and said that both sides were just doing what their country told them to do. He said it was a "job" and they did their jobs and served their country, as he put it. In fact, years later he and a Japanese friend of his used to go to schools and give speeches about their memories of the war.

He taught us pride for our country, and raised us to believe that freedom was something worth fighting for, if you had to. He also taught us that former enemies can become friends. That there is always a common ground and a way to find an understanding and forge a friendship. Nations may have been enemies at one time, but the nation's people don't have to continue to be.



This is also my dad. He also taught us that laughing and family was very important. He loved to laugh and to make other people laugh. He told us over and over that family was important. That you were always there for each other, because you were a family.

Today is Dec. 7, and on Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor was bombed and my dad was there, thrust into a war he did not want but fighting for a freedom that he believed in.

The Pearl Harbor Survivor Association motto and the goal is to "Keep America Alert" so that we would never again be unprepared and attacked on our own soil.

Every day we should remember and honor people who are out there holding the line for freedom. Some are alive, some are no longer with us (like my dad), some died in the name of freedom. To all of them, and to their families, I say thank you for standing in the gap.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Making Your Home Sing: The Follow Through

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Do you like unpacking? I dislike unpacking. Unpacking usually follows a trip and when I return I am tired and who wants to unpack? Unpacking isn't fun, but you have to do it. It's the follow through.

A vacation is not simply having a relaxing time away from home. Part of the vacation is the trip home, part of the vacation is unpacking, making phone calls to start up the mail again, running to the store to stock up on milk and bread, doing laundry, etc. After all, you pretty much HAVE to do this after each vacation, right?

It is easier if you look upon all this work as part of the journey, instead of a hardship. After all, would the journey be so pleasurable if there was no work to relax from and nothing to get away from? What would the journey be like without all the "mundane" details being taken care of before and afterward?

In fact, this follow through of the vacation may very well be the most important part. Because this is the part where your real life begins again. This is the part where you make plans, return to work to make money to pay the bills (if you work), stock up on groceries again so that your family has something to eat, see to your needs and the needs of others, etc.,

This way, things are running smoothly and as stress-free as possible. We can't live like we're on vacation 24/7, and if we are, then someone else is running the show for us and they need a vacation!

What part of your life is stressing you this week because you aren't doing the follow through? What part is causing bumps in the road because you keep trying to be on "vacation" when you know it's really time to "head home" and get back to work again. What part is getting messed up because you want to play when you know it's time to work?

Do you have a bad habit of starting things but never finishing? Why? Can you change how you look at things? Can you view cleaning up the dishes as part of the follow through of serving the meal, instead of waiting hours and hours?

Can you view hanging up your clothes each night as part of the follow through of preparing for bed? Can you view making your bed as part of the follow through of getting up in the morning? What can you view differently, to make whatever responsibilities you have smoother?

As this holiday season gears up, this is a good time to examine your daily habits. Ask yourself if you are in balance. Are you playing when you should be working, or working when you should be playing? Are you doing the follow through? This week, make your home sing by enjoying your "me"-time or weekends or vacation time when you have it, but when it's time to "get back to work," do it!

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Honey-Do List......In Theory It Should Work

Today I was doing my physical therapy exercises at home and my stretchy band broke. That meant I could no longer do those exercises because I couldn't use the band anymore, right? I was thrilled.

Then my husband fixed the band so that I could use it again.

I was devastated. Bummer.

Thanks, dear.

I hadn't even put it on a "honey-do" list. Do you have one of those? You know, you make out a list of things that you want your husband to do.

Then the fun comes in because you get to wait and see how long it takes him to do it. One time I went to put the list on the fridge. My hubby told me that he did not want a "honey-do" list displayed because, as he said, "I don't want people to see the things that I'm not doing." That made me laugh so hard!

I think the whole "honey-do" list concept is funny. I am supposed to give my husband a list of things that I want him to do around here?

I don't even want to stop long enough to make up a list of things that I need to do, and now I have to make up one for my husband? How about if he just tries to read my mind. That'll work, right? So eventually I start making a list.

In theory, it should work. Except once I start with little things (please put tools away, etc.) I can't keep myself from going bigger. Pretty soon I'm writing "Please repaint the entire house" or "Please rip out the old fireplace and build me a new one" or "Please landscape the entire yard, both front and back."

Before I know it I'm writing "Please move the entire house so that our bedroom window is facing a different direction, I am tired of the sun hitting me in the eyes every morning." I can't help myself. I just go mad with power, and that honey-do list is a dream come true. As I said, in theory it should work.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Making Your Home Sing: Celebrate Him!

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Having a holiday this week totally got my days all mixed up. It just basically dawned on me that it is time to get this meme up! Everything went so fast and I am still in a pumpkin pie induced coma.

We got most of the Christmas decorations up on Friday, and the tree up and decorated by Saturday, but by then it sort of looked like Christmas threw up all over my house.

You know what I mean. You are making the transition between your everyday decorations and your seasonal decorations, and everything is everywhere.

Friday afternoon I dropped my son off at the mall and apparently everybody and their brother were supposed to meet there. Only I didn't get the memo.

As you can imagine getting out of there was tricky. There are no stop lights in the parking lot at the mall. It's every man, woman and crazed shopper for themselves.

Once you get out towards the street there are stoplights, of course. But dare to drive into the mall and your life is no longer your own. You are at the mercy of The Christmas Shopper.

You know who he or she is. Maybe you've been her. She knows that everlasting happiness (and a 75% discount) is inside that mall, waiting for her.

She rushes through the stores, ignoring the music and bumping into the other shoppers. She frowns at them. They have some nerve. Don't they know she's busy and in a hurry?

She and her 50,000 siblings come to the mall and get in my way. Because it's all about me. And a parking space.

Please, let there be a parking space within walking distance is my prayer the minute I drive into the mall. Because of course it is raining (or snowing) and I don't want my hair to get wet (or frozen).

This time, fortunately, I didn't have to go in. But it was still scary just driving alongside The Christmas Shopper and all her little friends.

Plus, I know that soon I might be The Christmas Shopper. Desperate to get that one last gift. That one last deal. Moving so fast that I don't get the chance to truly enjoy the season.

This week, don't be The Christmas Shopper. Don't get so caught up in the hype that you forget to stop and enjoy why we really celebrate this holiday. Don't rush through this Christmas. Stop and enjoy it.

Smile at someone at the post office. Let someone go ahead of you in the grocery store. Don't lose your head because someone beat you to the "best" parking spot.

Don't stress. Enjoy your loved ones, make some cookies and freeze them, start a new Christmas tradition. Remember the Reason for the Season! It's when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! This week I am going to make my home sing by celebrating Him!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Frosty The Snowpoodle

So, I never thought I'd be one of those people that puts clothes on their dogs.........

Never say never.

Anyway, I bought a little purple parka for my toy poodle. Much to the chagrin of my husband, children, and pretty much the entire western hemisphere.

Since it snowed I've been putting on her "winter coat" so that she could have a little added warmth when she goes outside to do her thing. Otherwise she comes in looking like Frosty the Snowpoodle, or maybe the abominable snowman.........or maybe snowpoodle.

Besides, you all know she needs to be stylish when taking care of business. Other dogs can be so mean and judgmental. Especially if you're a purebred poodle, not to mention a Toy. They're just jealous.

Last night she came into the house without her coat. Apparently she never got the memo that we don't take our coats off when we're outside playing.

I was like "Oh no, tell me you DID not just lose your coat. Do you know how much I paid for that?" and she was all like "Whatever. It's not like I asked you to buy it for me." She rolls her eyes at me and I was like "Don't you look at me in that tone of voice, Missy" and she was all like "Whatev." It was our first big fight.

I convinced myself that I had to go out and get it because I didn't want to leave it outside all night. Did I mention it was almost midnight?

I put my boots on and wondered why they felt so uncomfortable, until I realized that they were on the wrong feet. I seriously debated on whether or not I should just leave 'em that way so that I could get it over with sooner. I pulled my coat over my jammies and out I went into the cold, snowy world.

We have a big yard, and as I was tromping around trying to find the coat, I questioned the wisdom of not bringing a flashlight with me. But everyone knows how ridiculous it is to bring a flashlight when it's dark outside.

Did I mention it was almost midnight? Did I also mention that if I hadn't put a coat on my dog I wouldn't have had to do all that in the first place? Next time she can just go find her coat herself.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Making Your Home Sing: Surprise Them!

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Right now it is snowing outside. I love the snow, as long as I don't have to drive in it. I love the beauty of it. I love walking outside with the night sky illuminated by falling snowflakes.

When the kids were younger we would put them to bed at their regular bedtime. If the snow continued to fall and blanket the ground we would decide to "make a memory."

So we'd wake them back up at 10:00 p.m., 11:00 or sometimes even midnight. We'd all bundle up and go outside and take a walk in the snow. Sometimes we'd be joined by other parents and their squealing children.

I have to admit that my kids woke up real easy and weren't the type to be extremely crabby or overly tired the next day. Plus, we homeschool so we could adjust our "start" time if we wanted to, although we didn't always.

During the summer time we'd put them to bed and then "wake" them up a little bit later to go out for ice cream. In this case, they weren't in bed for very long so they usually weren't asleep.

Sometimes it's just fun to put them to bed and then surprise them with a popcorn and movie night, or a surprise game night, or maybe just surprise them with ice cream from the freezer.

One morning the kids woke up and walked downstairs only to find a gigantic "spider" web. Their dad and I had strung string all over the place (be careful not to wrap it around breakables though). The kids loved it. Another thing we did was we surprised them with a "picnic" on the floor of the living room. Another time it was "camping" outside in the backyard.

One day we did a treasure hunt and left clues all over the place for the kids to find and follow. At the end of the hunt was a small treat. Another time we built a big fort with blankets and furniture and surprised the kids. Another time we put on some Disney songs and grabbed the kids and just danced around and laughed.

Are you putting fun into your family life? Are there little surprises that you can do? It could be something as easy as putting a special plate at the dinner table and saying "Tonight, we're all going to tell so-and-so what we appreciate about them." The next time it would be someone else's turn.

You don't have to make it just for the kids either. I used to surprise my hubby with little notes in his car or his sack lunch, or I'd buy a special little treat that I knew he'd enjoy, etc.

If you're not doing it already, pick something fun and silly to surprise your family with this week and make your home sing! You don't have to make it a big production. Just pick something small and surprise your kids with it! You'll be surprised how much you will enjoy it too.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Who, Me?

Today my 17 year old son and I were all alone in the house. Well, except for the dogs, of course. But you might as well be alone when they're here because they are lousy conversationalists. Besides, who wants to talk with someone whose idea of a good time is rolling in something that even the cat wouldn't touch.

Anyway, my husband called on the phone while my son was making the first of 47,950 trips to take the recyling out.

So when my son came in I said "Your dad wants you to call him."

"Me?" he answered.

Duh.

I guess that whole "Who, me? or "do-you-mean-me-or-my-sibling?" syndrome is alive and well. Even if your other sibling is off at college. In another state. Even if you are the only person in the room whose father is alive and well and living on planet earth. Even if the only other ones I could possibly mean were the dogs, and they aren't on speaking terms with their parents.

Seriously, yes, I mean YOU. I am not talking to myself, although I have been known to do that.

You are the only other person here in this room that I am talking to. For that matter, you are the only other person in the entire house that I could be talking to.

Dude.

Yeah, I'm talking to YOU!



Thursday, November 18, 2010

How Do I Love Thee, Costco? Let Me Count The Ways!

Yesterday I found my particular favorite kind of socks at the local warehouse store and it was a very emotional moment for me.

Let's all pause for a moment of silence to reflect a minute. Thank you.

O.k., moment over.

It's just that you know how it is at stores like Costco or Sam's Club. If you see it you gotta buy it, even if you don't want it, because it may be gone the next time you come.

Basically, you gotta be willing to commit. You can't just stand around and decide whether or not this particular brand of socks is right for you.

You can't go home and think about it and then come back and take 'em for a spin in your car. Too risky. They may have moved on to someone else and left you behind, crying in your shoes.

You can't take them out a couple of times and then decide whether or not you want to continue the relationship.

You have to decide right then and there whether or not you want to make the relationship permanent.

The pressure is enormous.

At Costco, every item you see has the potential for your future happiness or future pain. Every decision is fraught with tension.

Should I buy this now or wait? If I wait, will it be gone the next time I come? If I buy it, will I regret it for the rest of my life? If I don't buy it, will I regret it the rest of my life?

Every trip to Costco or Sam's Club has the ability to be a nail-biting experience. Every trip has the ability to make you or break you.

Just knowing that your peace of mind and future happiness is at stake is enough to make you consider going into therapy every time you darken those doors.

However, ever so often you have a moment, like I did yesterday when I saw those socks, and you know that you can't live without them.

Just knowing that there are moments like that make all the risk worthwhile. So I will continue to court Costco and Sam's Club until one of them breaks up with me.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My Friend, The Hair Whisperer

My friend, I like to call her "The Hair Whisperer," cut my hair recently.

For some reason, I will often go a long time between cuts.

I don't even notice how desperate I am getting, until my hair falls in my eyes and I can no longer see.

I was trying to blindly clean around some knicknacks, and as I knocked one over I decided that perhaps it would be a good time to get my bangs cut again.

After all, you can only rock the Cousin Itt thing for so long.

I wish the hair on my head grew as fast as the hair on my legs. Not that you needed to know that, but I am fully convinced that leg hair grows about 50 times faster than hair-hair. Do you know why that is?

Because hair knows when it's not wanted. Ask any poor girl who has been dying to grow her hair out after a bad cut. She will tell you that her hair is taking forever to grow on her head but that she's growing a nice mustache, thank you very much.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Making Your Home Sing: Fun Over Function

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

I think I need a maid. Who's with me? Lately I just can't seem to find any great desire to clean my house. Oh, I still clean up the kitchen after meals, and I am still doing some picking up, but I have laundry waiting to be folded and I don't care. I have a bathroom that needs cleaning and I figure it's waited this long, it can wait a little longer. I haven't mopped my floors in two weeks and frankly, I am o.k. with that too.

Did I mention that I have people coming over for Thanksgiving? Unless I want to greet them with crunchy, sticky floors and messy tables it is GO time, people!

But still, I don't care. Today, I don't care. Tomorrow I will, but today I won't.

Sometimes we just have to pull back and let it go. Sometimes we just have to let the mess go and chill out. Of course, some of us chill out more than we should (lol!) and today, I will be one of them.

So here's to ignoring the mess that calls you and embracing freedom! Today I am going to enjoy time with my family, time (later) for myself, and ignore the laundry, the floors, and the bathrooms. And, if I'm really good, I will ignore the rest of the house too. Hmmmm, a gal could get used to this.......

So if you find yourself drowning in a sea of clutter and mess, and you are losing your sense of humor and your patience, perhaps you should take a few moments to remind yourself that you used to be a fun person.

The world won't end if you take a timeout from the housework and have some fun today, people! So take fifteen minutes, an hour, a couple of hours or all day and enjoy yourself with those you love.

Tomorrow I will make my home sing, today I will make ME sing by putting fun over function!

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Friday, November 12, 2010

But Officer, I Thought It Was MY Car!!!!

Have you ever left the house in a hurry to go to the store, and then once you got there you wondered why on earth you left the house looking like that? Yeah, me neither.

The other night I suddenly realized that I forgot to go pick up some medicine. My hubby was about to leave to go somewhere and I knew that the pharmacy would be closed by the time he got back, so I figured I'd just run out.

I assured hubby I'd be back in a few minutes and left dinner in the oven (with instructions for hubby) and ran out the door.

When I got into the store I happened to glance down and realized I was wearing a ratty old sweatshirt and some sweatpants that were too short (and too tight). Seriously, if they were loose do you think I would need to be exercising????

In my hurry I had forgotten to change out of my exercise clothes. I also realized that my hair was plastered all over my head and some of it was caught up in a pony-tail that even a pony would be ashamed of.

So I got in line (In line????? Don't these people know that I am in a hurry?), got my purchase and headed for the door. But before I got there one of those dern displays jumped right in my way and forced me to look at everything on it, thus distracting me.

At some point I remembered I was in a hurry and ran out to my car. Once in the parking lot I attempted to break into someone else's car. After several failed attempts at unlocking the door of "my" car, and lifting up the door handle several times, I eventually realized it wasn't my car. I want you to know that the people watching were just as surprised as I was.

On the way home I missed every light, which gave me the opportunity to make a frantic call home, and also gave hubby no choice but to consider taking the gas-guzzler instead of waiting for me if I didn't make it home in time.

I believe all this proves that if you leave the house wearing sweats, you should be prepared to sweat. I also believe this proves that I would never make it as a car thief.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thank You!

Join Me at The Homeschool Post!




The Homeschool Blog Awards are up and my blog has been nominated for "Best Homemaking Blog." Since I have no idea which one of you nominated me I wanted to say thank you, so I hope you'll see this! It was very sweet of you to think of me!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

If You Read This And Get A Headache, I Apologize

Testing, testing......*clears throat*.....hello? Hello? Hello? Hello? Hello?..... Hey, cool, I have an echo on my blog.

I am procrastinating. Usually I spell procrastinating f-a-c-e-b-o-o-k.

But today, I spell it b-l-o-g-g-i-n-g.

Because I don't want to exercise. Oh, I need to exercise, I have to exercise, but I don't want to exercise.

How come exercising isn't as much fun as eating chocolate? I ask you, does that seem fair?

How come the good things for you aren't always as much fun as the bad things? I guess that's why they call them "bad" things. Not that chocolate is bad.

However, if I ate less chocolate maybe I could do less exercise. Sigh.

So today I am posting in the middle of the day (well, more like the early middle) and I'm thinking that I've missed all you morning people out there.

You've been up, checked your Reader or Dashboard for my post (because I know that you can't start your day without me, right? yeah, right.) and gone on with your busy lives.

And I'm thinking that all you night people are going to be too busy exercising to even go on the computer, so you won't read this post either.

So basically, I am just talking to myself and I am o.k. with it. I do it all the time.

And, since I'm talking to myself, I will tell myself that you need to get your behind off the computer and go exercise.

Then I will tell myself to go away. Or be quiet, because that is nicer. Then I will go and call my mom and tell her that I am picking on me.

However, I may be listening, so I think I need to be more discreet, so that I don't know what I'm talking about.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Making Your Home Sing: Instilling Values

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Have you ever considered the thought that you have to have a license to drive, a license to marry, a license to drink, but you don't have to have a parenting license?

Parenting is hard work. It's not for cowards.

Being a parent is an awesome responsibility. You are raising a child who will eventually grow up and become a responsible adult, making decisions, voting, running a business, having a family and raising little future adults of their own someday, etc.

How many of us will make a to-do list for the day, a goals list for the year, and yet make no goals for the raising of our children?

If you went to work every day and had an understanding of what needed to be done, but made no plan or effort to do it, how could you accomplish and meet your work goals?

How could you make phone calls, write up reports, or have a successful business if you didn't have a plan as to what type of direction you were going to go in? How could you even have a business if you didn't decide what type of business you were going to have?

And yet how often do we, as parents, blindly go day to day without having a firm direction for the raising of our children?

Have you ever sat down and wrote a list of the values you would like to instill in your children? Are you doing anything to instill those values now?

For example, if I want my child to learn a work ethic, am I giving him the opportunity to learn to work about the home by doing chores, or find ways to make money by doing chores for others? If I want him to learn how to serve, am I giving him opportunities to serve at home, in the neighborhood or at church?

If I want to teach him perseverance, am I there with encouragement when he wants to give up on homework, chores, or music lessons? If I want him to be respectful, am I ignoring disrespect or giving consequences for it? What do I want my children to know about Jesus? What am I teaching and modeling at home? Am I taking him to church so he can learn about Him there? Am I going with my child?

Am I modeling the values that I want my child to learn? Am I giving him opportunities to learn them?

Am I parenting intentionally and with purpose?

If you haven't done so already, you may want to consider making a list of values and beliefs that you have that you'd like to teach your children, and then prayerfully look for ways and opportunities to do that.

But remember the old saying about values being "better caught than taught." We can't just teach the values, we need to model them as well.

One way to make our homes sing is to have a song that needs to be sung. So this week, I encourage you to sit down and write out the lyrics for the song that you want to write on your children's hearts and lives and make some music!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

I Am Pretty Sure This Never Happened To Martha Washington


Today I am joining my friend Kim over at Homesteader's Heart for her Friday Funnies meme. Please pop over there for more fun!

There are some things that happen that make me wonder if I am "normal" and everybody goes through things like this, or if it's just me.

For example, a ringing telephone.

For some reason, I feel that I have to answer the phone by the third ring. Maybe even the first or the second ring if at all possible, but definitely by the third ring. It's kind of a personal code of honor.

To do anything less would be a tragedy of enormous proportions. And, after all, the phone police are everywhere.

So today I was changing into my workout sweats and I was just pulling on the bottoms when the telephone rang.

Now, at any given time there could be at least four to five people in this house. But I promise you, no one will answer the phone except me. And if they do answer the phone it will only be because I didn't and the ringing annoyed them, and they had to step over my unconscious body to get to the phone.

So, the phone began ringing while I was dressing. Because we all know that it is a universal rule that the phone only rings when you are in the bathroom or changing.

I already had my shirt on but I pulled on the sweatpants and ran out of the bedroom and into the kitchen to answer the phone. I feel that it is important, at this point, to interject the fact that there is a phone in our bedroom, too. Apparently, I haven't discovered it yet.

I bolted out of my bedroom because I knew that my seventeen year old son would not answer the phone because heaven knows it's not for him since he has a cell phone, and anybody who is anybody would not be calling him on the house phone.

So I'm hopping and running down the hall and I get my left foot caught in the bottom of the pants somehow. With every hop I am desperately pulling up the pants (which are inching dangerously downward) with one hand and trying to free my foot with the other hand. At the same time, my foot is pulling them back down again, as it is stepping on the hem every time I put my foot down to try to run.

Now I know why women wore dresses all the time back in the day. I'm pretty sure this never happened to Martha Washington.

Hop. Step. Run. Pull. Hop. Step. Run. Pull. I have never learned how to run without using both feet. I am sorry. Hopping I can do on one leg, but I find it easier to run using both feet.

So I am hopping and trying to keep everything on, because, you know, there are children in the house and I don't want to scar them for life.

I finally get to the phone, somewhat dressed, and I answer it breathing heavily.

I think that the caller on the other end had second thoughts because by the time I said "Hello" they had hung up.

I wonder what Martha Washington would have done?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Having An Identity Crisis

I think I'm having an identity crisis. My blog can't decide what it wants to be when it grows up.

I blame my blog, because it obviously has a mind of its own.

Some days it wants to whine about my hairstyle (or lack of one) and sometimes it wants to talk about marriage or wallpaper (because obviously, the two go hand in hand). Some days it gets real serious about something and the next thing you know we're talking about hairy legs again.

I do appreciate those of you who have stuck with me, and I have to ask: do you mind when I come on here and blog about absolutely nothing but what is going on in my warped little mind at that moment?

Because I can talk about the fact that I was in the laundry room today and stood on my tippy toes to reach a basket on the highest shelf, because I needed the swifter duster. I can also question the decision to put it on the highest shelf, but whatever, dude.......

I can also tell you that I knocked the basket off the shelf and all of its contents fell between the washer and the dryer. Of course they did, because not falling or falling anywhere else would have been too easy. Well, some of it fell into the garbage and it was realllllllly fun getting it out.

I can also let you know that I bent down and picked everything up and put it back in the basket. Then I bumped my head on the corner of the cupboard door that I left open. Because that's how I roll.

You'll also be happy to know that I managed to burn myself while cooking dinner.

I tried to get the dog to go outside, but I firmly believe that the dog thought she was letting ME outside. Because she did not go outside but instead waited until I went out first. I think there is some confusion as to who is in charge around here.

Oh and I went outside to wash the front porch windows and I locked myself out of the house. However, the windows looked lovely and I could see inside the house just fine, so I could see what I was missing. I blame the dog.

I guess what I'm saying is that I am struggling with what to write about on here. I appreciate all of you for sticking around and reading as long as you have, and I thank you for it! I just don't seem to know what I want to write about anymore, and yet I kind of hate the idea of giving up this blog altogether.

So I don't exactly know where my blog is going. As I said, I'm having an identify crisis!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Who Works On Their Tan In The Rain?



Today is my day to blog at the Five Mom's blog.

"Here's the problem: I don't like to wear a hat in the rain because it ruins my hairstyle. I don't like to wear a hood in the rain because it ruins my hairstyle. I don't like to wear my HAIR in the rain because it ruins my hairstyle. "Umbrellas are for cowards!" I cry as I run outside and totally throw caution (and my hair) to the winds.....and the rain.........."

So if you can totally relate (or even if you can't) feel free to join me over there today as I weigh the pros and cons of surgically attaching an umbrella to my hand.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: Learn The Value of Little Minutes

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Some people don't think that they can accomplish anything in 10 or 15 minutes at a time. So they wait for the big blocks of time which rarely come.

Consequently they get frustrated because they "don't have the time" to do things. What they need to do is use the time that they have in order to do the things that they need to do! There is value in little minutes of time as together they add up to bigger minutes.

Do you ever notice that we seem to find the time to do the things that we enjoy doing? And yet we "can't" find the time to do the things that seem boring or too much work.

We can find time to watch a favorite t.v. program but can't find time to fold the laundry....which could be done while watching the t.v. program.

We can find the time to go out to lunch with a friend but can't find time to do our errands....which could be done before or after lunching out.

We can find the time to scrapbook but can't find time to clean our craft room. We can find the time to read a magazine or book but can't find time to read our Bible. We can find time to visit with a favorite friend but can't find time to visit or call someone in the hospital. We can find time to decorate our house but can't find time to clean it.

It comes down to priorities and also, how we use the time that we have. It's always much easier to make the time for something fun, isn't it? So often we dread things and so we put them off. Sometimes we put things off for years if we can.

There is value in little minutes. You CAN declutter in five minutes a day. It will just take you longer. You CAN clean in five minutes a day, it will just take you longer.

Also, you have to maintain what you already cleaned, otherwise you will just be cleaning the same thing over and over and show no progress. Kind of like gaining and losing the same five pounds over and over.

Many people want immediate satisfaction, and if they feel they don't have eight to twelve hours in which to clean the garage then they will just wait until they DO have. They may have to wait a few years and live with a mess (and perhaps their spouse's frustration) however.

Are you one of those people? Are you waiting for a huge block of time to do something? How long have you been waiting to do it? Days? Weeks? Months? Years?

Why are you really putting it off? Is it because of time or because you really don't care? Make a chart of things that need doing in and around your home and list them by order of importance. Where does it fall and why?

If you have a cleaning project that seems overwhelming, start small. Start in a corner somewhere. Start with a drawer, a shelf, a table. Just START. If you have some other project that needs doing and you're not doing it, start working on it. Break it down into baby steps, one thing at a time and begin. Just START.

Set yourself a timer of 10-15 minutes and get moving. When the timer is done you are done. Then tomorrow set a timer and go do it again, and again and again until that project or cleaning is finished. Don't let the amount of time deter you. Don't believe that you can't accomplish anything in just a small amount of time.

After all, each hour is just broken into sixty minutes, and sixty minutes of work is still sixty minutes of work. It doesn't matter if you worked the whole sixty minutes or divided it up into five minutes here and five minutes there, etc.

There are 1,440 minutes in a day......make them sing!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Chocolate Shortage Crisis of 2010




Today there was a minor "crisis" in our home. It was a chocolate shortage crisis. If you call being without chocolate a crisis.

Today there was none to be had. I even checked my mother's stash and she didn't have any either. If the dog treats had been chocolate flavored I may have gone all Bolt! on them and given them a run for their money.

In desperation I turned to my 17 year old son and said "You don't have any chocolate hidden in your room somewhere, do you?"

My son turned to me with a total lack of understanding and said, "Nooooo. Why would I do that?" Thus proving my belief that, #1 he is his father's son and, #2 he has no clue about the importance of chocolate. Believe it or not, when he was seven he wanted to be a pirate, yet obviously has no clue about the value of hidden treasure.

So, feeling somewhat delirious (bordering on comatose), I looked in my husband's sock drawer. After all, who knows what might be hidden in there. In the past, my hubby has hidden chocolate in order to surprise me, so who's to say that there wasn't any hidden amongst his socks.

Well, there wasn't. I was tempted to call dear hubby at work and beg him to go out and buy me some chocolate. However, I did think that maybe his idea of a crisis and my idea of a "crisis" might not be the same. Also, I was feeling very fragile and just couldn't take it if I found out that chocolate really wasn't on his list of priorities for the day.

Then I began to think about my older son who is away at college. Was it possible? Could it be? Did he leave something behind to remember him by?

As I ran to his room in a chocolate-withdrawal fueled panic, I remembered how my children never seem to crave sweets (or chocolate) very much, so I knew the odds weren't good. Then I remembered that long ago, my oldest had some mini candy bars left over after a get together, and he had stashed them in the pantry.

So off to the pantry I went. Would they still be there???????????????????????

Yes! They were there in all their chocolaty goodness. Mini candy bars of chocolate perfection. They may have been there about 75 years. I didn't even care how long. I also decided that I need to clean my pantry more often.

So, word to the wise: next time you see me coming hide your chocolate. And don't say I didn't warn you either.

Editor's note: no chocolates were hurt in the writing of this post. However, I may eat another one tomorrow.

I am linking this post to Chocolate Friday at Stop and Smell the Chocolate's blog!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: Make It One For The Memory Book

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

When you were little, did you ever think about what kind of a spouse or parent you would be someday?

When I was a little kid I used to have things that I assured myself I would NEVER say. I remember saying "I will never say 'because I said so' to my children."

I also remember thinking about what kind of wife I'd be. I would leave little love notes for my hubby. I would wake up early and make him breakfast. I would put candles and flowers on the table for dinner every night. Every day would be a celebration of our love.

Then the honeymoon ended and real living began.

I used to think I would be the fun mom. I'd be the mom on the block that always had cookies available and kool-aid, and never minded how many kids were over at one time and never minded how big a mess they made in the house.

Then the honeymoon ended and real parenting began.

Isn't that the truth? Isn't that what we always say? The honeymoon is over, wake up and smell the diapers........or something like that?

Why does it have to be that way? Why do we have to let our busy-ness dictate how we choose to celebrate our love and our family? Why do we let life interfere with living it?

Why do we get so caught up in the very-important-job of being a wife or a mother that we forget to enjoy it and make it fun! Is there really life beyond that pile of laundry in the bathroom? You betcha there is.

What are the memories that we're making? Are they good memories of fun, and love and laughter?

What do you remember about last year? What memories stand out? Are they memories of you cleaning, and organizing, and doing the laundry or cooking? Or are they memories of camping or swimming, or making a snowman, or hot chocolate and game or movie nights with your family?

The memories that stand out are usually the memories of being with those we love. This week I encourage you to make it one for the memories. Make it something that you can look back on and smile. Make it special.

Leave a loving note on your husband's pillow, put a smiley-faced "I love you" in your child's lunchbox, mail a funny card to your hubby or children, buy some flowers, light a candle, put on some special music, buy or make a "you are special" plate and put it on the table, iron the pillowcases, or do something to make tonight's dinner or tomorrow's breakfast special. Make it one for the memory book.

Make this week (and every week) one to remember and make your home sing!

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

THE NIGHT IS YOUNG AND I AM NOT

Sometimes I cannot believe how I have changed as I've grown older, and how happy I am to have changed, apparently. Sometimes I am not aware of how I've changed until I see the energy of my kids.

How come they can go like the energizer-bunny?

I remember when I was little I was begging to stay up late. Now I'm begging to go to bed.

I couldn't wait until I was old enough to "set my own bedtime." But it seems like once that happened, I couldn't wait til bedtime came.

I couldn't wait to stay up past 9:00 at night. Now 9:00 comes and I say "The night is young and I am not."

I remember staying up late Sunday night because I didn't want the weekend to end. Now 9:30 or 10:00 rolls around and I can barely keep my eyes open.

This is odd, because I used to stay up until 11:00 or midnight with nary a problem.

So, lately I find myself forcing myself to stay awake. Like a little toddler who refuses to nap when she is tired.

I will NOT give in to sleep. I will NOT give in to sleep. I will NOT.....

zzzzzzzzz.......zzzzzzzz......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz......................

Sunday, October 17, 2010

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: CLEAN THE "LITTLES"

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

It amazes me how quickly my house can go from clean to messy. It happens THAT fast. In fact, it happens so fast that I wonder if maybe I just have a "special" house. Surely no one else has a house that can go from "ahhhh" to "arggghhhhhh!" in sixty seconds flat. Right?

It's just me. I am alone. Sigh.

O.k., maybe not sixty seconds but it was fast.

Friday I had a clean house. At least, it was fairly clean. Most things were picked up and put away so it was clean enough. Then Saturday morning came and we went to make 150 lunches to help feed some homeless people in our area. Then we went and bought some groceries (which I never fully unpacked because we had to leave again) and went to a friend's 40th birthday party.

Then I came home and needed to lie down and rest my back so I really didn't do anything else. That means I did not do the dishes last night, so I awoke to a messy kitchen. This doesn't happen very often, but I do have my moments and last night was one of them.

So now we come to today and there are dishes in my sink, there is a bag with potato chips and another bag with some saltines crackers and a few other bags and items sitting on my kitchen counters. Our college aged son came home last weekend and raided our pantry (with our encouragement) and so I am restocking it.

My kitchen table also has remnants of broken knicknacks from a shelf that I knocked over in my haste to get to church. The shelf is fine, some knicknacks are broken and the dog saw her life flash before her eyes and is saying "I almost died," but hey, just another day in my life.

Oh, and the recycling is piling up, the laundry needs to be folded, and I never mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors on Friday because I had a doctor's appointment that ate up my morning and I was busy in the afternoon and in the evening I was mopping the hardwoods instead.

So I sit here and wonder how I could go from clean to chaos so quickly and now I know.

It's hard to clean your house when you aren't home to do it. It's hard to clean your house when you choose to do something else instead. It's hard to clean your house when you don't clean the little mess and let it pile up into a bigger mess. It's hard to clean your house when sometimes you just need to lie down and rest something.

It's hard to clean your house when you're sitting on the computer blogging about how you can't understand why your house is messy. It's hard to clean a little, but it's a lot harder to clean A LOT.

So this week I will be making my home sing by cleaning up the little messes before they give birth to even bigger messes (although I would say that my kitchen has outdone itself and should win some award for "messiest."). I will be cleaning up the "littles" before they become the "a lots." Right now, my kitchen is A LOT.

So I encourage you to join me, if you need to, and clean the "littles." Otherwise you and I are going to have one big A LOT to clean, and nobody wants that. Right?

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Pottery Barn Hates Me

While perusing through people's blogs over the last few months, I have discovered a store called Pottery Barn. I don't think I'd ever heard of it before, and if I HAD heard of it, I would have assumed it was a store full of pottery.

Because, after all, Dairy Queen is full of queens, and Burger King is full of kings, and Walmart is full of walls. Well, it IS full of walls, you know. Otherwise it would be a tent.

Anyway, I discovered that there is a store called Pottery Barn. Or maybe it's The Pottery Barn, I don't know.

From reading people's blogs I have discovered that they have lovely things at this store and they also have a catalog that you can get.

Well, YOU can get. I can't. Because I'm beginning to think that Pottery Barn hates me.

That's the only thing I can think of to explain why I keep trying and failing to get a catalog sent to my door. Seems like everybody else in blogland has a catalog but me.

I have tried twice to order one online and it has never come. I ordered one and waited weeks and weeks in endless anticipation and still, it never came. Then I tried to get another. I'm still waiting. Always a Pottery Barn bridesmaid, never a Pottery Barn bride.......

As I said, at first, I figured that Pottery Barn hates me. Now, I sadly have to admit that apparently my computer skills are so inept, I can't even manage to request a catalog online.

I have to admit that I can barely manage to blog and breathe at the same time. So it appears that my computer skills (three words which no one who knows me would ever put in the same sentence) are apparently cramping my decorating style. Or, I can't afford to shop there anyway and my computer skills know it.

Hmmmm, who knew? Well, maybe Pottery Barn knew and is trying to save me from myself....

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Making Your Home Sing Monday

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

I had a video I was trying to upload but for some reason it wouldn't load. So now I don't have a post for today's meme! Anyway, our oldest son is home visiting from college and that is how we are making our home sing these last couple of days. Y'all have a great week and I look forward to reading about how you are making your homes sing this week.

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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! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dear Diary: Does James Bond Have A Puppy?

Dear Diary,

Just the other day I decided I needed to buy one of those kneeling pads. You know the ones I mean. The kind you buy to protect your knees when you are working outside in the garden.

Only I wanted to buy mine for working inside the house. No, I am not gardening in the house.

If you could only see the state of my flower beds you would know that I am not gardening outside either. My bad.

I just bought that puppy so that I could kneel on it when I clean toilets or feel a deep, dark desire to get on my hands and knees and scrub the floor (which I pray will never happen).

In case you are having trouble following my writing, I did NOT buy a little puppy dog so that I could kneel on it while I am scrubbing the floor.

For one thing, that would be rude. Puppies are cute and cuddly and we won't even talk about how much I outweigh them, Diary my dear.

For another thing, if I had a cute little puppy I would be playing with it instead of scrubbing the floor. However, if I DID have a little puppy I bet I would be cleaning lots and lots of floors..........and carpets too.

But I digress.

So I was going to tell you the little adventure that I had when I tried to buy the kneeling pad. But that would take awhile and frankly, it's been a long day and I'm tired from all that kneeling on my puppy pad.

Let me just say that the clerk must have had something against me, Diary, because that girl sent me on a wild goose chase.

Let me also say that no, I did not buy a wild goose.

After wandering aimlessly up and down the same aisle about fifty times, I finally decided that it really wasn't there even though she said it was.

I also decided that I was going to get my James Bond on and track that puppy down (please see above explanation again for clarification).

So I did my best 007 impression and I snuck around that store until I spied me a lovely cushion to protect my poor knees and my knees thank me and my puppy thanks me.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: Let God Write The Song

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

How often do we exhaust ourselves by trying to do the things that we believe need doing, by trying to respond the way we believe we need to respond, by trying to love and serve our family and others the way we believe they deserve to be loved and served?

But we too often come to the end of our limits. We exhaust our strength, our patience, and our perseverance. We continually fill up at the wrong watering hole. When we go back to the well, its run dry, but that's because we went to the wrong one. We went to ourselves instead of to the One who will never run dry.

Perhaps we think we can try to repay God for all He's done for us by being very good, by being as close to the perfect woman as we can be. By not asking to much of Him and by not bothering Him to much. Do we think that we can "pay" Him back for all He's done for us by not "bothering" Him? Do we even think that we CAN pay Him back?

Want to make your home sing? Let God write the song. How often do we try and do things our way, instead of His way? How often do we try, in our own strength, to accomplish things that we can only do in God's grace and power? Do we have a "works" mentality? Do we try to repay God, instead of accepting what is freely given?

This week we can make our homes sing by not trying to do it all in our own strength. By asking God to show us when we're operating under our own strength, versus His grace. We can accept that we can never pay Him back for all He has done, and we can thank Him for all He has given us. We can make our homes sing by letting Him write the song with our lives.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

VEGETABLES ARE OUR FRIENDS

I don't really remember much about my eating habits before we had children. I mean, that was like, a million years ago. Who remembers back that far???

I do remember that I did not have great eating habits in my early twenties. I worked long hours (and I mean long, sometimes working 12-16 hour days). After about a year of long hours and collapsing into bed at night, sometimes too tired to do more than scramble one egg or grabbing a slice of bread and calling it "dinner," my body rebelled. I got pretty sick and was off work for about six weeks.

I do not recommend that.

However, after that I really tried to eat healthier. Which means I made sure that I had three meals a day. The fact that one of those meals may have consisted of greasy hamburgers and french fries was merely a coincidence.

Hey, I used to drink coke and have a package of mini chocolate donuts for breakfast every morning. Talk about the breakfast of champions!

I really began to eat healtheir after we had our first child. I wanted to make sure that he ate healthy foods. He never had a piece of candy until he was three years old. This meant that I was careful about my own sugar intake as well.

All this has gone somewhat downhill, I think. I confess I ate some m&ms today. I confess I will probably eat a few more tomorrow.

However, I did eat some vegetables today. Vegetables are our friends. If vegetables are our friends, then I'm thinking that they need to work a lot harder to hold up their end of the bargain. Because try as I might, I can't make a carrot taste like chocolate. I can't make broccoli taste like a cookie, and brussel sprouts and I haven't spoken since I was a child.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wallpaper and Whine Don't Mix

And so we come to another Tuesday!

Here are ten things you don't want your husband to hear you say when you are removing wallpaper and he is in the other room within earshot:

1. Uh oh!

2. ooooooops!

3. Wow, that scratch looks pretty deep..........................

......For the rest of this list, please pop over here. It's my day to blog at the Five Mom's. Hope you'll join me!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

MAKING YOUR HOME SING: Making Your House A Home

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

There is a big difference between those furniture show-rooms you see and a real home. It's the people that live in it, laugh in it, and love in it that make it a home. Without the family, all it is is just a show-room. All show and no "life."

Our friends, our family, ourselves......these are the people who bring a home to life. Otherwise it is just a room with furniture.

Does your home welcome you when you get there? Does it feel like a haven or a horror?

Do you feel rested and relaxed in it, or is it so chaotic that you can't wait to get out of it for a few hours?

Is there a quiet place for your eye to rest, or is there so much disorder that you feel uneasy?

Are you waiting for your children to grow up before you attempt to clean and organize it? Are you waiting until you are rich before you decorate it?

What're you waiting for?

This week I encourage you to stop waiting to be rich, stop waiting for the kids to grow up and move away, stop waiting for company to come over so you have an excuse to clean.

Take your home back and make it work for you. Remember that you don't have to be rich to have a warm, inviting home. You don't have to wait until your kids move out before you can have an organized home.

You don't have to wait for company to come over so you can clean it. You don't need an excuse to clean. You can clean it for you and your family and you can work at maintaining it every day. That way you can spend your weekends enjoying family time instead of digging yourself out of the mess. Been there, done that!

You deserve to live in a home that is beautiful. And you can make it beautiful without spending a ton of money to do so.

You can make it clean without having to hire a cleaning crew and a wrecking ball to make it so.

All you have to do is decide that you are done waiting. All you have to do is decide that today you are going to put one item back where it belongs, instead of leaving it out. Then do it again, and again......

All you have to do is decide that you can light a couple of candles, or a fire, or bring in some greenery from the outdoors to make it comfy and cozy. You can move furniture around and rearrange the knicknacks that you have. You can open the windows (clean them if you must), get rid of the clutter, dust off the tables and enjoy!

When is the last time you were all able to eat at the dining table without having to move a dozen things off? When was the last time you were all able to sit in the family room without having to move laundry and toys off the couch first or kick them out of the way as you walked? When is the last time you were able to sleep in your bed without having to find it first? (Do you see my raised hand here today?)

All you have to do is stop making excuses and stop saying "when" and start saying "now!" Make your home sing this week instead of waiting for something or someone to do it for you!

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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! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!