Friday, December 30, 2011
The problem for me was not creating this household survival guide of sorts; I’m good at planning and outlining routines and assigning chores. The problem for me was actually putting it all into action and being consistent with it.This is where the HomeRoutine app comes in handy. I no longer have my control journal in my clunky binder, everything I just mentioned is put into the app…every routine you have,
Each Zone of your home, which you customize.
There's also a ToDo List with options to list things that need to get done today, this week and things that aren't immediately necessary but will be coming up soon.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I'll be linking up with Courtney at Women Living Well.
Have a Blessed Day!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Recently, I began again to pray for peace, for clarity. This time as I listen for God's gentle guidance, the theme seems to be "contentment and thankfulness". I just love when God puts answers right smack in your face at every turn. Lovingly, of course.
God reminds me all the time that I am right where He wants me to be with my job as a teacher in a Christian school, which I also consider a ministry. I have seen, first hand, fruits of this ministry. But it never fails, some circumstance throws me off, makes me doubt, makes me think that I should be the one educating my own children, making me jealous or envious of those who are at home with their children.
It is at this time that I have to stop and compare these feelings, the doubts, the emotions against the Word of God. Is it ever okay to be envious, jealous, or covetous of something that someone else has? God's Word says it's not okay and that it is sin. But that's exactly what I'm doing when I look at other families and compare or want our family to look like theirs. Then the flip side of the question is whether it is a sin to work outside the home and let others educate your children. Nope, not specifically. Could it be? Sure, if you're not seeking God's guidance. Or going against your husband's wishes for the family.
Given the option of being thankful and content with where you are and what you have or being envious of what someone else has or is doing, you can never go wrong with thanking God in ALL circumstances.
I think that sometimes, as Christians we decide whether something is in God's will for our life based on the way we feel about it. Whether we feel "at peace" with that situation. This is a common phrase that I hear thrown around when Christians are faced with a decision to make. They mean well. They likely legitimately want to do God's will. But too many times, we confuse "peace" with "happiness". No choice that you make, no path that you choose will make you "happy" all the time. Even if you are smack in the middle of God's will, we still live in an imperfect world and will face uncomfortable situations, difficult people and things that just make us angry. There will be times that you are exhausted, overwhelmed, and feel like you'll never catch up. As moms that's pretty much our state of being for the first years of motherhood, no matter what.
God in His infinite wisdom and love for you has mapped out every step of your life, and He wants to make that plan known to you. But to be sure that you are in His will, you have to be in His Word. When you know that He has revealed what He wants for your life, and it has been backed up by the Word of God, that plan doesn't change based on earthly circumstances or a "feeling". Don't let circumstances steal your joy, or determine what you feel is God's will.
Friday, September 9, 2011
I had changed it because I started to think that it made me sound like I was working with drudgery and that I coveted the name SAH mom. And that is not the case at all. I absolutely LOVE my job. I love the education that my kids are getting. I love the time that I get to spend with other grown-ups and all the other stuff that goes along with my having a career. I am TRULY blessed to be doing what I am doing where I am doing it. Nevertheless, as my blog name suggests, my heart and my priorities lie here in my home with my family. I may not do both perfectly, but who does. I give both all I have and God's grace fills in the gaps.
School is in full swing around here and I absolutely adore my students this year. I prayed for a week before school started that God would help me to love these kids the way He does. That I could see them the way their parents see them. And I have already fallen in love with them. I've prayed with them, I've laughed with them, there have even been a couple that I've wanted to cry with. I'm just so grateful for them. And I'm so, so thankful that God hears my prayers.
My kids are doing great in school. Alyssa is still adjusting to middle school, more studying, less spoon-feeding. What I really mean is I'm still adjusting. Geez, middle school is a whole new world. Although, I'm struggling more than my little social butterfly is. She just flutters around without a care in the world. Anyone who knows me knows that isn't how I roll. And quite frankly, I've never understood people who are like this. *sigh* She's got so much of her daddy in her.
Have a blessed evening friends!
Monday, August 8, 2011
Later as my pastor talked more in depth about the different points in the passage, he suggested that Jesus commanded the man to pick up his bed because he wanted him to have a reminder of the miracle that Jesus performed in his life. When he said that, I couldn't help but chuckle, I'm sure someone on the side of me or in front of me heard me and wondered what was so funny.
Oh, to be inside this crazy mind of mine!
Friday, July 22, 2011
I've gone through last year's school uniforms, salvaged what we could and bought what we needed-a few shirts, new shoes, socks and undies. I have one set of school supplies left to get. I haven't gotten Lylah Grace's supplies yet. I will get those on Monday. But even if I didn't her
On top of that, I have a middle-schooler this year. The way our small school is set up, the elementary is on one side of a courtyard and middle and high school has been "on the other side". Another teacher(who also has child/children Alyssa's age) and myself have been joking about our kids going "to the other side" as if it's some dark, dangerous place. Completely joking, of course. But in a way it is completely new territory for us and for them. Things are different at this age and on. I can't believe I'm the mother of a middle school student. Ugh, how do mom's do this...watching their babies growing up and getting ready to be adults. It's hard for me, I have to admit. But I better suck it up because I have a feeling it's going to get harder before it gets easier.
And then there's David. He is going to be in Pre-K. He will soon be coming home writing, and reading. Our 4 year olds know how to read pretty well before they enter Kindergarten. By our, I mean our school/preschool. He had already begun putting simple sounds together in the 3 year-old program so I am so excited to watch him blossom this year. I have a feeling that at this time next year, I won't be quite so excited to watch him go to Kindergarten...sigh...I can't even think about it *tear*.
And lastly, Ava. I was getting letters from her teacher last year that she was being sassy, and not obeying. We tried to work on obedience over the summer, and I hope that we made some progress. But (and I'm definitely not one to make excuses for my children) that child has a personality unlike any of our other children. She's precious, of course. But she's also...uuhhmmm....spirited...yep, that's what we'll call her. So I look forward to seeing what this year holds for her as well, as the three-year old program is much more structured than the two-year old class she was in last year. Nevertheless, they all have teachers who love them and I know we are all going to have a great year.
Now, I'm off to write lesson plans, paint classroom walls, hang bulletin boards and various other tasks to get my room ready. I had to change classrooms this year....blech!!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
When he got back in the car and told me about the exchange, I looked at him and said, " I'm proud of you, too". He smiled put his hand on my leg and said, "Thanks". And I realized that I don't say it nearly enough.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Anyway, I've been in a MAJOR cooking rut. I'm pretty sure last night's supper was the worst I've ever cooked. Hubs came home and I didn't greet him with a kiss or a "Hi honey, how was your day" I greeted him with, "sorry, dinner sucks". (excuse the expletive, we don't usually use that word around here). But it was kinda bad.
Anyway, these will get me into the kitchen and hopefully make up for dinner last night. My man does LOVE him some cookie dough anyway he can get it....raw, cooked, with a glob of buttercream sandwiched between two cookies. So I know he's going to love these.
It's 8am and all four of my kiddos are still sleeping. I've had 2 hours of quiet time and I have savored every second of it. But the downfall of them sleeping so late is that they give us such a hard time going to sleep at night. Last night it was so tough getting them all to bed. This frustrates C because, while I am a morning person and I like my quiet time in the morning, he is a night person and he prefers quiet time at night. And when the kids are up, it ain't quiet. During the school year, we start bedtime at 8pm (and I usually follow not too far behind) I don't want the summer to be a time of strict bedtimes and waking times, but we do need some semblance of routine.
Oh, I hear Ava coming now. She peeked around my door and said, "I been coming for you". Nothing makes me smile bigger than that freshly woken up face. So Sweet.
Okay, now I just got finished cleaning David after a nosebleed. Guess quiet time is over, let's get this day started.
What do your kids' bedtimes/routines look like during the summer??
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I thought for sure once the summer came around, I'd be able to blog more. but as you can see, that hasn't happened. But I don't stress about it, because I don't want my blog to be one more thing on my to-do list that I feel pressured to do. So anyway, here's what's been going on.
The husband is out of town...again. We all miss him. I hate when he's gone, especially when it's the first two weeks of summer vacation.
I always feel like a lump the first week or so after school is out. I don't feel like doing anything. The house is always in need of major rehab because the last two weeks of school really stress me out and I don't get much done around here. But now all is good. The house is clean and orderly and things are going so smoothly. I wish Cecil was here to enjoy it with us...
My van is in the shop...has been for nearly a week. The air conditioner was/is broken. We held off until the school year was over to put it in the shop and lemme tell you it was misery riding without an A/C.
I'm currently driving a small Mitsubishi Lancer that my parents have. I have a new appreciation for the distance that my van provides between all the kiddos. All I've been hearing all week is, "Mom, he won't get his arm off of me" or "Mom, I don't have enough room". I am immensely grateful for the car that I was able to borrow and the money that I didn't have to spend on a rental, and the a/c that is in the car...but I will be so thankful to get my van back, hopefully, today.
I will be painting my bedroom in the next couple of days. I'm really excited about the vision that I have in my head of what I want my room to be. I hope I'm just as excited about what my room will actually be. It's going to be a lot of work. But if it works it will be well worth it.
Oh, and today I have four weeks left in my twenties.
Well, that's it in a rather large nutshell. We are off to go bowling with out Kids Bowl Free coupons with a great friend and her kids.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
1. Paint my bedroom (has been pending for about 7 years)
2. Paint my bathroom(see above)
3. Get floors put down in my bedroom and bathroom.
4. Get garage cleaned out (its a total disaster)
5. Get wisdom teeth removed (pending for about 12 years)
6. Get Invisalign, or at least get started with getting Invisalign.
7. Sew myself a dress
8. Lose 10 pounds.
9. Read at least one fiction book, a book purely for fun. I never do this.
10. Camp outside with my kids.
11. Go to the beach for at least a long weekend.
12. Host a mini summer camp with the cousins.
13. Have fun with my kids!
I love this list pulled together by Crystal. We'll try and complete a few of these activities as a family this summer as well!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Notice that people only "check in" at cool, trendy places. Starbucks, posh boutiques, unique eateries, etc.
As a joke, my husband and I have considered driving around town to "check in" at some of the most unglamorous, uncharacteristic places. Can you just see it? Chasity checked in at Goodwill, or the local bar, or the local "adult" store... Except that maybe my church family and Christian school parents may look down on that, joke or not. I think it's funny nonetheless.
*Not that there is anything wrong with Goodwill, just not so glamorous*
And then there are those who check in and tag every one that they are there with as if they all wanted the world of Facebook to know where they are. Yep, I roll my eyes and chuckle.
And don't even get me started on those who check in "at home".
I have considered deleting my Facebook account because it's a huge distraction and also just for the silliness of it all. As if the world cares about every event of my day.
Facebook....It's a strange, strange creature.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Mini Cadbury Eggs or Robin Eggs. I love all Easter candy though! It just tastes different than all other candy. I don't care what anybody says, Easter M&M's taste different than regular M&M's.
5. Easter: do you go all out with the Easter Bunny or focus on the religious part of the holiday?
I have, honestly, never mentioned the Easter Bunny to my kids. I don't guess we are particularly against the furry fella but it has always seemed a bit silly to me, even as a kid. I mean, c'mon...plump guy in a sleigh shimmying down chimneys...totally possible. Oversize bunny giving out eggs...not so much!
All my kids are 100% familiar with the real reason of Easter. This week my two-year old has told me the story of how Jesus died on the cross for our sins many times.
Have a Blessed Good Friday!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
So what's this all about?
Well, I'm glad you asked...
We all know that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. In life we are given lots of medicine, but we are also given lots of sugar, hopefully more sugar than medicine. That sugar comes in many forms, our spouses, children, things we enjoy doing, etc. And my spoon is overflowing! I hope to blog more about the sweets in my life and those little things that help make the days a little brighter.
Does that mean I won't also blog about the "medicine" in life? Nope, it's all about being real. I'll let ya know when I'm having a not-so-good day, just because everyone has them and it's a little comforting to know that someone else out there has to fish through piles and piles and piles of laundry to find their kids' socks or has to dust their feet off before putting their shoes on because it's been one of those weeks when you can't even find the time to sweep.
What's that? You've never had to do that?? Sure ya haven't...
I'm still working on my new blog and I have some neat things planned for the future. So I hope you will come back to visit me.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I don't know why that made such a difference in my mood, but it was so refreshing to walk into my room and see a neat and tidy bed.
Random, I know, but thought I would share. It's the little things in life, right!
What about you? Are there any of those little things that just give you a tiny pick-me-up?
Monday, March 14, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
He then gave the illustration of being physically hungry. When you are hungry, you often want or crave a certain thing. When you go to the pantry or fridge to get that certain snack, and find that it is not there, you will devour anything you can find. Well, when that doesn't hit the spot, you will move onto something else, until something satisfies that hunger. Often going through ice cream, chips, cookies etc, when what you really want is just some chocolate.
The same is true in our relationship with God. We all have a desire to know God, to be in communion with God. Many times we don't know what it is that we need to satisfy that hunger or need, so we go through all sorts of things to try and fill that void. We may try relationships/friendships, certain sports, alcohol, drugs, distractions such as television/movies/internet, our spouses, and dare I say, our children and our roles as "mommy".
All of that stuff may make us happy for a season, or make us think we are happy. Some of those things listed above are extremely important in our lives. But the truth is that one day those things, those relationships, those roles that we play will bring us heartache, or disappointment. Until we find complete satisfaction, joy and contentment in Jesus, we will always be at the pantry looking for the next "snack" to devour. Until we learn that our joy, contentment, and fullness are not dependant on our circumstances and those around us, but on our awesome, unchanging Heavenly Father, we will continue to search for that missing piece, trying in vain to fill it on our own with temporary, earthly things.
So what/who are you holding on to today? What/who are you relying on to bring you happiness? What/Who is satisfying you today?
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
When the Jews were rebuilding their temple after being released from Babylonian captivity, the Samaritans used several tactics to hinder the building of the temple; tokeep the Jews from doing God’s work, from doing something that was pleasing to God.
One thing they used was accusations. They sent letters to the King of Babylon accusing the Jews of doing something wrong. They falsely accused the Jews of rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem to fortify their city in order to make it powerful again. This was, of course, false. They were only concerned with rebuilding their Temple so that they could worship. They were only concerned with honoring God and doing God’s work. They were, in addition, following king’s orders, as Kind Cyrus had ordered them to return to their homeland and to rebuild the Temple. He even gave them necessary tools to do so. This reminds me that just as Satan used the Samaritans here to discourage and falsely accuse God’s people of wrong or impure actions or motives, Satan, clearly, still uses these tactics to this day. Often times, sadly, those false, hurtful accusations come from other Christians or church family, which is, I believe, even more hurtful than if they came from those that you know are not Christians.
The Jews stopped working on the Temple for 16 years after the Samaritans, with the help of the current king, used fear and intimidation to hinder their obedience to God. The Samaritans lost faith and got discouraged, which is often what we do when we are faced with others who have falsely accused us. The fact of the matter is that Satan hates God’s work, and when you are doing God’s work, Satan is looking for ways to stop it. Discouragement and fear are two very effective tools that Satan uses to accomplish this goal. Unfortunately, he often uses other Christians to plant these feelings. I can tell you from experience that there is no better way to discourage someone than to speak lies and spread false accusations.
The application of this principle in my life is two-fold, as is the lesson that God slammed me with this morning. On one hand, as a person who chooses to follow God and wakes up each morning and prays that I will live each day in a way that is pleasing to my Savior, I know that I will be attacked by Satan. And Satan may use others to attack me. If I allow this to discourage me, this is a lack of faith. I have to remember that whatever God commands, He always backs up with his own power .
One the other hand, I have to be aware that at any time, Satan could try and use me in his plan to hinder others. I have to be vigilant and careful about the things that I listen to, or say to others. Am I listening to gossip that could possibly be used to discourage someone or hurt someone? Am I spreading gossip that could discourage or hurt someone? We have to be conscious of the spiritual warfare going on constantly and to realize that just because we are Christians, doesn’t mean we are exempt from the pressures of Satan ; it is often more effective for him if he can get us to do his work for him. I, personally, don’t want to be Satan’s go-to person when he needs a job done. I want to live and walk in a way so that I am God’s go-to person when he wants a job to be done.