Another year

Wow!  2008 is almost over and what a year it turned out to be.   Challenge after challenge,  there were many times when it didn’t feel like we would make it!  But, like the saying goes, “God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle.”  Amen to that!

I’m looking at the list of resolutions I made around this time last year.  Amazingly, I accomplished a large portion of it.

Stick to my schedule.  This is definitely an ongoing process.  However, the (free!) Blackberry I recently acquired has proven to be most helpful in this area.

The little device that keeps me together!

The little device that keeps me together!


Procrastinate less.
This bad habit has gotten a lot better.  But, I’ve been reading a book that just might have the answer to my problem!  I’m 3/4 through it and strongly recommend it!

To Do, Doing, Done ~by G. Lynne Snead & Joyce Wycoff

To Do, Doing, Done! (by G. Lynne Snead & Joyce Wycoff)

Recycle more. Check!  I used to only worry about newspaper, water bottles and cans, but I’ve added several other items to the list of recyclables – magazines, batteries, paper towel rolls, cardboard boxes (i.e., cereal, pasta, crackers), plastic bags, and the wrapping from paper towels and toilet tissue.  Also started reusing glass containers…

Soap, water, a new label and...voila!

In addition, I uploaded FREE software from GreenPrint so I only print what’s absolutely necessary, plus I get PDF conversion capabilities (BONUS!)…

Check it out!!!

Check it out!!!

Set aside time to work on creative projects. Yes indeed.  From (finally!) painting my daughter’s room to making beaded jewelry to sewing pillows and sacks to making my own Thanksgiving Day cards for the very first time…

Blessed and thankful, I was inspired and got creative!

Blessed and thankful, I was inspired and got creative!

Be more consistent. This one is a general goal and always ongoing!

Be more patient with my kids. Yes.  The Lord is helping me out with this one!

Attend church regularly. For sure!  I don’t miss a Sunday or a Bible Study.  It’s like a car and gas – I need my weekly filling to keep going!

Manage money better. Oh yes!  My honey and I took a Crown Financial Ministries class early this year and loved it!  Despite the difficulties we’ve had with income, we make better choices now as a result of what we’ve learned.

Learning to view finances Gods way...you cant go wrong!

Learning to view finances God's way...you can't go wrong!

Eat out less. This is still a little bit of a challenge, but we’re doing A LOT better in this area!

Cook at home more. Yes – my honey more than me, but we’re saving money and love spending more time at the table together as a family!

Quick, easy and yummy!

Quick, easy and yummy!

Pay bills on time. Most of the time.  It all depends on whether or not the funds are available.  But it’s awesome how God is providing!

Watch less TV. For sure!  These days I only put it on as background noise or flip through channels only to find that nothing of value is on!  We even removed the TVs in each of the kids’ rooms and are down to only 2 sets!

Read more books. Always!  Definitely much more into reading now than I’ve ever been before!

Volunteer at school more. Working on this one.  I haven’t volunteered this year as much as I did last year, but I’m still chaperoning field trips as finances permit.  I’m working on doing more within the community and think that’s where the majority of my focus will be next year…

Shoebox project for the elderly at Christmastime.

Shoebox project for the elderly at Christmastime.

All in all, it’s been a very blessed year.  I’m looking forward to an awesome 2009!!!

Today’s Daysie says…

“EVERY LIFE HAS ITS DARK AND CHEERFUL HOURS.  HAPPINESS COMES FROM CHOOSING WHICH TO REMEMBER.”

…so thankful for those choices!

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Summer break is coming to a close

School’s just around the corner again. Where did this summer go?

When school let out in June, I read somewhere that sometimes kids go through some type of “separation anxiety” during the summer break. I can understand how that can happen with the change in atmosphere and normal day-to-day activities. Thankfully, my kids didn’t experience any of that. I wonder if me staying home with them has anything to do with it. Probably.

We haven’t done a whole lot this summer – it was pretty lazy compared to others. However, we did manage to:

go grape stomping for the very first time…


have a yard sale…

discover and appreciate nature…

redecorate…


organize…

do crafts and spread some joy at the same time…



cook and bake…


and (of course) sleep a lot!

The kids are, however, excited to return to school. One of them has gone as far as getting the school list, gathered items listed (if we already have it) and given me a list of what’s missing! No procrastination allowed here! Again, I’m grateful for that because procrastination was a challenge. It’s very refreshing to know that God is helping me break that off so it doesn’t affect my kids!

I have been preparing as well. This weekend, for example, I put together a shopping list of school supplies after going through all the sales circulars in the Sunday paper. Walmart, Walgreens, Target and Office Depot have deals priced under $1, with most under 50 cents! Stock up time!!! I’m sure I’ll be doing it for weeks after school begins. Hey, God calls us to be good stewards and so we should be. With the economy the way it is, we’re being forced to be much thriftier than ever before. But, we can do it! Creating a list helps – organization in everything brings peace of mind. And I’m looking forward to a much more peaceful existence all the way around.

Today’s Daysie says:

“It is not so much the power of God but the love of God that conquers in the end”

Thank you God! John 3:16

Books, Camping, Buttons

What do these things have in common? Not a whole lot by themselves. But, they’re things that are happening in my life today.

BOOKS:

  1. I have several to return to the library today.
  2. I started reading the book “Five Love Languages” by Dr. Gary Chapman with my Friday night bible study group.
  3. I continue to read the Bible daily.
  4. I WON A BOOK!!! The ‘Christian Work At Home Moms’ site had a contest a couple of weeks ago and the winner or winners (I can’t recall if it was one or many that could win) would get the book titled: Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture” by Mary DeMuth. I don’t typically win anything I enter, so I’m excited about this!

CAMPING:

  1. My boys went camping this week!
  2. For most of the week, our home will be boyless. Well, there’s the BIG boy, but you know what I mean! 🙂 Dad and I cannot wait to see them come home and hear about all the things they learned and experienced!!!

BUTTONS:

  1. I love to create and so I love crafts! When I received my newsletter from ‘Clean Home Journal’ and saw ‘Button Boy’, I had to share! It looks like a very simple project!
  2. Click HERE* for instructions on how to create him.

* 05.05.08:  Oh, oh!  I just realized this link is no longer active – sorry!  I’ll attempt to find that little ‘Button Boy’ wherever he’s hiding and post again.  Thanks for your patience!

* 08.29.09: I found Button Boy! But, he’s become a man! LOL  Check him out below, and click on his photo to view instructions on how to make him.

 

Button Man

Button Man

 

Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen is supposed to be thirteen things about me, but because this is my “first 13”, I would like to share with you (not in any particular order)…

THIRTEEN THINGS THAT I LOVE THE MOST

1. New York Style cheesecake
2. Bible study
3. Crafts
4. Breakfast in bed (especially when made by my kids)
5. Taking pictures
6. Fonts (Check out www.abstractfonts.com
for FREE ones!)
7. Chinese food
8. Learning
9. When my daughter tells me she loves me all the way to God
10. Organizing
11. Flowers (more so when my honey brings them home)
12. Girlfriend time
13. Lists (of course!)

Here are links to other Thursday Thirteens…enjoy!
1. missprofe’s blog: “It’s A Hardknock Teacher’s Life”
2. One of the Two Happy Moms’ blog: “InsParenting.com”
3. Imma (Alice’s) blog: “I Was Born2Cree8”
4. amy’s blog: “Amy’s Random Thoughts”
5. Midas’ blog: “Mother, Wife, Etcetera, Etc…”
6. Angela Giles Klocke’s blog: “creative…with purpose”
7. elusivek’s blog: “Escapades of the Elusive Kat”
8. (leave your link in the comments and I’ll add you here!)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!
The purpose is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday.

Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! It’s easy, and fun!