Change 3 Challenge

Take a moment to think about three fairly small changes you’ve been wanting to make in your life. Nothing huge. Just three things that you know would make a difference. Things for your health, your relationships, your attitude, your daily routine, your home… whatever you have thought, “I really ought to…” but never have done.

Now, take a month and commit to doing those three things just for this month. It may be that by the end of the month you decide that not all three are permanent changes you want to make, but the ones that really do help will be a habit. Then next month, you can pick three new little things to change. How might your life be different in a year?

I’ll share my three things for this month (November 2014) and then offer some ideas to inspire you. Please consider leaving a comment with […]

Facebook “Friends” are Not Enough

I know, I know. It’s wonderful to find like-minded people from all over the world. It’s encouraging to be in contact with people we can relate to and that we “get.” It’s so easy to keep in contact with old friends and even to find people that we knew years ago. It’s convenient to keep our families up-to-date on the happenings of our little family unit by posting pictures and status updates of the kiddos. But, sweet reader, it isn’t enough.

I’m not saying you should unlike all your Facebook “friends” like this brave lady did, though I think she has made a wonderful choice! I’m not saying that Facebook is wrong or evil or anything like that, though it certainly has the potential to be any of those things. I’m saying that we all need more.

We need the in-person, flesh-and-blood, real-life people to experience life with in […]

Proverbs 31 Lady: The Real Ideal? part two

Do you feel discouraged by the Proverbs 31 lady? Does she seem like an impossible standard that you can never live up to? Before you give up on being “good enough” let’s take a closer look at her! 🙂

We already talked about how that list isn’t really about what she does, it’s about her heart. It’s about why and how she does what she does. Be sure to start over there at that post if you missed it and then come back here.

The second big thing to keep in mind with this lady is that we don’t have to be crazy busy to be “virtuous” women! After reading that long list of things she does, we can start comparing our to-do lists with her big ol’ list. Don’t do it! Remember that this list isn’t a play book for us, it’s a description that is […]

Proverbs 31 Lady: The Real Ideal? Part One

We ladies can so easily fall into the comparison trap. Church-going ladies often find they are comparing themselves with the well-known Proverbs 31 Woman. To many of us, she seems like an impossible measuring stick that does nothing but discourage us. She’s the “perfect” wife, mama, Believer, home-based business owner, charity worker… she “does it all.” Many of us feel that we need to do it all, too.

There are two huge problems with that. The first is that this wasn’t a description of a real woman. This is a description of an ideal. The “virtuous” woman. All of those things listed are there because they are examples of things a virtuous woman could do. This is not a checklist of all the things a virtuous woman must do. This list needs to be divided into two categories. The “character” category and the “examples” category.

In the Character category, […]

Back Into the Swing of Things

Life has been so crazy with all our adventures, lately. Just a year ago we moved into our cute little 1940’s farmhouse fixer-upper and we’ve been working on it ever since. We’ve made friends with some wonderful people in the area and we’re working on growing those relationships. We’ve also been gardening and I’ve learned a lot about how different it is going to be to garden here in the hills.

With our first year here under our belts, we’re making some fun plans for our second year. I’ll be cleaning and repairing the chicken coop so we can have our own laying hens. The previous owners took the nesting boxes with them, so I’ll be building some and I plan to take lots of pictures for those of you who might want to have a tutorial. We’ll also be building a chicken tractor for meat birds, though I haven’t […]

Renovation Adventures: Master Bathroom Demo

A year ago, we bought our adorable little 1940’s farmhouse. We love it and we love the area. We love that it’s a fixer-upper. We did quite a bit of work on it before moving in, which you can see here, here and here.

What we weren’t loving was the funky smell coming from the master bathroom. It got so bad that we had to do some exploratory demo to try to find the source of the smell and the ominous dripping we could hear behind the laundry room wall downstairs when we flushed the upstairs toilet.

Here’s the catch. We don’t have the money right now to buy all the things we need to renovate our master bathroom. We can only demo and try to fix whatever the problem is and then put the bathroom back together into our dream bathroom as we can afford it. My friends, we […]

When You’re Overwhelmed

We all have those days when we just can’t seem to handle everything. Our to-do lists are 17 miles long, our dirty laundry is taking over the laundry room, the dirty dishes are taking over the kitchen and the kiddos are reacting to the chaos by trying to top it with their own versions of insanity. We can’t get it all done. We can’t “handle it” like we think we should be able to. We’re overwhelmed.

I’ve been there. Often, I *am* there!! People tend to think that those in any kind of spotlight (bloggers, writers, leaders) have somehow found the magic answer and everything in their lives runs smoothly. They haven’t. It doesn’t. We all have our own version of chaos between the (sometimes brief) periods of calm. This season of my life is a bit crazy and that’s okay! Other seasons have been calm, quiet and organized […]

The Gift of Rest

Busyness has been glamorized by our culture. Being on-the-go, 24/7 is sought after as though it is the way we are meant to function. Some of us aim for it, others fall into it. Either way, it’s not healthy.

People tend to go to extremes. Either we work way too much (“workaholics”) or we don’t work at all. I’m not saying that we all need to laze about all day doing nothing. By all means, let’s get our work done- but then let’s rest! We all need to give ourselves a little grace.

It’s rare to hear sermons about rest, but the Bible is full of commands and encouragement to rest. I love how God built rest into our lives. As with so many commandments, when God commands us to rest it’s not a constraint to keep us from something good, it’s a GIFT! Rest is a blessing.

God […]

Get Organized- Tips for Every Room in Your House (Part Three)

Did you miss the first posts in this series?

In Part One, get tips on organizing the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, living room and entry way.

In Part Two, you’ll find some ideas for containing toys, kid’s artwork, homeschooling supplies and more laundry room ideas.

A few weeks ago we discovered that the storage unit we’d been keeping a bunch of things at was not well-built and much of our things were water damaged or molded. All of the furniture, some books and a few other things weren’t salvageable, but we were so thankful that the things most important to us were only minimally damaged. Baby pictures, keepsakes from my childhood and all the other things that money just can’t replace are mostly okay. And an added bonus? It sure did make it easy to decide what to keep and organize and what to get rid of! 😉

Usually, […]

Natural Moisturizing Hand Soap Recipe

I finally got tired of paying a small fortune for all-natural hand soap, so I made my own. It is moisturizing and gentle, while still getting little hands clean.

Best part? One soap bottle (1 cup) of this soap costs about 40 cents! Much better than $4-$6 for a comparable one from the store. This is not a highly foaming soap, so don’t expect a ton of bubbles. If you really, really need to have lots of bubbles, try adding a few tablespoons of liquid castile soap. 😉

What You’ll Need Two saucepans, one large and one small Whisk Jar(s) to keep the soap in, when it’s made 6 1/2 to 8 cups water (depending on how thick you want the soap) Half of a bar of Castile Soap (I like the Baby Mild and I buy the six bar packages to save money) 2 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin (this […]