Stand Firm

” Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.”  Ephesians 6:13

 

This is an evil world we live in, be prepared, put on your full armor of God and be in His Word so you know how to best stand firm against the enemy.

Christ’s Power

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Wonder Women By Kate Harris and Andy Crouch

I recently received this book called “Wonder Women” it’s in a series of books called Frames from the Barna Group, I would like to share a little bit of the book with you.  It’s basically discussing how women get through life.  How they face the challenges they have with being a mother, for some, having a career, and their own identity.  I hadn’t realized that this was basically for the most part research done they had 1000 US women take surveys and share what it is they spend their time doing, as well as how they feel about certain things in their lives.

Now, I must be honest, when I got this book I didn’t realize that it would be done in the form of mostly research so it’s a lot like just reading lots of facts with a small amount of extra reading about how some women’s lives are and how they feel about them and sadly I really didn’t enjoy the book at all.  Usually with books I get stuck in the book and want to finish it all in one day and it’s so hard for me to put it down but with this book, I really had to make myself continue to read it.  I just honestly don’t relate to a lot of the content but, it may be for some of you out there who like reading facts or survey results and things like that.  Maybe it could help you out in your life so I wanted to share it.  The one thing I did like about this book is how it tells you biblical truths, it states that Jesus was born at a specific time for a specific reason as are we along with other facts from the bible which I found interesting.

 

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organization pic  I thought I would share with you all what we do for organization.  Being a homeschool family I am realizing that we’re going to have a lot of stuff that has to be organized so it doesn’t get out of hand….. and we’re only doing Kindergarten so far!

When I started out I just had all of our stuff we needed spread out everywhere and that obviously wasn’t going to work, so I went to the store looking for ideas of how to contain all of this and, here’s what I came up with.

binFirst just pick up a small storage bin, these can be used for just about anything, and I also got some manila folders and add in all of your stuff!

front of bin

top of bin

Our whole Kindergarten curriculum fit in this with many extras, all of our pens, pencils, crayons, and glue fit.  As well as things like clocks, a small dry erase board, extra paper and an extra large notebook.

The manila folders help out with separating our student worksheets, our biblical concept cards, our calendar pages, and all the other learning extras similar to that.

Hope this helps you out with your organization I know it can be tough but these are wonderful, and when you set them up like this everything is nicely stacked and easy to get to everyday.

 

Cleaning picture for blog

 

I was cleaning my bathroom yesterday and I really didn’t want to spend forever trying to get the soap scum off of my shower………. again!  It really just builds up without you really noticing, but once it’s there it’s such a pain to get off.

So, here’s what I did,

First off, here are the supplies you’re going to need:

  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap

Yes, that’s all you need.  The page I read said to use blue dawn for this and was very adimant about the fact that it had to be dawn and that it had to be the blue kind, so, I had a few problems, first off, I didn’t have any blue dawn I had pink Ajax.  Second, that was my day to clean the master bathroom and it had to be done, and Third, I was not going to drag myself and all 4 kiddos to the store just to pick up some dish soap.

But, as I said, I had to clean the shower and I wasn’t going to spend forever doing it and here’s what I did:

Take equal amounts dish soap and vinegar (1/2 cup of each was plenty to do my whole shower).  Heat up your vinegar (I heated it in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes) and yes, you do have to heat it up.  Then, add the mixture to a spray bottle and spray it in your shower and on the doors then just wait.  I let mine sit for a while I just sprayed it on and did the rest of my cleaning and came back to it when I was done.

After you let it sit, take a scrub brush(you could use a sponge too) and give it a light scrub and then just spray the shower down and it’s spotless!  That simple!

I really wish I would have taken some before pictures but I’ll be honest, I didn’t think that it would work at all and that I would just end up scrubbing it as usual but it did so I do have an after picture to share with you guys.

shower after

Trust me, it’s a huge difference from what it was before and I’m so glad that it worked, I will be using this every single week now!

Let me know if you get a chance to try this as well, let me know how great it worked for you as well, just comment below!

 

Our Help

“I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” Psalm 121:1-2

Click the link below for some encouragement for your day!

Praise you in this storm

 

*The media above isn’t mine, only borrowed

Being An Intentional Mommy Tip #5

For Tip #5, this should be the most simple of all the tips, but a lot of times for us parents this is the hardest tip to remember and to put into practice this one kind of goes right along with the other tips I have done, but it’s one of the most important,

Just remember that being a mommy is a wonderful gift from God, and not everyone gets this special gift, He sometimes has other wonderful gifts planned for certain women and sometimes that doesn’t include being able to be a mother but for those of us whom He has chosen to have that gift, we need to embrace it and be so very thankful to Him for it and cherish each and every second of it, including those days when we really just want a little break.  Our children are so precious to us and we need to make ourselves realize that each and every day and when we think of what a wonderful gift we have it makes the days be so much easier………. even the REALLY hard one’s.

Just be patient, don’t give up, trust God, it won’t always be easy but it will be worth it.  Now, get off here and go love on your babies! 🙂

Marriage

“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’  ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,  and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Mark 10:6-9

Spring Is Almost Here!

Well, Spring is almost here and you know what that means, we get to have wonderful warmer weather again with beautiful flowers in bloom and smelling wonderful, but for most that also means Spring cleaning.  Not the most fun thing in the world to do but it just has to be done, so I’m going to share a few tips that may make your time a little easier.

1) Set your goals:  Make goals for yourself, and don’t forget these need to be realistic goals.  If you start out with goals that you know you’re not going to meet, you will soon get discouraged and possibly even give up on the whole process.  So, sit down and really focus on how much time you will have to devote each day.

2) Plan out your day the night before:  Go ahead and have your list ready, have your plan of action.  Are you going to tackle one room at a time, or are you going to focus on certain things that need to be done in all rooms and get them done in a certain order?  Make sure you know all of this before hand so you don’t get frustrated and end up running in circles.

3) Make sure you have what you need on hand:  Make a list before you plan to start your Spring cleaning of any products or other items you may need and go get them or if you make them then do that.  Also go a step further and each day make sure you have every item you are going to use that day with you and easily accessible to you.

4) Get to work:  Don’t keep putting it off, because if you do you and I both know it will never get done so don’t procrastinate and just get started!

And last but not least……………………..

5) Don’t get burned out:  This shouldn’t be a horribly long process, and don’t spend all day long each day cleaning, set a certain amount of time each day and stick to that, but make the whole cleaning process last only a week maximum!  If you plan it out and know what you want done and have a set time frame it should never take any longer than that.

Just stick to these simple tips and get started and before you know it Spring cleaning will be completely done and you will be enjoying your spotless home in no time!!!

Tip #4 Being An Intentional Mommy

  Here we are now at tip #4 and for this one, it’s going to be a bit harder for some of us tip #4 is to get off the phone and the computer.  To me, the phone isn’t a really big issue, but, the computer is another story.  There is always something that just “has” to be done, it seems as if it can’t wait another minute.  There’s no way because that e-mail is going to disappear, and there will never again be a chance to check Facebook or if I don’t go ahead and do this blog post it will NEVER get done.  As we all know, that is completely not true.  If we take out the time for our children instead of being distracted by a text message or something on the computer it will all be there when we are done with what they really do need, and that is time with us.  

  How many times have you been in the middle of something on your phone or computer and your child has just simply asked for you to play with them, or to watch what they are doing, or ask you a question and you just say “uh-huh” and blow it off (and without even meaning to).  I wonder how much time is really wasted on these things.  If we sat down and counted the time we spend with our technology instead of our children which would be more.  Well, if it’s the time spent doing these types of things it should change.

  Let’s fix this, go unplugged all day.  Pick a day a week and be completely unplugged, no doing anything that can really and truly be put off until later, and focus on them.  Make little changes everyday as well and make sure that if they ask you a question or want to show you something really be engaged in that conversation, turn away from what you are doing and focus fully on them.  If they ask you to come and play do it.  Stop what you are doing and be there for them.  

  One way that you can make sure to do this so that they are never second to your technology is to pick a certain time in the day where you will spend a little amount of time doing everything you actually need to do  and let them know that at this time every day they need to find something to do independently or with their brothers and sisters (for those of you like me with some really young one’s, wait for nap time) so you can have this time but make it one time per day and make sure you stick to the certain time of day they will get used to giving you this time and you can get everything done efficiently all the while still giving them what they need throughout the day.  Trust me, it will be worth it to you and to them.

Handy Tip For You!

Well, just the other day we had our first experience with gum getting stuck into a child’s hair.  Our sweet Caidence apparently got gum in her hair and didn’t say anything to us, so as I’m getting ready for bath time that morning I notice a big glob of gum not only stuck, but embedded into her hair.  I didn’t know what to do, I had no clue of how to get it out and I certainly didn’t want to cut it out.  Caidence hasn’t had a haircut yet and I really don’t want to cut it yet and I really, really didn’t want to ever cut it as short as it would have to be to get that gum out.

Here it is, and yes, that is a nice huge glob of gum!

gum in caidences hair  So, what could I do?  Well, I had heard before that you could try to use oil to try and get gum out but I really didn’t think it would work, I didn’t see how.  Maybe if it was just barely stuck, but not with hers where the hair somehow got wrapped all around this gum.  But, hey it was certainly worth a shot and I was going to try everything before I would even think of cutting her hair.  So, I got some extra virgin olive oil poured it into a container:

 

olive oil for caidence  Then, I took the gum and attached hair and just let it soak for a bit in the container.  After that it took a little bit of time just working the oil around the gum to try and free it from the hair.  Slowly but surely I discovered we were actually making progress.  This whole process took several minutes and it didn’t come out in one large piece but it did eventually come all the way out.

caidence when soaking hair  After adding the oil and getting the gum out and a nice washing of the hair here it is, no gum!!  You will need to wash the hair a couple of times to get rid of all the oil but it was totally worth the time it took to get it out, and, to my surprise my sweet girl who usually is very tender headed didn’t even mind me having to do all this for the most part.

 

caidence after gum