Saturday, February 6, 2016

Simpler Times

Book Illustration of Mother and Daughter Reading by Jessie Willcox Smith

I have been thinking of simpler times.  When my children were younger, it seems like there was so much more time.

In the morning, I would wake them with a song.  I would sing to them from a little book that had good morning songs for the morning, and goodnight songs for bedtime.  I don't even know where that book is now!  The children loved it so much that they made a few pieces of it.  It needed badly to be repaired (or replaced).  The songs spoke of comfort, God's care, and also of thankfulness to the Lord.

After singing, we would all sit on the floor and read together.  For quite some time, I would read them Morning Bells in the morning, and Little Pillows at night time.  We would all huddle on the floor of a tiny bedroom, and the sunlight would stream in through the window to greet us.  Several of us still have the Bibles we marked up with highlighted verses from those precious little books.

At night time, before bed, I would read from the Little Pillows book.  And I would sing a sweet bedtime song to soothe their souls before sleep.  How I remember those days with fondness.  They seem like such Simpler Times.

There were no science experiments.  There were not hours and hours of school.  I was not teaching multiple children how to read.  The days were longer of fun and chores, but not so much rushing and hurrying.

Some times I long for those days, and wish I had kept more of a journal of our times together. We only have our fading memories now.

Dear Mothers, if you have young ones now, realize that this time is golden.  Precious golden hours are these times.  When the children are little, it really is so much simpler in many ways.  Before you know it, they will be grown, and you will wonder where the years went.  When the children get older, somehow there is a rush, rushing to always get to something.

Somehow through it all, we must slow down.  And remember.  For soon, these years too will be passed.

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P.S.  I just remembered the name of the book I would sing from.  It is called Sing Me to Sleep/Wake Me with a Song.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A New Year, a New Healthier You


Today I want to bring up a subject I am passionate about.  We all need it to survive and function well as homemakers.  We need it to be able to serve our families.  We need it to be able to teach our children, clean our houses, and cook meals for our families.

What am I talking about?

Join me at Raising Homemakers today to find out!

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Wall Decoration Tips and Tricks





 















 Guest Post by Ella

A lot of homes tend to have bare and boring walls with the occasional decoration thrown in, which makes them look more like a hospital or a dull government building rather than a living space where people reside. You should work on what your own vision for decorations demands, but it would still be a good idea to work on something unique that could borrow elements from other places. You should ask yourself some simple questions on the practicality of the decorations as well, so check the tips ahead to see how everything works with the coming projects:

You can use fabrics to make your walls look better and equally pleasing aesthetically. You may be surprised to find out that there are many things you can do to make the walls not only look better, but also make them far easier to deal with during home cleaning. Fabric can also be used as wallpaper, window dressing and more such as upholstery for furniture with wall elements. It can also be cleaned fairly easily during upholstery cleaning as well.

You can make use of a specific theme you can go with for the walls of your home or office. This will not only set the mood, but it will make things far easier when you have to setup the decorations on the rest of your walls. It is an important choice so make sure you plan ahead for this and try to combine your efforts with other family members. Making the right choices will make things much easier to handle while at the same time having your walls made for easy cleaning.

The color scheme will also play a very important role in what comes ahead. Your personal vision on how your areas should look will be kept, but do keep in mind that some colors will seriously affect the mood and may be far harder to deal with during house cleaning.

The use of photos and art will be one of your major tools when it comes to wall decorations, which would be an excellent way of handling the situation. If you want a better and more personalized look, then you will need to work harder on making it happen. Do try to use decorations sparingly, as the last thing you want to do is having a wall completely covered with them. This would make things a lot more difficult in terms of cleaning and dusting as well.

There are many ways you can experiment with the walls, but you should still ensure you work on everything around the room as well, allowing you to have a seamless blend of wall decorations and other decorations all around. Look for a suitable mix of elements to have a symmetrical or asymmetrical approach with a more personal touch. If you want to handle walls in different rooms you will need specific themes to go by, not to mention they will depend not only on purpose but on people who live or work there.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Win a Dash Stroller! (from phil&ted's)

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Preserving Your Precious Memories

Vintage Photo Album

I have been thinking a lot lately about how important it is to take note of the things we experience as a family.  The children say so many cute things that I later forget about, or we do something as a family and forget the details.  Our memories fail us, so how will the stories live on?  Wouldn't it be great if there was an easy way to keep records of our experiences and lives that we could share with those we love but still have privacy from others?  I don't want our precious memories to be forgotten, nor to forget the things the Lord has done for us.

Then I came upon a new site that was built for just this sort of thing, and even more.  iBiographer is a site that was created to preserve memories and family history.  I have never seen a site like it.  iBiographer is designed to help you create a living family history, however you want to do it.  It allows you to create and share content with family members all over the country, or even all over the world.  iBiographer is more private than a typical social media platform.  You can invite family and/or friends to contribute to your biographies, but you still get to have the final say on what stays in the content.

iBiographer allows you to
  • Record births, marriages, and deaths
  • Share photos, videos, music, documents, and stories
  • Create new stories, and record activities in an online format anyone in the family can see
  • Collaborate and interact with other family members to add content and keep memories alive
You can also create a Family Tree, biographies, and/or video shows for special events.

I really like the idea of this site and think it is a great tool for families.  I have been feeling a bit sad lately about our family memories not being preserved, but I think this is a great way to do it!  I think iBiographer is a great way to preserve life stories and memories and connect generations--a wonderful way to pass things down to your grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc.  You can find more information about iBiographer in their press release here.
Similar to an online family reunion and more private than typical social media platforms, members can interact and share data with one another. - See more at: http://www.onlineprnews.com/news/591005-1432921474-safely-preserve-memories-and-publish-family-stories-online-with-newly-launched-ibiographercom.html#sthash.TAEdub3p.dpuf
Similar to an online family reunion and more private than typical social media platforms, members can interact and share data with one another. - See more at: http://www.onlineprnews.com/news/591005-1432921474-safely-preserve-memories-and-publish-family-stories-online-with-newly-launched-ibiographercom.html#sthash.TAEdub3p.dpuf
Similar to an online family reunion and more private than typical social media platforms, members can interact and share data with one another. - See more at: http://www.onlineprnews.com/news/591005-1432921474-safely-preserve-memories-and-publish-family-stories-online-with-newly-launched-ibiographercom.html#sthash.TAEdub3p.dpuf
Vintage Photo Album Photographic Print

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Friday, January 1, 2016

A Brand New Year

Colourful Leaves, New Year Card
"The new year on which we are about to enter is unopened, and we know not what shall befall us; but if we follow Christ we need have no fear. So let us leave the old year with gratitude to God for its mercies, and with penitence for its failures and sins; and let us enter the new year with earnest resolve in Christ's name to make it the holiest and most beautiful year we have ever lived."
~J. R. Miller


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Monday, December 28, 2015

Housecleaning Planner Giveaway for the New Year!

Are you always looking for new ways to be more efficient in your homemaking job?  I know I am.  There are so many things we have to do as homemakers!  We have to do the cooking, the cleaning, the laundry, making lists, doing paperwork…the list of our tasks goes on and on.  I like to find new ways of doing things and try to improve upon them.  The new year is a perfect time to start a new habit–a habit of keeping on top of household chores and responsibilities as much as possible!

Head on over to Raising Homemakers to learn about one of my favorite tools to help me with this and enter to win one of your own!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Blessed Christmas Home Décor


Guest post by Ella
 
Christmas time is almost here – just around the corner, in fact, already in wait of the houses in the world to shine up with their joyous decorations and summon the holiday spirit to bring bliss and elation to the homes. You should take this as a cue and start with your Christmas decorations. Time to bring some holiday colours to the home and enjoy the liveliness of the atmosphere while in wait for the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. And here is how to do this most properly:

The Blank Sheet

Of course, before the decorating comes, make sure it all goes on a clean sheet. Set up the white blank page for your creativity with a thorough home cleaning. You should also supply yourself with an all-purpose cleaner and clean out any old ornaments you will use – if you are going to decorate the house, then use clean and shiny decorations. Have a run with the vacuum cleaner at all corners, take out the feather duster and get rid of the layers of dust. Get the home clean to get it ready.




The Christmas Tree

Of course, you should start with the Christmas tree. Pick a tree that fits your house. If you want a rich Christmas spirit, then don’t go too big or too small, pick one that is just right. And don’t go all mushy when you get to the tree shop. The trees have already been cut down, so at least make their sacrifice meaningful by giving them a purpose. Yes, there will be some more need of home cleaning and carpet cleaning after Christmas is done, but it’s too early to worry about that.

The Lights and Hanging Ornaments


Christmas lights have long since become traditional to show your delight toward the holiday. The brighter the lights are, the more they shine, then the happier you are that Christmas is here. At least that is the mainstream view. You can choose however much lights you want and hang them wherever you want – on the windows, around the walls, around the tree, it does not matter. All it matters is that when you turn them on, you feel the invasion of cheer. Same goes for the position and number of snow angels and cherubs that should glide above your head.




The Fancy Wreath

You can’t have a wholesome Christmas without a creative wreath. Either make one of nature, with leaves and fir cones and acorns and a beatific ribbon attached, or make one with a certain shape to display your creativity. Examples are a snowman, a reindeer, a bag of presents, et cetera. Have the wreath be a symbol of the peace and serenity with which you will be welcoming the birth of Christ.

And these are the essentials of your Christmas décor. With them you can openly state that you are ready to face the year’s best celebration with happiness. You can add more, of course, but you should always be mindful of the home cleaning that will follow. Then again, there are always cleaning companies for that, right? So go wild and make it a Christmas décor of a lifetime.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

A New Advent Celebration


A New Advent Celebration

The days leading up to when we celebrate the incarnation of our Savior are very busy. Ours have been especially busy this year--to the point that I just want them to slow down. I just want less--less outings (though they are enjoyable), less things, just...less. Not that I am not grateful, but sometimes it feels like all the "stuff" robs our true joy in what this season is all about. God is incredibly good and gracious to provide for us, giving us friends and family to share our time with, and to give us a season of celebration and joy.  Next Christmas, I just hope to be more organized and have more of our life settled.

Join me at Raising Homemakers today to see how we are celebrating the Advent season this year.


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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Women at Home, How God Intended

This is not my video, but I found it to be encouraging for us homemakers. Ladies, please don't let Satan tear you down and cause you to believe the lie that you are not doing enough by being home taking care of your families.

God wants us there.   Be encouraged.

  

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