Monday, November 22, 2010

Getting Organized!

I love
Her ideas have helped me tremendously in getting into a schedule and getting organized.  I am posting this post for my sister who missed MSM specials on her schedule and organization.

Here is Moneysavingmom's daily schedule

Daily Cleaning List

Daily Checklist-  I love this check list it even reminds you to drink some water!

Creating your own Plan

These list have helped me make a huge change in how I run my home!  For more information go to and click on the simple living tab!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Has a word ever just stuck in your head.  Today the word "deliberate" is resinating with me.

Yesterday, I took my kids to the park.  While I was there a noticed 3 boys were holding one boy while another one punched him.  I totally lost my cool.  I ran over and screamed at these boys like a crazy woman, telling them to leave the kid alone.  The fight broke up and then 15 minutes later I noticed these boys grabbing my son to do the same thing to him.  Again, I screamed at these same kids....I left the park feeling horrible.  Something in my heart told me the way I handled this was not RIGHT.

This morning when I was praying, I felt like God spoke the word Deliberate.  And then I realized that I had missed an opportunity to teach these boys about how God calls us to love one another.  Instead of screaming at them, I should have walked over and told them why this behavior was wrong and how God wants us to treat each other.

I kept on thinking about the word "DELIBERATE".  How often I just speak without thinking.  I react to situations with little thought.

I know a few people who are very deliberate in what they say.  The first person who comes to my mind is my husband, Evan.  I can tell when he speaks, that he is deliberate in his answers.  My sister's husband Dave is also very deliberate when he speaks too.

My prayer is that I stop and really think before I speak.

A fool often speaks and later reflects on what he has said.  In contrast, a wise man considers his words before he speaks Colossians 4:6

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Balls that I plan on dropping

I am trying to do too much!  I have a ton of things I am interested in, but only 24 hours in a day.  So here is my list of things I plan on dropping or cutting back on.

1.  TV watching....there are really only a few shows that I actually like on tv.  I am planning on turning it off instead of watching something that is wasting my time.

2.  No more needless home improvement projects.  Along the lines of the #1, I will no longer watch HGTV.  My house is fine the way it is.  I don't need to be painting, replacing or decorating items in my house that aren't broken!   There are enough broken things that I don't need to go looking for work to do.

3.  I have really wanted to plant a raised garden in my yard and grow my own organic vegetables.   I am dropping this ball for 2 reasons, I don't have the time and I really don't have a green thumb!

4.  Trying to make complex meals for dinner.  When my kids get older I will come back to this but right now, I am going to keep it simple.

Do you have any balls you need to drop?

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Money Saving Mom did a great post on her blog this morning on priorities.  So I decided to make my own list.  Some of mine are the same and some of them are different.

1.  Spending time reading my Bible and Praying....I want this to be my first priority but in all honesty I don't think it is, so I am going to make a conscious effort to make this the first thing I do.

2.  My husband is my 2nd priority.  I want to encourage him, show him that I appreciate him and the hard work he does everyday so support our family!  I love what moneysavingmom said, " My goal is to flirt with my husband at least once a day".    I also make his lunch, (he won't do this for himself so I do it)  he eats much healthier if I pack it and it's a lot less money.  Plus, it gets him home earlier because it takes longer to go out to lunch.

3. My Children-  I am going to try to spend 15 minutes with each child individually everyday (yes, I also took this from moneysavingmom) easier said than done.
  Scripture memorization which I use Seeds family worship music to do this, or make up my own little songs.
  Teaching my kids to be kind to other people and to always watch out for the underdog.
  I try to read to my kids at least 1/2 to 1 hour a day.
  Teach them to do chores and be part of our family team.
  Make sure I give them opportunities to socialize because I homeschool them.

4.  Keeping my house relatively clean.  I don't know about you but I feel really stressed out when my house is a mess.  The way I do housework is the messiest place gets my attention.  I haven't been able to come up with a schedule that I can stick to.

5.  Paying off our mortgage.  This is a big financial goal my husband and I have.  I try to save money when I can but I don't obsess about it.  My time is better spent saving on large items like insurance and cars than it is clipping coupons.

6.  Exercising and eating healthy food.