Friday, September 13, 2013

A little organization...

So, when I said a week, what I really meant was two weeks of craziness and still I'm not as organized as I was hoping to be. Have you ever had one or two of those weeks?

As a refresher, here were my first (and second) week goals:

1) Make daily Bible reading a must, one chapter and a few minutes to pray and prep
2) 8 Minutes in the Morning  , every morning
3) Revise daily routine calendar and add in Daily Docket (Organized Simplicity  )

4) Revise homemaking binder to reflect new appointment schedule.

I did manage to read almost every morning. I think I missed one but overall I'm please with the progress there. However #2 was a bit more challenging. We just moved our youngest son into his brother's room which has meant that he, instead of waking up at 9 every morning, is now waking up at 7 or so. This means, no exercise time for mommy! I haven't given up on it completely. I just have to find a way to make it work and still get some sleep and a shower! 

Revising my calendar and homemaking binder were started but are a larger project than I had anticipated. I did start a daily to-do list, but have not as yet printed the docket sheets for myself. However, I did get the organization for my downstairs started so at least we made some progress!

How did things go for you?

As we head into the weekend, I want to encourage you to keep pressing on with the goals you set the first week and to be thinking about next week's' project: organizing your children! :D

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Organization Quotes

I had to share one of my favorite organization/inspirational quotes:

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
~William Morris

And since I can't resist a funny one too:

"Simplify, simplify, simplify," said Emerson. Thoreau replied, "One simplify would do, 

Organizing Prayer Time

I have been wanting, as part of this first week to talk about making sure as you are organizing yourself, that you are planning time for Bible reading and prayer time.

I found Jennifer's post today over at A Heart for the Home and since she already said it so well, I'm sharing her thoughts! It's called 5 Ways to Organize Your Prayer Time. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Organizational Resource List

Order marches with weighty and measured strides. Disorder is always in a hurry.
~Napoleon Bonaparte

I thought, for those of you who would like to start an organizational library, I'd share some of my favorite materials:

1) Large Family Logistics: While this book was written by a mom of many, it's ideas are just as helpful to a mom of few. Kim is practical, easy to read and understands that seasons change and you have to be flexible, no matter how many littles call you mom

2) Organized Simplicity: Tsh is great if you struggle with being a pack rat. She deals in simple and she does it well.

3) 24 Hours Is All You Get: While Mrs. Bradrick and I don't see eye to eye about how scheduled things should be in a home, I do appreciate her wisdom on making sure that the things we choose to spend our time on are worth the time we spend.

These are the books and CDs I found most helpful. What resources help you organize?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Organization: The Fall Fronier

I will start this out on honest footing from post #1: I am NOT an organizational guru. I hate schedules and I don't like all the fancy apps and gizmos designed to "make life easier". They overwhelm me. Naturally, I'm a "just wing it" kind of girl, the kind that makes a list for the hundredth time and loses it again. Up until I had my youngest to date, I could still make that work. Now I find myself facing baby #5's fast-approaching arrival and I still feel like I'm trying to adjust to baby #4! So I decided that I'd better get some things in hand first, before we start this next adventure. Thus, this month-long journey to more organization. Notice, that I didn't say just organization, but rather MORE organization. Let's face it, Rome wasn't built in a day and the perfect organization system for me won't be either. Right now, I'll shoot for better. Maybe great will be baby #6's goal...

Anyway, I thought this first week I'd better tackle myself. If I can't be (more) organized, how am I going to get my house and children working like a well-oiled machine? Plus, if mom is mentally, spiritually and physically organized, she's so much more ready to help her family follow suit. So, my plan is to set goals each Monday (or Tuesday in the case of a holiday) and check in on Friday to see how we all are doing. (Notice how confident I am that you will be joining me on this journey!)

Goals for the week of September 3-7:
1) Make daily Bible reading a must, one chapter and a few minutes to pray and prep
2) 8 Minutes in the Morning, every morning
3) Revise daily routine calendar and add in Daily Docket (Organized Simplicity)
4) Revise homemaking binder to reflect new appointment schedule

Tomorrow I will be posting my favorite get organized resources, so if you have one to share, don't forget to stop by and leave a comment!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Starting Tuesday September 3...

It has been on my mind for a while to get myself and my home more organized before the arrival of baby #5 in a couple of months and as part of that, I decided to blog my organizational journey for the month of September (nothing like blogging for accountability!) 

So with that in mind, starting on Tuesday, I will be blogging on the tips, thoughts and struggles of getting a home and family on the road to organization. We will be talking about helping our children be organized, how to find more time for what is necessary and how to eliminate time wasters, setting goals and making sure they get done plus a healthy dose of good old-fashioned Biblical encouragement. 

I hope to see you all around here on Tuesday!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Homemade Granola Bars

A friend of mine shared this recipe a few weeks ago and they are soooo good, we braved the heat from the oven to make them again. Let me know if you enjoy them!

1 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter (you can use 1 cup of butter instead of the pb but the flavor is better with the 1/2 cup of each)
1 tsp vanilla
Cream together in large bowl.

Mix in:
4 1/2 cups oats
1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or whatever kind you use for baking)
1 tsp baking soda

Once these are mixed you can add in any nuts, dried fruits or chocolate you want up to 2 cups

Press well into a 9x13 pan (the recipe says to lightly grease it, but I don't). Bake @ 325 for 20 to 30 min or until edges are golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before you cut it and then let it cool completely before removing (if you can wait that long).

Add in ideas:
I use chocolate chips, flax seeds and raisins. You can also try almonds, walnuts, peanuts, chia seeds, cranberries, blueberries, m&m's and those are just off the top of my head. Use what you have!

My next thing to try is making these with coconut oil instead of butter. I'll let you know how they taste! Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mexi-Casserole Recipe

I put this together last night and it was sooooo easy, I had to share. Oh, and it was family tested and approved! :D

1- whole chicken breast (both halves), cut in chucks, any size you like, and sauted in olive oil until cooked
2- 15 oz cans of black beans
24 oz jar of Pace medium chunky salsa
8 oz can of green chilies
2 cups of cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, grated
about 4 large handfuls of tortilla chips, crushed

Cut chicken and let it cook while you prep the rest of the meal. Crush enough chips to cover bottom of 9x13 glass dish. Mix beans, chilies and salsa in a large bowl and pour out over chips. Place chicken over bean mixture and top with cheese. Place in oven at 350 until cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. Top with sour cream or plain yogurt and enjoy! :D

Let  me know what variations you come up with and tell me what your family thinks!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Good Stewardship in the Home Part 3

This is Part 3 of 3 where we have been talking about stewardship in the home. In Part 1, we talked about Stewardship of our time; using the time we have to train up our children. In Part 2, we talked about that great buzz word, frugality and how to apply the principle of frugality in more ways then just saving money.

This time we are talking about being good stewards of our gifts, whatever those maybe. Each of us has at least one gift that God gave us to be used in serving others.Each one is different and so the application will be different too. I just chose the first few that came to mind to use as examples.

For some of us, our gift is hospitality. If you find your front door is always open and people calling and coming over for a chat, this is probably you. The great thing about a gift is that the only way to waste it is not to use it. In other words, you can only waste it, if you hide it or making excuses for not putting it to use. If you love to entertain, find ways to make it happen. It maybe have dinner for different families in your church once a week. It maybe having a craft day or a quilt day at your home. If you are willing to be used, God knows your gift and He is looking for people willing to be used to minister to the needy and hurting.

If your gift is encouragement, you can find just as many ways to exercise this gift. If you are someone who is always looking for a way to make someone else feel better, this is probably your gift. You could make a list of people to write little notes to, those who are in nursing homes or hospitals are great choices to start. Or how about birthday cards? Or goody plates for public servants at Christmas? Or meals for a new mother or someone recently home from the hospital? Use these are a spring board for more ideas.

If you are gifted as a teacher, look for chances to instruct other ladies in what you know best. Look for young ladies (and their mothers too) you can share your knowledge of homemaking with and do it! Write a blog about an area where you have knowledge to share.Write articles for magazines, in print or online.

Ask God to show you ways to use your gifts and don't forget to involve your children in service. When they are young, they can help you minister in your area(s) of gifting. And as they get older, watch them and help them discover where they are gifted and show them how to use their gifts too!

If this series has encouraged you, please feel free to leave me a comment. If you have questions, or if there is an area you think should be discussed as a later part of this series, please let me know that too!

Blessings, dear friends!

If you missed the first two posts in the series, you can click on the links below to find them.
Good Stewardship in the Home Part 1
Good Stewardship in the Home Part 2

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Truly Great Resource

For those of you who have not found their site yet, I wanted to take a moment and recommend Vision Forum to you. They are a great resource for any family regardless of whether or not you have children or how young they may be.

This summer we listened to their Family Strategies messages. They provided a must needed practical boot camp for parents to make wise and informed decisions about their families goals and future. The church today too often neglects to equip parents by teaching on practical subjects, like parenting and how to deal with everyday life situations. Doug and Beall do this in a fun and informative way, while providing plenty of examples of how you can make these strategies work in your family.

They also have a wonderful collection of Christian books, some you can't find any where else. Some of my personal favorites are:
Beloved Bride

Killer Angel
The Family

In addition to books, they have videos, CD's and MP3's, all designed to encourage your family to press on and fight the good fight of faith.

So head on over and see all the wonderful resources they have to offer! :D

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