I tell my children often, “Little messes are easier to clean than big messes.”
It is much easier to keep a clean house by cleaning as you go than it is to clean a dirty house. By that I mean it is easier to pick up things and put them away after using them. Pickup and put away toys after playing before you take something else out. Put clothes in hamper instead of on the floor. Put kitchen appliances away after using them. Tidying the kitchen as you cook and prepare a meal. I know it isn’t always possible to do, but it is a great habit to make. It will also cut down on cleaning.
One of the things I like to do with my kiddos is the five minute cleanup. You do this several times throughout the day and it helps keep the house cleaner. It helps for everyone to have a certain area of responsibility, that way no one is trying to do the same area at the same time. I like to do a five minute cleanup once in the morning, around noon, and in the middle of the afternoon. If you are home alone you can do a five minute cleanup in different areas at different times of the day.
One of the things I try to do every night is make sure I clean my kitchen. It doesn’t have to be perfect but it does have to be clean. Naomi’s responsibilities is loading and unloading the dishwasher, sweeping, and cleaning off the table. I clean the countertops and the stove. Sometimes Brian will sweep for Naomi while she loads the dishwasher. I personally love waking up to a clean kitchen. I try to remember to have the coffee pot set to make coffee in the morning, I am going to get better at that this year.
After supper and before getting ready for bed I like to have everyone straighten up their area of responsibility. That way in the morning we can start our day off on a good note. Sometimes we don’t get to cleanup before bedtime and it always throws off our day.
I will breakdown our area of responsibility in my next post. Well, I hope everyone is having a great year so far. Thank you for stopping by…..
January 22, 1973 history was made and Abortion was made legal. Here is the thing not everything in History is good. Yes, History was made but it wasn’t a good thing. Ever since that day countless of babies have died at the hands of the ones that were suppose to protect them.
Today I choose to celebrate LIFE! I choose to have a real discussion with my children about the value of LIFE! I choose to talk to them about the value of every SOUL! I choose to take today to celebrate LIFE!!!! I choose to mourn the children that lost their lives and was never given a chance at LIFE. I choose to take a stand for the unborn! I choose to use my voice for the countless souls that was never given a voice.
I have said this many times but HUMAN RIGHTS starts with the RIGHT TO LIFE! There is no such thing as HUMAN RIGHTS if you are not even given the RIGHT TO LIVE! I believe in Human Rights and I believe every life has value. I believe God loves every soul even before they were formed in the womb. Every LIFE has VALUE!
So today I weep for our country and I weep for the countless souls that was taken to soon. I celebrate LIFE and I celebrate my six children that God has Blessed me with. #ShoutYourBlessings #ShoutYourChildren #CelebrateLife
Here are five myths about organization:
1. It is to expensive. Yes, organizational tools can get expensive. I like to think outside the box and up cycle items I have around the house. I also use items for different purposes.
Tip: These are dishwashing pans from Walmart. I use them to organize toys and school books. They are less than a dollar each.
2. I will not have to purge and declutter if I get organized. Purging can be hard, but it is necessary to have a organized and tidy home. Tips on purging. If you haven’t used it in over a year get rid of it….
3. I am going to wait till I can have a yard sale to get rid of clothes and toys. I am all for yard sales and I think it can be a great idea, but Sometimes you might not have enough stuff for a yard sale. Also sometimes when you put stuff aside for a yard sale they magically end up back in the house. Tip: Have a donation box, a keep box, a trash bag, and a future yard sale box to put items in when you are going through items in your home.
4. I think my donation box is safe in the garage or shed. Nope, your donation box is never safe from your families hands. They will slowly bring in everything. Tip: Get your donation items in your car and at the donation center as quickly as possible.
5. If I declutter and organize I won’t have to clean every day. Here is the thing, organization is just a tool. When your home gets messy organization helps you pick up and put things away quicker. Decluttering helps you get rid of things and have less to clean up. Tips: make homes for everything in your home and make it easily accessible. Keep it simple! I have a saying at my house,” Everything has a home and everything gets put back in its home.”
“Every thing has s place and everything in its place.” Hope everyone has a organized new year…
Last year our word was Focus, and I wanted to zoom in and focus on Christ. I still want to emphasize this in 2019. As we focus on Christ, we Grow.
2019 our theme is ‘Be Fruitful ‘. I want my family to grow in Christ. I want to see more fruit in my life and in my family.
Happy New Years everyone!
2018 is coming to a close. It is so hard to believe that today is the last day of the year. It seems as if the year just started.
So our word and theme for 2018 was “Focus “. I wanted to focus on the important stuff. I wanted to focus on Christ, family, and myself. I found when I zoomed in on my heart and life I found somethings that needed to change. There was a lot of things I needed to work on. I needed to work on my attitude. I needed to work on my walk with Christ. I needed to work on my words. I am still working on all these things, and more….
So as the rest of the day ticks away, I will focus on the important things my God and my family….
Have a wonderful last day of the year….
The fun thing about having a bigger family is all the ages and different stages. Sometimes it is hard, everyone needs something different from you. You feel pulled in a million directions. But they all bring something wonderful and unique to your heart and home.
I love watching the older children interacting with the younger children. Something special about their relationships. They have a unique bond. I like watching the older ones teaching the younger ones something new. I love seeing them work together. I love seeing them snuggle. I truly enjoy seeing my children kindly interacting with one another.
I now have two teenagers in my home and one preteen. Sometimes that comes with its own drama. I am not a drama momma, so I ask them to resolve their differences in a peaceful, respectful way. Doesn’t always happen that way, but that is the goal. I also have a special needs son that is nine. The two littles are seven and four. They are always up to something mischievous together. Well not always, but they are always getting into something together. Sometimes they have their own drama, and I am trying to teach them how to resolve their differences.
I am learning that every stage has their own set of challenges. I am learning that life is never perfect. I am learning to love each day and each stage. I am learning to embrace the mundane. I am learning to be more flexible. I am learning to never take one second for granted. My oldest is fourteen and just started ninth grade. Oh my, what a wake up call….. He is taller than me, and I have seen him grow right before my eyes. The last few years passed in what seems like seconds.
I am not saying that it is easy. I am not going to say that you will enjoy every second of every day with your children. I am not going to say you won’t get exhausted. I am just letting you know that it goes by fast. They will not stay little for long. Everyday they are growing. Everyday that are changing in little and sometimes big ways. Everyday is a gift, so don’t let that gift slip away….
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelations3:20
If you want Jesus in your life, you have to invite him in. If you want Him in your everyday activities, you have to invite Him. If you want Him to be apart of your home school, you have to invite Him. You want Him in your home, you have to invite Him in. He never barges in. He wants to be apart of our lives but He will never force Himself into our lives. We have to invite Him…
I need Jesus. I need to hear His still small voice. I need to spend time with Him. I need to seek His wisdom. I need to go to Him for strength. I need Him in the midst of my mundane tasks of everyday life. I need Him for guidance and direction. I need His light to shine on my path. I need Him to walk with me on my journey. Oh how I need Jesus, and I need to make it a point to make sure He is apart of my day, everyday.
Sometimes we need to stand still and listen. He is knocking, and He is calling out to us. We just need to tune in and listen. He wants a relationship with you and me. He wants to sup with us. He wants to be apart of every area of our lives. He wants to help us and guide us. We just need to slow down and take the time to let Him in and spend time with Him.
Sometimes in life you find your self on a different path from everyone else. It is a path that can be scary, dark, and lonely. It is a path that only a few have trod. It is a path less traveled.
There is always beauty to find along the path. You will discover beauty that others do not have the privilege to see. This less traveled path is full of wonder and only a few get to pass through.
There are lessons to learn. God gives His Wisdom to us when we ask Him for it. There is wisdom that comes with this path, but only if we seek it.
There is the strengthening of our faith. I like to think of it as a path of faith. With each step forward I rely on Christ to lead me to my next step. I ask Him to guide my steps. I ask Him to light my path. It takes faith to travel on a path that few have traveled. It sometimes feels like an uncharted territory. Oh but I know my Christ knows this path, and I know it isn’t uncharted to Him.
There is joy on this path. A joy that comes from our journey along this path. Oh the joy that comes from the beauty we find. Joy from lessons we learn. Joy from the people we traveled with on this path. Joy from the strength we obtain from this path. Joy from the Lord as we travel our path.
So next time you find yourself on an off beaten path; just remember to try to find the beauty, lessons, faith, and joy in the journey.
When people think of disability they think broken, not working properly, and not able to do something.
So here is the thing. I have a son with many disabilities and I have never thought of him as disabled. Last year someone sent me a link on Face Book about Disability Awareness Month. I read it and I turned around and asked my husband, “Does Aaron have a Disability ?” My husband just looked wide eyed at me and responded with a yes. He was shocked that I even asked.
I never really thought of my son as having disabilities. I know that sounds naïve. He is nonverbal and there is lots of things he can not do. When I start listing the things that he can do, most people don’t think it is a lot. Some people might say that his accomplishments are small. Oh but I don’t listen to most people. I think He is pretty amazing. His smile and his laughter is contagious. He lights up my day when he comes and snuggles with me. He has taught me so much about love. He has taught me how to communicate better. He loves life and even though his life has many challenges he is almost always happy. His life is simple and I love that about him. What if we all had the ability to live a simple, happy life and love life?!
So don’t feel sorry for my son or other people with disabilities. Just pray. Pray for grace, acceptance, and love for all children and adults with disabilities. Pray for their families and pray for the challenges they may face. Look at them through a different lens, see them for who they are and not their disability.
He will make a way.
With God all things are possible. As a believer we know this. Our minds know this but does our hearts believe it?
Faith is trusting in what you can not see. So when things are uncertain we need to have faith. We all know that as a believer we are suppose to have faith in God and we are to put our trust in Him. If you were to ask most Christians if they have Faith they will answer yes. The truth is most of the time we don’t.
The unseen, the unknown, the unpredictable future when hard times hit in our lives can sometimes rock us to our core. Sometimes we can not see how anything good can come from our current circumstances. Sometimes we question God. Sometimes we look around and all we can see is the wilderness, desert, and a place that is undesirable. That is when we need our faith the most.
Sometimes the future scares me. When I think about my children and their futures it scares me a little. Especially when it comes to Aaron. Who is going to take care of him? Who is going to make sure he is safe? A million other questions pop into my mind at times. That is when I cry out to God. I look for that stream in the Desert. I look for that rock that is higher than I. I pray for that peace that passes all understanding. I look for His unmistakable path in the wilderness. Because I know that God will always make a way. Even when I can’t see the path in front of me and every step seems as a leap of faith, I know God will light my path. I know that He will go before me and He will direct my path.
“He will make a way, when there seems to be no way. He works in ways we can not see, He will make a way for me. He will be my guide and draw me closely to His side. ” I love this part of this song. It reminds me that no matter what is happening in my life God got this!