I am really just a simple girl blessed beyond words.
As a mother of five beautiful children, a grateful wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a teacher, a servant, and a follower of Jesus Christ… I stand humbled.
This book is about my journey through parenting intentionally while navigating through the challenges of raising five very unique children.
Imagine living in a home with daily and weekly habits that create an atmosphere of order and peace. The best way to accomplish this successfully is to involve everyone who in living in a household. Whether you are in a home with a mom and dad or single parent family, these ideas of personal and family contributions work. Divide the work into daily and weekly times. Success comes when the expectations are clear and specific. Focus on operating like a team when cleaning the house together.
Summer offers promises of quiet late afternoons and early evening lounging by the pool. Don’t miss out on the berries, the farmer’s market, reading, cleaning, time with friends and most importantly, rest. Don’t let the summer slip away without enjoying it thoroughly.
These thoughts were written my 17 year old son this year as he thought through the habits necessary to mature into a spiritual young man. In his own words, these are his ideas for spiritual habits.
Home is God’s idea. Family is God’s idea. No matter the size of your home or family, living in your space necessitates daily and weekly cleaning. When routines are established, the rhythm of life creates more time for enjoying living in your home.
Transitioning into the spring and summer months encourage outdoor living and opportunities to invite others into our home. When the focus is on serving instead of being self-conscience or striving to impress others, the stress of hospitality evaporates. Serving and ministering to others transforms the giver even more than the recipient. Whether creating a happier home for your family or serving others, our home should be a place where doing life together creates wonderful memories.
Bulk cooking gives you power to be generous spontaneously. Taking a meal is simplified when cooking ahead. If you see a need, you are prepared to meet it. In Proverbs 22:9 (NLT) God reminds us that , “Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.” In addition to practical needs being recognized and resolved, you will be filled with the joy bursting from magnanimous action. When you feed people, they feel loved.
Routines and Rhythms of Cleaning
Some of us love the process of cleaning just as much as we enjoy the results. Others struggle with the patterns necessary to maintain their living space daily, weekly and seasonally. In order to live this life well, we must create a plan to maintain our space. Let’s be honest, maintaining a home is hard work. Sort out the work into doable daily and weekly lists.
A story of loss and gain through Infertility, Miscarriage and Children.
The news spread quickly as we told everyone we knew. However, our excitement screeched to a halt the evening that we began to lose them. Darkness settled in. Sadness engulfed us. Dreams died hard.
When functioning as an domestic engineer for a family of seven, research, charts and new ideas are a must for success. Recently, a plan to combine the on-going need for clothes with the incessant need for cleaning and cooking, led me to this formula. Read this blog for a list of daily morning contributions, kitchen duties and weekly jobs.