For the first seven years of our marriage, I cooked through cookbooks. I rarely ever cooked the same thing twice. If it was a big hit meal, I might have made it 3 times. I simply loved trying something new every time I cooked.
It can be tempting to look back on those early years of marriage and cooking and think I really set myself up for failure. The standard I set for myself in the kitchen was onerous. But I like to think of it as a season that was special. The season may have changed, but the things I learned in that process made me the cook and homemaker I am today.
A friend of mine came up to me at church last week and asked, “I was wondering – now that you have four kids, do you still cook something new each time you cook?” I kind of laughed and said, “Those days are long gone.”
This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Homeschool
We just finished our first day of school for the girls (and AG, by surprise) in our updated homeschool space. I know it is Labor Day. But Labor Day means Daddy is home and I have help for the day. We also have our first community day with Classical Conversations tomorrow. I am trying to alleviate the busyness of the morning tomorrow whilst establishing an understanding that we do school AT home. I had to explain this to the girls a few times because excitement has an affect on their ears!
Have you ever noticed there are specific places for you to do almost everything in your home? Typically we have a place where we eat meals with the family and a place we sit and pay the bills. We have a place we sleep, a place where we fold clothes (we still do that, right?), a place where our kids play? We even have a place where we sit to be entertained. But have you set aside a place for Bible study?
We have been working our way through a series together designed to encourage you to create your own lifelong habit of daily devoted time in God’s Word. First we established you DO have time for Bible study. Then we talked about the “Yes” and the “No” of Bible study. Today, I am going to talk about where you will do Bible study. Continue Reading
It must have been a few years ago, when I was first on Pinterest. I saw this project that looked like such a great idea, but I had all kinds of questions about it. First off, I wanted to know: “Where do you store that when you aren’t using it?” Then I wondered, “How do you clean that?” And then I thought, “You know that really is genius.” But I thought, I would do that differently.
Fast forward a couple of years and I have a kid who sleeps on the floor – every.night. Yep. She refuses to pass the night in the comfort of her twin bed. And so I got to thinking about that pillow project and started formulating an idea to make her more comfortable and (possibly) to get her more interested in her bed.
So, I decided to make these, let’s call them: Convertible Pillow Pallets for my girls. I just knew they would love them! And I was right…big time!
My middle child came up to me and said, “I like my pillow pallet. What store did you get it at?”
And I have to admit that I was little bit proud to say, “I didn’t get them at the store. I made them!” Continue Reading
Oh, the project for decluttering and setting up my husband’s office seems like it will never end. It seems like when I make progress, we suddenly have something else pop up in the way of more progress. This past week my husband (rightly) decided that it was way too hot in his office and he wants to install a mini A/C in the wall. He’s a builder and so he knows people who can do this in their sleep, but I kind of wonder how many days (and nights) it will take to actually get it done.
In the mean time, I have been in planning mode. Because when progress on a project is just not happening, I like to keep in mind the end goal and make sure it is something we really LOVE. Planning is my happy place!
I thought I would share with you a portion of my vision for this room. Continue Reading
You know that thing where your mother-in-law calls and says she is on her way. She is about 15 minutes away. You put the phone down and look around you at the mess overwhelming. And you jump into action, fitting in 3 days worth of cleaning in 14 minutes 50 seconds, with 10 seconds to left to catch your breath by the front door before opening it and greeting her in your best and most casual, “Oh, Hey!”
There is something about the announcement of a visitor to our homes that gives us the long-sought for motivation to clean like we get paid to clean. And I suppose there is some sort of payment exchanged. You know the kind of payment where the visitor looks around your home and says something nice. You know when they “pay you a compliment” on your homemaking prowess. And you blush, and look around like, “oh, this old thing.” Like it looks like this everyday. The funny thing we forget in all the cleaning-for-company madness is that the visitor is likely not there to check out our home, evaluate our homemaking skills, and give us a grade based on their experience while in our homes. And still we do the 15 minute mad dash.
Well, this whole scenario (on steroids!) happened for us a couple of weeks ago because my husband informed me that an appraiser was scheduled to come by the house to appraise it for our refinance.