lessons obtained | 24 days without a dryer

TODAY marks a great accomplishment for me!I really thought I wouldn’t survive – but I have. And I’m STILL HERE to tell you all about it! You see – I’ve been without a dryer for 24 days! Several weeks ago, our dryer went kerplooey. It was a sad and very gloomy day for this momma. The thoughts that went through my head were rather tragic and well maybe, just maybe a few of them slipped from my mouth as well. ūüôĀ The first few days weren’t the prettiest, and I wasn’t enjoying wearing clean but, very crunchy dried undergarments, nor was I thrilled to have my family do so as well! How am I going to survive?! We were in the beginnings of our adoption, and things were really tight {still are.} You see, I’ve spent hours upon hours rekindling over and over a relationship in the laundry room with this “trusty” appliance friend. How could this happen? I mean right now?! Really?!! We didn’t have the funds right now for this, and we had to wait before we could purchase a new one. “How long will the wait be?” “I’m not sure I can manage my household without this appliance!”¬† But, I realized quickly – I had no other choice but to survive this dark momma valley.   These long weeks without a dryer have taught me & reminded me: 1.} How spoiled we Momma’s & Wives are here in America. 2.} To complain about laundry taking up so much time in one day – is ridiculous. Especially when we have modern appliances. Because it takes THAT much...

the art & science of keeping house {part 4}

In case you missed the small series that’s been going¬†on…you can catch up here: The Art & Science of Keeping House {Part 1} The Art & Science of Keeping House {Part 2} The Art & Science of Keeping House {Part 3} My home sets the mood. If my home is messy, I feel messy, when my home is looking shabby, I feel pretty shabby, when I’ve got piles of clutter, I ‘m stressed. And when I’m stressed, my husband and children feel the pressure. I become¬†irritable,¬†I become a crab, a complainer and simply someone you don’t want to be around. When my home is clean, tidy and I’m not surrounded by piles of laundry or a floor full of crumbs, I feel energized, and ready to tackle whatever comes my way. And I know for a fact, I feel better. I‚Äôm also positive my countenance changes too – allowing it to bubble over – spilling happy all over the place. {Just ask my husband!}¬† So what mood would you prefer to see me in? ūüėÄ As a Godly wife and homemaker, it is important that we manage our homes, and manage them well. I didn’t say perfectly. God doesn’t ask for perfection, only our best!   As keepers of our homes, we must be¬†purposeful¬†throughout our days. In doing so we will go¬†that much further, accomplishing much more.¬†Fluently¬†and¬†effectively. Does your home display… Love for your husband? Love for your children? Thankfulness for what the Lord has given you? Does it bless those around you? ¬† ¬†The lazy¬†man¬†does not roast what he took in hunting, but diligence¬†is¬†man‚Äôs precious possession. Proverbs 12:27...

the art & science of keeping house {part 3}

This post is part of a small series. If you missed any part, you can catch up here: ¬† The Art & Science of Keeping House {Part 1} The Art & Science of Keeping House {Part 2} The Art & Science of Keeping House {Part 4} I was originally going to share with you the free printables I promised with this post. But, decided it would have made this post too long winded. So, in part 4, I will be presenting them to you. In The Art & Science of Keeping House {Part 2, I gave several tips I have personally found helpful in the process of keeping our home. With those tips and our schedule in place, our home is left easily manageable. Leaving it in a ‚Äúlived in – clean state.‚ÄĚ I say this, because we still have small children, and¬†I’ve¬†found my home will NOT be in a pristine condition, no matter how hard I try. Perhaps¬†you’ve¬†already figured this out, or maybe you are in the same boat as I am? Either way, please bear with me – as I‚Äôm still learning to let go of perfect, while finding ways to better our home for His glory.     Having my schedule is NOT going to give you a perfectly clean home. But one thing this schedule will do, is easily allow you to maintain your home on a day to day basis. I’ve been learning that: Keeping a clean home is not mission impossible! It CAN be done! Following our schedule makes the housecleaning less time-consuming. If I trip over a bump in the road one...
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