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. šŸ™ 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!”Ā  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 blessing of breathing

A sweet note to my cherished readers and fellow blogging sisters. Before you read another blog post, sit to write another article, check that social media site or {enter your “time stealer struggle” here} ask yourself these questions:   Have you spent time with the Lord today, in prayer and bible reading? Have you yet prettied yourself up, for your long day of hard work in the home? Do you have householdĀ responsibilitiesĀ that have yet to be met? Have your children been fed a good breakfast?Is your husband in need of a pair of clean socks? Have your children been cuddled, or kissed? Do you have a plan for dinner tonight? Is your floor in desperate need of theĀ vacuum?” Is your sink full of dishes? Are you struggling to have a gentle and quietĀ spirit? Do you lovingly honor and submit to your husband? Have you laughed with your little ones? Have you let the sun shine on your face? Have you invited that neighbor over for that cup of tea or coffee? Have you texted your husband an “I love you” note just because? Have you listened – I mean really listened to your toddlers questions? Have you taken the time to answer them? Have you hugged your older child(ren) just because? Have you shared or spread smiles today? Have you encouraged and uplifted your man? Has kindness been on your tongue? Have you asked for forgiveness? Do you have a clean and clear conscience? Have you winked across the room at your handsome sweetheart? Have you sat outside while your children played, just to listen to them laugh? Have...

the art & science of keeping house {part 2}

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 3} The Art & Science of Keeping House {Part 4} I knowĀ you’veĀ been waiting to hear what my findings are when it comes to keeping our home clean. Itā€™s actually somethingĀ I’veĀ known for some time. But, never really wanted to accept. Source So what is The best kept secret to a clean home? Truth is. There is none. Ā  I know, I just shattered MANY hearts! Iā€™m so sorry to disappoint you. And I know you were anticipating this amazing life-saving tip. But, Itā€™s true.Ā I’veĀ probably tried over dozens and dozens of ingenious ways of keeping a home tidy. And really there is no trick, or magic book that makes it all happen. But, if there was any advice I could share with you, it would be this sensible phrase to remember: Clean it up right away. {And train your children to do this too!} I know when I’ve not taken the time to wash off the high-chair after getting my child out, I spend several minutes scrubbing off that crusted on oatmeal – hours later. If I would have done it as soon as I set my child down from the high chair, It would have wiped away in seconds. Saving me lots of time andĀ vigorousĀ energy!I’ve been teaching my children that when we walk by something and it’s on the floor or out of place, put it away. {It makes the straightening up process at the...
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