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Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year

I hope the new year finds everyone well. We were blessed to spend the beginning of our new year together playing silly games and just enjoying each others company. Last night we got snow and ice and frigid temperatures. We will see single digit temps later today. Winter has arrived, at least for a little while. I've not made any new year resolutions but instead I have set some goals for myself and my home.
One of those goals is to deep clean and de-clutter my home. We live in an older house with paneled walls and wood floors, which of course equals untold amounts of dust; and this dust accumulates on everything, and everyone if you sit sill long enough. Frankly I'm tired of dusting "stuff". I feel like we are buried under so much clutter, not that we are hoarders , we just seem to have an abundance of things we no longer use or need. I'm ready to let it all go :) I desire more simplicity in our home. Less time spent cleaning is more time spent in more amiable pursuits. The thing about cleaning is, I don't want to get so overwhelmed by the process that I give up due to the stress. I often do my clean up in 15 minute sprints. Each room would get 15 minutes of my time each day . This system works great for me in doing everyday cleaning so my desire is to find a similar system for deep cleaning. BREAK IT DOWN .... so it doesn't break me lol So TA DA... I'm gonna use the 31 days to a clean house concept from Clean Mama. Check out her free cleaning printables HERE. Using this concept I hope to be able to get all my house de-cluttered in reasonable amounts of time. One task per day should get us Spring cleaned in a month. Now that makes me happy .
If cleaning lists and other organizational things are what you are looking for then you have to do some searching on Pinterest, but I'm sure you all have already been enjoying that lovely site. I have a love hate relationship with it. I love how I can find anything on there and can peruse til my heart is content but I hate the fact it is like a rabbit hole...always leading onward and I do spend a lot of time there that could be spent elsewhere. But what a resource right!?!? Blessings and stay warm!
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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Bible Study Journal.

While perusing the internet yesterday I came across a Bible study journal that I just adored...really , it was pretty great. But as it goes, there are not many extra dollars floating around our budget, and I do have this awesome Office suite thanks to my DD, so I made one similar to it that fit my need.. Overall I like my creation. I did add in a picture journal spot on mine. I use picture journaling of Scripture to help me wrap my mind around the principle of the is an example.
Please don't be jealous of my insane artistic talent... it's a gift...what can I say ? (heehee) Anyway...that is one way I help commit verses to memory. Maybe it will work as a great tool for you also. Now on to the Journal., you can download it here , Bible Study Journal. If you happen to have any difficulty just comment and let me know and I can email it to you. Have a blessed day! Blessings ~
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Notebooking Pages

Be sure to check out the new notebooking pages I talked about on our homeschooling blog. Wisdom House Homeschool.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

It is COLD!

Maybe it is just me, but I think it is COLD! Is the weather feeling more like Fall or Winter where you are? The blessing challenge is going great so far. I have been blessed so much in return :) Have you joined in yet?
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Well, the blessing challenge has been going very well so far. I am trying to find little ways every day to be a blessing to someone. I have also determined each day this month to voice what I am thankful for. I have been using Facebook for this interaction. Whether we realize it or not every day holds special moments that we should be thankful for. Lots of times it is easy to be discouraged with everything we have going downhill in our lives but finding the beautiful moments in each day helps to lift our spirits. It does for me anyway. November has settled in very well here in the Smokies. We are having some very cool nights and sitting by the fire-pit is one of our favorite activities. The leaves put on a spectacular show this year. Now they are on the "falling" side of Fall. The girls and I have been taking some nature walks the past few weeks. I will be posting about those on my homeschool blog , Wisdom House Homeschool. I'm still not sure what our Thanksgiving plans will be this year. What are your plans for turkey day?
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Day 1 of the blessing challenge

I was able to get in a small blessing today. I was immediately rewarded with a huge smile. I like being able to make people smile! I had to go to class this morning but was able to work outside in the flower bed ; clearing out so that it looks better for winter. Today was so beautiful after the stormy day we had yesterday. The sky was so blue it hurt to look at it. The colors on the trees this year are spectacular also. After I cleaned the flower bed , Roosie and I sat in the swing and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon til I had to go to work. When I got home tonight there was a barn owl calling in the woods by our house. I got really excited when my lil screech owl came back this summer, but having a barn owl in the neighborhood makes me really smile :). Well Happy November ! It is late and I have clinical in the morning. God bless and don't forget to join the Blessing Challenge over at
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

30 Day Challenge

Pat over at Living Life With The Loves is hosting this great 30 day challenge! I'm taking part for sure :) Want you join us? 

This is what Pat has to say ......
This is the challenge-for 30 days starting November 1st through November 30th-you will pray and ask God to show you someone you can be a blessing to.
     What you do for that person each day is up to you. It doesn't have to be big, cost a lot of money and might even be free.  It might be a note, a call, a visit, bake some cookies, take them some flowers, make them a meal, watch their kids, the options are endless.  The only given is you give for no reason other than to be a blessing to someone else.
     Let's see at the end of 30 days what God has done through you, me, all of us.  Will you meet me in this challenge?  Comment below if you are taking the challenge, post on your blog if you have one or your facebook page or you can comment on my facebook page at

Head on over to Pat's blog and join in the blessing!

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