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5 Things I Would Like To Start A Group About

11 Aug

#1 – Happiness Project – Seriously one of the best books about becoming happier and finding ways to smile again! You should definitely read it!  I would like to start a group of like-minded people who meet up once a month (virtually, or what not) to think of things they really want to do that month. If it works out great, if not no big deal – maybe in the process they discovered something else they want to try!  Some of the ones from the book were – make time for exercise, sing in the morning, be nice, meet 3 people….  I think we all have things we want to do again or for the first time…why not get some girls together – it would be great encouragement!

#2 – Operation Beautiful – I am loving the concept of this. Caitlyn did awesome when she did this. I have already decided to devote my Sunday blog to her…so why keep going? It isn’t hard – just help people end the dreaded “Fat Talk” in any way you know how.  This group would not have any requirements except that you participate. How fun is that? We would just talk about ideas of what we are doing maybe via a Facebook group or something. But no mar commitment and sending the pictures of the end result to Caitlyn to post on her blog.

#3 – Round Robin Book Club – 6 or 12 people are needed – everyone starts out with a new book to read – then each month it gets passed on to the next person. Fun, right? I know!

#4 – Accountability Group – People who need to get more on track with their reading of the Word and maybe a Bible Study in there. I had talked about this on Monday in my Weekly Chase post – but I am serious…I think this is a great thing and I am glad I have three people who are wanting to join in! No judgement – just encouragement!

#5 – Scentsy Month Club – yes I am a dork….but this is something I love. I love Scentsy! I am a person who is signed up to sell it, but I just don’t do it like that. I buy for gifts and myself. Yeah I am selfish! Every once in a while I get in to a sale – but not often.  SO – what I am curious of – does anyone what to join a club? Each month you would purchase a minimum of product…then once a month you would be “hostess” and can get the hostess benefits! So say you get 5 people – the club would run 5 months and you would have to spend $30 each month. 6 people is 6 months and $25 dollars. Best way to stock up on scents and then buy a warmer with your benefits! I am also thinking of giving the profit to charity….what do you think? see what you think!

Sooooo – if you are interested – or have more ideas – let me know!


Proverbs 31 Woman – Virtue #9

15 Apr

9. Time – A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord.

I am up at 5 – cook Nick breakfast, start his coffee, unload and load the dishwasher – and usually sit down on the couch until 5:50.  I could better use my time by not laying on the couch and starting laundry.

I have been exercising at lunch so that is a pretty good use of time!

When we get home from work and daycare – that is where my time needs better organization. I get laundry  done as needed and usually hold off all cleaning until the weekend. I need to do a little each day so that I can enjoy my weekends more.

I think I need to just put my mind to it and get it done!  What do you do to help make better use of your time?

Proverbs 31 Woman – Virtue #8

25 Mar

8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)

The debate about homemaking.  I do what I can – but sometimes I really get tired! I have been doing really good making sure my kids get a meal every night that is warm and good for them. I do this by meal prepping – which I am starting to really rock at!  I make sure they always have clean clothes to wear, regardless if it is the ones they love or not.  I kiss them goodnight and always let them know I love them after they have been scolded.

My husband gets loved – probably not as much as he would like though.  I make sure we talk every day, his coffee and breakfast are ready when his shower is done, and his clothes are washed.  He also love to get into a bed that is made every night.  I make the bed every morning before my shower. The little things that make him happy – I am happy to do!

I am always worried that I do not do enough with my girls. I want to read to them, but they won’t sit still through a book. I watch moved with them until they can’t sit still anymore. As soon as it warms up I will take them for a walk with me daily. I just think sometimes I don’t do enough.

I would love to make them a warm breakfast every  morning – but they don’t like to wake up and I would have to start even earlier! I just don’t know that it will happen as much as I would like for it to!

I also would like for my house to be a little bit more in order – just because I myself would like for it to be. Call it my OCD, but I have not learned the art of letting go of it. My friend Michelle stated what I want to be – “if the house doesn’t get done – oh well” (okay maybe all that isn’t a direct quote but it was something similar). Regardless she knows her family is take care of and they are loved and happy.  I think I could let go more than Nick could. ***Seriously chef Michelle out – she is funny and has some amazing coupon stories!

What do you do to be a homemaker in any sense of the word?

Proverbs 31 Woman – Virtue #7

18 Mar

7.  Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)

I have always liked to cook, bake, and make.  I am not always good at it, but I sure do try. I let my failures get to me sometimes to the point of giving up.  I am learning to let go of that and embrace what I can do!

I have realized that even though I can buy nice things – I can also make nice things. I may not be able to make perfect things – but I can make things that will be loved for being almost perfect.

I will continue to try to keep a clean house without grumbling and continually do laundry everyday.  I may not have the cleanest house, but it is filled with love and that is for sure.

I will sing songs while I complete these tasks so that my mouth is not filled with hate filled words. If I want my kinds to not say those things – I cannot say those things.

Won’t you try to make something this week?

Proverbs 31 Woman – Virtue #6

26 Feb

6. Finances – A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)

Ugh – I hate the word finance and anything that goes with the personal type.  Ever since I left John Deere in 2009 mine have not been where I want them. It seems that when the paycheck went down everything else stayed the same and it makes it awful hard to make ends meet.  I have been humbled to needing Nick’s help with a lot of things and money was one of them.  I had to ask to make purchases and I didn’t like it , but it made me really think about things I needed and wanted.

I learning now that things have to be quality, not just about quantity. I might be able to buy 5 shirts for $20 but they will need to be replaced in a couple of months because the quality is bad. OR I could buy 3 for $20 that will last me all summer as the fabric is thicker. 

My kids might like the name brand cereal, but will they ever know the taste difference if I just buy generic and call it the same? No.

Do I really need to buy soda for $5 a 12 pack? No.

When I am not buying all that crap – I can save to make sure the money is here when I really need it.  I am forever learning on this one. Nick has really helped me too – not sure if he really knows it though. 

What have you done to help with finances?

Proverbs 31 Woman – Virtue #5

12 Feb

5. Service – A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)

This one has always been a challenge as well. I struggle with wanting to do so much that I really dont’ get much accomplished.

Moving to Alaska kind of opened my eyes to time management as we thought some events were going to occur leaving me with the girls alone for a while.  I decided to schedule, schedule, schedule. Mary heart in a Martha world can come into play with this one as well – agree?

It worked!  I first and foremost hold me family first. So the laundry is done nightly (unless there is none, which never happens), dishes done in the morning along with folding the laundry that was in the dryer from the night before. I power clean on Saturday mornings so I don’t hate it as much.

I scheduled some me time during the work week to help me keep a clear mind while attending to my family. That has helped me too. Nick can babysit the girls so I can get out – it is okay, I just have to ask to receive!

My friends. They are so dear to me even though it seems like the number is smaller than I originally thought – and that is okay. I would rather have a few I can count on than 100 I can’t. I keep in contact and drop lines of love when I can on their phone via text or voicemail, or even Facebook.  I just want them to always know I think of them. They are on my prayer list at all times as well so no need goes un-requested.

Neighbors. Hmmmmmm…..interesting. People don’t talk to their neighbors up here – or at least not in my area. I am thinking this spring or summer I will have to change this.  It is too cold to visit right now! I think I will invite them over for a fun evening dinner outside, or maybe just leave them a plate of cookies, or something. I think I should try no matter what.

Proverbs 31 Woman – Virtue #4

15 Jan

4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)

Since getting here I have done some Zumba (one class and some using my Wii), jogged once, and played with my kids a ton. Not really as effective as I would like for it to be.

I have gone snowboarding and found that to be a lot of fun and effective in the building up of my leg muscles – just have to take a break right now due to my butt meeting the ground while exiting from the ski lift. Ouch. It will not beat me and I will continue as I really do like it!

I have met a super cool and sometimes crazy chic named Cassandra up here and besides being my new babysitter and friend, she is my new workout partner. When she asked if I would do 5K and 10Ks with her this summer – I knew she was just as awesome as me.  God always brings you what you need and I needed her to push me and make fun of my OCD.

As far as the eating goes I have not been able to eat as I like to. I have not had a banana in forever and it is making my really want one.  GRRRR….fresh produce is a foreign term up here. I will figure something out, but I am thinking fruit will have to wait for a while.

I have been on the kick of hiding my vegetables in meals so my kids will eat healthy even if they don’t know it. Ryley is getting to be skin and bones – more so than she ever was and it scares me. She doesn’t eat as I would like for her to so I will just do what I can!

We are cutting out the soda again and a lot of the processed and frozen easy meals.  It may change some when I start working again – but for now I am happy to be doing something that is good. I will update you in a month or so after I get some work outs in to tell you how it will be.

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