I’m excited to announce that I am a member of the launch team for the new Christine Hoover book, Messy Beautiful Friendship. It’s available for pre-order and includes lots of perks that you can enjoy now!
It will officially be available in April but if you pre-order now, you can read the first two chapters.
To find out more about Christine, please check out her website at Grace Covers Me.
Today I’m at home working in the kitchen. I’ve cleaned out the fridge and washed it thoroughly. I’ve also cleaned out the freezer. I still have our chest freezer to go through but that’s pretty up to date. I use a freezer inventory form to keep track of stuff so I don’t over by. I think I might need one for the fridge because I have 3 jars of salsa in there; all opened!
I’m making spaghetti sauce right now and later this afternoon I’ll be making some banana bread. The bananas are perfectly freckled so I know it will taste yummy.
Last night Michael and I picked out the tile and flooring for the master bath. Today I’ve been looking at paint samples. The names of them crack me up. There’s Encounter, Heavenly Day, Blue Gate, Storm’s End, Floral Cascade, Air Kiss, Escape, and Breezy. All of these are shades of blue. The one I’m going with is Clear Blue Sky.
It’s a really small room so I want something light and airy. Everything will be new in there. The smallness of the room is good because it won’t cost a lot to redo everything. We’re getting a new vanity and toilet, too. We’ve been here for 23 years so it’s about time. The hall bath will be next!
I’m reading Feeding Your Soul: A Quiet Time Handbook and this was the summary for the chapter I read this morning:
Our choices, primary and secondary, enable us to make and preserve space in our lives for God. Relationship with God is the “best dish” among all the possibilities of life. It falls to us to hack back the busyness of life and choose to make room for Him.
What a powerful reminder that it’s the choices I make that affect all that I do and that God is waiting to spend time with me. He’s always available. I’m the one who needs to put Him first!!
Monday is almost always laundry day. I try to get it started as soon as I get up and have it all finished before I go to bed. It doesn’t always happen that way but a lot of times it does! Years ago when I was homeschooling, I read about the Pilgrims and how they came ashore on a Monday after being in the harbor for a while. When they came ashore, they had lots of laundry from the voyage over and did their washing right away. That is why washday is always on Monday. I don’t know if any of that is true but I liked the idea and followed. I notice that “days of the week” towels always have Monday as laundry day so maybe there’s some truth in it after all!
Mondays are also for straightening up the house after the weekend. There are only two of us here now but it seems like we always have a lot of things out of place after the weekend. I’m not sure why that is because we’re usually out and about on the weekends.
I also like to spend some time at my desk planning for the week ahead; checking my calendar, planning meals, planning chores, etc. It makes the week go so much better when I know what I’m doing ahead of time!!
I’ve been working at getting the rest of my homeschooling books together to take to a used curriculum sale next Monday night. I did really well there last year so I hope to do the same. If I don’t sell what I take, I’ll bring them home to get ready for the state convention in June. Whatever doesn’t sell there will be donated. I don’t want them back in my house!
I read a great article this morning about setting the tone for the day. Our thought life can either encourage or discourage us even before we get out of bed. Thinking about the Lord and all His goodness to us and being thankful for Him can really make the difference between a good day or a bad day!
Tonight as I was working at my desk I was listening to BBN Radio‘s program called “Building Blocks for the Family”. The featured speaker was Elizabeth George and she was talking about trusting God’s promises. In her talk, she referenced about a friend who went through a terrible tragedy but gave thanks in the situation. I found a video about this woman, Ney Bailey, and here is her story. It’s about 16 minutes long but worth watching.
The Lord Reigns Over the Flood
Would I be able to give thanks in a situation like that? I really like what she said about knowing she had to “choose with her will” to give thanks. Even when we don’t feel like it, we must choose to obey. It was a good reminder for me! That phrase “choose with my will” is such a powerful reminder that I have a choice when it comes to sin. I don’t have to let it rule over me. I can choose, with the Holy Spirit’s power, to do what is right.
Elizabeth mentioned that Ney had written a book about faith so I looked it up on Amazon and ordered it on my Kindle. I can’t wait to start reading it!
Let’s choose to obey!!
I am in the process of selling off the books in my home school library. I’ve been doing it little by little over Amazon but haven’t yet done a curriculum sale. Well, tonight I am. I’m taking 11 boxes and hope to sell a good chunk of them. Whatever is left over, I’m donating to a local home school group. I hope they will be a blessing to someone. Our state convention is coming up in a few weeks and I think I’m going to sell the rest there and donate what doesn’t sell. I’m at the point where I just want to get them out of the house!
As I was going through the books one at a time and pricing them, I was overwhelmed with all the memories associated with them. Especially all the books we read for history, using the TruthQuest Guides. When they were younger, we used Beautiful Feet study guides. What good memories I have of reading these books aloud and the children working on notebooks, projects, speeches, etc. I’m so thankful that I spent the time to have a home library while we were home schooling. It really was a blessing to be able to hand one of the kids a book on whatever subject they were interested in at the moment!
As of right now, I only packed up most of our science and about one-fourth of our history books. And about one-fourth of the fiction books. I haven’t looked through all our picture books but I know I’ll be saving a lot of those. Lord willing, I will read those to grandchildren one day!
“Becoming God’s True Woman” is on sale now for the Kindle for only $2.99. Good deal! It’ regularly $11.99!