What it means to be Pro-Life

A few weeks ago I attended a baby shower. The church was decorated adorably (pink, purple and zebra print) to celebrate the impending arrival of a little baby girl. Twenty women arrived with yummy treats to share. The gift table was full to overflowing and we played the traditional baby shower games. It was a fun afternoon. But, the thing that made it special to me was the fact that, for most of the women in attendance, the mom-to be was a complete stranger. My friend, Karen, had created an afternoon full of love and celebration for someone that we hardly knew. She invited and women came! They came to love on an unwed mama, down on her luck, who is set to deliver a sweet babe in a few weeks. I can't think of a better way to illustrate Christ's love. This mama to be was showered with … [Read more...]

Taming the Temper

I am into round 2 of raising up littles. My four are grown (24, 22, 19 and 18) and we currently have a 10 year old foster daughter and 5 yr old and 2 yr old grandkiddos under our roof. In a lot of ways, I am WAY more laid back and relaxed this go round. But, I have to admit that, more often than I would like, my temper gets the best of me and I react instead of respond to these crazy kids. I could make excuses for that (the sheer amount of words the 5 year old uses in a given day is enough to drive anyone to lose their ever lovin' mind, I promise you) but I don't want to. I want to change it. I don't want to wound them with my tone and my words. I want to pour love into them in every interaction. And, God laid on my heart to work on this very thing this Lenten season. Negativity, … [Read more...]

Watching My Words

I don't know why I choose to observe Lent because I'm terrible at it. Fasting from something for 40 days is apparently not my strong suit. I remember one of the first times I observed Lent I gave up sweet tea. Yes, that sounds silly but I had a habit of going through the Mickey D's drive thru a few times A DAY. It was a thing. What I purposed to do that year was that every time I thought about driving to get a large sweet tea, I would instead turn to God in prayer. God and I talked a lot more and I learned an important lesson. Sometimes our routines can become our enemies. Hitting the drive thru for a sweet tea was a habit, a routine. So, this year when I was praying about what I needed to give up for the Lenten season, I shouldn't have been surprised that another habit came to mind. … [Read more...]

A Step In Obedience

I must admit, it is more than a little intimidating to be publishing a post for the first time in 13 months! For many years, this space was where I came to share my heart, to process the goings-on of my daily life and to (hopefully) inspire other women. Then, for a myriad of reasons, it became increasingly quiet here. Eventually, I didn't know how to break the silence, nor did I have a desire to. I even contemplated saving my favorite posts and just deleting this ole blog, as I felt I had run out of things to say. The reason I didn't just delete the blog and close this chapter of my life was the nagging nudging of the Holy Spirit, continuously saying I wasn't yet done here. I could list the reasons I stopped writing, but it would just be an attempt to justify my disobedience. When I … [Read more...]

One Word 2015: Accept

  I've prayerfully chosen a word as the theme for my year since 2009. 2009: Gratitude 2010: Giving 2011: Grace 2012: Confident 2013: Well 2014: Share and now, 2015 will be the year to accept. Dictionary.com defines accept like this: 1. to take or receive (something offered); receive with approval or favor: I'm going to accept compliments and constructive criticism with grace and gratitude. 2. to agree or consent to; accede to: I'm going to accept apologies at face value and not hold on to grudges. 3. to respond or answer affirmatively to: I'm going to accept invitations to spend time with friends and family whenever possible.  Relationships are priority this year. 4. to undertake the responsibility, duties, honors, etc., of: I'm … [Read more...]

An Organized Move

As a major life change, moving is one of the top 10 most stressful events in life. It requires a lot of time, effort and planning. Packing all of your belongings and then unpacking them is a hassle and disrupts the entire family. Fortunately, there are ways to make moving a little easier. MAKE A MOVING CHECK LIST: Any big job is easier when you break it down into smaller more manageable tasks. So, first make a Moving Check List and pack in stages – starting 4 weeks out. This list can be customized to your specific needs. You can also download free printable moving checklists online. It is never too early to start planning, sorting and packing. PURGE & SORT AS YOU PACK: Sort your belongings into items you want to keep (meaning they are worth packing up, transporting, and unpacking), … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Taming the Playroom

Have you ever stepped on a Lego in the middle of the night? Ask any parent about the pain involved with these little plastic bricks. Have you trampled over your child's favorite happy meal toy in your heavy winter boots?  Those cheap toys shatter into a million tiny pieces. Even though sometimes I may as well be talking to myself, I have tried to make my children understand the consequences of leaving their toys out everywhere. The bottom line is people get hurt and toys get broken when everything is left on the floor.  As any good parent does, you ask your child to clean up their toys.  When you check on them, your child is playing or just sitting in the chaos. There is stuff everywhere.  Since we live in the land of more than plenty, maybe your child just doesn't know where to … [Read more...]

Organizing the Pantry

Last post we talked about organizing the kitchen. Today, we will focus on the pantry. If you are blessed to have a pantry in your kitchen, here are a few tips for keeping it organized: Group like things together.  Use baskets or bins to keep all gravy and seasoning packets together. Use a larger bin to hold baking supplies.  Put breakfast foods on the same shelf and side dishes on another.    {You can find the bins pictured above by shopping my Clever Container catalog here.} Maximize storage opportunities. If your pantry has a door, consider a hanging organizer to hold odds and ends like koolaid packets and individual snacks for the kids.   Consider moving bulk items to clear storage containers.  Instead of bags of rice and flour, you can find clear canisters at dollar … [Read more...]

Organizing the Kitchen

It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It can often be one of the most difficult spaces to keep organized. Here are some of my tips: Keep counters clear.  Not only does this protect your prep space, but clear counters go a long way in making the space uncluttered.  There are many storage options, including things that can be mounted to the inside of cabinet doors that can help keep items off the counters.  I keep larger appliances like my blender, mixer, crockpot, etc in my dining room hutch.  If you only use an appliance (like a waffle maker or bread maker) once or twice a month or less- consider storing it on a shelf in the garage rather than taking up space in the kitchen.   Use drawer dividers. I sell durable plastic dividers through Clever Container or you … [Read more...]

First Things First- What is your why?

Day one's post talked about the freedom that comes from being more organized. Today, we will dive into why you- YOU- want to become more organized. What is in it for you? If you don't know your motivation, you are less likely to stick with the process and create and maintain new habits. I want you to ask yourself two questions: 1. What is your biggest organizing challenge? AND 2. What would be the biggest reward of getting that challenge under control? Tomorrow, we will dive right into one of the biggest organizing challenges many families face- the heart of the home, the kitchen. Happy Organizing! Melissa   … [Read more...]

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