Sunday, April 12, 2015

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party: Seasons of Life


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 103 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


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I was planning on writing a different post today but there's a lot going on with my mom and so I just haven't had time.

It's a strange season of life when the roles switch and, instead of your parents taking care of you, you begin taking care of your parents.

Suddenly, YOU are the one nagging them to take their medicine, or encouraging them to eat all their dinner, or reminding them that food is fuel so eat more protein.

Recently my children looked at a picture of my husband and I taken when we were in our 20's.  Our eldest son turned to his brother and said "Look how YOUNG mom and dad look there!"

In his eyes I saw the same emotions that I know are in my own eyes when I look at MY mom sometimes: the shock that your parent has aged (or is aging).  The fear that one day, you are going to lose them.

As my son looked at me with a slightly nostalgic and sad expression, I hugged him and assured him I wasn't going anywhere yet.

Yet, how many times, over the years, did I look at my children with my own eyes showing joy and love for them, yet mixed with fear: they were going to grow up!!!!!!

And they did.  They grew up.  I kept telling them not to but they didn't listen......

It's an amazing thing to have adult children.  It's amazing because you get to see their personalities and character develop over the years and see them grow into the awesome people that they are.

It's also an amazing thing because you really don't know when it happened.  Oh, you were there when it happened.  But it all seems a blur.  It just happens so quickly.

WAY too quickly.


There are those times over the years when you're tired and just for a moment, you might wish they'd hurry and grow out of that whiny stage, or learn to tie their OWN shoes, or get potty-trained, or get their driver's license.

Wow, that was a jump, wasn't it?  From potty training to driver's license?  Did you get whip lash?

But it really seems like it went that fast for me.  It feels like one minute I was pacing the floor, waiting for my child to go to sleep and the next moment I was pacing the floor, waiting for them to come home.

The seasons of our lives are such that, for many of us, we can be too busy to realize we are IN a season.  By the time we slow down enough to appreciate the season we are IN, we are already moving onto the next one.

So we need to learn to be intentional, and learn to find the joy and beauty in the moment, for the moment will change all too soon.

Remember to hold your children close today, and call your parents and tell them you love them and/or hug them too.

Because the funny thing about seasons of life is that they change.  They are beautiful, and stormy, and sunny and bright, and sometimes gloomy, and always surprising.......but they never stay the same and they change.

They CHANGE.  For some too quickly, for some not quickly enough.

But whatever season life finds you in, remember to find the joy in it and make a difference while you're there, because it's going to change all too soon.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today!



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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Lacking Motivation? Start Small & MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 134 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

Image courtesy of FrameAngel at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Recently I was watching a movie and my husband walked into the kitchen and noticed the timer was running. He asked what the timer was for and I said "It's telling me how much time I have left to watch my dvd."

My husband was surprised and said "You TIME your t.v. watching?"

Well, yes and no.

It was a Saturday and I had set a timer for fifteen minutes so that I could "reward" myself with a little t.v. watching in the middle of the day.

The timer is so that I don't lose myself in the movie and then fail to get the stuff done that I needed to do that day.  I will do the same with facebook if I am worried about getting sucked into la-la land.

There have been times in my life, MANY times, when I needed to do something but I lacked the motivation.

Usually I don't wait for motivation or until I "feel" like doing something.  I just do it because it needs to be done.  That's just called initiative and diligence.  But sometimes, even that won't help me get moving.

I often use the timer when I am feeling unmotivated and have to clean something I don't want to clean.  I tell myself I ONLY have to clean for 15 minutes.  That's not so bad, right?

So I will set the timer and then go clean whatever it is I have been dreading.  Often, at the end of the fifteen minutes I will feel motivated or encouraged by what I've accomplished and continue working. If not, I know that I at least got SOMETHING accomplished within that time.

I remember when the kids were little, I'd get so busy or was so tired or lazy but I knew that I desperately needed to shower and wash my hair.  But getting myself up off the couch and into the bathroom was a whole 'nother story.

What can you do to motivate yourself when you don't want to wash your hair??????


You stick your head under the faucet.


Not kidding.  I have done that.  Once your hair is all wet you are sort of committed to the rest of it, including the blow dry.

So, what can you do if you don't want to do something?  How can you force, trick or motivate yourself to do it anyway?

Just start.

Start somewhere small.

  • Tell yourself you are only going to unload just the TOP of the dishwasher.  That won't take long and you won't even have to bend!!!  Now go watch t.v. for a bit (then come back and unload the bottom).
  • Tell yourself you are only going to clean the bathroom sink.  Not the toilet, not the shower.  Just the sink.
  • Promise yourself you will only fold FIVE pieces of laundry.
  • Set the timer for fifteen minutes and then race it to see if you can get done faster.  I love to race the timer.
  • Tell yourself that you only have to take your donation items out to the car.  You don't have to drive to the thrift store, you only have to load them in the car.
  • Curl up with a favorite magazine AFTER you exercise.
  • Make a promise that you will only have to clear off ONE kitchen counter before you can read a chapter of a favorite book.
  • Promise yourself that you only have to make your bed.  That's it.  Don't worry about the shoes and clothes lying everywhere.  You're just making the bed.
  • Encourage yourself to get rid of five things.  That's it.  Just five.  Anyone can do five, right?
  • Tell yourself that you can spend ten or fifteen minutes on facebook if you will only pick up the living room first.
  • Or tell yourself that you only have to pick up EIGHT items in the family room and then you can go and eat some chocolate.


Some of these ideas might not make sense because you're probably thinking: "What can I do in fifteen minutes?"  or "Why bother making the bed if I have piles of dirty laundry on the bedroom floor?"



The point is, if you weren't going to do it anyway, then anything that you MIGHT do is an improvement.  So what if you only clean the bathroom sink?  At least the sink looks great and it's better than the nothing you were planning on doing!

Whatever it takes.

I am not above bribing myself.


Who cares how you start?  Just START!!!!!

You'll be glad you did.

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today!



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Does Your Husband Annoy You? & MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 105 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


Sometimes the thing that attracted you the most about your husband when you were dating can be the thing that annoys you the most now that you're married.

Isn't that strange?

His sweet thoughtfulness that so attracted you then can now be annoying when you are tired and waiting in line with a cart full of groceries and your husband lets someone else go ahead of you.

That humor that you loved so much can now make you mad when you are upset about something that your husband finds funny.

The patience and understanding that you once envied so much can now make you want to rip his head off when you are angry with someone about something and your husband encourages you to think about their side and give them grace.

How is it possible that he could change so much?

Wait.  Did he?  Did you?

I married a kind, patient, humble man who is a peacemaker.  He is also an encourager and easily puts others ahead of himself.  I'm not kidding.  He really is that way.  I loved and admired all those qualities in him.  I still do.

Yet sometimes I get frustrated when I want him to be mad with me about something.  It's not that he won't "take my side" in a situation, it's just that it is in his nature to fairly look at ALL sides. Also, some things just don't bother him like they do me.  The words "Let it go" come to mind!

I get annoyed when I want to be selfish and he encourages me to think about the other person.  Um, excuse me!  I want to enjoy being selfish here!!!!

I have learned so much from my husband, and one of the things I have learned is that I can't understand how he can so easily put others ahead of himself.  I just don't get it.

That does not come naturally to me. I have to work at something that he does so easily.  I have to PRAY to be unselfish when he just seems to do it without thinking.

Hardly seems fair, does it?

The things you loved about your husband then but annoy you now?  The qualities and characteristics that you admired so long ago but now frustrate you?

We can't have it both ways.  We can't have a man who is kind and patient and generous only when WE want him to be, and only when it is convenient for us.

But what if the qualities you admired are now causing marital strife?

What if the man who was so easy-going then is driving you crazy now because company is coming over and you're stressing out because dinner is going to be late and the house is a mess and he's saying "Who cares?"

What if the man who could never make up his mind about which restaurant to eat at when you were dating STILL doesn't have an opinion and you just wish for ONCE that he would make a decision instead of making you do it all the time?

What if the man who would let you have your way in anything is STILL letting you have your way in everything and now you feel like you are having trouble respecting him because you feel like you could "walk all over him" anytime you wanted?

What do you do if you got what you wanted but now you're not sure if you WANT it anymore?

We have to remember God's design for marriage.  It is a picture of our relationship with Him.  In it we are to COMPLETE one another, not compete with one another, and as we grow in our relationship with HIM we grow in our relationship with one another.

We have to remember the qualities and things that we loved about our spouse then, and try and be thankful for them now.

We have to remember to focus on the GOOD things that they are doing.



We have to remember that we didn't marry ourselves.  So why should we expect our husbands to act exactly the way that WE would act in any given situation?  

You married someone who has qualities and characteristics that are part of the person that God has designed him to be.

What if your husband can be used by God to help shape you and mold you into the woman that God has designed YOU to be?  Can you trust Him (God) for that?  Can you be thankful for it?

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today!



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