Sunday, March 22, 2015

Are There Thorns In Your Marriage? & 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 113 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.


I have been blessed with the opportunity to be one of many bloggers contributing to "31 Days To A Better Marriage" series on Managing Your Blessings.   This is a wonderful series with 31 different bloggers sharing their hearts, wisdom, joy, and sometimes their pain with you, in order to encourage you in your own marriage today!


 Well, today is my day to guest post!

So if you're popping over from the 31 Days series, welcome!

I'm Nan.  I am a pastor's wife who is blessed to be married to my best friend, and the mother of two wonderful sons and mother-in-law to a beautiful daughter.  I have a love for Jesus, a heart for women, and a craving for chocolate.  I blog about lots of things:



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Such as "Ten Ways To Fall In Love With Your Husband All Over Again,"


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and wondering  "Does Your Husband Look Forward To Coming Home At Night?"   Fighting For Your Marriage,   10 Ways To Sabotage Your Man As A Husband And Father,    making room in your heart for your husband,  asking if you're Breaking Or Repairing Your Marriage and other marriage thoughts.

I also blog about the fact that

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I Am A "Mean" Mom,   Sibling Rivalry,   Correcting our children,   Raising respectful kids and other thoughts on raising children,   Ten Things To Try Before You Lose Your Temper With Your Child, and teenagers.



"10 Ways To Keep HouseWork From Taking All Day," Conquering The Messies,  10 Ways To Avoid Getting Sidetracked When You're Cleaning, and other posts on clutter, cleaning and organization




Putting on Jesus,  Changing From The Inside Outother thoughts on walking with the Lord  and lots of other things as well.


So feel free to poke around but meanwhile, let's talk about the dangers of ignoring the thorns in your marriage.




When I was a little girl I got a thorn in my ankle.  It hurt so bad but I was even more afraid of having it removed, so I ignored it and didn't tell anybody.  You can imagine what happened after that.

Yup.  It got infected.  Removing it was even MORE painful because of the infection.


Sometimes we are tempted to ignore the thorns in our marriage, but that is a mistake.


There are some minor things that we ignore in order to have a smoother marriage.  We do so in love and let grace cover it as we choose to move forward.

But sometimes we don't move forward.  


Sometimes we don't let go but we don't deal with the issue either.  So we try and bury it.  But the problem is that it won't be buried.  It won't be ignored.




So the thorn keeps digging deeper and deeper into our heart flesh, causing bruising and bleeding and inflammation in our marriage.  Still we try and ignore it, but soon it starts building up to a raging infection........




Do you have thorns in YOUR marriage???  What are a few things you should do before you remove the thorn?

Please click here to read the rest of this post, but before you do, don't forget to link up your posts on marriage, parenting, homemaking, saving money, etc. for the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party below!

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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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Day In The Life (Of A Pastor's Wife) #14: All You Need Is Glove......




I always get a hole in my right rubber glove.

ALWAYS.

I've even done a post about it.

I suspect that somewhere scientists are spending millions of dollars trying to figure out why this happens.

I know why it happens.

To bug me.

I can be mindlessly doing the dishes and then suddenly, I am aware that my right hand is wet.

Ewwwww.

Because it's not just wet.  It's annoyingly wet.  And it just feels all squishy and moist and ewwwwy (I don't think that's a word but I don't care).

And for the record, even though I said "mindlessly" I don't think I ever wash the dishes mindlessly.

I plot world domination when I wash dishes.

I solve world problems when I wash the dishes.

I make up weird diseases when I wash the dishes.....and then I heal them.  The diseases, not the dishes.

But I digress.  Back to the gloves.

I just get slightly offended whenever I get a hole in my glove.  I just feel like the right glove is constantly letting me down.

Did you notice that the word "glove" is the word LOVE with the letter "G" in front of it?

Do you know what that "g" stands for????


GLOAT.


The right glove is gloating.  It's gloating at me, and it's gloating at you.

It is reveling in the chaos and unrelenting emotions that it causes in my life whenever it decides to give up on whatever we had going.

The right glove takes pleasure in my pain.

The left glove is holding its own, fighting the good fight and hanging in there, but the right glove.....oh, the right glove.

The right glove lets me down, every time.

Breaks my heart.

And maybe my pocket book.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Making Your Home Sing Monday 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 91 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.


March is just marching along, isn't it?

Sorry.  Just couldn't resist.   ;)

Have a great week and let's get this party started!

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 8, 2015

"Making Your Home Sing Monday" 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 114 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.


I was going to have a "real" post for today!  

Then I waited until the last day to write it.

Then I remembered I was taking my mom to lunch that day.

Then my mom wanted to go shopping afterward and so, between that and lunch and the commute (and helping her out with stuff once I brought her back home),  I didn't get to my home until six hours later.

Then I remembered that I hadn't finished watching the movie I rented.

Then I remembered that I forgot to write my post for the linky party.

Then I remembered that I was supposed to set my clock ahead and so I just LOST an hour.

Then I remembered that I have church tomorrow and shouldn't stay up too late.

Then I remembered that I can schedule the post and go to bed.  The end.  Except not really.

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 1, 2015

Making Your Home Sing Monday 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 98 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.


It is March already.   MARCH!!!!!!

How is that possible?

While many places are suffering from record lows and record snows, we've actually had a pretty mild winter where I live.  

In fact, this last week we've had some nice, sunny days.  Well, nice for us.  California or Florida we are not.  But this has been a pretty calm February.

Yesterday was sunny but I still felt like I wanted to wear a coat.  Summer has not yet arrived so I am gonna keep my coat nearby.

But spring is on its way.

I love snow, but it seems like some of you are having WAY too much of it.  Even though our winter has been mild I am ready for spring.

Are you?

What do you love about spring?

I love when the cherry trees begin to bloom, and the birds come back and you can hear them chattering away, and flowers start blooming again, and things "green up" and the weather starts to warm up a bit.

I just love how "alive" everything seems.  Back in my gardening days I eagerly awaited spring as I couldn't wait to get my hands in the dirt and do some planting and pruning.

I am over that now.   ;)

But I still love spring.  This week I will be changing some of my home accessories to bring a little spring into my home and lighten things up a bit and spread a little fun around the place.

What are YOU going to be doing to bring a little fun into YOUR home this week?

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, February 22, 2015

Being Sick Is Not As Much Fun As You Would Think & 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 115 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.


Last Saturday morning I woke up with a sore throat and my nose felt "funny."  That is all the symptoms that I had,but I suggested that my husband not kiss me, just in case.

He said "I'm tempted to just pop a cold-eeze and just kiss you anyway."  I ducked under his arms and strongly suggested that he take cover and stay far away from me, and suggested that he may want to consider moving to another country for a week or two.  Maybe more.

Oh, sweet marital bliss and practicality.

Sunday I woke up and got up to get ready for church.  As I walked around sneezing, hacking, blowing my nose (did I mention SNEEZING?) and making other attractive noises, I decided to stay home from church that day.

Hubby is the pastor and I sit in the front row because everyone knows that that is the BEST seat in the house, right?

I had visions of clearing my throat a million times, sneezing, blowing my nose to the point where all it did was let out a loud HONK!!!!!  and generally making a spectacle of myself until someone (probably my husband) would yell "Oh enough already.  Would someone please get this woman a cough drop???"

I am quite sure everyone would secretly thank me for not spreading germs nor would they probably appreciate that form of entertainment there.  Some people just don't like geese, I guess.  (If you don't get that, please read the previous paragraph.  If you STILL don't get it....well.....sorry.  My bad.)

Of course, I could have sat in the back row and thrown spit wads at my husband, the worship leader, the piano player (who also happens to be my son) and quite possibly thrown them at someone who decided to visit that day.

I am sure that would make them want to come back, don't you?  I know it would make ME want to come back.  Just for revenge, of course.

Then a few days after Sunday my nose decided that it was going to stop working.  I mean, NOTHING was coming out or going in.  Kind of like my bank account, only not really.

My coughing was pretty spectacular.  I may or may not have coughed up a lung and maybe even a kidney.  The really nice thing was that I did NOT have a fever.  Otherwise I may have been tempted to set a world record.

Then my asthma decided to join the party.  Always a GREAT time.  You should always invite asthma to a party.  Except not really.

I quite possibly might have had some deadly, foreign disease or maybe some horrible fever that came from some animal who brought it back from space and who now hates me.

I guess I'll have to wait and check with Dr. Google to be sure.

But for now, I am feeling much better.  My nose is working again and let's just say that I may have caused a kleenex shortage at the local store.  My throat is no longer sore.  I am still coughing and my asthma refuses to go home but I will take it as I'm feeling better than I was a few days ago!

However, you may want to bleach or otherwise sterilize your keyboard before you leave here. I'll start the party while you're gone!


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, February 15, 2015

Making Your Home Sing Monday 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 118 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.


I hope you all had a great weekend!   We've had a few nice days around here.   It's just so nice to be able to go outside in February without needing a coat.

Makes me look forward to spring!  Not to rush things or anything, but can you believe that March is next month?  Seriously.  March?

Wow.  I'm pretty sure I say this a lot but time just seems to fly by.  The days themselves can seem long sometime if I have something stressful happening, but otherwise time is marching forward and I'm just struggling to keep up!

Speaking of time marching on, let's not wait any longer to get this party started!

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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