Sunday, May 24, 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 111 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 was a busy weekend for the youth in our church.  They participated in the 30 Hour Famine event, which means they fasted for 30 hours and raised money to fight hunger.  This is a World Vision event and it's amazing to see the effect that it has on the youth (and adult leaders) and how committed they are!

They turn over their cell phones and start fasting at noon on Friday, and then they break the fast Saturday night.  They stay at the church Friday night and all day Saturday until after their break-the-fast meal.

They play games that are famine related and that are fun and challenging and also thought provoking. They have discussions, listen to a great speaker, awesome worship, and they spend several hours doing a service project on Saturday morning.

Anyway, my family all participates in the Famine but I had a bad week with my back this week, so I spent a large part of the Famine at my home, lying down on and off.

Seems if I sit too long or am on my feet for too long without lying down to rest, I get a really bad backache.  My physical therapist and I are working on this problem, lol!  My chiropractor gave up on me I think, haha.  Anyway, my regular doctor didn't like the progress I was making and sent me to PT.  And now you know as much as I do.  ;)

Usually during Famine weekend I am EXHAUSTED, but this time I don't feel that way, obviously because of all the lying down I was doing.  There's a lot to be said for lying down (minus the back pain, of course)!

So, I am going to assume that most of you are probably borderline exhausted and haven't slept since you were twelve.  So go take a nap, lie down with your eyes shut for 10 or 20 minutes (or however long you can spare), or just lie down with them open and read a book, watch t.v., or stare out the window at your neighbor......I don't care.

Just get off your feet (set a timer!) for a few minutes and recharge your energy and make your home sing 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, May 17, 2015

Are Your Habits Helping You Or Hurting 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 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.

Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Sometimes I fool even myself.

I don't like a messy kitchen, and so I pretty much always clean up my kitchen after every meal.  It's a habit.  I REALLY don't like waking up to a big mess and so I make sure I clean it as I go so that it's clean when I go to bed.

But sometimes.......sometimes I just don't feel like doing it, and so I tell myself I'll just let it go until the morning.  I PROMISE myself.

But I know myself, and I know that I won't be able to do that.  Yet still, I convince myself that I will.

I can't tell you how many late nights I've spent out in that kitchen, cleaning it up because I couldn't bear to face it in the morning.

I've cleaned it up at midnight.

I've cleaned it up at 2 a.m. when I woke up to get a glass of water and wound up cleaning the kitchen instead.

I've cleaned it up when morning was just a FEW hours away just because I didn't want to wake up to a messy kitchen.

Why do I do that to myself?  Why cause myself so much grief?

Because I'm working harder, not smarter.

Because instead of keeping to my hard-fought habit of keeping my kitchen clean, I will occasionally try and revert to my old messy habits.  But my mind won't let me do that anymore.  At least, not for long.

I could probably have the kitchen cleaned in the amount of time it takes me to convince myself that I don't want to do it.

I like a clean house but I can make excuses just as good as anybody.  I can talk myself out of cleaning just as good as anybody else too.

But the thing I have learned is that my established habits will take over and talk me back INTO cleaning.

Not always because I think we all deserve to goof off sometimes.  But usually.

So if you are having trouble keeping on top of things around your home, I would encourage you to establish some habits.

Perhaps you don't like the idea of being chained to a habit.

Did you ever think about the fact that you are already chained to habits?

If you get up without making your bed - that's a habit.

If you change your clothes and toss them on the floor or a chair instead of putting them away - that's a habit.

If you leave your dishes in the sink for days or leave your makeup all over the bathroom counter - that's a habit.

So you are already chained to a habit and it's up to YOU to decide which habits you want to be chained to.

You can be chained to habits that keep you from having the level of cleanliness that you want, or chained to habits that give you more peace of mind and more freedom to do other things.

If you don't mind the mess, then you don't mind the habit and maybe this post is not for you, unless the mess is causing problems in your life.  In that case, or if you DO mind the mess, then your habits are hurting you and not helping you.



Your habits can be chains that bind you or chains that free you.  It's YOUR choice.  Establish some habits today that will make your home sing!

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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Friday, May 15, 2015

My Dog Takes Better Selfies Than I Do



My dog is just learning how to take selfies.





I think she's doing pretty well.  She takes better selfies than I do.



See?  She's also a selfie hog.



What do YOU think?

I did, however, have a discussion with her about the laundry baskets in the background.

At least they were CLEAN.  She was supposed to be folding them but obviously was goofing off with my phone instead.

I think our next discussion will be about following through on chores and accountability....but then I think she'll do THIS while I'm trying to talk with her:


Oh well.  At least she's cute.


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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Time Is Marching On & 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 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.

Image courtesy of iosphere at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We've had some beautiful weather this last week.  I actually had to break out some shorts and shave my legs!!!!  ;)

I feel like I keep saying this but time just keeps marching on and on and it just seems to go by so fast!

I don't know how it is possible that children who were just born yesterday can be adults today.  How does that happen?

When things just seem to be moving so quickly, and in this fast paced world where new technology today is outdated tomorrow, take some time to slow down and enjoy the people and things that are really important to you!

Are you wasting time dusting things that you don't care about?  Some people would just say "Then hey!  Don't dust!"





I, however, would just suggest that maybe it's time to let go of what you hate so that you can make more room for what you love.


Is there time in your schedule for the people and things you love?  

Are you living YOUR priorities or someone else's?

Does your lifestyle reflect you?  Are you making choices that are best for YOUR family, or are you making choices that suit someone else's family better?

You are allowed to make choices that best honor your family's life.  After all, you're the ones that have to live it.

Your neighbor doesn't have to agree with you.  Your mom doesn't have to agree with you.  Your best-friend-the-decorator doesn't have to agree with you.

If something is cramping your style and doesn't fit your life and it is something that you can simply let go of, do it.

Your home should be comfortable and fun and functional and reflect YOU, the family that lives there. Don't waste the weekend cleaning and dusting things that don't make the grade anymore.

Don't waste time managing things that best represent how your neighbor or your mom thinks you should live, or feeling guilty that your tastes have changed.

It's o.k. to change.  Let yourself change.  Celebrate the change!

Be mindful of your TIME as well.  Does how you spend your time reflect your values?  Are you making time for the people you love?


Live an authentic life that reflects your God-given priorities and what really matters to you.

Even if that authenticity means that you have to reexamine those priorities.

After all, time is marching on!

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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I am linking up to these linky parties:

 PhotobucketStrangers and Pilgrims on Earth 
The Life Of Faith

Living Proverbs 31

marriage mondaysWhat Joy Is MineTeaching What Is Good Messy MarriageWise-Woman-Builds 125 Titus 2 Tuesday Button Photobucket