Sunday, December 19, 2010

Making Your Home Sing Monday

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Pretty sure you are all busy! I know I am. I went to the mall to get something for my hubby and parked about a million miles away. First I found something I liked but the size was wrong. Then the size was perfect but I didn't like the color. Then the color and size were good, but the fabric was all wrong. I finally found something that I liked and would work.

I waited in a very long line and finally became the second in line. There was a woman who was in the front of the line. The clerk finally finished with her last customer and so this woman was next. The clerk turned to ask someone a question before taking her next customer.

However, the woman in front on me had waited long enough and wasn't waiting any longer, I guess. She just set her stuff down and walked away. Within a minute the clerk was back at her post and able to wait on me.

Had that woman been able to wait a minute more, she would have been able to get what she wanted.

How soon is too soon to give up? How long is too long to wait?

Sometimes there are things we are hoping for and praying for that never come because God, in His Sovereignty, has something else planned. But we know that we can trust Him to do what is best.

But sometimes, we just have to wait awhile. Sometimes we just have to be patient. Sometimes we must wait and not give up, not lose hope. Just because we don't see evidence of Him working doesn't mean that He isn't. We don't have to understand everything that He is doing in order to be blessed by it.

Long ago, God made a promise. In His time, that promise because a reality when God sent His Son Jesus, to be the Savior of the world. A tiny baby in a lowly manger was the answer, the Hope that had been long awaited.

This week, I will be getting ready to celebrate His birth with my family. I don't know if I'll be blogging again, but if I don't, please have a very merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sometimes I Talk To Myself

I am pretty sure that you know that sometimes I talk to myself.

Sometimes I even send emails to myself, so that my emails can talk to themselves. For that matter, sometimes my blog talks to itself.

Hey, I come from a long line of people that talk to themselves.

I also homeschool. Now you know that when we have a parent-teacher conference I have to stand in front of a mirror and ask myself questions, which I then patiently answer. Hey, that's what I'm paying me the big bucks for.

Earlier, while searching for something, I stumbled upon a blog post that I wanted to read later. I know that some people "bookmark" things but I have no idea how they do that or how it works. So, I resort to emails.

I copied the blog URL and decided to send an email to myself with the blog link, that way I could find it later and finish reading it.

After sending myself the email, I was horrified to learn that not only had I NOT sent the blog link to myself, I had sent it to a company who had earlier asked if I'd be willing to let them advertise on my blog. I get those from time to time, as all bloggers do, I imagine.

At this point in my life, I am not interested in advertising on my blog. However, sending them a link to someone's blog post was not how I had planned on "answering" their request. Though I do hope that they enjoy reading the article and learn some safety tips!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Making Your Home Sing: Time Is Passing

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Can you believe that Christmas is almost here? Me neither. It seems like just yesterday it was summer and I was wearing flip flops.

People still wear flip flops around here, even when it's raining. Shorts and flip flops. I've even seen people wearing shorts when there is snow on the ground, although I haven't noticed any flip flops. Doesn't mean someone's not out there wearing them though. Such a rebel!

Last weekend we were walking around The Lloyd Center and I stopped and watched the people ice skating. I love watching people ice skate. It just seems so winter-y and reminds me of laughing people, a warm fire and hot chocolate with marshmallows.

I have been sick this week and so haven't been blogging. However, this is the season of Hallmark Christmas movies and other old favorite movies, such as White Christmas or It's A Wonderful Life.

I have also curled up in front of dvd's of when my children were little. Oh my! What precious times those were, and they disappeared way to fast. Now my oldest is in college and my youngest will be graduating from high school this year.

I also enjoyed seeing videos of my dad again. Now I only get to see him in pictures, or hear his voice on dvd since he went Home to the Lord three years ago. I am so thankful for the videos that we have of both him and my children.

This week my oldest returns from college for his Christmas break and I imagine I will eventually be feeling better because I don't plan on making a career of not feeling well.

So I plan on making my home sing by enjoying my precious family and treasuring our time together these next few weeks, which will be all to short before our oldest returns to school. I will also toss in a Christmas movie or two while I'm lying around here waiting to feel better. Life is good!

I hope you will make your home sing this week by making some memories that you can put away in your heart for the time is passing all too quickly!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

In The Name of Freedom, Thank You Daddy

This is an old picture of my beloved daddy. He was a Pearl Harbor Survivor. He was there at the bombing and said he had a job to do and he did it. He never held any prejudice later and said that both sides were just doing what their country told them to do. He said it was a "job" and they did their jobs and served their country, as he put it. In fact, years later he and a Japanese friend of his used to go to schools and give speeches about their memories of the war.

He taught us pride for our country, and raised us to believe that freedom was something worth fighting for, if you had to. He also taught us that former enemies can become friends. That there is always a common ground and a way to find an understanding and forge a friendship. Nations may have been enemies at one time, but the nation's people don't have to continue to be.



This is also my dad. He also taught us that laughing and family was very important. He loved to laugh and to make other people laugh. He told us over and over that family was important. That you were always there for each other, because you were a family.

Today is Dec. 7, and on Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor was bombed and my dad was there, thrust into a war he did not want but fighting for a freedom that he believed in.

The Pearl Harbor Survivor Association motto and the goal is to "Keep America Alert" so that we would never again be unprepared and attacked on our own soil.

Every day we should remember and honor people who are out there holding the line for freedom. Some are alive, some are no longer with us (like my dad), some died in the name of freedom. To all of them, and to their families, I say thank you for standing in the gap.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Making Your Home Sing: The Follow Through

Making your home sing Mondays

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! 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. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Do you like unpacking? I dislike unpacking. Unpacking usually follows a trip and when I return I am tired and who wants to unpack? Unpacking isn't fun, but you have to do it. It's the follow through.

A vacation is not simply having a relaxing time away from home. Part of the vacation is the trip home, part of the vacation is unpacking, making phone calls to start up the mail again, running to the store to stock up on milk and bread, doing laundry, etc. After all, you pretty much HAVE to do this after each vacation, right?

It is easier if you look upon all this work as part of the journey, instead of a hardship. After all, would the journey be so pleasurable if there was no work to relax from and nothing to get away from? What would the journey be like without all the "mundane" details being taken care of before and afterward?

In fact, this follow through of the vacation may very well be the most important part. Because this is the part where your real life begins again. This is the part where you make plans, return to work to make money to pay the bills (if you work), stock up on groceries again so that your family has something to eat, see to your needs and the needs of others, etc.,

This way, things are running smoothly and as stress-free as possible. We can't live like we're on vacation 24/7, and if we are, then someone else is running the show for us and they need a vacation!

What part of your life is stressing you this week because you aren't doing the follow through? What part is causing bumps in the road because you keep trying to be on "vacation" when you know it's really time to "head home" and get back to work again. What part is getting messed up because you want to play when you know it's time to work?

Do you have a bad habit of starting things but never finishing? Why? Can you change how you look at things? Can you view cleaning up the dishes as part of the follow through of serving the meal, instead of waiting hours and hours?

Can you view hanging up your clothes each night as part of the follow through of preparing for bed? Can you view making your bed as part of the follow through of getting up in the morning? What can you view differently, to make whatever responsibilities you have smoother?

As this holiday season gears up, this is a good time to examine your daily habits. Ask yourself if you are in balance. Are you playing when you should be working, or working when you should be playing? Are you doing the follow through? This week, make your home sing by enjoying your "me"-time or weekends or vacation time when you have it, but when it's time to "get back to work," do it!

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Honey-Do List......In Theory It Should Work

Today I was doing my physical therapy exercises at home and my stretchy band broke. That meant I could no longer do those exercises because I couldn't use the band anymore, right? I was thrilled.

Then my husband fixed the band so that I could use it again.

I was devastated. Bummer.

Thanks, dear.

I hadn't even put it on a "honey-do" list. Do you have one of those? You know, you make out a list of things that you want your husband to do.

Then the fun comes in because you get to wait and see how long it takes him to do it. One time I went to put the list on the fridge. My hubby told me that he did not want a "honey-do" list displayed because, as he said, "I don't want people to see the things that I'm not doing." That made me laugh so hard!

I think the whole "honey-do" list concept is funny. I am supposed to give my husband a list of things that I want him to do around here?

I don't even want to stop long enough to make up a list of things that I need to do, and now I have to make up one for my husband? How about if he just tries to read my mind. That'll work, right? So eventually I start making a list.

In theory, it should work. Except once I start with little things (please put tools away, etc.) I can't keep myself from going bigger. Pretty soon I'm writing "Please repaint the entire house" or "Please rip out the old fireplace and build me a new one" or "Please landscape the entire yard, both front and back."

Before I know it I'm writing "Please move the entire house so that our bedroom window is facing a different direction, I am tired of the sun hitting me in the eyes every morning." I can't help myself. I just go mad with power, and that honey-do list is a dream come true. As I said, in theory it should work.