Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Day Each Year I Dread

Yes, that's my hubby up there!!!
I'm sure many women beg their husbands to get on the ladder and hang the Christmas lights.  Every year I tell Mike we can just decorate the lower half of  the house.  Mike says we aren't in the Christmas spirit if we don't decorate.  I only say not to hang the lights once (each year) after that I bite my tongue because this is important to him. 

I love you honey and I appreciate all you do for the family!

Now you are all probably wondering why I'm not holding the ladder for him!  I snapped a quick picture and got right back to bracing the ladder.

How do you decorate for the holidays?  Do you put up lots of lights?  Do you hang them from the top of a two story house?


Monday, November 28, 2011

Finish What I Start

I have decided to make my mantra for 2012 "Finish What I Start."  I have so many unfinished projects.  Not finishing projects is not making me a happy camper and it does NOT glorify God.

I'm so good about getting big ideas and being excited about them, then I lose my enthusiasm and it never gets to completion.

This leads to clutter, unnecessary spending, guilt over having spent time and money to get things started, which in turn leads to feelings of low self-esteem because I feel poorly about myself.  I also feel overwhelmed. 

I see so many unfinished projects I don't know where to start.  I feel like people in the TV shows "Clean House" and "Hoarders" who have so much stuff they can't even start cleaning their homes.  They are too overwhelmed to even know where to begin.  I feel like that because I'm being pulled in so many different directions to this project or that project.  Then a great idea hits and I want to start yet another project.  "Oh this new project will be different," I tell myself.  When I finish this latest project it will bring me happiness and fulfillment.  This project needs to be started and it will make me better in some way.  (I'm going to say right now that in no way does my home look like a home of a hoarder, but I have the same feelings of overwhelm that they feel.)  You know, right now I'm looking at my Christmas tree.  It is beautifully decorated except it is missing one thing, the star at the top.  We decorated the tree before we left for Thanksgiving.  I wanted the house to be done when we returned.  I just ran out of time and the star was in another box and I just haven't made the time to dig it out and put it on.  It's just lots of little stuff like that.  Sometimes though it is big things like huge craft projects.  It's just too many things that just aren't done.  Ugh!

Why do I stop working on the project?  Good question.  Sometimes I get bored.  Sometimes the project seems too big and daunting.  Sometimes other commitments pull me away from it and then I lose interest.  Sometimes the prep work is overwhelming like the area is cluttered.  It is easier to walk away.  Sometimes I lose something necessary to complete the project. 

You know, many projects could probably be finished in a day or less if I put my mind to it.

You know what else?  God loves me anyway, just who I am.  It is me who doesn't love myself so much when I think about these failed attempts.

So I focus on NOW, not even waiting for 2012 to concentrate on my motto of finish what I start.  I will look at each project I come across.  If I need to finish it, I will take steps necessary to do so.  If its not necessary and I have no desire, I will get rid of it.  My goal is to finish two projects for every one I start.  To say I won't start any new projects until I finish what I already have would be unrealistic.

I'm also going to try and record my accomplishments.  I'll try to finish my daily tasks before doing other things like the computer.

Thank you God for helping me do this. 

Dear God, through your divine grace and mercy, help me be highly successful in my projects and that throughout doing them and upon their completion you are glorified.  ~Amen~

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friends,
I am thankful for YOU!  As I bowed my head today in thanks, I am so grateful to our God for you and I treasure you with my heart.  You are loved both by Him and by me.
Happy Thanksgiving,

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Get Ready for Christmas - Part 4 - Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Dear Friends,
Are you ready for total delicious oh so yummy in your tummy goodness? 

Have you seen these?

Melt some of this...

It will look like this...

And then you get THIS!!!

Just look what my Timothy and I made together.  It was a fun hour spent.  These are going on the Thanksgiving table for nibbling.  I actually bought two of the containers of pretzels and what we made here was about 3/4 of one container and about a fourth of the chocolate.  We have enough for doing this again closer to Christmas.  Tim is very handy at helping me out in the kitchen and he enjoys cooking! (He'll make a great husband some day.)
Happy Homemaking and Blessings to all of you!
ps.  I bought both the peanut butter filled pretzels and the Ghirardelli chocolate at Sam's Club.  The Ghirardelli chocolate is some of the best tasting candy making chocolate I've found.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Get Ready for Christmas Part 3 - How To Create a Gift Wrap Center

Photo Courtesy of Country Living

Hi Friends,
When I was a little girl, I LOVED to wrap presents.  I would even wrap things using the colorful Sunday funnies from the newspaper.  As an adult and when my children were little I came to really dislike the chore of gift wrapping.  Seemed like a lot of work that was shredded and destroyed in minutes.  Work it was.  I would have to clear the kitchen table, find the tape, scissors and then clean everything up so we could eat and use our table again.  Then, and it would never fail, I would think I finished wrapping the last of the gifts and my children or husband would come up with a gift they needed wrapped for a friend or I thought of something else I needed to wrap.  Wrapping would take place many days between mid November and Christmas.  Every day the process of cleaning the table, getting out the wrap, ribbons and bows, finding the tape and scissors would all start again. 

Over the years I've seen beautiful gift wrap centers in magazines.  What an idea, but I didn't have the space.  Then, three years ago, I figured out how to create my own gift wrap center and I've just finished setting it up again for the holidays this year.

My gift wrap center is in my bedroom!  This way it is out of sight for the unexpected guest who might stop in for a visit.  I'm not having to clear off the kitchen table to wrap.  It's not that I have excess space in my bedroom.  I set up a card table.  The card table is taller than a round reading table/night stand that is in my room, so the reading table is now UNDER the card table along with some other things in order to make space for it.  It squeezes in my bedroom and it fits for the next 6 to 7 weeks.

Here is a list of things that I have in my gift wrap center:
  • Rolls of wrapping paper
  • Gift bags
  • Ribbon
  • Bows
  • Tags
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Pens
  • Twine
  • Trash can - IMPORTANT to have this!
  • Thank you cards/envelopes/stamps (we can write thank you notes right away and everything is all together)
  • CD player with Christmas music (nothing gets us in the holiday spirit more than music!)
My children know they can come into my bedroom and wrap away.  Everything stays all together and no more hunting for those lost items.  No more time spent clearing a space and then cleaning up afterwards.  I still don't like that my work is torn, crumpled and thrown away in a matter of minutes, but wrapping is more pleasurable having it all available with easy access.

Do you set up a gift wrap center?  I'd love to hear about it.

Happy Homemaking,
ps.  A shameless plea here.  I'm really trying to reach a new goal with my Scentsy business.  If you are considering Scentsy as a gift for yourself or someone else, would you please visit my Scentsy website  www.nancyjacobs.scentsy.us  to order.  It is truly a blessing to me and my family and we thank you for it. 
If any of you are interested in your very own full-time, part-time or fun-time business, consider joining my Scentsy team.  It's only $99 to join and Scentsy's benefits are the best in the industry.  And its FUN!!!  Believe me, I'm here to help you every step of the way to reach your goals and answer your questions.  I'm not someone who will make you figure it out on your own.  I'm here for you. If you have any questions, just e-mail me basketmaster_nancy@yahoo.com .  I am happy to speak with you.
Thank you and blessings!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Luck, Coincidence or Answered Prayers

Hi Friends,
In my video today, which I actually recorded on Sunday, I discuss what I feel to be the difference between luck, coincidence and answered prayers.  This video is made due to an e-mail that I received from a non-believer who feels what happens is only luck or coincidence.  Nothing to them is an answered prayer, only luck or coincidence.  Sad...
Enjoy the video and may you have a blessed day.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Free Thanksgiving E-book

Hi Friends,
Janelle, over at Comfy in the Kitchen, has a free e-book, "Comfy in the Kitchen on Thanksgiving".  I know I'm adding her Cinnamon chip bread pudding recipe to my Thanksgiving menu this year.  Yum!  Double Yum!  I haven't made that recipe yet, but I'm giving it a try this weekend.  I've made some of her other recipes from her site and have had great success with them and they have received two thumbs up from the family.  It looks like such a good recipe to share with my extended family along with our traditional pumpkin and pecan pie.

Janelle is a sweet Christian lady who comes up with these wonderful and creative recipes.  Her blog is a rest for the eyes with all the good food.  (Actually, it has been known to make me quite hungry!)

Anyway, friends, if you are looking for recipes for this Thanksgiving, pop over to Comfy in the Kitchen and browse around a bit.  The link to the free e-book is on her right hand side bar.

Blessings and Happy Homemaking,


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