Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cleaning the Closet Under the Stairs

This was on my list of 14 things I wanted to accomplish this summer and it is done!  Thank you children for your help.  What a narrow closet this is!  You are seeing the after pictures.  (Hope you think it looks good because it was a disaster before we started and I didn't take a picture of that. 

I had built these little shelves (found at Target) several years ago.  They are screwed into the wall to prevent them from falling over.  Bottom cubbies hold kids shoes.  Moving up to the top, there are shelves that hold a container of batteries, flashlights, paperwork, serving platters, basket, aluminum foil casserole containers and canning supplies on top.  There are 5 hooks on the left side of the closet for coats.  The back of the closet holds suitcases and my vacuum cleaner sits in here as well.  The over the door organizer holds winter mittens, gloves, scarves and dog leashes.  There is a stack of narrow shelves just beside those that you see.  They hold a container of cookie cutters, roasting pan, container of light bulbs, school supplies and dog grooming stuff.

What a mish-mash!  I just don't have room to keep those large kitchen items IN my kitchen when I only need them once or twice a year.

Now if we can keep it like this!  Seems like once a year we need to pull everything out and do an overhaul of the closet.  Thanks again sweet Emily and Tim for giving mom a hand with this.  I can mark it off my list!  So on my quest for beauty I must say, a clean closet is a beautiful thing!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sharing God with Others

Today I prepare my lesson as I teach "Wake Up with the King" tomorrow morning to a group of high school/college age kids.  It is my summer contribution of my time, talents and treasures to our church.  During the school year I teach 1st graders.  Teaching young adults about Christ is a new adventure for me yet back last fall, something inside me nudged me to offer myself as a volunteer teacher in doing this.  I really felt I was being directed by the Holy Spirit.
So we are studying the book of 1John.  It is a BEAUTIFUL book of the Bible and just stresses the importance in maintaining a continual relationship with Christ.  I pray I can pass this important message onto these kids and that God uses me to strengthen and maintain a constant the faith in them.
Sharing God's word with others.  That is a beautiful thing.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Time Management

I struggle with time management.  I always have.  I've prayed for wisdom in this area for years!  See, here I am spending time writing this blog post when everywhere around me there are little projects that need my attention.  My time management skills are NOT a beautiful thing.  Remember I'm on a quest for beauty.
That said, I've made a list, a list of 14 things I want to accomplish this summer.  These are things that will simplify my life and clear out visual clutter.  I know when my visual clutter is gone then I feel so much better.  I don't feel stressed and I feel that I have time to spend on things that truly matter in life.  I feel much more in control of my time. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Beauty for Myself

I've done a beautiful thing for myself. I've gotten started back with Weight Watchers once again. I'm a lifetime member and always do my best to keep my weight in check. When I go off track, my weight increases. Then this leads to other issues such as my high cholesterol, high triglycerides and high blood pressure. I'm now on medication for high blood pressure. I'd love to get off of it. Caring for my body is a beautiful thing. I also went to the gym yesterday for 30 minutes. My goal is to go to the gym 3 times this week. I can do that. (I really hate exercise, but I know that this is a way to give myself beauty.
Happy Homemaking,

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Beauty.  I am on a quest for beauty.  I desire to create beauty in both my actions and my words.  God is the Creator of all things good and all things good are beautiful.  We are made in his image.  It is my desire to help create beauty here on earth as it is in heaven.  I am challenge myself to create something beautiful each and every day. I'm challenging myself to notice God's beauty that he graciously gives us each day.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Thank you for your Prayers for Emily - They are Working!!!

Thank you everyone so much for your prayers for our Emily. Not only has her stomach pain stopped, but she has felt better this past week than she has in a long time. Thank you precious Jesus! and Thank You to all of you!!!! I wish I could hug each and every one of you. Please pray that this healing continues. I love you all so much!!!!!!!


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