Monday, January 11, 2016

My Phrase for the Year

Over the past few years it has become popular to choose a word to focus on for the year - maybe "growth" or "rest" or "travel".  I've done this in the past and it has always been interesting to see how the Lord has changed me in that area.  I started thinking about my "word" during my mini vacation and was struck instead with a phrase that I hope will change my life... "There is only love".  When I first saw the phrase awhile back,  my thought was, "Oh, please!  How sappy and shallow!"  But over the past six months, the Lord has begun to open my eyes to what loving means.  Loving means little acts of self sacrifice that are given to Christ, and not so others will notice.  Loving is resting in the Saviour like a little child.  Loving is always welcoming things that put us lower than others.  It is being content to be serve others with a gentle spirit and kind heart whether or not you are noticed or thanked.  It is being happy to be a little flower in the garden of the Lord.  Not a glorious flower, but just a small one, tucked in a corner, unobserved.  Love is focusing on loving Christ and letting that overflow to those around us, rather than focusing on loving those around us so that Christ will notice.  Love is enduring suffering with joy and patience, not with a furrowed brow and an irritable spirit.  Love is of God.

Here is my heart for this year...

I can be a hidden flower,
I can be a waterfall,
I can be a little child,
If I'm content to be but small.

Resting as a little infant,
With my head upon His chest,
Only able to be loving,
But those who love Him, He loves best.

Or to be the water flowing,
Rushing o'er the waterfall.
Glorying in going lower,
Beauty comes by giving all.

As a fragrant little flower,
Ever Lord, please let me be,
A spot of color in your garden,
Unobserved by all but Thee.

Loving, blooming, resting ever,
Finding joy in being low,
Suffering with joy and patience,
May my life in these things grow.

Christ, you are my precious Saviour.
You have taught me joy through pain.
On my brow please write the story,
Endure with love and Heaven gain.

                                 -- T Traxler


Blessings to you all!  If you've chosen a word or phrase for the year, I'd love to hear about it.  In fact that would be a great Happy Monday prompt!

Tricia

Monday, January 4, 2016

Welcome to 2016!


Hello dear friends!

I've just returned from the post office where I've dropped off a number of orders all packaged up and ready to make you smile.  I have another stack of them in progress -- printing, cutting and punching pages from the Classic Home Journal line. My goal is to be all caught up by the end of the week.  Watch your email for your shipping notice!

I wanted to say "thank you" for your patience in receiving your orders during this holiday time.  The two weeks that I took off of shipping was really a blessing for me.  I was able to step back from my normal responsibilities, relax and think and regroup, which is something I haven't felt I had the time to do ever since my husband's surgery in June.  The Lord has taught me so much these past few weeks.  I hope I'll be able to share some of it with you here on the blog as the year progresses.

For now, though, I'm going back to my printer so I can get some more of your orders out tomorrow!

Blessings!

Tricia

Looking for a Happy Monday prompt?

My word for the year is...



Saturday, December 26, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Fifty- Two


Hello Friends!  I hope that you had a blessed Christmas celebrating the birth of our Lord!  During this last week of the year, I look forward to doing a lot of thinking, reassessing and planning.  

Let's start with our WEEKLY REVIEW !  

Let's... 

1.  Read through the goals we've set for the month/quarter/year and then make some notes of things we would like to be reminded of this coming week. 

2. Transfer any appointments or special reminders on the monthly calendar to our weekly pages. 

3.  Bring forward any unfinished to do's to a new "To Do This Week" list.

4. Look through our menus for the upcoming week and jot down when to take out meat, make things ahead, etc.

5.  Remind ourselves of our saving and spending goals. 

5. Schedule time to work on this week's Monthly Home Blessings


MONTHLY HOME BLESSINGS
Week Fifty-Two

As we close out the year, let's spend some time assessing our year and re-estabilishing our priorities.


* Update our Life Purpose Statement.

* Make a list of goals and projects for the new year.

TIP:  Be sure that the goal you list are measurable.  For example "Lose 5 pounds" is a better goal than "Lose weight".  It's discouraging to have a goal that you never know if you have reached!  Make a list of things that will help you reach that goal and put the list in your planner with your purpose statement so you can review it every month.  If there is a new habit that will help you reach that goal, (for example, to stop drinking soda or to not take "seconds" at meals) start a Mountains of Success page to help you along.  I actually have one up on my refrigerator right now that is tracking my exercise, as well as my sugar and coffee intake!

* Plan forward for January and make a rough outline for January, February, and March.

* Establish some savings and spending goals.  Update your recordkeeping, if necessary!

Above all, my prayer for each of us in this coming year is that we will "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory, both now and forever. Amen."

I'll see you back here next year!

Blessings

Tricia

** SHIPPING REMINDER **   We will resume shipping Monday, January 4th.  Remember that orders of $10 or more placed this week will receive a free magnetic yearly calendar!  Be sure to grab yours!  Mine is on the fridge next to my Mountains of Success page... : )


Saturday, December 19, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Fifty-One


HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS!!

Let's not forget our WEEKLY REVIEW !  

Let's... 

1.  Read through the goals we've set for the month/quarter/year and then make some notes of things we would like to be reminded of this coming week. 

2. Transfer any appointments or special reminders on the monthly calendar to our weekly pages. 

3.  Bring forward any unfinished to do's to a new "To Do This Week" list.

4. Look through our menus for the upcoming week and jot down when to take out meat, make things ahead, etc.

5.  Remind ourselves of our saving and spending goals. 

5. Schedule time to work on this week's Monthly Home Blessings


MONTHLY HOME BLESSINGS
Week Fifty-One

As we enter Christmas week, our list is short...

* Wrap any remaining gifts

* Be a blessing to someone!

* Celebrate the first day of winter with hot chocolate topped with marshmallows!

* Enjoy your family and friends!

** GIVE THANKS UNTO THE FATHER FOR THE GIFT OF HIS SON!

** SHIPPING REMINDER **  Our last day to ship before Christmas will be Monday, December 21st, so we can enjoy the celebration of Christ's Birth with our family.  We will resume shipping Monday, January 4th.  Our website is always open, so feel free to place orders during that time!!

Have a wonderful week!

Tricia

Saturday, December 12, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Fifty


Only one more Saturday after today before Christmas!  Has it been a season of joyful expectation for you?  Is the Lord increasing your desire to love Him more in the New Year?  Start to jot down those things that the Lord brings to mind over the next weeks.  Things that need to change.  Things that need to be shored up.  Areas in which you've forgotten your first love of Christ and are just doing things out of habit.  Let's pray about ways that we can grow in Christ this next year!

On to our WEEKLY REVIEW !  

Let's... 

1.  Read through the goals we've set for the month/quarter/year and then make some notes of things we would like to be reminded of this coming week. 

2. Transfer any appointments or special reminders on the monthly calendar to our weekly pages. 

3.  Bring forward any unfinished to do's to a new "To Do This Week" list.

4. Look through our menus for the upcoming week and jot down when to take out meat, make things ahead, etc.

5.  Remind ourselves of our saving and spending goals. 

5. Schedule time to work on this week's Monthly Home Blessings


MONTHLY HOME BLESSINGS
Week Fifty

Remember that this is our last week of shipping before the holidays, so be sure to get any orders in that you would like by the New Year!  For our Christmas preparations let's...

* Do your final preparations for guests, meals, gifts, etc!  

- Make a basket of goodies for a guest's room
- Buy last minute gifts
- Gather serving dishes and tablecloths for your holiday meal
- Schedule out any holiday meals and/or baking

** SHIPPING REMINDER **  Our last day to ship before Christmas will be Monday, December 21st, so we can enjoy the celebration of Christ's Birth with our family. Orders from the Classic Home Journal Line need to be placed by Wednesday, December 16th in order to ship by the 21st.   We will resume our regular shipping Monday, January 4th.  Our website is always open, so feel free to place orders during that time!!

Have a wonderful week!

Tricia

Saturday, December 5, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Forty-Nine


The countdown is on!  There are only two more Saturdays, besides today, before Christmas!

Let's not forget our WEEKLY REVIEW !  

Let's... 

1.  Read through the goals we've set for the month/quarter/year and then make some notes of things we would like to be reminded of this coming week. 

2. Transfer any appointments or special reminders on the monthly calendar to our weekly pages. 

3.  Bring forward any unfinished to do's to a new "To Do This Week" list.

4. Look through our menus for the upcoming week and jot down when to take out meat, make things ahead, etc.

5.  Remind ourselves of our saving and spending goals. 

5. Schedule time to work on this week's Monthly Home Blessings


MONTHLY HOME BLESSINGS
Week Forty-Nine

Our focus this month is on closing out the year.  Let's take time this week to ...

* Order a new planner if you haven't already!

* Be sure your Christmas projects are well on their way to completion!!

* Mail Christmas cards 

* List Christmas and New Year's celebrations / gifts / food

** SHIPPING UPDATE **  Our last day to ship before Christmas will be Monday, December 21st, so we can enjoy the celebration of Christ's Birth with our family.  We will resume shipping Monday, January 4th.  Our website is always open, so feel free to place orders during that time!!

Have a wonderful week!

Tricia

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Shipping Update

Hi everyone!

I have just a few more orders left to ship, but I've been hit with an allergic reaction which seems to have changed into a cold, so I'm calling it a day and going to bed. :)  If you haven't gotten a shipping notice yet, don't despair!  I still hope to get them all out by the end of the week.  Have a wonderful day!

Tricia