Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The 28 Day Challenge - Day 15 - Busy, Busy!

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Hello again!

I love the feel of Mondays! They seem to be made for fresh goals and fresh starts, which is just what I did.  Sunday I worked on mapping out my week in a little more detail than I had been doing, made sure my menus were done and tried to get a little headstart so I could hit the ground running Monday morning.  And running covers it, I think!  My daughter was called into work, so I added a few extra things to my to do list to help her.  My husband decided that Monday night would be a great night to make salsa - so he laid out these on the counter ...


and gave me a shopping list to add to my to-do's.

I finished my First Things and started working the GraceWorks orders that I needed to get in the mail today, in between laundry and putting lunch in the oven.  By 3:30 the orders were out, lunch had been served, the dogs were fed and taken outside, my bedroom and the bathroom were in decent shape and my blog post was up.  Unfortunately there were still 15 things on my list!!  After a quick bowl of cereal for a snack, I lit my candle, put on some pretty music, and set to work.  After looking at my list it looked like the most pressing of the things left to do was to do the dishes, so I started in the kitchen and by 5:30, the dishes were done, the fridge cleaned out, the pantry ordered, the microwave wiped out, the floor swept, and I was ready to fold the clothes and start on supper - or crash!! : )  After another run to the store for more canning supplies and some supper, I finished this post and sat down to cross stitch for awhile.  

It was a tiring but productive day of getting back on track!  I hope it was a good day for you as well!!

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Monday, August 29, 2016

The 28 Day Challenge - Days 13 & 14

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Good Morning Afternoon!

Whew!  What a busy day so far, and I've only finished my First Things...  plus a lot of things that weren't on my challenge list!!

Here's my update...

The weekend is always hard for me to keep on track.  I think it has to do with the fact that the schedule is different and unpredictable, and that often my husband and I will go out to eat on either Saturday or Sunday, which often means some sort of allergy flare for me.  So Saturday was a First Things and Basic Blessings day and Sunday was a recovery day plus church.  Which, of course, means that today has been non-stop from early this morning, and I am still behind!  But that is a story for tomorrow... for now I'll go back to my list!!

Blessings!

Tricia




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Saturday, August 27, 2016

The 28 Day Challenge - Days 11 & 12 - First Things

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Hello again!

I am continuing my birthday as long as possible! :) I spent both Thursday and Friday in and out of the house doing just First Things and Basics on Thursday and only First Things on Friday.  I love that the First Things really keep the house and my spirit in enough order that I can take a "day off" here and there without everything totally falling to pieces around me.  Even if I miss some of the "major" cleaning things like vacuuming, I know that it will come around again in a week on the schedule, so it won't be out of my sight for long.

I also am thankful that this season of my life offers me a little more leeway in that department than I had when I had 3 young children at home.  With only three adults in the house now (and two dogs!) things don't get as disastrous as quickly and I also have helpers for some of the tasks... although they may or may not do them on my schedule.  My biggest challenge right now is not to get lazy and let things go too long, which is why having housekeeping reminders is a wonderful thing at any stage of our lives.

One thing I did work on yesterday that was not on our challenge list was a check by check budget for the next six months.  That is always an interesting exercise, and it is a good one for me.  We are working on paying off a little stack of medical bills, and the Lord has really helped us stay focused on that this past year, but I noticed this past month that we were beginning to spend money here and there - new stamps for me, new shoes for us both, paint for the house, plants for outside, things like that... - that really hadn't been budgeted for, and we had eaten away most of our reserve.  Redoing the budget really helps me refocus.  In the next couple of days my husband and I will sit down together and schedule (and budget!) some fun times to look forward to over the next 6 months and then we will hunker down to the discipline of knowing where all of our pennies are allocated again.  Having the fun times to look forward to helps keep me in line when I get stir crazy.  
A spare change jar helps, too!! : )

How about you?  Any budgeting tricks and tips??  I'd love to hear them!

Blessings!

Tricia

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The 28 Day Challenge - Days 9 & 10 - Birthday Blessings

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Good Morning, Friends!

Sorry to have missed you yesterday, but it was my birthday and I took the day off... well, sort of.  I had done pretty well with my list on Tuesday, but I needed to leave in the early afternoon to set up a GraceWorks display at a homeschool open house about an hour away.  My husband and I didn't get back until late, so all the last minute things that hadn't gotten done - dishes, clutter, etc, greeted me in the morning.  My plan had been to take the day "off" of the challenge and stamp and cross stitch all day.  In reality, I decided that I wouldn't enjoy doing those things if my house was messy, so I used the morning to clean up instead, and then went grocery shopping in the afternoon.  My dear one took me out to dinner at the local buffet for supper (Yay for 2 for 1 birthday coupons!!) after he bought me my birthday present... a recliner!  I have wanted a recliner for years and years and years and years, but it was just never a priority.  But this year, as something special, he wanted to see if we could find a petite chair that would fit me and let me relax when my back and neck are bothering me.  I was thrilled to find one that fit - that was in a pretty color - and was very inexpensive as recliners go!! : )  Thank you, Lord!!

So, my plan this morning is to do a quick blitz through the house, transfer the laundry, have my quiet time and get things looking decent for when the delivery guy drops off my chair.  And I DO want to stitch and stamp today, too!!! : )

Have a blessed day everyone!

Tricia


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The 28 Day Challenge - Day Eight - Increasing Wealth

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Happy Tuesday!

How did your day go yesterday?  I had a relatively uneventful day, and got everything done.  YAY!!  I also started to work on a personal budget from now until the end of the year.  I realized the other day that for the first time in years I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet.  Instead, as I've struggled with some anxiety issues since my husband's surgery, I've been more apt to spend money on myself.  But I read a verse the other morning that said "Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth."  And, after I thought about it for awhile, I applied it to myself like this.  

"Am I spending this money to increase my {happiness, collection, wealth, etc...} 
or is it something that I need or will benefit someone else?" 

and 

"Am I decreasing my husband's wealth by buying an item that I have enough of for the time being?"

Sooo... I'm going to go through my list with those thoughts in mind today and see how I can "increase my husband's wealth" for the rest of the year.  He works so hard to let me stay at home, it is really the least I can do for him!! : )

Talk to you all tomorrow!

Blessings!

Tricia


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Monday, August 22, 2016

28 Day Challenge - Day Seven - End of Week One!

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Good morning, friends!

I hope your day is off to a good start!

Sunday (Day Seven), started quietly - a cozy spot on the couch and a sweet time with the Lord before I got ready for the day.  It ended with me being upset, and then I was more upset because I knew the Lord wouldn't be pleased that I was upset.  Oh dear!  "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us."  Isn't that a convicting part of the Lord's Prayer??  I didn't even feel comfortable asking forgiveness of the Lord until I had forgiven and let go of my own hurt.  Oh, I do pray that I will learn to forgive as ungrudgingly as God forgives me!!

I hope that you will find that the challenge not only helps you manage your home, but that you grow spiritually as well.  Inside and outside working together to become lovely resting places for the Saviour and those He loves.

Blessings!

Tricia


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

The 28 Day Challenge - Day Six - A Blessing

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Hello friends!

I received the sweetest card yesterday (Saturday)!  It was from one of you lovely GraceWorks ladies for my birthday which is later this week, and you will never know what encouragement it spoke to my soul!  How thankful I am for each and every one of you! I count myself so blessed to have been given the opportunity to walk alongside of you!!

Saturday started slowly, it seemed.  My ankle was feeling much better - praise the Lord! - but I was tired and still wasn't moving too quickly.  After the First Things I made a card and ate some lunch and then it was time to go to my Dad's 87th birthday party.

We had a nice time with family, but I ended up coming home with a food-related headache and overall chills (family gatherings can be dangerous that way!) so my night was pretty quiet and not much got done but some stitching on my project.

So... how am I doing on the challenge?

I wish I could say that I was feeling on top of it - pleased with how much I have accomplished in the last week.   Instead I can say that I am pleased to see how far I have come over the past 29 years of marriage.  That even when I don't get everything done and my house starts to look overwhelming, it really doesn't take that long to put it back in order.  That my bed gets made every morning and that, for the most part, we have clean clothes that have been put away in drawers and closets.  I have grown to love my time with the Lord - that special heart to Heart when the world stops for a little while and it is just He and I alone.  And I pray that, perhaps, I have changed over the past 29 years, too, and that my soul has become less cluttered and more peaceful just as my home has.  

If you stopped by my house just at this minute you would see messy counters and some things dropped here and there where they landed when we returned from church this morning. But the clutter won't remain long, we had a nice lunch, and my husband was able to take an afternoon nap without lots of dishes banging in the kitchen.  

He is happy which makes me happy. 

I'd say the challenge is going well.

Blessings!

Tricia