Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Monday!

Hi everyone!

I am at work catching up some of my loose ends today, so I'm just going to post a quick Happy Monday prompt and get back at it. :)  I pray you'll have a wonderful day blessing others!

Today's Happy Monday prompt...

This week I will show my love to _____________, by ___________________________.



Saturday, June 27, 2015

{Home Bless-A-Thon} Week Twenty-Six

Hello friends!

Ready for our WEEKLY REVIEW??   We are already halfway through the year!! : )  The weekly reviews have really been keeping me on track.  I hope they've been helping you, too!!


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. 

Don't forget that Independence Day is coming up on the 4th!  You might want to add ingredients for a cookout to this week's shopping list!

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

Week Twenty-Six

We'll be finishing up on our extra bedrooms this week, and spending some time looking ahead.  
Here's the list...

* Straighten and dust the top of the dressers.

 * Straighten the closet.  Cull, toss and donate as necessary!!

 * Look ahead to July!!

Have a wonderful week!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

{Planning Forward} July

Good morning, friends!  It's time to look ahead to July!  Are you a Christmas in July person?  It would be a great month to take family pictures for your Christmas cards, start your Holiday Planner, and pick up a few Christmas gifts!

Don't forget this month's special day!

July 4th - Independence Day - Time for a family cookout followed by a fireworks display!

OK, are we ready to look at our calendars?  First, let's mark July's paydays as well as any scheduled appointments or deadlines, as well as any special days.  Are there any birthdays this month?  Do you need any cards or presents?  Have you scheduled a special date with your husband?  Mark that down now!!

Now look ahead to August.  Are there any special days that you will need to buy or make cards and/or presents - especially early in the month?  Make a note of them on your Monthly Reminder sheet so you can pick them up when you are out and about this month.  You'll have everything all ready when Planning Day rolls around again!   

Next we'll check our spending and saving goals.   Be sure your goals are measurable and then track your spending through the month to see how you did!

Finally there are practical Purpose Statement goals...

1.  What is your quiet time plan this month?  What passages will you read?  When?  How often?  Will you memorize any Scripture?  Read a devotional book?

2.  Which aspect of your character will you work on this month? Gratefulness?  Trust?  Replacing anger or irritation with patience and love?  What verse could help you?

3.  Which relationships will you focus in on this month?  Will you make time to have coffee with a friend?  Have a date with your husband or a special Mom and I time with a child?  How about making a meal for someone or writing a letter to a relative or missionary?

4.  How would you like to improve your home this month?  Do you need to wash the bathroom walls?  Or repaint them?  Maybe you need a new throw rug, or to clean out a closet.  Or even to remember to take out the recycling on the right day!

5.  What projects head your list for the next month?  Making a quilt?  Trying a new recipe? Researching honeybees?  What is the next step in each of those projects?

I'm always amazed at how much more I get done if I write it down.  Often I don't complete it all in one day, but if I look over the list regularly I really want to complete them so I can check off the little boxes!! :)

PART II of the post today is a preview of the Monthly Home Blessings for July.  Our focus for the month will be our Craft Area.  This could be quite a job for some of us!!

You'll need your regular cleaning supplies, of course, and you might want to consider some organizational tools as well!  Also, check to be sure you have a furnace filter available, so we can change them this month.

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll see you back here Saturday with another installment of our Home Bless-A-Thon!



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

{Mastering Your Menus} Desserts

Merchandise Research: Desserts!! 

Today’s topic is definitely fun and easy! Time to make a dessert list!! For today list family friendly ones - not the ones that take gobs of time. We’ll save some of those special desserts for the next few days. Your challenge for today is to make a list of  your family’s favorite cookies, bars, pies, and whatever else you enjoy for dessert - even if it is a frozen fruit salad. 

This should be an EASY challenge!!!



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Now Available!! Semi-Dated Beautiful Life Manager Pages!!

Hello Friends!

I have a fun addition to our Classic Home Journal Line to share with you today!  Let me introduce our new Semi-Dated Beautiful Life Manager Pages!

(The little plus sign below the First Things First won't appear on your printed pages!)
These single-sided classic size pages combine features from our Simplicity, Beautiful Life Management and Daily pages.  They are "semi-dated", meaning that they have Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc listed, but you will need to fill in the actual month and day yourself.  If you've taken the 28 Day Challenge, you'll recognize the "First Things First" wording in the first section.  I use the shaded area for my meal plans for the day.  Then you'll find the daily tasks from the Beautiful Life Management System, conveniently split up by day, with room available to jot down any extra weekly or monthly tasks you might need to add.  There's a spot for events, a place to keep track of water and vitamins, a To Do list, and even a miniature scheduling spot, or a place to jot notes.  What a fun addition to the line!

As with all of our Classic Home Journal pages, these pages will be printed in house and either 7-hole or ARC/Circa punched before sending them on to you.  We will be selling these in packs of 42, for $6.00/package.  That's only $1.00 a week! : )

Please note that the lines on these pages are quite tight.  I have small handwriting and they work perfectly for me, but those of you with larger writing might want to plan on using two lines - or you may be more comfortable with the Daily Planner Pages from our Simplicity Line.

I hope you'll find the new Semi-Dated Beautiful Life Manager pages useful!!  You can find them HERE in the store.



Monday, June 22, 2015

{A-B-C's of Gratitude} Quite a Week

Every once in a while life stops.  Plans are interrupted and life stops and you know that it will never ever be the same again.  Monday, June 8th, was a day like that for our family.  On Saturday my husband was helping our son with some drywalling in his new house.  By evening when he came home he complained of a horrible headache, but he rested and took some Tylenol and it seemed to ease up a little.  On Sunday he was able to rest in the morning, but later in the afternoon he coughed and the headache increased in intensity to an unbearable degree.  He was sweating profusely and vomiting, but - thinking it was just a bad sinus headache - he didn't want me to take him in to Urgent Care.  Monday morning the headache was still there, although not as intense as the night before, but there was an important work meeting he wanted to attend the next day so he called a friend who suffers from migraines and asked him some questions.  His answer was really good... "The symptoms sort of match up, but if you've never had one before you should probably get it checked out."  Soon we were on our way to Urgent Care. After a short exam, the Urgent Care doctor was not as convinced as my husband that it was "just a sinus headache" and ordered a CT Scan.  Ten minutes later an ambulance was on the way, "hot", to transfer him to the hospital Emergency Room and a Neuro Surgeon was standing ready to meet him there and evaluate his condition.  There was an abnormality in the center of his brain.

The day passed in a blur - but the grace of God was so evident.  Further CT and MRI scans showed that there was no aneurysm or blood on the brain, but a 17mm cyst was blocking the flow of spinal fluid between the ventricles of the brain.  According to our neuro surgeon - who was absolutely AMAZING - it had probably grown since he was a baby and had finally reached the point of completely obstructing the flow of spinal fluid, thereby causing problems that could no longer be excused or ignored.  The pressure from the built up spinal fluid was intense but the blessing was that it had been found.  Often the first indication is sudden death.

After being admitted to ICU, a day passed while the doctors got him stable, did a number of CT and MRI scans, and prepared him for surgery.  We signed Power of Attorney papers, Medical papers and prayed for God's grace and mercy.  The surgery would go directly through the right frontal lobe of the brain and the possibilities of him coming back with memory problems, an altered personality, blindness and/or the lack of mobility on his left side were very real and very overwhelming.  The 5 1/2 hour surgery was scheduled for Wednesday morning, the 10th.  It was a long day, as you can imagine, made a little worse for me because I had my own intense headache to deal with that day.  But he came through surgery with flying colors.  Praise the Lord!  The next day, however, brought its own challenges...

After the headache passed that I had throughout the day, and after 3 days of sleeping in a chair or recliner in my husband's ICU room, I decided to go to the waiting room to stretch out for a couple of hours Wednesday night.  When I woke up 4 hours later, I had no strength at all in my legs and my heart was racing.  I crawled to the phone and called the nurses' station, and I was quickly taken downstairs in a wheelchair to the Emergency Room for a nine hour stay while they checked my heart and attempted to get my heart rate down... which wasn't happening, because I NEEDED to be upstairs with my husband!!!!!!  By evening, after numerous heart tests that came back normal and a few bags of fluid, I checked myself out of the ER and, after a stop to see my very worried, one-day-out-of-brain-surgery husband and a stop to eat, I went home with my daughter to rest.  Early the next morning, it occurred to me that I was experiencing heightened symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue - something I have struggled with for a number of years on a smaller scale.  Our dear daughter drove me to the chiropractor - a 10 hour round trip - so he could begin to put me back together, and our son took a leave of absence from work so he could take my spot at the hospital until Paul was able to come home.  We are so thankful for our children!  I'm eating tons of meat, milk, cheese, and oil to help my adrenals make what is necessary for me to recover from the stress of the past weeks, and I think I am finally building a little bit of a reserve., but talking about the experience can still wipe me out for hours.  I'm feeling very fragile!  My husband, on the other hand is doing amazing-ly well, considering he had brain surgery a week and a half ago.  He is up and walking - has no apparent complications - no loss of speech, motor function, memory or senses... just a heightened awareness of what a miracle each day is and what is truly important in life.  He is doing so well, in fact, that I almost feel bad making a "big deal" out of what happened... until I remember the nurse telling my daughter in the hospital that often patients with this surgery don't get to go home.  We are so blessed.  

Can I list for you a few of the evidences of God's love and care - even in the midst of trials??

* We were able to fly to our daughter's college graduation last month.  My husband hadn't felt well, but went anyway.  That was the first time we'd seen her since Christmas and the last time before the surgery.

* My husband had taken a weeklong work trip to VA two weeks earlier.  Again, he hadn't felt well, but God protected him and he made it home.  How difficult it would have been to have had him in the hospital halfway across the country!

* God had prepared me for the fact that his diagnosis would be more serious than a headache.  On Sunday night I packed a bag for myself with some gluten free snacks, water, and other necessities so I would be prepared to spend the night in the hospital.

* I was praying that the doctor would know what to do at Urgent Care and that I would feel confident in their diagnosis.  When we arrived at the clinic, the attending Physician's Assistant was a precious gal that had been in my Mother of Preschoolers group during the year I was a "Mentor Mom".

* A dear, dear friend calling me just as surgery began.  She was sitting beside her 19 year old son as he received another chemotherapy infusion for Ewings Sarcoma, and I was waiting the outcome of my husband's brain surgery.  How precious for her to minister to me when her own heart was breaking.

* After spending so much time in the hospital and caring for my Mom I was and am much more comfortable caring for my husband now.

* The doctor's comment before surgery...  My husband remarked, "I'm in your hands." The doctor returned, "You are in God's hands.  I just show up."

* The outpouring of love and prayers and even financial support for us during this time.

There are so many lessons that God is teaching us now.  I hope to be able to share more as the days and weeks pass, but we are still "in process" - learning and leaning on Him.  

Please keep us in your prayers!!

Many blessings!


{Home Bless-A-Thon} Weeks Twenty=Four and Twenty=Five

Hello friends!

Are you behind on your WEEKLY REVIEW's??   I found it so encouraging to be able to get back to my planner yesterday and spend some time getting this next week in some sort of order.  It will be a busy week that includes lots of love and hugs and care for my husband as he recovers from surgery, so I'm sure not everything will get done, but it is so nice to have a spot to aim for and know what the basics of my day should look like!  So, if you haven't already done so...


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

Week Twenty-Four and Twenty-Five

We've been concentrating on extra bedrooms this month.  This week let's...

Wash the bedding

 Vacuum under the furniture

 * Straighten the dresser drawers

 * Wash the windows & the curtains

Have a wonderful week!