I really do make it a steadfast rule that Christmas decor doesn’t go up before Christmas, but just this project couldn’t wait 4 more days.
The sweetness of joy, apart from circumstance, comes into our hearts when we accept Christ!
My hope isn’t in outcomes in this world. I have fullness of joy, no matter the trial or season, because of this simple truth: God came to Earth as a humble baby, He died sacrificially for my sin, He rose again, and one day He is coming back!
Merry (early) Christmas, friends!
Rejoicing in God’s goodness and faithfulness to our prayers.
He’s home! Tired and in need of rest, but home! We get to be a family under one roof for a short season.
Now to savor every minute of it.
Blissful times are ahead as I prepare, with gladness, for that handsome hubby of mine to come on home after a long leave of absence for work.
To help make the reintegration of two busy lives as smooth as possible, I felt like it was time to update some of our organization systems. This little write-on, wipe-off frame is used for evening meal planning. I simply doodled the text with a gold paint pen, used white chalk to highlight the letters, and popped it into the frame.
After trying a system in which I wrote every meal and snack on a complicated grid, I’ve realized that, for the two of us, simply having a detailed plan for dinner is plenty of meal planning.
I use a wet erase marker for writing and clean it off with a damp paper towel.
This daily/weekly/monthly cleaning schedule sits below it and keeps me on track where cleaning is concerned. Having a visual checklist has always been very motivational to me, and it actually lets me spend less time cleaning by helping me to stay more efficient. I got it from The Art of Simple here and modified it a few years ago to meet our needs.
I snagged these wire drawers at Target and they help me to stay on top of all the mail and paperwork for work.
I decided it was time to make our cork board both prettier and more functional. I don’t know about you, but beauty really does inspire me in my day-to-day. This pretty brass clock, a favorite family photo, some fresh flowers, and a special necklace all bring me happiness as I pay bills and make plans.
I keep a personal planner for my schedule, but I’ve decided we’d benefit from a combined family schedule, too. I hope the calendar on the cork board will do just that. I like when I know things like whether Mr. S has to appear in court in the a.m., if there is an upcoming drill weekend or military special school, if we have social/church church commitments, etc.
The last improvement around here is my favorite! Brother took the time to come over and build me a shelf above or washer/dryer. I cannot even express how nice it has been to have cleaning products off the washer/dryer! I finally have a flat surface for folding. Heaven! How blessed am I?
Hooray for making preparations for precious homecomings.
This heart is overflowing with praise!
I’m a little behind in sharing these photos, but that’s OK!
Our school’s schedule is “balanced,” meaning we’re somewhere between year round and traditional. We enjoy a short-but-long-enough summer break, then three two-week breaks throughout the school year.
I was blessed to spend Fall Break enjoying long, lazy days with girlfriends. These two lovely red heads have been my friends for fifteen and six years respectively. Friends for life for sure! We enjoyed grilled cheese, tomato-basil soup, and pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting for dessert.
Afterward, we sipped hot apple cider. I love to simmer cider with spices and orange zest. It makes the whole house smell like a dream. We celebrated the birthday of the beauty in black.Love these smart, sweet girls.
This bride-to-be came for the day. We caught up on her new job as a counselor in a school, and talked wedding plans. She picked out some pretty cute bridesmaids’ dresses for her upcoming nuptials in May! And of course I crammed in lots of time with my travelling best friend–here she was fresh off the plane from NYC and then heading to Florida.
I love that the Lord has woven the lives of this women with mine. Praying special blessings over each of them as I type away.