Just A Little…

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.
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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!

Get It Together

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. IMG_6111.JPGThis 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.

IMG_6125.JPGThis 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.

IMG_6128.PNGI snagged these wire drawers at Target and they help me to stay on top of all the mail and paperwork for work.

IMG_6129.PNGI 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.

IMG_6127-0.JPGThe 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!

Fall Break Friend Time

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. IMG_4978These 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.
IMG_4979Afterward, we sipped hot apple cider. I love to simmer cider with spices and orange zest. It makes the whole house smell like a dream. IMG_5054We celebrated the birthday of the beauty in black.IMG_5053Love these smart, sweet girls.  
IMG_5058IMG_5105This 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! IMG_5015And 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.