Monday, January 30, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
If you've been paying attention to Facebook and Twitter recently, you've probably seen Glennon Melton's post, "Don't Carpe Diem." Well-written and thought-provoking, it's worthy of all the attention it's getting.
As I read her post, though, I realized something rather startling:
I'm one of the old ladies in the grocery store.
Okay, so I'm not really that old. I'm 48. And my kids are not all grown and gone from home. But the truth is that when I see a mom with little kids, I experience a bunch of mixed emotions. There's a part of me that thinks, "Boy, I'm glad I don't need a cart with seat belts any more." But there's a bigger part of me that thinks, "Don't I still need a cart with seat belts?"
What the old ladies really mean is that they're jealous.
Is parenting like climbing Mt. Everest? I don't know. I think maybe it's more like hiking across the continent. You get tired and dirty and sweaty; your feet hurt and your back aches. For the most part you don't need special equipment. You don't get your picture in the paper for having done it. But while you may never enjoy the breathtaking vista from the top of the mountain, one day you will have another view: perspective. You'll know that the journey was worth every step, even the excruciating ones.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Decorating for Valentine's Day can tend to be a bit on the girly side--lots of pink and hearts and cherubs and such--and that doesn't go over too well at my house full of boys. I wanted a Valentine's Day wreath, though, so I decided to create one that would satisfy my desire for decor without making my sons wince. Here's what I created for $2.00:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Cereal for breakfast is everyday fare at our house, with the occasional omelet or batch of pancakes thrown in. Every now and then, though--usually when begged by my boys--I love to make these wonderful Mini Sticky Buns. They're very easy to make, and they couldn't be any more delicious to eat.
- 2 containers crescent rolls (any brand is fine)
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
- chopped pecans, optional
Friday, January 20, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
- Remove flowers from their packaging. Cut the stems and remove any foliage that will be below the water line.
- Fill a vase with water; add a couple of drops of chlorine bleach to the water. The bleach helps to keep the water fresh and will make the flowers last longer. Be sure to replenish the water if it gets low.
- When flowers open up, remove the pollen-producing anthers.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
And here I confess that my attitude about this house has usually been one of two things: either I've felt guilty or greedy.
(By the way, this post is brought to you by the letter G.)
Seriously, I've tended to feel guilty that I have such a lovely place to live--I know I don't deserve it! Or else I've felt greedy--such as when I've looked at my kitchen and thought, "I really just don't have enough storage space." Sheesh.
When I really stop to think about it, I realize that neither of these attitudes is doing me or anyone else any good. So my house goal for 2012 is to adjust my thinking. I want to replace the guilty and greedy thoughts and feelings with two new "G" words:
I want to spend every day of this year being grateful for all of God's blessings, including my house. I think maybe if I stop to be grateful for this gift, I'll take better care of it. And I want to open my home to others. In any way I can, I want to share this gift. I want my home to be a place of grace.
So my specific goals include:
- getting rid of piles. (I'm a terrible piler. I need to break this habit, or at least go through the piles on a regular basis so that the piles don't become mountains.)
- adopting a regular cleaning schedule that I can and will actually stick to.
- keeping the house orderly enough to be glad to open the door to anyone, anytime.
- keeping the guest room clean, so that overnight guests are always welcome.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
I love the order and cleanliness of my house without its Christmas decorations. But somehow it always feels a little sparse and lonely without the festive decor. This year, I took the leftovers of my favorite Christmas decorating element--magnolia leaves--and made a New Year's wreath. Here it is:
How about you? Are you all finished taking down your Christmas decor? Any fun winter decorations? I'd love to see!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
What about you? Do you have special hopes for this new year? Check out Layla's party for lots of inspiration!