Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fill 'Er Up and Check It Out!

On this Thankful Thursday,
I am reminded of two things.

First I am thankful for the lowering gas prices.
I was thrilled to fill the little Focus for $20 yesterday.
The price on the sign was $1.99/gal.,
but with a gas discount ... I paid $1.89/gal.
Loving this little blessing.

I am also thankful for those who are observant.
I started Spring Cleaning on Monday.
I only accomplished the "Master Suite" on Monday,
but the first thing hubby said was, "Everything is so tidy."
Then yesterday I cleaned out the refrigerator.
Hubby could not stop commenting on it last night and again this morning.
I am thankful for the appreciation of my hubby.

I don't know how many husbands read this "girly" blog,
but can I encourage you to appreciate the mundane tasks that your wife does?
Force yourself to look for things to praise.
If she is a SAHW, she doesn't get the praise at work like you do - it must come from YOU!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SAHW: Reason 4

Titus 2:3-5
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers,
not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
 That they may teach the young women to be sober,
to love their husbands, to love their children,
 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

The primary reason that I am a stay at home wife -
and the one that makes me stay there when I waver -
is that I believe that it is God's plan for the home.
I will not come to blows with anyone who sees it differently,
but to my understanding, it is God's plan.
There are many other verses, but I will stick with this verse in Titus.

"Keepers at Home"
-literally a guard
A guard does not leave his post for long periods of time.
A guard understands the seriousness of his work and sticks to it.
I am a guard - 
I seek to protect my home from false teaching,
from chaos,
from unhealthy habits,
from budget strain,
from moral temptation.

It is a testimony to God -
"that the word of God be not blasphemed."
Many people do not understand the decision,
but many times hubby has told me of husbands he works with who just long to have a SAHW.
Many times I have seen torn wives who just want to care for their home and family.
I believe that in order to properly help my husband (I am his helpmeet),
I need to be available.
What better way is there to be available than to be at home.

Just a quick note:
What about Priscilla and Aquilla?
I love the idea of working side by side with my husband.
What a perfect opportunity to be a helpmeet.
If hubby worked in an environment that allowed us to work together,
I would jump at the opportunity.
Maybe one day he will be self employed and we can work together :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Almost Done ... Again

The computer file has been proofed,
the cover has been made,
the physical copy has been ordered.

We are almost done with book #2 - 
an expository study of the book of Romans.

The covers will all be the same ...
just blue for Old Testament
and red for New Testament.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Start It Early

There is nothing like the feeling of Spring Cleaning.
I know ... I know ...
many of you are in the throws of winter,
but before too long (February 14) the garden will call me and the inside work will have to wait.
So I started some spring cleaning today.

I worked in the Master bed/bath today:
Pitched some clothes, some shoes, some old linens.
Cleaned away the dust bunnies.
Wiped down the walls.
Cleaned in cupboards and drawers.

I still need to wash the curtains and windows,
but I am excited that I tried a new recipe last week for cleaning mildew around the windows.

The recipe: tea tree oil and water

It worked really well and is supposed to kill the stuff.
I only did a little cleaning last week with the oil,
but I will be back to it this week.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Just for Fun

While walking the beach in Oregon,
we stumbled upon this writing in the sand.
Was it left specifically for us?
Not sure, but it sure was cute.
Hubby's sister snapped a picture of it for us.

C + S = Love

Thursday, January 22, 2015


I am thankful this week for the time and resources to make a trip out west last week.
I am thankful for the opportunity to see family that we hadn't seen in 6 years.
I am thankful for safety in travel ... for smooth connections.

I am thankful for a week of travel free of food allergy reactions (a rare occurrence).
I am thankful for the opportunity to see the Coast and the Mountains again.
I am thankful for a clear day on the day that we planned to see the coast.
I am thankful for God's orchestration of conversations that needed to be had.
I am thankful for a home to return to.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SAHW: Reason 3

"But what do you do all day?
I cannot imagine being home all day every day."

Early in my marriage I asked this question and gave this answer often.
How would I ever go from the teaching profession to a homemaker?

With every move or change in church, the question returns,
but God is faithful.

I am not home all day every day.
There are so many ministries in a small church that working men and busy moms just don't have time for.
There is office work, cleaning opportunities, music ministry, meals, visiting, driving, website upkeep ...
I have a home, yard, and garden to take care of.
I love having the time to create a peaceful space and then to enjoy that space in the evening with hubby.
I have unique ministries to my hubby - 
I never would have imagined that I would be editing and helping to publish books.

So on those days when I feel "bored,"
I have only to pray - to ask God to help me see the needs - 
to ask Him to help me to be willing and able to meet those needs - 
Needs and opportunities that I might be too tired to meet if I was devoting 8 hours to a job outside the home.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Post-Vacation Blahs

Does anyone else experience a let down after a vacation?
The return to routine is good,
but it takes a bit to adjust to the quiet house again.

The house is tidied again.
I even started some spring-cleaning today.
I was hitting the mold in the window sills ... with tea tree oil.
Back to normal eating again.  That feels good.
Challenging myself to take off 5 lbs of winter weight.

Tomorrow I hit the deck again (the back porch).
The weather is a little more conducive this week - 
it is like spring!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Home Again, Home Again - Jiggety, Jig!

Any guesses where I was last week?

Hubby and I were "home."
We took a trip to the west coast to visit family.
It is funny that I should feel a draw to the west coast - 
I only lived there for four years.
But the coast ... mesmerizing ... the power, the beauty, the peace.

We had a great week - 
time with family
seeing the coast and the mountains again
a whole week with hubby

The pictures are of Depoe Bay in OR.
I didn't take them, but I saw it look just like this.
I feared the weather - the Pacific NW is known for rain between November and April.
We had fog and some rain,
but our day at the coast was just BEAUTIFUL!

And of course,
it is good to be back to our home in NC.
Back to our diet, our schedule, ...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pleasant Memories and Provoking Thoughts

This week, I am thankful for pleasant memories.
I am thankful for so many experiences that I have had the privilege to enjoy.
I am thankful for all that God has allowed me to see and do.

I am thankful to have been able to live in 3 corners of the US.
(NY, FL, and WA)
I am thankful to have gone to college.
I am thankful to understand the life of a military family.
I am thankful that I only had to experience military life for 6 years.
I am thankful for friends and family sprinkled all over America.
I am thankful for all the folks who have adopted me and all those who have allowed me to adopt them.
I am thankful for little apartments and big trailers.
I am thankful for ministry opportunities of all shapes and sizes.

I am also thankful for a thought that hubby mentioned Sunday night as he preached.
He is preaching through the book of Daniel.
He mentioned that Daniel trials were a result of  the sins of his forefathers.
His life, what he was experiencing, was due to the decisions of those years before him.
His life was "unfair."
Taken captive, removed from his home, made a eunuch - no wife or children
His life was not one we would want to choose.
But he served as God would have him serve.
He trusted God's plan.

 Jeremiah 29:11 
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, 
thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.