Saturday, October 21, 2006

Updates.....

White Socks floors....I've found this to be virtually impossible. Between my dog and my husband (who works outdoors, so his boots track in all sorts of stuff) and living in the country, I cannot seem to get let alone keep my floors white socks clean. I'd have to sweep, vaccuum and scrub my floors 3 times a day. Or, get rid of my dog and teach hubby to fly. :) However, my floors are cleaner overall since I took on this challenge.

Spiritually stifling stuff.....As I started declutter such items, I suddenly realized that I already did this! There's only one book I need to get rid of. It's a non-fiction book about the history of redheads. It's interesting, but contains rather explicit materials.

Declutter my basement....I found the best way to be rid of fabrics is to make stuff out of them. I've been having a hard time finding lovely feminine clothing lately, so I'm making some new items for myself. The one I'm working on now is a mauve riding jacket based on the 18th century military coats. I took an original pattern and modified it to my figure.


Saturday, October 14, 2006

Spiritually Stifled by Stuff

First of all, I would like to point out an excellent article by Mrs. Wayne Hunter called More Time in a Day. You can find this article at:

http://www.ladiesagainstfeminism.com/artman/publish/article_2496.shtml

I printed out the article for my Home Management Binder (see www.myblessedhome.blogspot.com for info on putting together a Home Management Binder)

And now, onto my post:

Do you ever feel spiritually stifled by your stuff? Do you ever feel like you can't move forward in your walk with Christ because of the junk you're harboring? Or perhaps you can't figure out why you don't feel spiritually at peace in your home? It could be your stuff. Do you have things that you'd be embarrassed to have around the house should Jesus come for a visit? Do you realize that Jesus visits you every day and stays for a LONG time? :)

I've been feeling this lately. I have some books, clothes, movies, magazines, etc that I really shouldn't have. I'm going to get rid of them.

This applies to my stuff, not hubby's. We may not be happy with a particular movie our hubby owns, or a book he has, but remember, we answer to God for our own stuff. However, keep in mind that if someone in our home has something that is not Godly, that is degrading/discusting/demoralizing, we should pray hard for God to help them be rid of it.

We should also keep in mind whether or not something should be given away or destroyed. Would we really want to be responsible for placing something unedifying in the hands of a delicate soul?

When we get rid of such things, we are telling God that we need Him more than earthly pleasures; that He matters more than that romance novel or that movie that's really cute but has that dirty scene in it, or that cd with good music but questionable lyrics. I can be sure, we'll be happier in the long run and perhaps set an example for those living with us.

I do encourage parents to take this principle in hand concerning your children's stuff. If you're feeling convicted that your daughter shouldn't have a Bratz doll, then by all means, be rid of it. Get her a more edifying doll (like from Vision Forum www.visionforum.com ). But don't just grab and go. Sit down and explain to your children that you made a mistake in getting them that doll/allowing them to have it and that you'd like to be rid of it and why. You may be surprised that your children will be willing to clean house with you. Also, make sure you ALWAYS pray before doing this with your children. Don't just go all legalistic and Tsar-ish on them.

I'll let you know how I do.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Coping


The roller coaster of emotions....the stages of grief....and the amazing love of Christ that heals and sustains me has been my life these past few days. :)

I thank God for my son. Having him really helped me get through the miscarriage. I had a baby to hold, love and take care of rather than empty arms. My husband grieved in his own way. He worked on chores about the house with an occupied determination. Yet, he would check on me nearly every 15 minutes and offer gentle kisses and loving words. He called my mom to come sit with me and help care for my son. He went out and bought a tasty, hearty dinner for us and made sure I had plenty of water to drink. I thank God for my husband and my mother.

My emotions were so strange. I went from utter dispair and grief to almost a non-chalant acceptance and back again. But one thing rings true over and over again....my baby is in Heaven with Jesus.

A deep feeling within me leads me to believe the baby was a boy. I named him Duncan. Maybe it's just a silly notion, but it does help. :) I wonder what God named my baby, though. I actually feel a great honor and knowing that God has my baby and that the baby's in Heaven with his three cousins who were miscarried.

Today, I am doing much better. I don't feel so depressed and out of it. However, I can't seem to stay at home. So, here I am at my parents' house.

Life is slowly returning to a normalcy, though deep down, I will always wonder about the child I didn't have. I will always have that little piece of my heart missing.

But, thank you, Jesus for allowing me to be a vessel for a life, and a life that has only known the joys of Heaven. Amen.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Sad news....

Notice my ticker is gone? I miscarried my baby on Sunday morning.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Cleaning out the garden

First of all, I uproot all plants that need to be replanted next spring. Then, I let them dry and burn them. Next, I turn the soil and remove the rocks. Lastly, I cover and protect my lavender plant for the winter.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

October News

Autumn is upon us. The leaves look so beautiful! I just love living in an area where I get to experience all 4 seasons!

We're getting our outdoor furnace installed! I'm so excited! Our home will be so much warmer and we'll save loads of money every winter! Hubby's been working so hard on it. I appreciate him so much!

I made salsa this morning from the last of my tomatoes and peppers. Now, I can clean out my garden. I'm already planning on next spring's garden.

I switched from grocery shopping once a month to every two weeks. The once a month shopping didn't pan out. I did have a menu and worked from that, but I still ended up running out of food and spending more money than my budget allowed. The every two week deal helps me plan better and I food doesn't go to waste.