Monday, April 13, 2009

A Brand New Monday

On my bedside table:
my bible
Masterly Inactivity
The Beach House

On my TV
CyberChase (kid time) Last night we rented Slumdog Millionaire It was really good.

On the menu for tonight:
Hmmm, guess I should figure that out

On my To Do List:
spring clean the kitchen (no small task)
get my haircut
finish baby blanket and ship a package
complete and ship another package
Simplify, slow down, enjoy the days

New Recipe I tried last week:
Fabulous Easter Ham. Ralph did the glaze...ginger snaps, bourbon and mustard. mmm.

In the craft basket:
Blankets are progressing, still.

Looking forward to:

going out with a friend for her birthday, maybe getting a camper, more spring weather, seeing my almost 2 nephew in a little while.

Homemaking Tip for this week:

use a used dryer sheet to scrub dishes with burned on sugar or what not.

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):

This is my favorite. I love the way Amy brags on her family, the way she oozes love for them. :) Thanks Amy, it's contagious!

Favorite photo from last week:

Lesson learned the past few days:

Kids are happier if you keep them productively busy. Especially if they are bored or arguing it's good to grab one and have them help out. They can do an amazing level of work if you let them and cheer them on.

My sweet Critter made smoothies at lunch all by himself today
. It helped me out immensely AND made him so big and proud and capable. A two year old can empty the drier, a three year old can empty the dishwasher. A four year old can pair up socks and anyone can help take out the trash. Vacuum, window washing, clearing the table, pulling weeds... many hands make light work.

3Let not yours be the merely external adorning with elaborateb]"> interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes;

4But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.


Amy said...

You are so cute! Thanks for those sweet words, my friend! You made me smile really really big... heesh!! ;)

Thanks for the reminder about little hands helping... In my hairied days, I forget that... and they really do love to help... I have been so so so challenged to follow my Father's example of how He father's me... He is always so welcoming of me and invited me to join Him in whatever it is He is doing.

ugh.. that brought my heart such conviction.... so many times I just want to get it ALL done... so I "do it" myself.. great great reminder!

hugs.. Amy

Julie said...

First of all, you look radiant in that picture! Just beautiful.

Secondly, I am so impressed with your kids chore list. My kids are 6 and 8 and truly hardly do anything around here. It's more exhausting to harp on them then just to do it alone. But I am increasingly more tired as they get older, requiring more work, creating bigger messes, and doing so little.

So, lately they have been helping put clothes away, empty the dishwasher, and vacuum...but it's not very often. However, when they do, they feel so good about it and themselves and I can't believe how much easier my day feels when just 1 or 2 things can get checked off the list without me having to do it!

Thanks for your inspiration in this way - i will work harder to get them to be working harder :)

Sandra said...

Sorry I'm so late welcoming you to the Happy Homemaker Monday :)

I really enjoyed reading your post and I love your lesson learned.