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My Mom Morning

Hi everyone Jennifer here with a laugh about my very Mom morning!

Yesterday morning started around 6:15, not by my choice but my toddlers.

As I reluctantly got up way to early, I thought “well at least I can get somethings cleaned up before our lunch guest, go to the store before co-op for our donations (which I once again forgot to buy), have breakfast at home for once, get snacks packed for today, read the next chapter to my oldest from her book for literature class which she needs to hear for today (we usually read before bed, but I fell asleep with the toddler the night before and didn’t get it read), and actually get there on time!”

Hahaha, it was a thought right….And it’s the thought that counts?

Here’s what really happened:

I got up:

  1. Helped my husband get ready. (Made a mental note that he was out of socks.)
  2. Poured a cup of Mtn Dew, which I didn’t drink enough of 😉
  3. Responded to some messages on Facebook….y’all I found my LuLaRoe unicorn while fooling around on my phone at 4am and she still had it!!!
  4. Changed the baby.
  5. Changed and dressed the toddler.
  6. Tried to get dressed too realize a few things: it was raining which meant I couldn’t wear my brown cowboy boots, because I never got the bottoms fixed and they have a hole in them so my feet get wet. I couldn’t wear a dress and flip flops because my black leggings were dirty (mental note made to order another pair). So settled on my black boots and was happy to know I don’t wear them once I get into co-op.
  7. Stood with my husband and laughed while our toddler climbed on our oldest to wake her up.
  8. Put a load of diapers in the wash.
  9. Went into the kitchen to pack for co-op followed by a toddler who suddenly became starvin marvin. So I reluctantly gave the starving toddler a cup of rice krispies which she almost immediately dumped in the floor…seriously why do they do that?
  10. Started packing snacks while laughing to myself because it never fails that we get to co-op and said toddler doesn’t want what I packed, but what all the other kids have. Then once again was thankful for the group of women at this co-op and their kindness.
  11. Go to brush my teeth where my toddler joins me and wants to brush hers. Which was adorable until she climbed on the toilet and tried to eat the toilet paper.
  12. Go back and double check diaper bag and add diapers and wipes.
  13. Get dressed.
  14. Go crank the van, then come back and console my toddler who I guess thought I left her forever.
  15. Hear the baby start to fuss so make a bottle, put her in her car seat, and ask my oldest to give her the bottle.
  16. Got the kids and all our stuff out the door and in the van…even remembering to grab the overdue library movie! Yay me!
  17. Start driving and thinking that I have no idea how these mom’s do it that have to work outside the home or have more kids than me….Then realize there is a wasp in the van!!
  18. Pull over in the neighbor’s driveway and get out. (Scold the dogs not to jump on me since they followed me) Start wondering what I will do. So I decided that if I had a long stick I could reach from the passenger side to the driver’s size and encourage it out. So I found a stick then went to open the passenger door only to find it locked (one day I will remember this van does that) so walked back around to the driver’s side and unlock the doors. Go back to the other side take the stick and nudge it out the door. Then laugh as I think what my neighbor would have thought if she saw all this!
  19. Get back in the van to have my oldest ask me if I got the babies bottle…..no, no I didn’t. So I turn around, tell my oldest that she did a good job catching that, and go get the bottle.
  20. Get back on the road and realize that we will still be having McDonald’s breakfast, there is no time to run and get our donations, I didn’t straighten anything and we have a friend coming for lunch, and we would be late to co-op.

Then I called my mom and relayed my morning and had a good laugh.

Ladies, some days are like this. Sometimes I don’t handle them so well and that makes me sad. When these days happen all we can do is laugh and enjoy what we have. It stinks to be late or not accomplish what we want but we are on an amazing ride with our kids so let’s remember they are watching. Let’s show them that it’s okay, things don’t always go as planned, but we can work with it and still have fun. (I really need to work on this.)

Truth is I am a mom. The hours are long, somedays are hard, sleep is interrupted, there is a constant worry about so many things, showers are surprisingly difficult…..but it is the greatest blessing. I love being a mom more than I ever knew was possible and wouldn’t trade the crazy days for anything!

I hope you got a laugh out of my very mom morning and can laugh through your next one and remember these are the days we will miss.

This has encouraged me to get back on my study of Proverbs 31 and living intentionally. So hopefully I will get back to sharing those thoughts with you soon.

Love,

Jennifer

For a bonus I got to see this last night ❤

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Being Intentional: Not Eating the Bread of Idleness

Hi y’all! Jennifer here with my first study into Being Intentional: A Proverbs 31 Study.

Today we are looking at the verse:

“She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the Bread of idleness” Proverbs 31:27 (ESV)

I have to be honest, I picked this to start with because I am struggling in this department pretty badly right now.  I just can’t seem to get it together lately….I do not feel like I eat the Bread of idleness (well a little) but not enough to account for where I am at in regards to looking after my household.

This was my last Saturday: 

My oldest was excited because she was supposed to start on a jr. bowling league, and we were supposed to be there at 9. 

I woke up late because I never set an alarm, I rely on my husband and the baby. Well, my husband was in the woods for opening day and the baby actually decided to sleep past 7 that morning. I get up, get my oldest up, get us dressed and fed (I am trying to do better about eating out, that will come in a later post), then remember the diaper bag hasn’t been restocked and the stroller is not in the car. So I send my oldest to take the stroller outside while I pack the diaper bag (grabbing an outfit because the baby is still wearing the outfit she ate in) and put the baby in her car seat. My oldest comes inside and says “I’m sorry mommy, the stroller is in the creek”…….what?!?!?! I don’t know exactly how, but she lost control and the stroller is in the creek. I don’t handle this news well, we are late and not ready to go. I have a mini meltdown during which my big toe gets caught in my skirt hem and twist sideways….it hurts like crazy, but I don’t have time to worry about that, I still have to get loaded in the car and get the stroller. (Which luckily was just over the bank, not actually in the creek) by the time we are in the car and going we are super late. As I apologize to my oldest, and pray my toe isn’t broken I realize that there is no way we are making it to this bowling thing in a timely manner. So I calmly explain to my daughter that we are to late, and I really don’t think that at this point we can handle this activity (we have other things already scheduled on a lot of Saturday’s). She takes it well because she is amazing, she is crying and sad but understands. So I turn around and we head back home, me feeling terrible because this horrible morning is really my fault and the fact my child is crying is my fault.I could’ve been better prepared.

 I get home and call the bowling alley only to find out we didn’t have to be there until 9:30 😦 but they have a second half of the season which starts next year so maybe we can do that.

I failed miserably at looking after the ways of my household that morning, and if I’m completely honest I am failing at that pretty regularly lately. I can make excuses, and they would be legitimate…..but still I am not doing what I should to look after my household. 

Being a homemaker is something I wanted to be for years, I love saying I am a homemaker. However, I am not providing the home that I want for my husband, my children, myself, or company. I am far from the home I want and the feeling of home I want my children to remember.

I decided that morning that I would do better….but I haven’t improved much. Today I realized: I need a plan, I need to be organized, I need to ask for help, I need to pray, I need to take steps (no matter how small) to improve this.

Recently in a bible study group we were discussing worry and I commented that I don’t worry, but I get overwhelmed. Things build and build until I just can’t take it anymore. A sweet friend said that she has found journaling helpful as she gets overwhelmed. 

So tomorrow that is my goal, I will take a binder and using dividers I will make sections for different aspects of my life. I will add paper and then start making notes for each thing in my life that I have to take care of. I am going to also look at different cleaning routines and add that to the book, and I think I will make a cute cover with today’s verse on it to help keep me motivated and on task. I will share with you later how that goes.

I have to admit, just having a plan makes me feel better!

Do you have any tips on being organized? 

Favorite cleaning routines?

Favorite daily routines?

I would love to hear them!

I will post again in a few days to let you know how I am progressing and what I have found that works!

Until next time,

Jennifer 

Being Intentional-A Proverbs 31 Study

Hello all! Jennifer here to talk about something that has been weighing on me.

Being Intentional.

A month or so ago I was listening to the radio and they were talking about being successful in their endeavors. The man said that he was not usually organized, didn’t budget well/stick to a budget, and wasn’t good at getting things accomplished that he wanted to.  He mentioned that all the people he knew that were able to live the way he wanted to had one thing in common: they were very intentional in everything they did.

Well, as someone who is always trying and failing I really started to think about this.

How could I be more intentional in my life? What could I change in my life? What things needed to be priority? How do you start being more intentional?  .

I thought about this for awhile, then one day I was at the fridge and saw my printout of Proverbs 31. This passage has always been special to me, as I read over it I realized that a study of this passage could help me be more intentional.

So I sat down one night and started going verse by verse and noting how each verse could guide me in being intentional.

I have decided to share my study with you through a few blog post. I hope you will join me in trying to live more intentional with God as the center.  

I will share my first step towards living intentionally soon.

Until next time,

Jennifer Donovant

Don’t forget to make someone smile today!

Need to Organize: Making A Command Center

Hola all! Ginger here with a new Need to Organize post.  Today’s topic is my command center.

There are tons of ideas for this on Pinterest, and I think it’s a great way to organize your to do list, bills, calendar, everything!

I have always put my bills in order as they arrived and kept a calendar, but I never had a good system.  When I decided to work harder at organizing I knew I needed to have a central place for everything.  A few years ago my mom bought me this hang up home organizer from 31, well I pulled it out and got to work.  The result has been great for me and I thought I would share it with y’all.

This is my new command center:

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It has a place to hang a calendar, two dry erase pockets, and multiple pockets of varying sizes to hold other things.

I hung a calendar and use that to keep up with our plans, beside that I use the dry erase pocket to write my to do list, I use the other clear pocket to hold various items(currently an Avon book and a schedule for the local theatre),  the for big pockets I labeled them for better organizing: I have one for bills which I put all bills in according to date due, another I use for address labels, and the others for miscellaneous things.

This has really worked out awesome for me and to my pleasant surprise my husband even commented on how he really liked it 🙂 Yay!

I hope this can help you become more organized!

Until next time,
Ginger

Need to Organize: Outdoor Toys

Hola all!! Ginger here with another pay on getting organized!! I hope you have enjoyed the other post so far and that they have been helpful to you.

Today’s topic is organizing the outdoor toys. I knew that I wanted to have a special home for all our”outdoor toys”, bit want exactly sure how/where I wanted that to be. Well while cruising Pinterest one day I found this beautiful display!

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So I set my mind to accomplishing this……well here is the thing….I didn’t want to spend the money for a shelf like that or for the buckets. So I did the next best thing…..I used a metal shelf that was left in our house by the previous owner 🙂 My daughter and I pulled it out of the basement one nice day and cleaned it up. I considered painting it, but figured that wasn’t worth the time. It is just an old shelf to store bubbles, balls, chalk, and water guns…..and it sits in my basement, it didn’t need to be beautiful to get the job done.

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I did add some of the rubber matting that you can buy at the dollar store to line shelves with because it had some rust that I couldn’t get off, plus I had that laying around so it cost me nothing!

I sectioned off shelves by different things, I put a water toys on the bottom so they wouldn’t drip onto anything else, and I have a plastic tub beside of the shelf to hold balls. I also have plenty of space to add more future outdoor toys.

I think it came out great! It cost me nothing because I used supplies I had on hand, it’s very useful, and my daughter knows where all her outdoor toys are when she wants them…..and where to put them back at when she’s done.

Our outdoor shelf is in my laundry room because that was the best place for it, but you could put this wherever would work best for you and your family.

So if you are looking for a way to organize those outdoor toys I hope this is helpful to you!

Don’t forget to do something to make someone smile today!!

Until next time,
Ginger

Need to Organize: All that Paper!!

Hola all!! Ginger here with another organization post.

Today’s topic is all that paper!! If you are like me you like to have paper on hand to be able to go back and look at….I can’t bear to throw away all that wonderful artwork given to me by my little one or other littles who are special to me….and I also have every worksheet that my daughter has brought home from preschool and most of the ones from various bible classes and vacation bible schools.

I have a lot of paper 🙂 Well obviously, I can not keep all these papers forever, so how do I organize them?

Well, while cruising Pinterest I found some ideas.

One is to have a tote per child per year to keep all their schoolwork….well I know I only have one child but you are still talking about 15 totes!! And that’s just school-doesn’t include home art or bible class! There was no way that was the option for me.

Then I saw a post about scanning your child’s artwork on the computer and then only keeping really special ones-and that’s when it happened “lightbulb”! We had already began backing up pictures on thumb drives and storing those in fire proof containers…..I should just get a scanner and do that for everything!!

Well folks on Black Friday we got a new printer/scanner/copier and I LOVING it!

Unfortunately, as I write this my daughter is sick so we have been staying indoors….but on the plus side I have been able to start scanning things.

I am scanning everything! Preschool work, bible class papers, artwork, pictures, tax info, medical papers, receipts for everything we will need for taxes!! I am having so much fun! And I am greatly decreasing our paper!!

I am beyond excited to go from an overflowing file cabinet to a small little thumb drive! I do plan to have different thumb drives for different things….currently planning one for school work, one for bible class, one for important documents, one for taxes, but once I get a lot scanned in then I may change my plan.

So if you are like me and have an overflowing file cabinet you may want to try scanning everything in and saving it to a removable storage device and then storing that in a fireproof container!

Well I hope this helps you in some way and don’t forget to do something to make someone smile today!!

Until next time,
Ginger

Making a Routine: Taking Care of the Pets

Hola all! Jenn her with a new post on getting in a routine!!

Today’s topic is: Taking Care of the pets.

Most of us have some sort of pet. Our family currently has 2. Allow me to introduce:

Our English Bulldog: Colonel Potter

And our Winter White Hamster:Goliath

And as much as we love out pets, they do require work! So I added the weekly pet maintenance to my cleaning routine, and it has worked great!

Our dog needs a bath once a week. So since Thursday is bathroom day, I give the dog a bath on Thursdays before I clean. That way I don’t have to worry about him shaking in a clean bathroom. Our dog also sheds A LOT! So I try to brush him every other day. My goal is to bath him on Thursdays then brush him on Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday.

Our hamster is in my daughters room, and his cage needs to be cleaned once a week. So I clean it on Wednesday since that is clean the bedrooms day. It works great because I can change his cage and then vacuum all the shavings up and dust her dresser. Then tada! All clean 🙂