Monday, August 18, 2014

Goals: Week of August 18th

Last weeks goals

1. Find a permanent location for 10 things in our spare bedroom. Either needs to be someone else in the house or gotten rid of to somewhere else.

2. Make second changing pad cover. 

3. Touch up the paint on the trim of the house.

This weeks goals

1. Find a permanent location for 10 things in our spare bedroom. I did this last week. Pretty sure the bedroom doesn't look better. Small steps and it will eventually look great. 

2. Can tomato sauce

3. Can peaches

4. Touch up the paint on the trim of the house

5. Complete Living Room Declutter. Find out more about the challenge here

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I was challenged to think about what kind of example I am being to my daughter. 

Our goal to pay down the mortgage.

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I love the blue Dawn and its ability to get rid of grease. So many ways this can be used.

Remember, you can print twice from each computer. 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My Thoughts on Fly a Little Higher


After I received Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way, I was a little apprehensive to read the book. A decent size book about a kids struggle with cancer. Could be really good or it could be a big waste of time. I thought the book was excellent. I wanted to keep reading.

I love how Laura, the mom was very open and honest. She shared many of the struggles along they way that they all faced. I can't really imagine being placed in her shoes, but I got a small glimpse of what it may be like. Am I anywhere near that open and honest?

My life really isn't that bad. When I have a rough day, I just need to think about the Sobeich family and realize that I really don't have things that badly. They dealt with their tough struggles with such grace. I need to deal with the small struggles that are placed before me with grace.

The family relied heavily on their faith during this time. I didn't like that it sounded like they believed that works would get them to heaven, but they never directly said what they believed. Because this was not dwelled on, I think that what they believed in this area doesn't have a great impact on the messages that were presented in the book.

Zach wrote a song to say goodbye which has become very famous.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy of Fly a Little Higher for an honest review.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Paying Down the Mortgage

I have this dream. I want to be able to go to Martha's Vineyard at Dave Ramsey's office and yell that we are debt free. 

Thankfully, God has allowed us to be debt free other than our mortgage. I know some people say your mortgage is an ok debt to have. I just can't help but think what we would be able to do without a mortgage. Oh that would be bliss. 

We bought our house a year ago July. I knew that the quicker we could get on paying down the mortgage, the less we would have to pay in interest. 

I found this mortgage pay off tracker on Mrs. Debtfire and this simple chart has been a good visual for me. A similar chart is hanging on our fridge. We mark off every time we get under another $1,000 on our mortgage. I like having a visual reminder. 

mortgage bricks

Our first year of owning our house, we were able to pay $6,000 off of our mortgage. 

My goal for this year is to beat that amount of pay off. At this rate, we need to pay $500 a month off the principal. This year will be a little harder as I don't have an income coming in like last year. 

I will update you occasionally throughout the year to let you know how we are doing. 

What kind of example am I being?

Sunday school this past Sunday was one of those services that I knew I needed to be in to hear the challenge presented to me.

The parable of the tares among the wheat in Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 was presented. I have to admit that I was not very familiar with this parable.

My Sunday school teacher was talking about how the tares grow and look just like the wheat. Not until harvest, can the sower do anything about the tares. The tares are bitter tasting and poisonous.

We are told that the wheat is the children of the kingdom or the saved. The tare is the children of the wicked one or the unsaved.

We talked some about what we are suppose to do with the tares. How we should treat them and the influence we need to have on them. They will be among us until God judges them when He comes again.

I got to thinking about our little one that we have. Right now, she is a child of the wicked one. I hate to think of her that way, but the truth of the matter is that she is depraved. I got to thinking about my husband and my huge responsibility to raise this little one to become wheat or a child of the kingdom.

I know Esther is still young, but I had to think about what am I doing to direct our little one to Christ. Honestly, at this point there is only so much that I can be doing to get her to realize her need for Christ. However, there is a lot that I can be doing in my own life to make sure that I am an example to her of what a Godly woman should be like.

Challenging? Yes. I need to be living the life that I want my daughter to mimic someday.

What do you do to instill Biblical truths in your children?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Goals: Week of August 11th

Last weeks goals

1. Put twirl skirt pattern on etsy I got the twirl skirt pattern listed! If there are any bloggers out there that would like to do a giveaway of this pattern, contact me and we can talk. I would love to do a giveaway with you. 

2. Make changing pad cover- I got one done and need to make one more this next week. 

3. List 5 things to sell on ebay or local facebook site- I listed more than 5. Now to wait on my ebay auctions to close and to get a few things out of the house! 

This weeks goals

1. Find a permanent location for 10 things in our spare bedroom. Either needs to be someone else in the house or gotten rid of to somewhere else.

2. Make second changing pad cover. 

3. Touch up the paint on the trim of the house.

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Need a baby shower gift? This gift is gender neutral.

You can vote for which parent our little Esther looks like here.

And wish little Esther a happy one month birthday

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Happy One Month Birthday, Esther!

Technically the eighth was when Esther turned 1 month!

Weight: You are still weighing in at 9 pounds. 
Sleep: You have been doing great! I love how well you go to sleep at night and after you eat in the middle of the night. 
Social: You love to be held. I heard a few coos out of you this week. Soon we will be hearing more!
Diet: Breast milk. I see most smiles out of you when you are done eating!
Likes: You like to look at lights. You saw a chandelier at church and you just stared at it until you went to sleep. 
You still like to be swaddled. Mommy has learned if you are cranky and I swaddle you, the crankiness stops almost right away.
You love being in your vibrating chair that your Aunt Lori gave you. 
Dislikes: You still hate your baths. Your face always turns bright red from crying.
You still don't like having your diaper changed, but you are doing so much better. Occasionally, you will be nice and quiet for a whole diaper change.  
Firsts & Milestones
You have started grasping onto things. You have quite the grasp especially when you are mad!
You spent the first day away from mommy and daddy. You got your first bottle this day and thankfully ate from the bottle for Grandma. You did a great job of being a content little one for Grandma.
You like to push yourself up with your legs. You are working on strengthening them a lot. 

Here is a flashback to you at one week.

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