Now what?

It’s February and we are starting off our #simplifyfeb, but what does that really mean?  What did I sign up for?

I am hoping to be reminded that the most important things in life are not things at all!  Why are you simplifying?

But now, how do we get started?  What if we don’t have time to overhaul a whole room?  What do I do with the item I remove each day?

All good questions and all have a few answers!  So let’s tackle them (yes, pun intended as we prep for Super Bowl around here 🙂 )

Start small is always a good policy to stick with something!  How about taking on something little today and feel some sense of accomplishment?  Or tackle something big and get really jazzed for the rest of the month!  (see, multiple right answers!)  Each day take on only a project that you can finish!  Some days you will have to find 5 minutes, others you may have 3 hours, pick accordingly!

I’m not sure I would suggest ever taking on a whole room at a time.  What about the bookshelves in the living room? Or the linen closet?  The junk drawer?  You know you have one 😉  Smaller jobs can be found in many places.  Do you have a utensil jar/bucket/container on your counter by the stove?   Sort through that!  Only keep the tools you use each week, and rid yourself of the ones you have duplicates of or use once a year!

Now, what to do with the items you realize aren’t providing you use, memories, or joy?  If you have something of value, consider selling (but keep it outside the house in the garage or basement) it!  Just because you no longer are using it doesn’t mean you can’t use it to make you a buck 🙂  Ebay, craig’s list, a Facebook group are great places to list your item.  Make sure you add images, dimensions, and a price!  Another option for items eliminated  would be to donate!  In my neck of the woods, we take all clothing items to EcoSmith Recyclers!  Find a local one to you and do good for others while doing good for your sanity 🙂  Now, the reality is, you will find somethings on this journey, that you MUST just throw out!!  Be honest and ditch it.

Stay tuned for more tips and ideas and see what gets the boot from our house!  Share on Instagram #simplifyfeb and follow along on Facebook for some extra stuff!!



In all the busy-ness….

It’s been two weeks since a post, my friends, I am sorry!  Thank you for being disappointed that a post hasn’t come up in your feed (yes, reaching here, i bet you are just as busy!)

Around here it’s the “normal” crazy and then add in Christmas planning and enjoying, well, a little overload.  I must admit, selfishly I am thrilled to be getting a WHOLE week off of school starting Monday!  I guess it’s good to be sleeping with the principle 😉

This year more then every I think we are focused more on the important parts of this season.  Perhaps it’s being so busy there isn’t room for the perfectionist in me to have much say this year?!  Cards did NOT get made, therefore none sent.  I love to keep in touch with many around the world this time of year, but I let it go this time around.  The house is cozy, but not perfect (the kids did the ornaments and i didn’t re-position any!)  Gifts are being thoughtfully picked out and wrapped by the purchaser (no perfectly lined up seams or tight corners).  No matching outfits bought (oh wait, pjs are in the mail…you will want to stay tuned for that!).  This year there is only time to enjoy.  The light in the kids eyes as they imagine a sibling opening the gift they so carefully picked out and bought with their own money, the lack of stress over using the “right” wording for the card, a bit of rest from a strict timeline for buying (always have it done by thanksgiving), a chance to see our friends and share in the joy of a season that points to the greatest gift of all, Jesus!  My imperfect Christmas is shaping up that way this year, so very interesting what you can learn when you are too busy for the stuff of life and you focus on just life!!

Merry Christmas to you all, I pray your season is less about the things and more about the relationships!


This week…

This week always sharpens the focus on both mourning and thanks that fills my mother heart.  This year marks 10 years since the passing of our 3rd little angel.

The week leading up to Thanksgiving I was in the doctor’s office when they told me our little one no longer had a heartbeat.  I wailed and asked them to please tell me they were wrong.  I prayed continuously that The Lord would bring a miracle about as I waited (we chose not to have a dnc), what a testimony it would be!  That wasn’t His will for our lives and I went into labor Tuesday after Thanksgiving, while sitting in story hour with my other kids.  We delivered our sweet one early the next morning in our bathroom.

As I look back I am flooded with all the intensity of the emotions from that 10 or so days, from the shock, to the praying, saying goodbye, labor and delivery, and mourning.  Out of this hard time, God has allowed us true thankfulness that only comes from Him!  You see He gave me the gift of time; to hold my child, safe and warm in my womb as I mourned.  He gave me comfort in all the pain.  He healed my body to carry a sibling.

This week is tough on my heart!  While there are many more details (perhaps for another time)…I hope you focus on a God who is good all of the time, no matter what we are facing, for this I am overwhelmingly thankful!

May God bless you and your family on this Thanksgiving!

New day, new site, new…

It’s been awhile folks.  Perhaps a new day is dawning, perhaps not.  Ideas and plans and tidbits still float in my head and sharing has been lacking.  Focus on my family is an art I am trying to learn this school year…I have taken a break from teaching outside my home and said “no” to some volunteer opportunities.  The difference in our school life is wonderful!  Another wonder is the opportunity to begin blogging again!  So with this comes a new platform, some soul searching on focus of the blog, and trying to create a schedule to stick with.  Do you have insight?  Tried and true advice from your own experiences?  Topics you would like to see covered?  A name change?  Please take the time to share!  And YAY for getting back to it!!

For those that would like to take a look back down memory lane…justlikejunecleaver